Franck Cammas and Team NORAUTO come out on top at the GC32 Villasimius Cup

Fourth event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour, run by Marina Villasimius.
GC32 Racing Tour, Villasimius Cup 2018. Photo © Tomás Moya / Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour

Team NORAUTO have secured their third victory this season on the GC32 Racing Tour, winning the GC32 Villasimius Cup today and maintaining their lead on the overall general ranking. The French team, skippered by Volvo Ocean Race/Route du Rhum winner Franck Cammas and backed by Europe’s leading car maintenance company, overcame tough competition on the waters off southeastern Sardinia, winning this crucial penultimate event of the 2018 circuit by just one point.

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Pacinotti Prevails to Win 2018 Melges 20 World League European Division, Intense Final Day Gives Rytov the Cagliari Win

2018 Melges 20 World League, European Champions
Filippo Pacinotti, BRONTOLO

Cagliari, Italy (September 16, 2018) – An intense final day of racing at the last 2018 Melges 20 World League, European Division circuit event has presented two very strong and impassioned teams with major victories. Igor Rytov’s RUSSIAN BOGATYRS overcame adversity to win the Cagliari regatta. For Filippo Pacinotti at the helm of BRONTOLO with tactician Manu Weiller, and crew Federico Michetti and Silvia Morini, massive stars aligned as they retained their top-two status to capture the 2018 Melges 20 World League, European Division crown.

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Wärtsilä wins world’s first ‘LPG as fuel’ order for new generation of innovative gas carriers

Image caption: Exmar’s new Very Large Gas Carriers will feature Wärtsilä technology that enables them to operate on LPG fuel. Photo: Exmar.

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 17 September 2018 at 10 am EEST

The technology group Wärtsilä will provide an integrated cargo handling and fuel gas system for two new gas carrier vessels for Exmar, the Belgium-based fleet owner. The ships, which will transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), are being built at HHIC-Philippines (Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines) in Subic Bay. The design of these ships focuses on high efficiency and a more sustainable operational profile. In achieving this, these 80,000m³ Very Large Gas Carriers will be the first vessels capable of running on LPG. This valuable order with Wärtsilä was booked in July, 2018.

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Pacinotti Maintains Melges 20 Lead in Cagliari Going into Final Race Day

2018 Melges 20 World League, European Division – Cagliari

Cagliari, Italy (September 15, 2018) – As the Melges 20 World League, Euro Division 2018 season nears the end, Italy’s Filippo Pacinotti at the helm of BRONTOLO managed to hold onto the lead in Cagliari after two more races. His year commenced with winning the inaugural stage in Forio d’Ischia last April, and now he is ready to seize the final win on the 2018 circuit.

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Pacinotti Takes Early Lead in Cagliari

2018 Melges 20 World League, European Division – Cagliari

Cagliari, Italy (September 14, 2018) – The thermal did not disappoint the Melges 20 World League European Fleet of twenty-eight teams in Cagliari today. The ideal conditions allowed for two initial races to be completed, putting Italy’s Filippo Pacinotti at the helm of BRONTOLO in the lead position. Trailing in second place and not to be underestimated, is reigning World Champion Drew Freides’ PACIFIC YANKEE, and Russia’s Igor Rytov sailing RUSSIAN BOGATYRS in third.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day – WeSwap reveals the top eco-friendly holiday destinations

In light of tomorrow’s International Coastal Cleanup day, travel money provider WeSwap today reveals the top five spots to ensure sandy footprints are the only kind you’ll be leaving behind. Tourism as an industry accounts for 5% of all greenhouse gas emissions and, in coastline destinations, water usage increases by up to 160% during peak season. In light of these statistics, WeSwap reveals its top five recommendations for eco-friendly coastlines, towns and places of interest, in addition to those that we need to hold back on until the ecosystem has some time to recover from heavy footfall and pollution.

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Nichols Brothers launches second Lindblad Expeditions vessel; GD Electric Boat gets another $480.6 million for Columbia Class work

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Nichols Brothers launches second Lindblad Expeditions vessel
September 14, 2018 — Designed by Jensen Maritime with interiors by Tilberg, the 3,200 hp twin screw diesel vessel has a service speed of 12 knots and accommodates 100 passengers in 50 spacious cabins.

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Cover Story: A Sea of Gold

Cover Story: A Sea of Gold

by BigJules

A book’s cover is basically the face of the work, reflecting its genre and what a reader might likely expect inside. These days it’s also important for a cover to look good as a thumbnail so that ebook browsers can readily spot what they’re interested in. I’ve been very fortunate in the covers of the Kydd Series – initially painted by the renowned marine artist Geoff Hunt, and now created by the very talented digital artist Larry Rostant, who’s been behind the book jackets of Clive Cussler, Simon Scarrow, Con Iggulden and many other famous authors.

So just how was the stunning ‘face’ of A Sea of Gold created? A big thank-you to Assistant Editor Thorne Ryan for taking us behind the scenes of my latest Kydd tale.

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Penultimate regatta of the 2018 Melges 24 European Series kicks off in Domaso today

September 14, 2018 – Domaso, Italy- After busy summer season and European title event Melges 24 international fleet has assembled in Domaso, Italy to sail penultimate regatta of the 2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Italian Melges 24 Tour on Lake Como this upcoming weekend. Regatta will be valid also as the Melges 24 Italian Championship and is hosted by the Yacht Club Como in cooperation with Circolo Vela Canottieri Domaso, Melges 24 Italian Class Association and International Melges 24 Class Association.

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