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NORTH AFRICAN OVERHAUL FOR ‘PASCUAL FLORES’

The 'Pascual Flores' is now in dry dock in Algeciras

The ‘Pascual Flores’ has arrived in Algeciras, Spain’s enclave in North Africa, where it will be put in ‘dry dock’ to undergo hull cleaning and painting.

It left Torrevieja last Monday under the command of Captain Manuel Murube Seville, with seven crew, for the journey which lasted two days.

In the usual Spanish fashion the schooner was given a ‘send off’ at a press conference held in Torrevieja Town Hall attended by the mayor, Eduardo Dolon, and the ship’s Captain, the Councillor for Culture, Luis Maria Pizana, and the director of the Nao Victoria Foundation which will be carrying out the work, Jose Fernandez de Cabo.

The mayor said that the overhaul, at a cost of 18,000 euros, will be the first step in making the schooner a little more active on it’s return to local waters.

The work in Algeciras is scheduled to take approximately two months. Once complete it will return to Torrevieja where it will remain under the control of the Nao Victoria Foundation and once again assume its duties as a tourist attraction where it will represent the values, culture and the seafaring history of Torrevieja.

The councilor explained that the schooner could also function as a mobile tourist office for Torrevieja and, in theory, it could promote the city by travelling all over the world.

The director of the Nao Victoria Foundation stressed that the Pascual Flores is in good condition and remains a great attractionl for Mediterranean sailors. He said that it is the intention of the Foundation to show it worldwide.

However two of Torrevieja’s political parties have criticized the possible new status of the schooner.
PSOE spokesman, and candidate for mayor, Angel Saez, said the whole upkeep of the ship has already cost the city far too much from which the citizens are getting very little, if no, benefit. “We have already spent over 5 million euros on it’s upkeep and preservation’ he said, “It is probably worth around 6 million and we need to recover the money it has cost the city, therefore it should be advertised for sale and if somebody wants to buy the boat they should be allowed to do so”.

However José Luis Alarcon, number 6 on the Sueña Torrevieja list of candidates for the forthcoming elections, totally rejected the transfer of assets for the schooner which have been going on for 25 years saying that it will be totally irresponsible to continue with such funding “.

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NAVY PATROL SIEZES 40 KILOS OF DRUGS

The Arnomendi has been employed as a fisheries inspection and protection vessel since last April

According to a statement issued by the Department of Defence last week, the Spanish Naval Fisheries Patrol Vessel Arnomendi, based in Cartagena, has intercepted a fishing trawler, seven miles from the port of Alicante, on which they discovered between 30 and 40 kilos of “an alleged drug, apparently hashish”.

Based in Villajoyosa, the trawler was crewed by four men, all of Spanish Nationality.

The Arnomendi has been employed as a fisheries inspection and protection vessel since last April 27. It carried out the interception on Tuesday morning and following discovery of the drugs it escorted the trawler, Sana, to Alicante where the boat and its crew were handed over to the authorities.

The patrol boat Arnomendi, of the Maritime Action Force (FAM), entered service with the Spanish Navy in December 2000, and is manned by a crew of 37.

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EXPATS TO PAY FOR UK HEALTHCARE

Tighter controls within the NHS mean that British expats without the necessary paperwork can no longer expect free medical treatment during trips back to the UK, said OverseasGuidesCompany.com.
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SAFETY CONCERNS OVER N332 BRIDGE

The crack is visible in both directions and the concern is that in recent weeks it seems to be getting gradually worse.

A bridge in Guardamar del Segura, on the approaches to the junction of the CV-91 from Orihuela, with the N332, has developed what appears to be a serious crack in its structure.

According to the municipal group Esquerra Unida which has warned of the apparent danger involved, the infrastructure supports a section of National-332 road which carries thousands of cars andheavy trucks every week.

The crack is visible in both directions and the concern is that in recent weeks it seems to be getting gradually worse. Many residents who have been in contact with the Guardamar Ayuntamiento say there is a distinct possibility that the bridge could collapse.

