Barcelona World Race :Mirabaud in the groove and out of the Mediterranean

Barcelona World Race :Mirabaud in the groove and out of the Mediterranean

Dominique Wavre and Michle Paret passed through the Straits of Gibraltar last night in third place (provisional results). They are around 30 nautical miles behind the leaders, Jean-Pierre Dick and Lock Peyron on Paprec Virbac. This equates to only around 3 hours after 4 days of racing. We are happy with our position, even if our passage off the coast of Morocco was coloured with some experiences that have nothing to do with racing, explains Dominique, referring to the search that Mirabaud was subjected to by Moroccan customs officials yesterday. The boat is going well and were settled into a rhythm were comfortable with. Were not going to let this setback beat us. The first four days of the race have been full of twists. It all started with an offpar start due to the difficulty getting the boat up to speed in the very light airs after disembarking the technical team. We were really not happy! Michle remarked shortly afterwards. It was a frustrating moment but fortunately it didnt affect us too badly. New Years Eve passed without any great celebrations on board Mirabaud. We were in contact with the other yachts via the VHF to wish each other Happy New Year, explained Michle, and we managed a short sandwich break! On the other hand, the co-skippers did a great job of picking their way though the tricky wind conditions to bring them back in touch with the leaders, where theyve stayed ever since. They dealt with successive difficulties as they made their way down the Mediterranean but the worst was never in any of the contingency plans! On Monday afternoon, Mirabaud was boarded by an aggressive Moroccan customs patrol unit who carried out a full search of the racing yacht, causing considerable upheaval. Bags were Mirabaud in the groove and out of the Mediterranean Dominique Wavre and Michle Paret passed through the Straits of Gibraltar last night in third place (provisional results). They are around 30 nautical miles behind the leaders, Jean-Pierre Dick and Lock Peyron on Paprec Virbac. This equates to only around 3 hours after 4 days of racing. thrown onto the floor, freeze dried food sachets were torn apart and the vacuum packed rations, so carefully prepared over the previous weeks, were opened. Bags containing fragile electronics were trampled under foot and the cabin generally turned upside down The custom officials finally left half an hour later after receiving a radio call. Speaking by satellite telephone shortly after the incident, Dominique somehow managed to keep a philosophical frame of mind. Were keeping our chins up and tidying the boat up at the moment, trying to get everything back into place. Were trying not to let it get us down. You can read Michles commentary on the web: Five days out of Barcelona, Dominique and Michle are finally sailing in the Atlantic. The next key stages for the team will be passing the Canaries, the Doldrums, the South Atlantic High (St. Helena) before hitting the Roaring Forties, where approximately 40 days of cold and stormy winds await thembut thats another story. We have been in close contact with several other boats over the course of the last few days and we can safely say that the boat is going well. On the other hand we havent had a chance to race in a wide range of weather conditions so far: up until now, we have been sailing in light to medium wind ranges, and in these conditions we are up with the best of them. In terms of pure boat speed, things seem to be going well at this stage in the race and the differences in position are more to do with the various strategic choices of the crews. Of course, we could always have done more, given more time to prepare, says Dom. We decided to focus on performance and on that front, everything is fine. On the other hand, it seems some of our competitors have been working on ways to speed up the transfer of the moveable ballast. This seems to be paying off for them particularly in the Mediterranean where the conditions have been shifty and you have to constantly adapt the trim of the boat. Its extremely physical and we have to assume the consequences! Dominique has also been able to confirm that Mirabaud is a particularly technical and sensitive boat. She needs a lot of attention, he explains. Shes fast but the price we have to pay for that is that we need to be on the helm almost permanently and constantly trimming. But, were more than happy to do it! Mirabauds co-skippers havent yet cast off their thermals even if the temperature is rising as they approach Africa. The lack of sleep and irregular meals make you much more susceptible to the cold, explains Dominique. Were staying wrapped up for the moment but it should quickly get much warmer over the next few days. First impressions after four days of racing. A lot can happen in four days: Up until now the team on board Mirabaud have had no way of measuring their performance against their rivals. The boat was completely reconditioned last spring and summer, so this has been the first opportunity to see how the boat performs against the competition. Bernard Schopfer See Barcelona World Race images RANKING: the 4th januar at 11pm 1) Virbac-Paprec 3 2) Foncia (+18.1 milles) 3) MIRABAUD (+38.8) 4) Estrella Damm (+54.6) 5) Neutrogena (+70.8) 6) GAES (+72.6) 7) Groupe Bel (+108.8) 8) Prsident (+109.6) 9) Mapfre (+116.0) 10) We Are Water (+144.0) 11) FORU M MARITIM CATALA (+144.0) 12) Renault Z.E. Sailing Team (+146.0) 13) Central Lechera Asturiana (+151.2) 14) Hugo Boss (+179.4) Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 January 2011 )

