CLIPPER 11-12: RACE 7 – GOLD COAST TO SINGAPORE- DAY 8

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CLIPPER 11-12
RACE 7: GOLD COAST TO SINGAPORE
DAY 8

* Fleet reflect on racing half way around the world
* Teams continue battle with intense heat
* Qingdao and Singapore rivalry heats up

It’s a day of reflection and celebration for the ten-strong fleet of
ocean racing yachts taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Race as the
skippers and crew members look back on a year which has seen them race
half way around the world.

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Body armour required on BSL in Cook Strait

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Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron becalmed off the coast of South Island – Photo Campagne de France

With the Leg 2 Global Ocean Race (GOR) winning Class40, Cessna Citation, safely secured by a network of lines and springs at Queens Wharf in Wellington Harbour, the strong winds still persist in and around Cook Strait. As Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild crossed the finish line late on Friday evening (local), thundering into Wellington Harbour under bright orange storm jib and reefed main, the second-placed Class40, BSL of the New Zealand father-and-son duo, Ross and Campbell Field, was approaching Cape Farewell, 110 miles north-west of Wellington, preparing to turn right, into the teeth of the gale for a beat through Cook Strait.

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Department of Justice Attorneys Say Air Force Awarded Light Air Support Contract Last Week

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Unannounced award another example of irregular and opaque process characteristic of competition

WICHITA, Kan. (Dec. 30, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft learned during this week’s initial status conference at the Court of Federal Claims that the U.S. Air Force awarded the Light Air Support (LAS) contract to the Sierra Nevada Corporation and its Brazilian manufacturer Embraer last week.

Editor – Another example of the Obama Administration’s abuse of system similar to the widespread abuse in Britain by the Blair Brown Regime that saw members of the Regime become wealthy at the expense of the British economy.

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Mystic Seaport to Sponsor Pub Sing and Chantey Blast Jan. 7Mystic Seaport to Sponsor Pub Sing and Chantey Blast Jan. 7

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Musical Event a Fundraiser for the 33rd Annual Sea Music Festival

Mystic, Conn. ~ Mystic Seaport will host a Pub Sing and Chantey Blast in support of the Museum’s 33rd annual Sea Music Festival Saturday, January 7, 2012, from 1-5 p.m. Snow date is Sunday, January 8.

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Boeing and Northrop Grumman GMD Team Receives Contract from US Missile Defense Agency

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Heritage Ground-based Midcourse Defense team to continue unprecedented system support
Unmatched experience and know-how to ensure innovation and operational readiness

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 30, 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and industry partner Northrop Grumman Corporation [NYSE: NOC] have received the development and sustainment contract (DSC) from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the United States’ ballistic missile defense system.

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Welcome Home Apollo 8

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Although it was past 2 a.m. on Dec. 29, 1968, more than 2,000 people were on hand at Ellington Air Force Base to welcome the members of the Apollo 8 crew back home. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders had just flown to Houston from the Pacific recovery area near Hawaii. The three crewmen of the historic Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission are standing at the microphones in center of picture.

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CLIPPER 11-12: RACE 7 – GOLD COAST TO SINGAPORE – DAY 7

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Bonus Point at Scoring Gate for Qingdao

CLIPPER 11-12
RACE 7: GOLD COAST TO SINGAPORE
DAY 7

* Qingdao secures third place bonus point at Scoring Gate
* Teams endure violent squalls and lightning storms
* Welcome to Yorkshire skipper rues incorrect tactic

After the Australian teams claimed the bonus points for first and second to reach the Race 7 Scoring Gate, Qingdao has claimed the final point on offer, reaching the gate in the Coral Sea just 27 minutes ahead of Singapore in fourth place.

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Colman and Goodchild take Cessna Citation to victory in GOR Leg 2

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Sam Goodchild and Conrad Colman: Leg 2 winners with Class40 Cessna Citation

At 08:20:40 GMT (21:20:40 local) on Friday 30 December, the youngest team in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race (GOR), 28 year-old Kiwi, Conrad Colman and his 22 year-old, British co-skipper, Sam Goodchild, crossed the GOR’s Leg 2 finish line in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand, in first place on their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation after 30 days 22 hours 20 minutes and 40seconds, netting the maximum of 30 points for Leg 2.

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