Gryphon Solo 2 will be raced by Joe Harris and Class 40 newcomer Patrick O’Connor. Currently rehabbing a torn achilles tendon, Joe was asked about his comment last year that it takes “true grit” to separate yourself in a race like the Atlantic Cup, “I’m out to prove that’s true, it’s going to take more than a torn Achilles tendon to sideline me. No doubt, we’re a team to watch.”
This will be Pat’s first full Atlantic Cup race, he has raced in two of the Inshore Series; with GS2 in 2013 and Icarus in 2012. This will be the third Atlantic Cup for Gryphon Solo 2, Joe’s best finish was 3rd place in the 2012.
Similar to Dragon, Gryphon Solo 2 is looking learn from past tactical mistakes to enhance their strategy this year. Both team members boast an impressive spread of offshore miles logged, plus Pat’s experience in past Inshore Series will make them a threat in Narragansett Bay. If Gryphon Solo 2 avoids routing mistakes, especially around Block Island, we can look for them on the podium.