Clipper Race to start and finish in capital with fleet based in St Katharine Docks

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St Katharine Docks, in front of Tower Bridge, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Clipper Race founder and chairman, the legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

London is to host the start and finish of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, leaving the capital on 1 September 2013 and not returning until July 2014 after racing 40,000 miles visiting 14 ports on six continents in the world’s longest ocean race.

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Boeing Delivers Thomson Airways’ First 787 Dreamliner

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– First UK airline to operate the 787

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Thomson Airways announced the delivery today of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane, the first of eight 787s Thomson Airways has on order, is the first to be delivered to a UK airline.

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Shock exit for the defending champion in Korea

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Prestart between Ian Williams and Bjorn Hansen during qualifying session 3 at Korea Match Cup 2013. Gyeonggi Province, Korea. 31 May 2013 Photo: Subzero Images/AWMRT

Gyeonggi-do, South Korea (31th May 2013): Bjorn Hansen was a hot favourite to win a third consecutive Korea Match Cup but today the Swedish skipper and his Ework Sailing Team narrowly missed the cut for the Quarter Finals.

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While prime London prices still storm ahead, good signs for England and Wales

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Ø Average prices in Prime London Central (PLC) have reached £1,379,142; up 13% over this time last year

Ø The number of transactions over £2m in PLC have risen 60% compared to last year.

Ø Positive news for England and Wales: price growth has increased by 5% over April 2012, transactions by 3%.

Ø The most expensive sale took place in a terraced house on Bolney Gate, The City of Westminster for £18,250,000

Ø The cheapest sale also took place in a terraced house. This time in Egremont, Cumbria for £7,000

April 2013 statistics released yesterday by HM Land Registry have shown property prices storming ahead in PLC. House prices in the heart of the capital rose 13% over the year to reach a new high of £1,379,142 – 6 times higher than England and Wales. The average price in the country has reached £234,957, showing a fractional growth since March. However, versus this time last year prices are 5% higher.

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northwestern Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands

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This image shows northwestern Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. It is a compilation of three radar images from Japan’s ALOS satellite acquired on 28 August 2010, 13 October 2010 and the third band created by combining the other two. In the lower-right, the bright cluster of radar reflections on the northern coast is the city of Chania, the island’s second largest city after Heraklion (not pictured). At the centre of the image is the Rodopou Peninsula. Off the coast of the other peninsula to the left there are two small islands: Imeri Gramvousa to the south and Agria Gramvousa due north.

31 May 2013

This image shows northwestern Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, some 250 km long and 40 km wide.

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It’s Friday! It’s pre-Race day!

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Merry Conceit, winner of the first RTIR in 1931.

The first race took place in 1931 with 25 entries and it was indeed one of the smaller boats that won. The successful skipper, Peter Brett, competed in a 22 foot Cornish fishing boat Merry Conceit. He had bought it, in partnership with his friend Henry Trefusis, from the builders in Looe, for the sum of £45. Credit: Kirk of Cowes.

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The final part of the 2013 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Video Series, ‘Top Tips from the Experts’, has been published on the Race website with winning tactical advice from some well-known names and faces associated with this iconic annual event. Watch the latest Winners Tips video here http://rtir.me/videos

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