Iceland. Scientists say carbon sequestration is one way to stop climate change

Scientists gathered in Iceland are urging government leaders to pursue carbon capture and sequestration as a way of addressing global warming. Scientists gathered in Iceland for a conference are urging government leaders headed to Copenhagen for climate talks later this year to pursue carbon capture and sequestration as a way of addressing global warming. As levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide continue to rise, this technique for removing excess carbon dioxide from the air and storing it safely underground must be part of the solution for solving climate change. We are in a mess with CO2, says Wallace Broecker, a climate scientist at Columbia University, a mess that is cheaper to clean up now, than meeting the consequences of global warming later. In a two-day conference on carbon sequestration, several research and pilot projects on carbon capture and geological storage were presented. Featured at the meeting was the CarbFix project, aimed at developing the technology and expertise for the permanent storage of CO2 as a mineral in rocks. This project will inject CO2 into the volcanic rock 30 km east of Reykjavik, Iceland. The University of Iceland is leading the CarbFix project in cooperation with CNRS in Toulouse and Columbia University. Reykjavik Energy, the leading geothermal company in Iceland, is the main sponsor. The goal of the CarbFix project is to develop an industrial solution for storing carbon as a mineral in rock, where it is stable for thousands of years. Secondly, it aims to train young scientists to carry this development forward in the future. CarbFix is one of several projects looking to speed up the natural processes for taking carbon out of the atmosphere. Scientists are already storing carbon dioxide in other ways. The Norwegian oil company Statoil Hydro has injected more than 11 million tonnes of CO2 deep under the North Sea since 1996. Tore Torp, a scientist from Statoil Hydro, discussed their successful activities at the conference. To reduce the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere, it can be collected from industry gas streams or it can be collected directly from the air. To date, most research has focused on capturing CO2 where it is emitted, at electrical power plants for example. This requires local storage and transport. However, at the conference, Klaus Lackner, a scientist at Columbia, showed his designs for artificial trees that can soak carbon out of the air, offering the possibility that CO2 could be collected anywhere on the planet, including close to geological storage sites. The costs of global warming will grow, the longer we wait to do something about it, said Wallace Broecker in his talk. He urged policy makers to make funding of carbon sequestration a priority. He foresees an eventual global agreement on carbon emissions - a carbon pie in which nations divide the pieces. When we see the limited slice each nation is going to receive, we better have the means to meet the limits, he says. Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 September 2009 )

Terminally ill Jenny Green takes on Yachting Challenge to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research

Sailor Jenny Green is battling Motor Neurone Disease (MND), which will gradually and relentlessly shut down her ability to control her body and ultimately cause her death. Whilst for Jenny a cure is not possible she is an exceptionally positive person and is determined to enjoy life for as long as she can and to raise funds for research into MND to ensure improved treatments and perhaps even a cure for future sufferers. To that end she is planning a series of extraordinary fund raising challenges, the first of which is to compete in the International Dragon Class at the prestigious Regates Royales in Cannes from 21-25 September 2010. On the face of it Jenny Green is a very ordinary woman. Married to husband Malcolm she is the mother of five grown up children and a grandmother seven times over who looks younger than her 60 years, lives life to the full and likes nothing better than spending time with her family and friends. Born and brought up on a farm in coastal Essex, UK, Jenny followed her father and grandfather into sailing as a young child. She went on to race competitively in the International Cadet, Blackwater Sprite One Design, International Fireball dinghy and International Dragon keelboat. She was also a keen hiker and mountain biker. She definitely has a mischievous and adventurous streak. Until 2008 Jennys story was quite an ordinary one, but then she began to experience health problems and in 2009 Jenny was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or more specifically Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), known in the USA as Lou Gehrigs Disease and in France as Sclerose Laterale Amyotrophique (SLA) or Charcot Maladie. Suddenly her life was changed forever. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. Average life expectancy is from two to five years from diagnosis. You can find out more about MND at (UK) or (France). Jennys ability to control her legs is already severely impaired and as a result she is reliant on a wheel chair for mobility. Recently she began to experience symptoms in her left hand with loss of power in her thumb. Although no longer able to sail in small dinghies Jenny is still just able to race in her International Dragon keelboat and so her first fund raising activity for MND will be undertaken using this boat. Whilst Jenny is determined to continue sailing as long as shecan the effort needed for her to helm and manage the boat is now immense and makesevery race a marathon of physical endurance and mental stamina. That makes Jennys choice of the prestigious Regates Royales, held in Cannes from 21-25 September 2010, as her first fund raising venture all the more remarkable as this international regatta will feature five long and arduous days of intense competition against around 60 of the worlds top sailors. For Jenny just getting aboard her boat can be a challenge in itself some days, but with the help of her crew of husband Malcolm (left) and family friend Martin Gunn (right), plus the support of the entire International Dragon Fleet she is determined to complete every race in the series and meet her 10,000 Regates Royales Challenge fund raising goal. You can find out more about Jennys plans to race in Regates Royales and the day to day trials and tribulations of living with MND by following her regular personal Blog at You can support Jenny through Individual Donation, as a Private Patron or Corporate Supporter or by taking advantage of the special hospitality opportunities on offer at Regates Royales, including exclusive VIP Race Spectator and Evening Dining opportunities aboard the luxury 54ft sailing yacht Persuasion. Visit to find out more about how you can support Jenny. Jenny also plans to complete other challenges and adventures to raise funds for MND research and details of these will be published shortly. For further information about Jenny Green and the Jenny Green Challenge Fund please visit or E-mail For further information about Motor Neurone Disease please visit (English) or (French). 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