July 8, 2013
Posted in: Forever Cunard
All of us at Cunard are proud to be British – and after the weekend we have just had, so we should be. Three things of note happened at the weekend – I thought that each of them were terrific and something to celebrate.
First up – Andy Murray won Wimbledon. I am sure that many, if not all of you watched it. He has endured so much pressure over recent years. No British winner for over 77 years, he lost (and cried) in last year’s final – the pressure must have been immense. That final game – losing three championship points, recovering three break points and then winning it to the most remarkable crowd noise ever heard at Wimbledon (and in my house). Watching him climb up to see his family, coaches and friends in their box. Fantastic job Andy Murray – an incredible achievement and the most spectacular event of the weekend. I also thought the tweet from his sponsors Adidas with the simple word ‘Wimbledone’ was a cool touch.
The Roaring British Lions…
There was a lot of speculation as to the final rugby test in Sydney on Saturday. Had our coach Gatland made a terrible mistake dropping O’Driscoll from the team? How could we win with 10 Welshmen in the side? Did the Australians have the mental momentum in their favour?
The game started and we were 7 points up after 2 minutes. Just before half time we were comfortably ahead at 19-3. Then just after half time the Australians came back to 19-16 – Oh Dear was it going pear-shaped again. But the resilience and drive of the Lions was a sight to behold. We did not just win – it was the highest score by a Lions side in a test match. Yes – as much as I admire our Australian friends – we stuffed Australia by a score of 41-16. Marvelous.
And Queen Mary 2 started her 200th crossing…
OK – by comparison to the above two achievements this is a very modest and different affair. However for Cunard it was another historic milestone as the ship slipped her berth in New York on Saturday. Our original Queen Mary completed 1,110 Atlantic crossings, Queen Elizabeth 896 and QE2 812 – each have a place in history and the 200th crossing of Queen Mary 2 as she approaches her 10th birthday is something for us to celebrate. We had a helicopter up to record the moment and some of the resulting photos are terrific. Note in one of the pictures the new ‘Freedom Tower’ in New York City – a wonderful and moving addition to the New York Skyline.
Photos of Queen Mary 2 departing New York on her 200th Transatlantic Crossing taken by James Morgan (The James Morgan Photographic Consultancy)
So all in all it was a marvelous weekend for Britain. Last word has to go to a fellow Scotsman Andy Murray – soon to be I am sure – Sir Andy Murray.