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Earthrace returns for another world record attempt

Posted by dolly diver on November 26, 2007
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EarthraceEarthrace, the out-of-this-world sea-going powerboat which earlier this year was foiled in a bid to break the current round-the-world record of 68 days after damage caused when it hit wild Mediterranean storms, is back on track for another bite of the cherry.

Tenerife was deprived a view of the extraordinary vessel on that occasion, but now it looks as if we might be luckier the second time around.
Earthrace is being prepared for a March start in Valencia from where she will be heading directly for Tenerife, making the trip in three days flat. After a brief re-fuelling stop the boat and her four man crew will make for Puerto Rico and then on to the rest of the round the world itinerary: Panama Canal-Acapulco-San Diego-Hawaii-Marshall Islands-Palau-Singapore-Cochin-Salalah-Suez Canal and then back to Valencia.
And all on bio-diesel! Because make no mistake, Earthrace is no ordinary powerboat. She is a showcase of environmentally friendly technologies of which bio-diesel is just one component. She has low-emission engines, non-toxic anti fouls and a super-efficient hull design. A prototype, in fact, for powerboats – and other vessels – of the future.
Earthrace is described as a wave-piercer, meaning she can submarine through waves and can in fact go up to 7 metres underwater as she does so. This enables the boat to maintain a higher average speed through big seas as compared to a conventional craft.
And if the thought of that doesn’t make your stomach heave, you want to be part of history and have some spare dosh – quite a lot of spare dosh actually – skipper and Earthrace Project founder Pete Bethune of New Zealand wants to hear from you!
“We are looking to add one extra person to the four man crew for each leg of the race. I’d be delighted to hear from anyone who wants to be part of our amazing experience,” he said.
“It will be hard work, people will need to be fit and healthy and sleeping on board isn’t exactly five star accommodation, but it will be a trip they will never forget!”
And with prices starting from €10,000 for one of the shorter legs of the voyage, it brings a whole new perspective to the cost of a no-frills trip!

Source: Tenerife News      

Yacht race to set off from Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on November 24, 2007
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A fleet of nine beautiful yachts are currently berthed in Santa Cruz as they prepare to battle it out in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007 on Monday.

Crews from Great Britain, Barbados, Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway and Monaco will attend a range of parties and other festive activities to celebrate the beginning of their 3,000-mile journey.

Between nine and 15 people crew each vessel, with each preparing to battle what organisers describe as “incredibly varied and challenging wind and sea conditions” as they make their way across the Atlanic Ocean to the Carribean island of St Maarten.

Health Service workers stage strike

Posted by dolly diver on November 24, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

Doctors, nurses and hospital ancillary staff are on strike today (24th November) throughout the region as the dispute with the government escalates further.

Hospital staff say the government has done nothing in the past eight months to implement an agreement signed with unions to improve working conditions and increase pay. Skeleton cover has been imposed in all hospitals and health centres, which will operate as if it were a Sunday. Patients face a long wait at Accident and Emergency Units throughout the day due to the strike. Thousands of outpatient appointments have had to be rescheduled.

Health Service staff on strike later this month

Posted by dolly diver on November 12, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

There is a 24 hour strike by employees of the Servicio Canario de Saludo starting at 8am on 23rd November throughout the Canary Islands health service.

A spokesman for Las Palmas SPM doctor’s union said in a press conference last week that the regional health department has not met the terms of agreements signed in February, and that all staff are overworked.

Unions say a further 500 doctors and 1,800 nurses are needed for the current situation to improve.

Once again the track of St. Miguel de Abona, Tenerife, Spain, will host the most popular winter race in Europe, the Motocross Internacional de Tenerife-GoldenTyre Trophy.

The fifth edition of the event will be on from the 7th until the 9th of December, and will see a massive riders participation, with the strongest Motocrossers in the continent looking forward to taking the Trophy home.

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Circus Comes to Town

Posted by dolly diver on November 12, 2007
Posted in News about Tenerife 

circusThe renowned Cirque Balagan Tenerife has chosen to make Tenerife its only production in Europe. The spectacular will take place in the theatre Guimár, between 20th and 25th November. Under the leadership of Mikhail “Misha” Matorin, the magic of this particular event lies in the fusion of circus legacy from countries such as Eastern Europe and the classic comedy dell ‘Arte, which will bring together some 30 gymnasts, jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns and dancers.

The circus organisers of the show have detailed the new concept of modern circus, in which the choreography and the music takes on a critical importance in each of the 12 shows, which are 80 minutes in duration.

In fact, the renowned Russian composer Vasily Bogatyrev has developed an extensive repertoire of music and careful staging with performers from the United States, Russia, Ukraine, China and Poland.

The artistic team Cirque Balagan, which in Russian means “circus market,” has been closely linked with the ‘Circo del Sol’. So much so that the very ‘Matorin’ was, for several years one of the main stars of this company, which has developed one of the most acclaimed by viewers and international criticism.

The key to the success of Balagan, masterminded by Matorin, lies in an elaborate aesthetic and an unmistakable theatre style that serves as the backbone to the show; including displays of strength and skill of the acrobats and the subtlety of the dancers.

Tickets have already gone on sale, ranging between 25 and 30 euros for adults and 12 euros for children under 12 years.
Source: Canarian weekly