QM2 vs the Super Yachts race results between the St Nazaire Bridge and the Verrazano Bridge in New York
Readers of the February 2017 copy of this magazine may recall the story related to the planned ‘race’ due to be held at the end of June 2017 between the 150,000 ton Queen Mary 2 against four French trimarans each weighing less than 25 tons. They were described as the world’s fastest multihulled yachts and the contest was from Saint Nazaire to New York.
The race, known as The Bridge 2017 Centennial Transat, marked a century since American soldiers first landed in France during World War I.
The event did take place, however the weather conditions sadly did not benefit the yachts. You may be interested in the outcome of the event.
With a capacity of up to nearly 2,700 passengers, the QM2 took a more direct route to New York, landing in five and a half days with an average speed of 22.67 knots.
The Macif, the fastest of the trimarans captained by Francois Gabart, reached New York in 8 days, 31 minutes and 20 seconds. The trimarans were forced to take alternate routes due to risk of encountering icebergs and extreme weather.
“This race is historic, it’s the first time these boats have raced together and I’m sure this is the future for sailing,” Gabart told Yachting & Boating World. “To be part of this is unbelievable because we are just at the start.”
The other three trimarans featured Sodebo, skippered by Thomas Coville, Ldec, led by Francis Joyon, and Actual, steered by Yves Le Blevec.