Flash Gordon Rockets into Early Lead

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Naples Island, one of the canal-divided islands in Alamitos Bay known as the “Venice of America,” is home to Long Beach Yacht Club, which this week (September 24-27) is hosting 17 international teams who are vying for the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title. As the closing event of a highly-competitive season, the victorious team will be the one whose athleticism, precision and teamwork come together in a fashion not unlike a Rolex timepiece: assembled with detailed precision by a master craftsman.

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A very special day

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It was a very special day onshore, with the tribute to Florence Arthaud and the presence of Prince Henrik of Denmark, and on the water with excellent sailing conditions for both the classics and the Dragons

Thursday, day 3 of the Régates Royales de Cannes has started with a full cacophony of horns, bells, sirens saluting Coeur Vaillant docking out. The 8MI owned by Philippe Monnet left the harbour under mainsail only, her crew standing in line for a very special tribute to Florence Arthaud, hundreds of sailors on the bows and spectators on the quai. It was a very emotional moment to say goodbye to the legendary French female sailor. The Régates Royales, launched back in 1929 to honour King Christian X of Denmark, today also welcomed a special guest: his descendant and keen racer Prince Henrik, who was invited by Prince Albert of Monaco on board the 15MI Tuiga

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Damen delivers the second of two Mamola PSVs; LNG fueling a “slam dunk” for local air quality, but …

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Damen delivers the second of two Mamola PSVs
September 24, 2015—Following a naming ceremony in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday, Promar Shipping Services has taken delivery of Mamola Defender, the second of two Damen PSV 3300 platform supply vessels ordered in January 2014.

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Status quo (or near enough…)

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• The wind has died down and the sea is more manageable
• New technical stops for Guillermo Cañardo and Fidel Turienzo
• In both the series and prototypes, there are unchanging leaders

They say that the Minis make the race by racing it. At these rates, the sailors are reaching exceptional speeds , but when the sea is choppy, they need to be very careful how they navigate to make the most of their boats, which are designed so well that they sometimes overspeed and cause problems.

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High winds sweep the Bay of Cannes

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Today’s strong winds forced the organizers to abandon racing, leaving them no choice but keep the boats safely moored in the Vieux Port of Cannes. Since the inception of the Régates Royales de Cannes, owners have always called up professional sailors. Once they were fishermen or seafaring shipmates, today they’re Olympic athletes, America’s Cup, Irc or one-design pro sailors. Tomorrow they will all join a tribute to much-missed female offshore legend Florence Arthaud

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U.S. announces New Jersey offshore wind lease sale; Kirby back at Nichols for two twin screw tugboats

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U.S. announces New Jersey offshore wind lease sale
September 23, 2015—The New Jersey Wind Energy Area could potentially support at least 3,400 megawatts of commercial wind generation, enough to power an estimated 1.2 million homes, according to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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The Big Slide

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• The fleet bowls along at high speed along the coast of Portugal
• Skimming Galicia
• The champions are still at the meeting point

With a strong following wind, the Minis bowled along the portuguese coast, with the same worry in each person’s mind: the best way to attack, whilst also keeping the boat under control. In this constant game, it’s experience that makes the difference.

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