Queen Mary 2 leaves French four in her wake but resists luffing

 

– Wells rues missing out on world’s largest luff at the start
– Trimarans faced with huge anticyclonic ridge head north
– IDEC Sport reels in Macif to take the lead

After enjoying a magnificent start from the place of its birth in St Nazaire on Sunday, the Queen Mary 2 has powered into a commanding lead of over 250 miles after 24 hours of racing in The Bridge Centennial Transat race. She has  left the four giant trimarans in her long wake. In the battle behind, the veteran record-breaker Francis Joyon and his crew on IDEC Sport reeled in the young gun Francois Gabart and MACIF on Monday afternoon to lead by 9 miles at the 19:00 ranking (French time)

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Heading south for the second event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour

 

The 7 heavyweights contending the GC32 Racing Tour title are heading to Sardinia, in the southeast corner of the island, where they will race against each other from Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July in the GC32 Villasimius Cup. All the competing GC32 teams are eager to try out racing at this new sailing venue. Measuring up against Sébastien Rogues’ Team ENGIE, the other teams, who come to Sardinia in peak form, will leave the French team little room for manoeuvre. Sébastien Rogues is confident in his team’s potential, and arrives in the Mediterranean more focused than ever.

 

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Glosten completes design of hybrid passenger-only ferry; Navy picks former DDG commander to lead USS Fitzgerald probe

Navy picks former DDG commander to lead USS Fitzgerald probe
The Navy has named Rear Adm. (lower half) Brian Fort as lead for the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) investigation being conducted pursuant to the Manual of the Judge Advocate General (JAGMAN) to gather evidence.
Austal wins $584 million LCS 28 contract

Austal said “the 127 meter frigate sized LCS28 will be the 14th LCS constructed at Austal’s U.S. shipyard in Mobile, Alabama and represents a continuing vote of confidence in Australia’s design and shipbuilding capability for large naval vessels.”
PVA’s Flagship SMS gains Coast Guard recognition

The PVA Flagship SMS is a voluntary alternative safety management system, created by PVA members specifically for vessel operators to utilize in implementing their own SMS.
Damen readies new CMV cruise ship for inaugural voyage

The full scope of work was concluded within a tight timescale, ensuring that the vessel could sail to the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, U.K., in time for her naming ceremony and inaugural cruise.
New broadband service for ships in Asia-Pacific region

The fully-managed service will enable Primacom to double broadband speeds for connecting vessels traversing international and domestic maritime routes within the Asia-Pacific region.
Drewry optimistic on prospects for multipurpose shipping

Many key drivers for dry cargo demand have reported a significant uptick in 2017.
Aegean Marine Petroleum launches Savannah service center

Under the terms of the agreement with Colonial Terminals, Inc., Aegean will lease tankage from Colonial’s oil terminal on the Savannah River.

Queen Mary 2 retraces history and takes on the trimarans as the Centennial Transat begins

The Centennial Transat – The Bridge – from Saint-Nazaire to New York started in uniquely spectacular fashion at 19:00 today, one hundred years after American troops arrived on the coast of France. 



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This time the cannon shots were sounds of fraternity to begin the race between the Queen Mary 2 and four of the largest and fastest trimarans in the world. The start to ocean races are always emotive affairs but rarely are they so loaded.

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Rán Racing Rise To Win From A Dramatic Porto Cervo Finale

 

Catherine Zennström’s Rán Racing won the Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Audi Sailing Week title on the last downwind.
While there was elation for the ice cool Swedish owner-driver and his hard working crew there was huge disappointment for Quantum Racing and for Provezza who both within minutes of each other had one hand on the top prize, before gear failures successively dropped them from contention.

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Metal Shark reels in big Navy contract; VIDEO: Bipartisan legislation pushes for 355 ship Navy

Metal Shark reels in big Navy contract to build patrol boats
Metal Shark reels in big U.S. Navy contract
to build patrol boats
June 23, 2017 —Under a contract potentially worth up to $54 million, Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been selected by the U.S. Navy to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for United States partner nations through the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

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Better Never Stops

 

Wednesday’s transgression may be two days behind them. Today they climbed to the top of the Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Audi Sailing Week standings, sailing 1,3,1,4 since they retired on from the first day’s coastal race due to an error, but Quantum Racing’s hard driving tactician Terry Hutchinson has in no way put the opening day mistake behind him.

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