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First evening on the boat. I’ve been assigned to Black Adder Clipper (hopefully we’ll be better at sailing than its namesake and Baldrick were when they attempted to make it to America. I’m not sure I want to try drinking my own urine).

Workers wore survival suits and lifejackets

As the helicopter began to falter, everyone on board would have gone through the procedures drummed into them in training.

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Jean-Pierre Dick retires from Vendee Globe

Already struggling with imperfect repairs, Jean-Pierre Dick was knocked out of the Vendee Globe solo round the world race today when collision with an unknown object ripped away the port rudder of his Paprec-Virbac.

Sailing silvers guaranteed

Two silver medals are guaranteed and two golds are beckoning thanks to one of Britain's most successful Olympic teams of this century, the sailors. They bagged five medals in 2000 and five more in 2004.

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Origin winds down operations

Britain's America's Cup challenge team, Origin, headed by Sir Keith Mills, is to wind down "to a smaller, core group."

Lancashire 417-9 dec Yorkshire 252-9: Smith flexes muscles to put Lancashire in driving seat

Headingley always used to enjoy the patronage of knowledgeable crowds and it might be argued that the tradition still holds good in that the Leeds public this week has had the wisdom to steer clear of the place. Yorkshire's performance in the contest that is meant to stir their competitive instincts most has largely been lamentable.

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