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As we count down to May 28, 2016 we’re excited to announce #127 – Amhas as the 7th entry into the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, plus we also welcome two new race partners! Check out the latest news and updates below…and don’t forget to vote for your favorite team. 

  • Portland, Maine Based #127 Amhas skippered by Micha Davis & Rob Windsor is the 7th entry to the 2016 race
  • Maui Jim signs on as Official Eyewear Partner
    • Top quality eyewear is one of the most important pieces of gear for any sailor and we’re proud to have Maui Jim outfitting all of the Atlantic Cup teams with their sunglasses. 
  • Ocean Planet Energy signs on as Race Partner 
    • In conjunction with Solbian, Ocean Planet Energy will supply all Atlantic Cup teams with a Solbian solar panel, which will continue in helping to get all Atlantic Cup teams fossil fuel independent!  

#127 – Amhas Enters the Atlantic Cup

Pairing Rob Windsor (pictured right), one of only two sailors to race in every edition of the Atlantic Cup along with newcomer Micha Davis (pictured left), Portland, Maine based #127 – Amhas will be a top team to watch in 2016. The boat itself is proven to be very fast and the crew is exceptionally motivated for a podium finish. As for the name, Amhas, it comes from an old Galeic word for Gannet, the sea bird that can be found around the North Atlantic.

When asked what he thinks of the New York to Portland leg, Harpswell, Maine native, Micha Davis said, “I hope that there is breeze north of Cape Cod, but I’m thrilled to be coming home.”

When asked how he rates their chances in the Atlantic Cup, Rob Windsor said,  “I like our chances, this will be my 5th Atlantic Cup, so experience plays and the boat I’m on now, I’ve tied every string and turned every screw so I feel good about how it’s put together and how fast it is. We have a good chance to be on the podium. I think depending on which European boats are racing, they have a good shot as well. At the same time racing across the ocean and racing up the coast is not the same. Racing around Hatteras and in the Gulf Stream makes the Atlantic Cup a U.S. team favored race.”

2016 Atlantic Cup Teams – #WhosYourTeam
The Battlers

#54 – Dragon Ocean Racing is the only boat to have competed in every edition of the AtCup! She’ll be skippered by Mike Hennessy and Owen-Clarke designer Merf Owen. Always a top contender you can be sure to see Mike & Merf fighting hard for the win. 

The Quiet Performers

#39 – Pleiad Racing returns for the 3rd time and will be skippered by Connecticut native Ed Cesare. His leg two co-skipper will be Chad Corning who Ed has sailed with in the prior two editions of the Atlantic Cup. Ed & Chad have continually sailed the oldest boat in the fleet exceptionally well and their excellent navigational skills continues to keep them as contenders.

The Spaniards

#123 – Tales II – Skippered by Spaniards Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, Tales II is one of the teams to watch in the 2016 Atlantic Cup. The duo has 11 Trans-Atlantic crossings and what is considered to be one of the fastest boats in the Class40. Gonzalo and Pablo have already said they sail to win, but they’ve never sailed in U.S. waters.  

Boston’s Team

#128 – Toothface II – Atlantic Cup veterans Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné are teaming up for the first time for the 2016 race. This will be the first time Mike has raced his new boat in the Atlantic Cup. Tristan is a veteran of two previous Atlantic Cups and a lot of Bermuda 1-2s. Tristan is one of the more experienced American short-handed sailors and has at least one big shiny trophy on his mantel piece. Toothface II has been through a season of professional tuning and will be among the fastest boats in the fleet. 

America’s Next Generation

#118 – Oakcliff Sailing is dedicated to putting American sailors back on top of the international leaderboard. Oakcliff is actively looking for an individual to sponsor to sail with a talented Oakcliff athlete during the Atlantic Cup. Anyone interested should email Liz Shaw at

The New Guys

#143 – Longbow is the newest boat in the fleet and considered to be the wild card for this year’s Atlantic Cup. The Day brothers (FK & Linc) are on the learning curve and will be looking for a solid performance in their first event.

Vote Now for YOUR Favorite Team

Along with our presenting sponsor 11th Hour Racing, we are bringing you tips and tricks on how to do 1 thing for the planet because it will take all of us to do our part and make small changes every day that will over time make a difference. #AtCup1Thing

This month on twitter we’re focused on litter. The amount of debris in the ocean is staggering. And although most of us have terrific waste management in our cities and towns, there is still a great deal we can do to make sure we’re recycling, reducing and reusing wherever possible.So help us take the first step in making a difference, we want to hear what your #AtCup1Thing is so tweet @TheAtlanticCup and let us know!


OceanPlanet Energy and Solbian Energy International are proud to partner in support of the 2016 Atlantic Cup. Based in Avgiliana, Italy, Solbian manufactures the highest quality, lightest weight, semi-flexible  marine solar panels available.  Ocean Planet Energy was started by Bruce Schwab, the first American to officially finish the Vendee Globe Race,  and is now Solbian’s North American representative.  In addition to solar panels, OceanPlanet Energy provides yachts, marine service providers, cruisers, etc. with batteries, hydrogenerators, alternators, energy system monitoring, electric propulsion systems and more. 

Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life, Maui Jim engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens. Incorporated into seven new sunglass styles, the Classic Collection was introduced. Maui Jim now offers over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Happy 5th Anniversary Atlantic Cup! Look Back to 2012
Every month in the lead up to May, we’re celebrating past Atlantic Cups. This month we’re going back to 2012.A confluence of trans-Atlantic races led to a 15 boat fleet that even took us by surprise!  With seven American teams and eight European teams, plus the extension of the race to start in Charleston, excitement was high for the 2012 edition.Highlights from 2012 included:

  • 40 Degrees Dismasting in Charleston harbor – watch the video HERE
  • American Ryan Breymaier teamed up with Jorg Reichers to win the Charleston-New York leg 
  • Unknowns at the time, Bodacious Dream won Leg 2 with our own Kids Captain Dave at the helm
  • The overall trophy went to the German team Mare

Once again the outtakes reel – shows the funnier side of the teams as they navigated their way through the race!

115 Days Until the 2016 Atlantic Cup Starts!
The 5th edition of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will start May 28, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Teams of two will race 648nm from Charleston to New York City. After a brief stop-over in New York teams will race a second leg of 350nm to Portland, Maine where the race will culminate the weekend of June 11th in Portland with the third a final leg, an inshore series.
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. Teams, participants and race management work together to create a fully carbon neutral event. As the race grows, we will continue to seek innovative ideas and products that align with our mission and produce a truly sustainable event.

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