Watch: 2019 Melges 20 World Championship

Nothing beats the thrill of Melges racing.
Now that the 2019 Melges 20 Worlds is in the books, it is time to set your eyes forward. And the Melges World League has a great experience in place for you. Get ready for more world-class racing with the very best group of people at sailing’s most celebrated venues around the world. Onward and upward! Race to melges20.com to learn about the upcoming racing in USA, Europe and Asia. Let’s go!

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IMO maritime data solution available after launch in Antigua and Barbuda

IMO maritime data solution available after launch in Antigua and Barbuda

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A successful International Maritime Organization (IMO) project promoted by Norway to establish a maritime “single window” in Antigua and Barbuda has been completed – and the source code for the system will now be made available to other countries who need it.

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Royal Caribbean orders fifth Edge class cruise ship; South Africa approves scrubber use

April 11th 2019
April 10, 2019 — Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique to order a fifth Edge-class cruise ship for delivery in the fall of 2024. “Edge class made an immediate hit with Celebrity Cruises guests and is a state-of-the-art example of technical excellence and elegant design,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We can’t wait to build the next one.”

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GGR DAY 284: Tapio Lehtinen crosses Equator – GGR Prize giving details

 

 DAY 284: Golden Globe Race Update

  • Tapio Lehtinen crosses the Equator
  • GGR Prize-giving timetable 19-22nd April

Dateline: 11/04/2019 Les Sables d’Olonne, France

 
Tapio Lehtinen – still smiling, despite his slow progress.

All the GGR skippers bar Kevin Fairbrother will all be attending the GGR Prize giving celebrations in Les Sables d’Olonne over the Easter Weekend.
 
The Joshua One-design class yacht being developed for the 2022 GGR.

As Tapio Lehtinen, the last of the Golden Globe race skippers, crossed the Equator on Tuesday to start the last part of his solo circumnavigation back to Les Sables d’Olonne, plans are now well advanced for the GGR prize-giving celebrations in the Vendee port over the Easter Weekend 19 – 22nd April.

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Navy’s estimate of Columbia Class cost “not realistic”; Giant box ships face Houston Ship Channel limits

April 1oth 2019
April 10, 2019 — A GAO (U.S. Government Accountability Office) report says that the Navy’s cost estimate to construct 12 Columbia class submarines—$115 billion—is not realistic because it is based on several overly optimistic assumptions, such as the amount of labor needed for construction. The Navy has identified the Columbia class submarine program as its top acquisition priority. It plans to invest over $100 billion to develop and purchase 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines to replace aging Ohio class submarines by 2031.

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VEHICLE AND OCCUPANTS CUT OFF ON HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY

Another busy summer season starts for RNLI crews around the coasts of the British Isles and one of the most frustrating shouts must be to drivers who took stupid risks on causeways. Holy Island has a well-built causeway with refuges built on its length for those caught by the tides to take shelter BUT STILL Seahouses Lifeboat attends shouts where the vehicle occupants are shivering on the roof of their semi-submerged vehicle. To avoid this serious danger, electronic warning/information signs have been erected on the approaches to the causeway BUT STILL people are trying to beat the tide. Short of installing railway crossing style barriers it is difficult to see what else can be done to stop people risking themselves and others. Tides happen twice a day at predicted intervals. Lifeboat crews potentially risk their lives every time they launch and once on a shout cannot be diverted to another emergency. If you plan to cross a causeway, PLEASE CHECK THE TIDE TIMES and respect any warning signs.   SARN Ed.

Seahouses RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 7.06am on Wednesday 10 April 2019, to go to the assistance of two persons reported to be wet and cold, sitting on the roof of a car cut off by the tide on Holy Island Causeway.

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Team Oman Air readies for the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour with a new-look crew

The GC32 2018 World Championships. Riva Del Garda, Italy.
Photo by Lloyd Images

Team Oman Air is returning to high-speed action this year after joining the international GC32 Racing Tour where they will compete against at least nine other teams in a series of high-profile events. The team is based around the core crew which competed very successfully in the Extreme Sailing Series for many years, winning the title four times racing the foiling catamarans.

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Big fleet racing in store for U.S. Melges 24 National Ranking Event No. 2 — 2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week

Big fleet racing in store for 2019 Melges 24
U.S. National Ranking Event No. 2 —
2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week
(Charleston, S.C. USA – April 9, 2019) – The start of the second event of the 2019 U.S. Melges 24 National Ranking Series is just days away with thirty-seven teams registered for the Sperry Charleston Race Week regatta. Melges 24s from all over the country are excited to be traveling to Sperry Race Week, an event well known for being supported by a massive league of dedicated volunteers, offering the finest in race and regatta management, loaded with tons of southern hospitality. Spectacular shoreside activities include beach parties, an open Goslings Rum Bar and live music each day that keeps teams faithfully returning every year.

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Licence to Sail for Edinburgh Marina

 

[London: 9 April 2019]: Edinburgh Marina, Scotland’s premier new waterside destination development, confirmed today that it has now been granted its marine works licence by Marine Scotland for the new world-class Edinburgh Marina located less than 2.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The grant of this licence paves the way for the construction of the new state-of-the-art 373 berth Edinburgh Marina which, once complete, will provide 24/7 access to the sea at all states of tide.

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