Recent readers of these Cruise News pages will possibly be familiar with the coverage given to “Bridge 2017”, a transatlantic race between the Queen Mary 2 and the world’s fastest trimarans.
The route was from Saint-Nazaire, France to New York. It was part of an event to mark 100 years since American troops arrived in France during World War One.
There is some follow up information which I would like to share. During my recent trip that I was fortunate to experience on the Queen Mary 2 (Sea Breezes, October 2018), I was able to meet the Captain Peter Philpott.
During our conversation, the subject of the ‘Bridge’ event was briefly discussed. Captain Philpott was the Master on that trip and he revealed that in St Nazaire, where the QM2 was of course built, there was no space within the port where the QM2 was able to berth. A solution was found by the Port flooding the Chantiers de l’Atlantique Drydock where aspects of the construction of the vessel had been built.
A further insight into the start of the Race was supplied by Elliott Ballin of the Shore Excursions Desk on the Cunard vessel. Having been built in St Nazaire, a major crowd, many of whom would no doubt have had a strong affiliation with the QM2, were present at the start of the race. Adding to the excitement was a flypast from an Airbus A380. Thanks to Elliott Ballin who kindly let me have the montage of photographs attached to these notes.