Atlantic Cup unveiled

New doublehanded Class 40 event to run next year on the east coast

Tuesday November 23rd 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a new race in the USA for Class 40s comprising an offshore race from New York to Newport, RI, followed by inshore racing in Newport.

The event will comprise Pro-Am racing in New York Harbour on 6 May, the start of the 260 mile doublehanded race to Newport on 7 May, followed by two days of inshore fully crewed racing over the weekend of 14 May in Newport. There is to be a prize purse of $15,000.

Race Director and Manuka Sports Co-Founder, Hugh Piggin says the new race will make optimum use of social media, real time telemetry and large hospitality and Pro-Am events, “all of which will culminate in an event that is very accessible both physically and online.”

Thomson Reuters’ EVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer, Gus Carlson, has confirmed Thomson Reuters support of The Atlantic Cup. He said: “the Atlantic Cup as you all know promises to be one of the most innovative events in the sailing world. Highly competitive, technologically advanced and completely ‘clean.’ And it’s set against two of the most fantastic backdrops in this part of the world, New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. We’re pleased to be part of the inaugural year of the Cup.”

The first three skippers of the event have been announced in Joe Harris, Ben Poucher and Michael Hennessy.

Joe Harris recently placed an order for a new boat to compete in the Atlantic Cup as the first step in the build up to the Global Ocean Race. “I have seen the explosive growth of the Class40 to over 100 boats and I’m really looking forward to bringing the excitement of the class to the US and
being part of it so I ordered up a boat and it is on the way!”

Ben Poucher has been working on and racing sailboats professionally for the last seven years. “I cannot pass up this opportunity to step out from behind the scenes of working and sailing on racing boats and see if I have learned anything over the last seven years and whether I can put a winning team together from the guys I know in the industry. I think the set up of the event with the offshore and the inshore stages gives us young guys a little advantage.”

Michael Hennessy: Has been involved in the Class40 since 2006 and is on the Board of the International Class40 Association. “When Julianna and Hugh approached me two years ago with the early concept of this race it sounded really intriguing. We get approached by every race organizer in the planet; but we have nothing like this in the US. As I have watched them develop this concept and grow it over the course of the intervening 24 months, it’s clear that they have put together something very special and we are really excited to be part of it.”

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