“Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning”.
- The Blue Riband of the Atlantic is an accolade claimed by the vessel which crosses the Atlantic from New York to the UK in the fastest time. Historically claimed by passenger ships but in recent years by private vessel owners/sponsors including Virgin Atlantic Challenger 2 in 1986. Destriero is the current record holder with a time of 58 hours at an average speed of 53 knots. But neither could claim the Hales Trophy.
- But the Hales Trophy is a whole different ball game. This is awarded to the fastest West to East crossing from New York to UK by a commercial vessel, usually a passenger ferry. Catlink V holds the record at an average of just over 41 knots in 2 days 9 hours and 20 minutes.