Here comes the Atlantic cup...

Here comes the Atlantic cup...

Saturday May 4 2013 Author: Sam Holliday Location: United States

With only one week remaining until America's premier and only dedicated Class40 yacht race, we thought we would have a look at what the event is all about.

Presented by 11th hour racing the Atlantic cup starts in Charleston, South Carolina on the 11th of May. From the start line the 7 crews will race approximately 700 miles double handed tackling the notorious Cape Hatteras and making the decision whether to push for the gulf stream and sail further or to risk taking the shortest distance but in less established winds into the heart of New York City . Once in New York the crews will have a 4-5 day event filled stop over with a Pro-Am race allowing sponsors the chance to get onboard and see first hand what class 40 racing is all about and a presentation named 'Living on the Edge: The Atlantic Cup presents Coastal Communities & Climate Change.' The event looks to be a huge success with high profile speakers reenforcing the need to look after our planet - something the Atlantic cup goes some way in doing (The race was the first carbon neutral race in the States and was awarded Gold Level Status from Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regatta’s Program.).

After the stop over racing resume on the 18th of May with the fleet racing south out of New York to a rounding mark allowing them to turn north and sprint some 200 miles to Newport Rhode Island. Once in Newport the teams face a tough couple of days - turning their Class40's from offshore racing yachts into quick inshore boats with a crew of 6 people onboard. After all 3 legs the combined overall winner will be crowned the Atlantic Cup Champion taking home a tasty cheque.

This year seven boats compete:

  1. - 40 degrees
  2. - Bodacious Dream
  3. - Dragon
  4. - Gryphon Solo
  5. - Icarus racing
  6. - Lecoq Cuisine
  7. - Pleiad Racing

With 7 strong contenders this years Atlantic cup is wide open!

Hannah Jenner onboard 40 degrees will look to turn around last years misfortune and continue their success in this years RORC 600 here and with the boat owner Peter Harding onboard the pair know the boat inside out and will be pushing very hard for a podium position if not the race win!

This years edition also sees the return of both Bodacious dream and Gryphon Solo - 2nd and 3rd respectively in last years race. Both will be looking to emulate last years success and mount a bid for the number 1 spot.

The returning Dragon and Icarus racing will be looking for good results too. Dragon skipper Mike Hennessy has teamed up with highly experienced class 40 sailor Rob Windsor once again and after some impressive results last year will be confident of doing the same again. Icarus racing brings with it a larger sail inventory after last years limited selection. Both Ben and Tim will also be confident during the inshore series and will look to bring a crackpot team of inshore sailors to Newport!

The Atlantic cup also sees two new pairings in Pleiad racing and Lecoq Cuisine although the latter has been involved with the class for years Eric Lecoq now brings a new boat and new co-skipper in the form of accomplished sailor Conrad Coleman (Conrad won last years Global Ocean race). Lecoq could prove the dark horse of the race.

With the race starting at 2pm local time on Saturday its all to play for!

You can follow the race by following the details below:




All the best, more soon...



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