GOR Class40 Sec. Hayai dismasts off the Cape of Good Hope

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Sails draped over the foredeck seconds after the dismast on Sec. Hayai – Photo Sec. Hayai

After 14 hours of racing in Leg 2 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the Dutch father-and-son team of Nico and Frans Budel dismasted shortly before rounding the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa and entering the Indian Ocean. Both the Budels are uninjured and have returned to Cape Town unassisted with their Class40 Sec. Hayai while plans are already in place to rejoin the GOR.

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THIRD PLACE FOR GROUPAMA 4

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Leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race drew to a close on Tuesday when Groupama 4 and Franck Cammas/FRA crossed the finish in Cape Town at 17.28.31 UTC (19.28 local time) after 24 days, four hours, 28 minutes and 31 seconds (24:04:28:31) of racing. It is the first time that a fully French entry has been seen in the race since the late Eric Tabarly skippered the maxi La Poste in 1993-94. Groupama Sailing team score 20 points for the leg, to add to the two points awarded for fifth place in the Iberdrola In-Port Race in Alicante on October 29. The team are in third place overall.

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Work Begins on Slipway for New Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Station

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Many of the piles are in place for the new slipway. (Credit RNLI)

Date: 28/11/2011

Author: Tim Ash, Divisional Media Relations Manager

Progress towards the new RNLI lifeboat station for Cowes has been ‘ramped up’ this month after builders started work on constructing the new slipway for the crew’s all important rescue missions.

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GOR Leg 2 starts with the noon day gun

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GOR Leg 2 start in Table Bay, Cape Town

At 12:00 GMT (14:00 local) on Tuesday, the six, double-handed Class40s in the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) crossed the start line of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand. Ahead of the fleet are approximately 7,000 miles and around one month of racing through the high latitudes of the Indian Ocean with a finish line ETA shortly after Christmas.

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‘Star wars’ laser offers new insight into Earth’s atmosphere

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ESA runs an optical ground station in Tenerife for communications links with satellites. The facility is part of a larger astronomical installation Observatorio del Teide run by Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

Credits: ESA

29 November 2011
With the need to understand global change one of today’s most pressing scientific challenges, ESA is exploring novel techniques for future space missions. Firing laser pulses between satellites is promising a step up in tracking greenhouse gases.

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Armavia confirms the Sukhoi Superjet 100 successful operations

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November 29, 2011, Moscow – The first conference on the Sukhoi Superjet aircraft operations by Armavia Airlines was held at the headquarters of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) in Moscow on November 22, 2011. Representatives of Armavia, SCAC, SuperJet International (SJI) and PowerJet attended the conference.

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SLOW, SLOW, QUICK, QUICK…. GROUPAMA’S STRUGGLE CONTINUES

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Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

The struggle to Cape Town continues for the beleaguered Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA). Overnight the team made little or no progress, covering just 140 nautical miles in 24 hours and averaging 5.9 knots, but at 1000 UTC today, as the team hooked into a new low-pressure system, it was a question of slowing the boat down as she raced towards the finish at over 18 knots.

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