3rd Atlantic Cup sets sail from Charleston
3rd Annual Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing
Sets Sail on 648 nautical mile first leg to NYC
Fleet to race to NY Harbor until Pro-Am on May 18, followed by
Final Leg to Newport, RI on May 19 and In-shore Series, May 26-27
Charleston, SC – Seven teams from the United States and England started the 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing at 2:05 ET today in a southwest 10-15 knot breeze. With an upwind start, #54-Dragon crossed the line first, but for the second year in a row local Charleston team #116 Icarus led the first mark rounding. After the mark rounding the course became a broad reach to the exit to Fort Sumter and a fetch out of the jetties when teams turned the corner and hoisted their spinnakers. #118 Bodacious Dream was the first team out of the harbor. The fleet is still tightly packed with Icarus being the northern most boats as they make as they head west to get into the Gulf Stream.
The 7 teams will continue en route to New York Harbor. Models are showing an estimated arrival time of sometime early Wednesday morning, May 15 The second leg of the competition departs on May 18 at 2 p.m. The annual event culminates in Newport, R.I. with two days of Inshore racing (May 25-26).
During racing tracking will update every five minutes and can be found at: http://atlanticcup.org/race-day/leg-one-tracking/
The Atlantic Cup Expert will also provide analysis daily at what’s happening on the course, which can be found at: http://atlanticcup.org/ask-the-expert/
Points & Prize Money
Scoring for the 2013 Atlantic Cup will be based upon a “High Point” scoring system. Each boat’s overall score will equal the total points earned in both offshore legs plus points earned from the inshore races. At the conclusion of the event, the boat with the total highest score will be declared the winner.
To determine the podium winners, the “High Point” scoring system combines all three legs of the race into the boat’s overall score. The points for individual race scores are based upon the number of entrants (unless disqualified or retiring after finishing). The points for each leg are allotted as follows; 1st place will be awarded points equal to the number of entrants, 2nd place points equal the number of entrants minus 1, 3rd place points equal the number of entrants minus 2, 4th place points equal the number of entrants minus 3, and so on.
For two the offshore legs, points awarded will be weighted by a factor of 2. For each inshore series, points will be weighted by a factor of one. The inshore series will consist of a maximum of five races, should four or less inshore races be completed; all races will count toward the boat’s overall score. If five inshore series are completed, a boats overall score will consist of the four best inshore races. In the event of a score tie between two or more boats, the tie will be broken in favor of the boat with the most points earned amongst the two offshore legs.
The competitors have a chance to win prize money in all portions of the race. The $15,000 purse will be split between the three legs with $5,000 available per leg. The prize money for each leg will be divided as follows: 1stwill receive $2,000, 2nd, $1,500, 3rd, $1,000 and 4th place receives $500.