The leftist group warns that these cracks began to appear quite a while ago, “but you can see how they have recently become enlarged,” according to spokesman Josep Carmona. “The bridge was built on variable terrain across the Rio Segura and the shifting path of the river has created additional problems for the bridge. It is also the point where the dual carriageway into Torrevieja begins.

Carmona also said that this is an area where regular earthquakes occur causing, albeit very slight, movement of the bridge which has added to the structural problems, he would not, however, state that the danger was imminent although he did say that an immediate structural survey should be carried out by engineers from both the Ayuntamiento, which is responsible for the CV 91, and the Highways Agency, who are responsible for the National road.

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IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP

Royal County Down backed by The Mountains of Mourne.

THE 2015 IRISH OPEN at Royal County Down will mark Sergio Garcia’s first appearance in 15 years at the tournament. The Irish Open launched his professional career as a teenager in 1999, when he edged out Angel Cabrera to win his first European Tour title at Druids Glen.

Host Rory McIlroy will head an impressive list of contestants, among them fellow compatriots Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell. The Irish Open has a history of repeat winners, among them Faldo and Ballesteros, so defending champion Mikko Ilonen will be hoping to carry on the tradition.

Old Tom Morris helped to design some 30 links courses, but Royal County Down is considered to be his finest effort. The club minutes from 1889 show that Mr. Morris was rewarded with £6.50 for his trouble, which would have pleased him as he usually only got a fiver.

THE COBRA FLY Z DRIVER has been named My Golfspy’s most wanted driver for 2015. It features Speed Channel Technology; an engineered trench around the perimeter of the face to increase ball speeds across it. Weight has been removed from key areas to increase the size of the sweetspot, with a low, backward CG to reduce spin and increase launch.

My Golfspy reported: ‘FLY Z delivers the ultimate blend of maximum distance and forgiveness. It’s the most complete driver on our list.’

ON JUNE 15th CHAMBERS BAY will welcome the U.S. Open to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in its history. The links style course on Puget Sound, designed by Robert Trent Jones was constructed on a former gravel quarry, and has massive, rolling fairways, towering dunes and undulating greens. The players, some of whom have walked the 7,742 yd. course, have given it mixed reviews, and apparently the organizers are considering placing tee boxes on slopes, which has brought an outraged response (especially from Ian Poulter, always prone to outraged responses.) The 1st and 18th holes may be either a par 4 or par 5 on the day, depending on the unpredictable wind conditions. Should be fun.

A CHIPPING TIP from Pitch Perfect: Good chippers start with the shaft forward at address. This hinges the wrists and creates the angle required for a solid downward strike. After that they just have to maintain the angle through the swing. Do the same and you’ll make smooth, solid contact every time. (Oh yeah!)

RORY WAS IMPRESSIVE in the WGC Cadillac but Danny Willett’s brilliant Match Play debut was just as memorable. 28 year old Willett, from Sheffield, said afterwards he was sorry to have lost the semi final to Gary Woodland but was thrilled to have beaten Jim Furyk in the consolation match playoff and reached the World Top 40. The interviewer, obviously having trouble with Danny’s Yorkshire accent, and not sure whether to say ‘Hard Luck or Well Done!’ just patted him on the back.

‘TOPGOLF’ LOOKS LIKE A CROSS between a bowling alley and sports bar. Players hit golf balls with sensors into huge, coloured holes that act as targets on a green. Add a cocktail bar, loud Top 40 music and a gastropub menu and you have the latest sports craze.

Twins Steve and Dave Jolliffe opened the first TopGolf in Watford in 2004. By 2007, they had opened two more in England and three in the United States. In 2011, they sold TopGolf for more than $28 million to private investors including Callaway. Everything has been redesigned to cater for a younger audience, playing pool or video games while awaiting their turn.

“You’re seeing a whole new group being introduced to the game, who ordinarily wouldn’t go anywhere near a golf course,” says Steve Joliffe. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t want them anywhere near it either.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.
Contact Mick for your regripping and repair requirements.
Tel: 638 859 475.

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