WEATHER CLOSES IN AS LEADERS FIGHT FOR SUPREMACY

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At 0200 UTC this morning, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and PUMA’s Mar Mostro had peeled off from the wake of leg leader Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) and tacked onto starboard. The first five boats are racing towards an archipelago situated 130 nm off the east coast of Malaysia, which they must leave to port. Martínez and his men changed direction one hour later and by doing so, adopted a protective position between Groupama 4 and the wind.

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Constant lead changes as the front trio keep it tight

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Back in the lead and pushing hard: Class40 Buckley Systems

After two days at sea on Leg 3, the double-handed, Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s are dropping sharply south-east into the Pacific with the first three boats keeping close formation as they run off the wind in 30 knots of breeze in the Roaring Forties, leaving Chatham Island port.

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The Weston-super-Mare RNLI station and fundraisers together with the staff of a local Sainsburys store held a successful Rowathon

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On Saturday a Rowathon was held outside the Sainsburys store in Worle as part of the SOS event. Members of the public, staff from the store and the RNLI volunteer crews all tried to row as far as possible in five minute slots on state of the art rowing machines.

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IMO Secretary-General says that IMO is right body to deal with safety debate after Costa Concordia

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IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, speaking at the opening of the Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG) today (30 January 2012), stated that IMO is the right international body to deal with safety of passenger ships and, in particular, a safety review after the Costa Concordia accident.

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Clogher Head RNLI called to assist in search for man reported to have fallen overboard from trawler

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Date: 29/01/2012

Author: Aimee Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

At approximately 1.05pm today (Sunday 29 January) Clogher Head RNLI received a call from the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Dublin when it was reported that a man had fallen overboard from a fishing vessel 9 miles east of Clogherhead, County Louth.

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General Dynamics Awarded Contract by Aerojet for Standard Missile-3 Control Actuators

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received a contract for the design and production of electromagnetic control actuators for Aerojet’s Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS) in support of the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile interceptor. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

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