Queen Mary 2 wins Transat Race
Published on July 1st, 2017
(July 1, 2017) – The Queen Mary 2 won the The Bridge – Centennial Transat in the small hours of the morning, crossing the finish line under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at 05:00 before bathing in a flawless dawn in New York Bay.
Meanwhile, back in the Atlantic, Macif (François Gabart) had stolen a march on his rivals among the four trimarans left behind by the QM2. At the 19:00 ranking (French time), Macif had more than doubled her lead and was 89 miles ahead of Idec Sport (Francis Joyon), 123 miles ahead of Sodebo Ultim’ (Thomas Colville) and 494 miles ahead Actual (Yves LeBlévec).
Macif was reaching in southwesterlies and making 23 knots, but has 774 miles to the finish with much uncertainty still in the forecast for the approach to New York.
The 3,152-mile (5,837 km) Centennial Transat – The Bridge – from Saint-Nazaire to New York started June 25 in France between the ocean liner (1,132 feet/345m) and four of the largest and fastest trimarans in the world.