AgustaWestland Congratulates Royal Canadian Air Force Helicopter SAR Crew for Winning International Award

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442 Squadron’s Heroic Rescue using AW101 “Cormorant” Helicopter Recognized at Shephard Search and Rescue Conference

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Aircraft Commander Capt. Jean Leroux stationed at CFB Comox and SARTech Sgt. George Olynyk, who is now stationed at CFB Gander, presented with the award by Chris Reynolds, Director General of the Irish Coast Guard

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, extends congratulations to the members of Royal Canadian Air Force 442 Squadron at CFB Comox, on winning the SAR Award for Operational Rescue Excellence at the 2012 Shephard’s Search and Rescue Conference in Dublin.

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TELEFÓNICA MAKE NEW PLANS AS GROUPAMA AND PUMA ROUND CAPE HORN

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At 1255 UTC today, Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) was first round Cape Horn with a 13 nautical mile (nm) lead over PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG. At 1900 UTC, Groupama led PUMA by 12.4 nm. However, as the two teams were celebrating rounding Cape Horn and putting the rigours of the Southern Ocean behind them, Team Telefónica were making new plans.

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GROUPAMA FIRST TO REACH CAPE HORN, PUMA SECOND ON DRAMATIC DAY IN VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2011-12

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Telefónica reach Cape Horn, pull in for repairs

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FOUR BOATS FACE REPAIRS AFTER WEEK IN SOUTHERN OCEAN

Cape Horn – Groupama were the first team to round Cape Horn on Friday, passing the mythical maritime milestone at 1255 GMT in what was an emotional moment for the crew.

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GROUPAMA AND PUMA NECK AND NECK ON CAPE HORN APPROACH

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Monumental repair job keeps Abu Dhabi in business

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At 1000 UTC today, the safe buffer carefully built up by Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) had all but disappeared as PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) closed to within 10.5 nautical miles (nm). The leading two are fighting for premiership in the final approaches to the mythical Cape Horn, under 50 nm ahead, which will mark the end of 10 days of violent and typical Southern Ocean weather.

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FLATTER SEAS AID PROGRESS FOR LEADING PAIR

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CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand is maintaining a steady speed towards Puerto Montt in Chile

At 1900 UTC today as Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) close on Cape Horn, conditions have improved temporarily for the series of gybes required to set them free of the Southern Ocean.

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Two new RNLI lifeboats to be formally named in Sunderland

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MyJo in action. Credit Paul Nicholson/RNLI.

Sunderland’s newest RNLI inshore lifeboat and a vessel from the charity’s relief fleet will be named during a special ceremony on Saturday, when RNLI volunteers and supporters will also be remembering the West Midlands woman whose generous legacy provided the two lifeboats.

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LEADERS PULL OFF TRICKY MANOEUVRE TO SET COURSE FOR CAPE HORN

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At 1000 UTC today, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) maintained a 51-nautical mile (nm) ead over PUMA’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read) after the French team pulled off a demanding night time gybe at latitude 58 degrees south, their first manoeuvre in over a week. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, who reached 59 degrees south — just shy of the ‘screaming sixties’ — followed suit, with the teams taking around two hours to complete a move that is not easy to achieve safely during daylight in heavy conditions, and is much more difficult and dangerous at night.

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