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Queen Mary 2 takes on trimarans as Centennial Transat begins Queen Mary 2 takes on trimarans as Centennial Transat begins Many thousands lined the harbor and shore to welcome the Queen Mary 2 into the Brittany harbor where she was built. This time the cannon shots were sounds of fraternity to begin the race between the Queen Mary 2 and four of the largest and fastest trimarans in the world. The start to ocean races are always emotive affairs but rarely are they so loaded. by The Bridge Posted today at 7:24 pm Possibly more hurricanes on East Coast this season Possibly more hurricanes on East Coast this season We already have three named storms, an unusually high number since it’s not even the end of June yet. For named storms affecting the east coast of the U.S., the predictions range from a low of 10 to a high of 17. For hurricanes, the range is from six to 10; for major hurricanes, the range is from one to four. by Peter Janssen Posted today at 11:07 am ARC Portugal - Sunny days in Figueira da Foz ARC Portugal - Sunny days in Figueira da Foz The fleet arrived in to Figueira da Foz on Thursday night; after a slow start from Porto The fleet arrived in to Figueira da Foz on Thursday night; after a slow start from Porto the afternoon breeze kicked in and boats reported a great day's sailing. Once safely moored up the fleet wandered up the pontoon to the marina restaurant where they were treated to unlimited sardines cooked on the BBQ, much enjoyed by all. by World Cruising Posted today at 1:00 am ARC Portugal - Port wine, Tuk Tuks and fish! ARC Portugal - Port wine, Tuk Tuks and fish! ARC Portugal rally fleet began arriving at Douro Marina from midday on Tuesday after the short leg from Povoa da Varzim The ARC Portugal rally fleet began arriving at the Douro Marina from midday on Tuesday after the short leg from Povoa da Varzim; light winds meant the fleet mostly motored from port to port. The first group was greeted by TukTuks at the Marina entrance, the TukTuk tour consisted of two different parts. by World Cruising Posted today at 12:26 am Tall ships return to Boston Tall ships return to Boston Despite the humid weather, tall ships are back in Boston as part of the international Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta Saturday marked the first time in 17 years that Boston Harbor saw the Grand Parade of Sail, with more than 50 sailing vessels streaming through the harbor's main channel as they made their way to assigned docks. by Bob Shaffer/WBUR Posted on 24 Jun First Balance 760 arrives in Tortola from Cape Town First Balance 760 arrives in Tortola from Cape Town When you start fabrication of a yacht of this complexity you must also work carefully through weight table estimates Whether you look at her designer, Anton Du Toit, or her builder, Mark Delany, or to Southern Spars, or to the guys over at Ullman, or to the careful oversight and passion of her project manager, Peter Dean (former owner of Dean Catamarans) - it takes a village of skilled craftsman to create something this special. by The Multihull Company Posted on 23 Jun Twenty-second blog from Jon Sanders - Starved for any news of world Twenty-second blog from Jon Sanders - Starved for any news of world When Magellan entered the Pacific from the Straight that bears his name it was pleasingly calm. When Magellan entered the Pacific from the Straight that bears his name it was pleasingly calm. He named the Pacific. 'Pacific'. Anything but. (So it can be). Except today, yesterday and probably tomorrow. Frustrating. No not at all. Quiet gentle wind 7/8 knots sometimes 9/10. Paul Stratfold has routed me into the west going current. by Jon Sanders Posted on 23 Jun USA - EPA enforcing compliance on yachts imported into the USA USA - EPA enforcing compliance on yachts imported into the USA The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping up enforcement on all yachts imported into the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping up enforcement on all yachts imported into the United States. Foreign-built yachts imported for ownership by a US citizen or for sale in the USA will be required to prove Clean Air Act compliance. This enforcement does not apply to visiting yachts. by Noah D., noonsite.com Posted on 23 Jun ARC Portugal - Povoa de Varzim ARC Portugal - Povoa de Varzim Yesterday evening the fleet began to arrive in to Clube Naval Povoense in Portugal. Yesterday evening the fleet began to arrive in to Clube Naval Povoense in Portugal. Due to a foggy start the rally left in their own time and the leg was non-competitive.Yesterday evening the fleet began to arrive in to Clube Naval Povoense in Portugal. Due to a foggy start the rally left in their own time and the leg was non-competitive by World Cruising Posted on 21 Jun The Bridge – Arriving into New York on the 1st July The Bridge – Arriving into New York on the 1st July The 345m Cunard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will race some of the world’s fastest yachts from France to America. Two thousand seven hundred passengers will board this historical ocean liner to race against the world's fastest trimarans helmed by the worlds best skippers: Macif (François Gabart), Sodebo (Thomas Coville), Actual (Yves le Blévec), IDEC (Francis Joyon). by The Bridge Posted on 21 Jun ARC Portugal - Foggy start from Baiona ARC Portugal - Foggy start from Baiona On 19 June, ARC Portugal rally participants enjoyed sunny weather Baiona had to offer during a free day to explore town. On Sunday 19 June, the ARC Portugal rally participants enjoyed the sunny weather Baiona had to offer during a free day to explore the town. At 