HONOURS FOR AINSWORTH ON 14th ATTEMPT

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Stephen Ainsworth, owner of LOKI, Overall Handicap winner, with Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia
Stephen Ainsworth, LOKI and Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia

With the wind fading for the smaller boats, so this morning (local time) Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki was announced the handicap winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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Cessna Citation and BSL Race Tracker frequency

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GOR Geovoile Race Viewer 21:00GMT 29/12/11

In the GOR’s 21:00 GMT position poll, Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild are leading the fleet to the Leg 2 finish line on Cessna Citation averaging 9.7 knots in Cook Strait with just 54 miles remaining. Ross and Campbell Field on BSL in second place are in the Karamea Bight, south of Cape Farewell, averaging 5.4 knots with 134 miles of Leg 2 remaining.

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Royal Bermuda YC Commodore Shrubb steps down

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Outgoing Royal Bermuda YC Commodore Peter Shrubb

By Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette

A changing of the guard will take place at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) on New Year’s Day when Peter Shrubb’s two-year term as club Commodore officially expires. The highly-respected international sailing umpire, who officiated at several world-class regattas this year, will step down to make way for Jonathan Brewin who is the club’s current Vice-Commodore.

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Fastest Rotating Star Found in Neighboring Galaxy

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This artist’s concept pictures the fastest rotating star found to date. The massive, bright young star, called VFTS 102, rotates at a million miles per hour, or 100 times faster than our sun does. Centrifugal forces from this dizzying spin rate have flattened the star into an oblate shape and spun off a disk of hot plasma, seen edge on in this view from a hypothetical planet. The star may have “spun up” by accreting material from a binary companion star. The rapidly evolving companion later exploded as a supernova. The whirling star lies 160,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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CLIPPER 11-12: RACE 7 – GOLD COAST TO SINGAPORE – DAY 6

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CLIPPER 11-12
RACE 7: GOLD COAST TO SINGAPORE
DAY 6

* Gold Coast Australia first across Scoring Gate, Geraldton Western Australia second
* Teams begin to feel the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Grant
* Fleet divides into two groups; will west or east be best?

The route for Race 7 from Gold Coast to Singapore is a complicated one. In addition to the challenges of Tropical Cyclones and the energy sapping heat there are many reefs and islands to contend with and the Race Committee has included in the course instructions a number of compulsory gates to keep the fleet away from navigation hazards. This means that in lining up for the Scoring Gate in the Coral Sea, the teams are involved in something akin to a game of chess, where they have to plan several steps ahead in order to then be in the correct position to reach the next gate which takes them around the islands at the eastern limits of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

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Christmas Eve launch to assist family drifting into the Solent

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Date: 28/12/2011

Author: Aaron Gent, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

The crew of the RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat were called away from their festive preparations on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and requested to launch to assist a broken down speedboat reported to be drifting out of Langstone harbour.

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Cessna Citation closes in on Cook Strait

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Phillippa Hutton-Squire helming at sunset at 45S – Photo Phesheya-Racing

After 29 days and 7,000 miles of racing through the high-latitudes of the Indian Ocean, the five, double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s are being severely tested as they approach the Leg 2 finish line in Wellington, New Zealand. At the head of the fleet, on race leader Cessna Citation, Kiwi yachtsman, Conrad Colman, and his British co-skipper, Sam Goodchild, escaped an area of light airs off the west coast of South Island on Wednesday evening GMT, only to run into strong headwinds and punishing seas along the continental shelf with under 200 miles to the finish. The second Kiwi team, Ross and Campbell Field on BSL, came to within 70 miles of Cessna Citation at 03:00 GMT on Thursday as they chase Colman and Goodchild along the coast.

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