Final Dramatic Day in Trapani Crowns Rombelli as 2015 Melges 32 World Champion


A very exciting regatta also reveals Rombelli as Audi-Tron Sailing Series Champion

Trapani, Italy – Congratulations are in full order for Alessandro Rombelli and his STIG 2015 Melges 32 World Champion team that includes tactician Francesco Bruni and crew members Pierluigi De Felice, Giorgio Tortarolo, Michele Giovannini, Daniele Fiaschi, Luca Faravelli (2010 World Champ) and Filippo La Mantia. Less than one year ago, Rombelli found himself fourth overall at the Miami Worlds. A complete European sailing season later, he now sits atop as ‘King’ of the world’s most highly competitive, yet extraordinarily rewarding one design class – the Melges 32.

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Hurry Up and Wait, Trapani Reveals New Tricks at 2015 Melges 32 World Championship


Ferrari captures the day with an impressive 1-4, while Rombelli separates himself from the peloton

Trapani, Italy – Any sailor thinking they were going to have a shorter day after an on-shore postponement on the fourth day at the 2015 Melges 32 Worlds Championships in Trapani were sorely mistaken. The plan was to delay the start, wait for the breeze to build and bang off three quality races, but instead a weak northerly wind tricked and teased the twenty-two boat fleet, eventually completing two races under a setting sun that shook up the standings for a second day in a row.

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Did you say it was cosmopolitan?


· 34 non French entries to race on the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe
· 16 nationalities ranging from China to Estonia
· Number of Spanish and Italian entries grow

The Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe remains true to tradition. With 46% of entries coming from outside of France, contributing to the reputationnotoriety of the Mini Class, it is one of the most internationally renowned editions of offshore races in the world. Here, wWe look at the entries, candidates for the big adventure, some of which have left behind commitments to pursue their big dream.

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R/V Neil Armstrong completes acceptance trials; Elcano LNG carriers to be largest to transit Panama Canal

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R/V Neil Armstrong completes acceptance trials
August 28, 2015—The first-of-class oceanographic research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), has successfully completed acceptance trials. Built by shipbuilder Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA, Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research vessel capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas.

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Sicilian Shake-up


With six races complete and a discard in effect, the scoreboard gets a revamp with several Melges 32 teams climbing the ranks while others tumble

Trapani, Italy – A high pressure system hung over Sicily for the start of the third day of racing at the 2015 Melges 32 World Championship organized by B.Plan Sport & Events (BPSE) in cooperation with Melges Europe. Another weak northeast gradient lingered producing a 6-8 knot northerly wind, with the breeze dipping below class minimums on occasion. PRO Anderson Reggio exercised patience, eventually firing off two quality races.

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A Tale of Two Trapanis


A lighter, variable breeze challenged competitors and kept racing tight until the final boat crossed the finish line

Trapani, Italy – In stark contrast to the full-on, breezy, physical conditions of the first day of Melges 32 World Championship racing, Day Two greeted competitors with light and dicey racing testing the mental toughness of the twenty-two boat fleet. With many teams licking their chops to improve on their Day One performance, the lighter conditions provided the perfect arena almost guaranteed to shake-up the standings.

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Ezra and Japanese engineering giant in subsea joint venture; USCG orders precautions following Tianjin explosions

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Ezra and Japanese engineering giant in subsea joint venture
August 27, 2015—Singapore’s Ezra Holdings has entered a binding MOU with Japanese engineering giant Chiyoda Corporation. Chiyoda will invest in Ezra’s Subsea Services business to form Emas Chiyoda Subsea—a 50:50 Joint Venture. The partnership creates an opportunity for Emas AMC to expand its subsea-to-surface offering, and provide more value to clients and partners, and for Chiyoda to rapidly accelerate its expansion of its Offshore & Upstream business portfolio.

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