1700 the Skippers Briefing took place at the Monte Real Club de Yates which was followed by drinks and starters out on the terrace where the prize giving for both Leg 1 (Plymouth to Falmouth) and Leg 2 (Falmouth to Baiona) took place. by World Cruising Posted on 21 Jun New cockpit shades - Looking swish again New cockpit shades - Looking swish again After six months on the hard stand in Trinidad, our cockpit covers were looking kind of shabby and unloved. After six months on the hard stand in Trinidad, our cockpit covers were looking kind of shabby and unloved. Almost eight years old, they had seen a lot of use in hot and steamy Asia, plus windy South Africa. Ley purchased 40 meters of fabric in Singapore back in 2011, and over recent years she has sewn new shade covers for the fore deck and the midship area. by SV Crystal Blues Posted on 21 Jun ARC Portugal - Spanish delights ARC Portugal - Spanish delights On Friday the ARC Portugal fleet gathered at Monte Real Club De Yates where they enjoyed sangria and snacks On Friday the ARC Portugal fleet gathered at Monte Real Club De Yates where they enjoyed sangria and snacks on their terrace that overlooks the marina. Andrew Bishop said a few words to welcome the fleet and thank our host marina. Participants caught up with the last two arrivals Serifina and Chimichanga, who arrived in the early hours of Friday morning. by World Cruising Posted on 19 Jun USCG home in Maine following 65-day counter narcotics patrol USCG home in Maine following 65-day counter narcotics patrol U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned to homeport in Kittery, Maine Sunday following a two-month counter-drug patrol The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned to its homeport in Kittery, Maine, Sunday following a two-month counter-drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 270-foot medium endurance cutter was deployed in support of Joint Interagency Task-Force South (JIATF-S) with the primary mission of interdicting illegal narcotics in the transit zone. by U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast Posted on 19 Jun USCG, locals rescue dozens after high-speed ferry accident in Hyannis USCG, locals rescue dozens after high-speed ferry accident in Hyannis Coast Guard teamed-up with local responders late Friday/early Saturday to rescue 55 people stranded aboard a speed ferry The Coast Guard teamed-up with local responders late Friday and early Saturday to rescue 55 people stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty while entering Hyannis Harbor. The local fire department notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at about 9:30 p.m. Friday and reported that the Massachusetts Steamship Authority Ferry Iyanough, which struck the jetty.. by U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast Posted on 18 Jun Zero degrees apparent Zero degrees apparent Once in the air, nothing goes to windward like one, or as quickly as one, which of course is fine if that is the mission Lots of time spent on board kerosene canaries of late afforded me the opportunity to reflect on a lot of things. Once in the air, nothing goes to windward like one, or as quickly as one, which of course is totally fine if that is to be the mission. Remember, it is important to have an end to journey towards, but in the end it is the journey that matters! by John Curnow Posted on 18 Jun Hokule'a makes it's way home after a three year worldwide voyage Hokule'a makes it's way home after a three year worldwide voyage Hokule'a along with sister-ship Hikianalia returned home to Hawaii after a three-year worldwide voyage. Saturday morning at 9:30 am HST, June 17, 2017, Hokule'a along with sister-ship Hikianalia returned home to Hawaii after a three-year worldwide voyage. Their tour included 150 port calls in 23 countries with 60,000 nautical miles shared between the two double-hulled sailing canoes. by Lauren Easley Posted on 18 Jun Life on board an ARC Portugal boat Life on board an ARC Portugal boat As a staff member of World Cruising Club its import to understand our Rally’s from all perspectives. As a staff member of World Cruising Club its important to understand our Rally’s from all perspectives. On this year’s ARC Portugal I crewed the leg from Falmouth to Bayona on Paul and Dee’s Hallberg Rassy 48. After a delayed start to the Rally caused by two low pressure systems the fleet were eager to depart and the weather window was set for a departure on the morning of Sunday the 11th. by World Cruising Posted on 17 Jun Blue skies welcome ARC Portugal fleet in to Bayona Blue skies welcome ARC Portugal fleet in to Bayona After departing Falmouth last Sunday, WikiWiki, the first yacht from the ARC Portugal fleet to arrive, docked in Bayona After departing Falmouth last Sunday, WikiWiki, the first yacht from the ARC Portugal fleet to arrive, docked in Bayona in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The rest of the fleet started to arrive from 01:00 this morning with Blue Monde, closely followed by Blonde Moment, leading the charge. by World Cruising Posted on 17 Jun Bula World ARC! Bula World ARC! The World ARC have been arrived in Fiji and authorized to clear in Vanua Balavu, in Lau Group The World ARC have been arrived in Fiji and authorized to clear in Vanua Balavu, in Lau Group, a group of officers from Custom and Immigration, Quarantine and Biosecurity flew to this remote island specifically for World ARC; World Cruising Club obtained special permission for the fleet as normally visiting yachts to Fiji are required to clear into the ports Suva or Savu Savu by World Cruising Posted on 17 Jun
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