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2013 Atlantic Cup Announced

2013 Atlantic Cup to take same course as 2012:
Charleston, New York, Newport.

11th Hour Racing returns as presenting sponsor & St. Mary’s Hospital for Children will be official charitable partner.


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Manuka Sports Event Management is pleased to announce the third edition of The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will kick off May 11, 2013 from Charleston, South Carolina. The Atlantic Cup is the only dedicated Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. It is also the only carbon-neutral sailing event in the United States and in 2012 the race featured an international fleet of 15 boats from the USA, France, Germany and Great Britain, the most Class 40s to ever compete in the United States. Manuka Sports is also happy to announce 11th Hour Racing will return as the presenting sponsor and St. Mary’s Hospital for Children will be the official charitable partner for the race.

11th Hour Racing is committed to advancing sailing practices that improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and as part of their continued support for The Atlantic Cup environmental responsibility will again be demonstrated both on and off the water. Through a series of initiatives such as requiring teams to have an alternative fuel source (i.e. solar panels, hydrogenerator or fuel cell), eliminating single use plastic water bottles, recycling and composting at all hospitality events and offsetting carbon emissions post race, The Atlantic Cup will continue to be run as a carbon neutral event.

Walking the red carpet at Hard Rock Rocks Times Square to raise awareness for St. Mary’s Kids, Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Piggin and Icarus Racing’s Ben Poucher & Tim Fetsch saw first hand the impact that St. Mary’s is having on New York’s sickest children. The Atlantic Cup is excited bring attention and help raise awareness amongst the sailing community for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. In addition to being the official charitable partner for the 2013 race, teammates Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch will race their boat, Icarus Racing for St. Mary’s Kids. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children opened New York City’s first hospital for children 140 years ago, and is today New York City’s only pediatric post-acute facility, helping New York’s sickest children overcome serious illness, injury, and complications of premature birth. Each day St. Mary’s cares for 4,000 children who are battling complex medical conditions at home, in the community and at its brand new patient pavilion at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

Hugh Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director – “We are delighted to be partnered with two extremely worthwhile organizations. To be able to raise awareness for the environment and the amazing things that St. Mary’s is doing for children in New York City is very important to us and we’re looking forward to doing our part to help and support the dedicated staff and brave children at St. Mary’s. ”

Jeff Frerichs, President and CEO, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children – “It takes a community of supporters to help care for New York’s most critically ill and injured children. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is grateful to our friends at The Atlantic Cup and Icarus Racing for their support and commitment to children with special needs.”


About The 2013 Atlantic Cup

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. with a focus on running an carbon neutral event. The 2013 edition of the Atlantic Cup starts Saturday, May 11th in Charleston, South Carolina and will showcase the top Class 40 sailors as they race a 642 nautical mile off-shore leg double-handed from Charleston around the infamous, Cape Hatteras then north to New York City. Once in New York (May 14-18) there will be a brief stopover before competitors start the coastal leg of the race. The coastal leg will take competitors along the same course as the 2011 and 2012 race: 231 nautical miles, south out of New York to a turning mark off the New Jersey coast before heading north to Newport. In Newport (May 20-26), competitors will race a two-day, inshore series with a maximum crew of six. The combined overall winner of both stages will be the Atlantic Cup Champion. Notice of Race and other pertinent documents can be found at


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