Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Genoa

 VT Halter Marine delivers ATB
 tug to Bouchard

May 30, 2014
—VT Halter Marine, Inc. delivered the ocean-going 112 foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug Denise A. Bouchard to Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Measuring 112 feet by 35 feet by 17 feet, the 4,000 hp tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode, and is equipped with an Intercon Coupler System. Construction of the vessel began in March 2013 and the tug was launched in February 2014, at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine shipyard in Escatawpa, MS.

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Samui Regatta – AY Race Report 4

13th Samui Regatta 2014

Final 2013/14 AYGP Event

AY Race Report 4

All hands back on deck at Samui Regatta
By AY MultiMedia
May 30th, Koh Samui, Thailand: After the lay day to relax and regroup, all the crews were back out on the water for the penultimate day of racing. As the North Westerly breeze is still hanging in, PRO Ross Chisholm decided on a short windward/leeward race for crews to reacclimatize themselves, before embarking on a 32nm passage race, across to Ko Phangan, then around Ko Tae Nok before returning through the Samui Strait and back to the finish line. The boats that enjoy long asymmetric spinnaker rides finally got enough wind to answer their prayers. They certainly aren’t here to play games or make up the numbers, its serious business out there, with 20 teams including four highly fancied 52 footers that every regatta would like to have competing plus eight evenly matched “Flying 40’s” battling it out around the course. Today is make or break day and the leading contenders want to drive home their advantage.

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Sailing Stars and History Converge for 2014 Etchells World Championship

Sailing Stars and History Converge for Etchells Championship


A small seaside village, Newport, R.I., has made a habit of finding itself at the center of key moments in sailing history. That trend may well continue in late June as the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, in Newport, R.I., hosts the 2014 Etchells World Championship from June 21 to 28.

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Forty Audi Melges 20s Set To Embellish 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series Talamone Starting Line



Talamone, Italy – As the highly anticipated World Championship (25-30 August) approaches, the International Audi Melges 20 fleet is growing with speed and competitiveness, culminating this weekend with as many as forty teams on the starting line – commencing the 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series Talamone edition, organized by B.Plan Sports&Events in full coordination with Melges Europe.

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Fatigue, poor communications blamed in bulker grounding

 missing after explosion rips through Japanese tanker

May 29, 2014
—A massive explosion ripped through the 998-tonne Japanese tanker Shoko Maru sending flames leaping into the air. The vessel’s captain is missing. Seven other crew members were rescued, but four are being treated in hospital for severe burns. Latest TV footage shows that, though the fire appears to have been extinguished, firefighting vessels remain at the scene.

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A happy boat is a fast boat

A happy boat is a fast boat

London, UK (29th May 2014): Like Phil Robertson, Swede Björn Hansen has been hovering around the podium for the last two seasons on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, finishing second in 2012 and fourth last year. He reigned supreme on home waters, winning his third Stena Match Cup Sweden last year and followed this up with a third at Chicago Match Cup, but before this had failed to make the top eight in Korea. A shade more consistency through the season and Hansen stands every chance of taking the elusive big prize this season.

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The Brand New Orion Range for 2014 – Athletic Design and Exceptional performance – designed for the active sportsboat sailors


The  new Orion WINDSTOPPER® garments are unashamedly designed for the active keelboat sailor where hi-functionality and performance are essential.  These Bi-component garments offer 100% windproof protection together with a high degree of water resistance to keep you dry and comfortable without compromising movement and flexibility even during periods of intense activity.

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