THRILLS & SPILLS DAY 1 – BVI SPRING REGATTA & SAILING FESTIVAL

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Richard Wesslund’s Class 3 J/120, El Ocaso racing off Salt Island Credit: Todd vanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

by Louay Habib

Racing in the BVI Spring Regatta started on schedule, 15 knots of solid breeze intensified during the morning, peaking at 18 knots to provide some fantastic racing conditions for the opening day of the BVI Spring Regatta. Many classes enjoyed the fantastic vista of the southeasterly face of Salt Island today. With knarled rock formations and spectacular reefs, the windward side of Salt Island is one of the most hauntingly beautiful areas of the BVI.
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RORC Easter Challenge 2012

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Seb Blair’s Skipjack GBR1108L enjoys great racing at the 2011 RORC Easter Challenge
Credit: Tom Gruitt/RORC Easter Challenge

30 March 2012: James Boyd

The RORC Easter Challenge, due to take place on the Solent over the first three days of the Easter Bank Holiday (6th-8th April), will offer crews a unique opportunity to jump start their sailing programs.

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Hubble Spies a Spiral Galaxy Edge-on

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Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the “UFO Galaxy.” NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship. This is why the astronomers at the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, Cocoa, Fla., gave it this attention-grabbing nickname.

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A Star Explodes, Turns Inside-Out

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Credits: Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss; Image: NASA/CXC/GSFC/U. Hwang & J. Laming

A new X-ray study of the remains of an exploded star indicates that the supernova that disrupted the massive star may have turned it inside out in the process. Using very long observations of Cassiopeia A (or Cas A), a team of scientists has mapped the distribution of elements in the supernova remnant in unprecedented detail. This information shows where the different layers of the pre-supernova star are located three hundred years after the explosion, and provides insight into the nature of the supernova.

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USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) to be Christened and Launched at General Dynamics NASSCO May 5

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WHAT: USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) will be christened and launched into San Diego Bay during an evening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard.

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2012. The christening ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. The main gate (28th Street and East Harbor Drive) to the shipyard will open at 6:30 p.m. and will close promptly at 8:15 p.m.

 

WHO: Speaking at the ceremony will be dignitaries from the United States Navy and Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. The ceremony will culminate in the ship’s sponsor naming the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against its hull.

 

WHERE: The NASSCO shipyard is located at 2798 East Harbor Drive in San Diego.

 

BACKGROUND: Named in honor of the labor leader, USNS Cesar Chavez is the 14th ship of the T-AKE class of dry cargo-ammunition ships that NASSCO is building for the Navy. When the Cesar Chavez joins the fleet in 2012, its primary mission will be to deliver more than 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions at one time to combat ships on the move at sea.

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Gill BVI International Match Racing Championship

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Colin Rathbun and team (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) win the Gill BVI International Match Racing Championship today at the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival Credit: Todd vanSickle

LOCAL FAVOURITE WINS IN NANNY CAY

GILL BVI INTERNATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

Today marked the final day of racing in the Gill BVI Match Racing Championship and the overnight leader, local favourite Colin Rathbun (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) had a real fight on his hands, losing the first two races to set up a fascinating finale with Guy Mossman (South Carolina, USA). The breeze blowing down the channel was gusting up to eighteen knots producing foaming and at times confused seas. It was a day where boat handling was key and Rathbun held his nerve to take an unassailable two-race margin in the final to win the Gill BVI Match Racing Championship.

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