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THE BRIDGE: arriving into New York on the 1st July

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

On 25th June, the 345 metre Cunard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will race some of the world’s fastest multihull yachts from France to America. 

To celebrate the centenary of the American landing - supported by the Mission du Centenaire under the patronage of Jean Yves le Drian – the Queen Mary 2 will leave St Nazaire Port on June 25th and reach New York on July 1st. This is an event organised to mark the historical importance of the allegiance between the USA and France. 

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).

This transatlantic race is a unique event, not least because the Queen Mary 2 will travel 3,150 miles in 6 days at an average of 28 knots, racing against the Ultime Trimarans.Sailors, musicians and basketball players will be gathered throughout the event: jazz concerts will take place in Cherboug, Nantes, St Nazaire and aboard the Queen Mary 2. There will also be the first every 3x3 basketball World Championship held in France. Both jazz and basketball represent American Culture. 

 This is going to be an incredibly tough stage! The fleet left the port of Concarneau after mid-day yesterday and are still in south Brittany more than twelve hours later! "It's true that the reality is not at all in line with expectations," explained Gildas Mahé to the VHF this morning. "We really had a very weak wind and I almost got wet last night at Cape Caval. It's going to take a long time, but I'm happy to be back in the game." Just like Alexis Loison (Custopol), who was recalled yesterday at the start along with the skipper of Action Contre La Faim, both have made up the time and back within the pack.

You will be able to collect your accreditation at the press Centre located in the InterContinental New York Hotel Barclay (111 East 48th Street New York). 

New York Schedule

July 1st Morning 08:00 Arrival of the Queen Mary 2 in New York, docking in the Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Cruise Terminal)

11:00 Option to interview celebrities when they disembark (The Bridge event organiser, QM2 team crew, musicians: Natalie Dessay, Paul Lay, Erik Orsenna, Jean Le Cam, Alain Gautier, Dominic Vittet)


14:45 Opening of "MERCI" Exhibition 

15:30 Legions d’honneur ceremony

17:00 SummerStage Festival in Central Park (Natalie Dessay and Matheus Ensemble then V. Giordano, C. Russell, T. Eva, Royal Roses and Avalon Jazz Band)

July 2nd to July 4th


Arrival of the maxi-trimarans. 

Possibility to embark on a rib to meet the trimarans and skippers (please note that there is limited space so please contact us to request availability). 

The Trimarans will dock in the Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Cruise Terminal)

July 6th

19:00 The Bridge Prize Giving Ceremony -  New York Yacht Club

Please contact for more information 


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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 June 2017 )