FLAWLESS FIRST DAY

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Day 1, Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2013. The fleet with Newport’s Ocean Drive in the background

While the weather was a mix of contrasts for the opening day of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, hosted from the Harbour Court club house of New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I., the results on the water were anything but. With light wind predicted, race organizers delayed the start an hour which allowed the rain to move out of the area while leaving behind dramatic clouds and patches of blue. Once racing was underway, Dutch-born Nico Poons sailed three flawless races on Charisma – leading the fleet around the course at all but the first two mark roundings. In fact, Poons went from strength to strength as the fleet followed in hot pursuit, evidenced by all 15 boats crossing the finish line of race two in under three minutes. In the third race of the day, Poons rounded the windward mark 15 seconds ahead of defending champion Helmut Jahn of Chicago, at the helm of Flash Gordon 6, and by the finish had increased the spread to 30 seconds.

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Austal lays keel for Australian patrol boat

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August 27, 2013—Australian shipbuilder Austal recently held a keel-ceremony at its Henderson facility for the Cape Nelson (CCPB 03), the third in a series of eight 56m patrol boats being built under the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program. The patrol boats are being built for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Keel-laying traditionally marks the first significant milestone in a ship’s construction. Historically this was the “laying down” of the main timber making up the backbone of a vessel. Austal’s advanced shipbuilding techniques means fabrication of ship modules begins well before they are actually joined.

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PEGASUS AIRLINES PWA CUP CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED

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The champions for the Pegasus Airlines PWA Windsurfing World Cup have been announced as Antoine Albeau for the mens and Sarah Quita Offringa for the womens category.

ALACATI (27 August 2013) — The PWA Windsurfing World Cup, sponsored by Pegasus Airlines for the seventh year running, came to a close at the weekend with its final races when 93 windsurfers (64 men, 29 women) from 29 countries competed for the Cup. Of these 21 were Turkish windsurfers, comprising 11 men and 10 women.

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Siemens installs North Sea offshore wind platform

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P-63 FPSO heads for Campos Basin

August 26, 2013—Petrobras reports that the P-63 FPSO was temporarily located in Ilha de Santana, in Macaé (RJ) on Friday. The unit is now on its way to its final location in the Campos Basin with the help of tugs after undergoing some additional changes needed to meet environmental licensing conditions at the Papa Terra field, operated by Petrobras (62.5%) in partnership with Chevron (37.5%). The unit has a capacity to process 140 thousand barrels of oil and compress one million cu.m of gas per day and is scheduled to start production on October 23.

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New Speakers at National Maritime Salvage Conference

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Maitland, Ferris as luncheon
speakers at National Maritime
Salvage Conference

 

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and Marine Log recently confirmed two new prominent luncheon speakers for the National Maritime Salvage Conference & Expo, which is scheduled for Sept. 9-12, 2013 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA.

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FAIR, FAST AND FEARLESS

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BARKING MAD and FLASH GORDON 6 – 2012 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds
BARKING MAD, Sail No: USA 50955, Owner: James Richardson, Tactician: Hamish Pepper, Home Port: Boston, MA, USA – FLASH GORDON 6, Sail No: USA 60002, Owner: Helmut Jahn, Tactician: Bill Hardesty, Home Port: Chicago, IL, USA

It’s time to deliver. After two days of racing at the pre-worlds, fifteen crews from eight countries are ready to fight for the coveted title of Rolex Farr 40 World Champions. The venue is spectacular and historic, the boats are the thoroughbred of world-class one-design racing and the competition is top-notch.

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