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Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announces
A Special New York City Evening Event
“Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change”

 A celebratory event with a timely panel moderated by Global Green USA’s Matt Petersen.
Dr. Ben Strauss of Climate Central, Professional Sailor Hannah Jenner
and Chip Giller of are confirmed panelists.
Opening Remarks provided by Sailors for the Sea’s David Rockefeller, Jr.


March 19, 2013 – Newport, R.I., With less than two months until the start of the third annual 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, Manuka Sports Event Management, is pleased to announce a special evening celebrating the race and its environmental commitment. Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change will take place Thursday, May 16th from 6pm-9pm at View of the World at the World Center Hotel in Lower Manhattan.

The first carbon neutral sailing race in the United States, The Atlantic Cup is furthering its mission for the 2013 edition by bringing together some of the environmental industry’s most well respected voices to celebrate the Race and recognize the changing climate. Sailors for the Sea’s Founder David Rockefeller, Jr. will provide opening remarks. Global Green USA’s President Matt Petersen will moderate a panel entitled “Telltales,” a discussion about climate change at the convergence of land and water.  This topic is “invisible,” intangible much like the wind and weather, which affects all of us and the sailors of this event. The panelists are the telltales: storytellers giving the audience a series of thoughts and perspectives.

The panelists are: Dr. Ben Strauss the Chief Operating Officer and Director on Sea Level Rise for Climate Central, Hannah Jenner, skipper for 40 Degrees Racing and Chip Giller, President and Founder of

“As sailors we provide a natural bridge between the oceans we play on and the land we live on. Running a carbon neutral sailing race, while being a major challenge, is a small piece of the larger environmental challenges we all face,” said Hugh Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director. “Adding this event in New York has been in the works for over a year and with 11th Hour Racing’s support we are delighted to be able to bring such a stellar group of thought leaders together to provide additional steps toward changing behaviors and setting positive examples that can be carried both into our individual lives and the wider community as a whole.”

“The Atlantic Cup represents the model for sailing events to come: focusing on the adventure and skill of the sailors and their interaction with the waters they sail in. The Living on the Edge event further connects land and water which represents the lifeblood of who and what we are, as humans: literally and figuratively,” said Jeremy Pochman, Director of 11th Hour Racing.

The host committee for the evening includes: Wendy Schmidt, The Schmidt Family Foundation; David Rockefeller, Jr., Sailors for the Sea; Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and Tom Glendening, E3Think. Tickets are available for purchase at


About 11thHour Racing
11th Hour Racing is the presenting sponsor for the Atlantic Cup. 11th Hour Racing, a program of 11th Hour Project, seeks to establish a dynamic new platform for public education emphasizing the responsible use of energy and resources in the context of sailing, an exciting recreational and competitive sport. Through sponsorship of winning sailing teams and regattas, advanced sailing and production practices, we improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats, and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters.

About Climate Central
Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization. We do not lobby, and we do not support any specific legislation, policy or bill. Climate Central is a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is a humanitarian environmental group dedicated to helping the places, the people, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA’s signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities — such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey — who have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

Grist is where the debate happens. We are an independent organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 1,500,000 and growing. Grist reaches the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and NBC’s Today show; big guns such as Time have ranked us as the top green website. Why? Because planetary problems we take seriously — ourselves, not so much.

About Sailors for the Sea
Sailors for the Sea is the only ocean conservation nonprofit focused on the sailing and boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Their signature program, Clean Regattas, is a third party certification program that helps regattas, yacht clubs and sailing programs achieve higher environmental standards. Participants have the option of choosing a Bronze, Silver or Gold level of engagement. Sailors for the Sea provides support and materials, and the final certification that the Atlantic Cup is a Clean Regatta. Once again the Atlantic Cup will be striving for Gold level certification.



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