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2014 Atlantic Cup Start Less Than a Week Away


Welcome to Charleston!

The weather is looking fantastic and the teams are getting their game faces on for the 4th annual Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing start on Saturday, May 10th. In this newsletter, we break down key events in Charleston, a preview of what’s to come in NYC, the Atlantis Weathergear Ricky Bobby Award and what the teams are saying about the competition! Be sure to follow the fleet as they head to New York City via the live tracker.



May 5th-10th: Teams will be docked at City Marina

Teams will be docked at Charleston City Marina all week, stop by between 9am-5pm to check out the fleet, meet the skippers and choose YOUR team. Then on Saturday, May 10th, join us at the Maritime Center to cheer on the teams as they begin Leg 1 and the 642 nautical mile race to New York City!

Thursday, May 8th! Celebrate with us at The Atlantic Cup Pabst Blue Ribbon Skipper Party at Fuel

Join us for the Skipper Party at Fuel. You’re not going to want to miss this event with live music, and Pabst Blue Ribbon drink specials!  Be on the look out for your favorite skipper and tell them you’ll be rooting for their team! It’s free to attend and it all starts at 7pm, 21 and over.

Saturday, May 10th!

Official Charleston to New York Race Start

Join us for the official start of the 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing! Grab your friends and get out on the water to watch the start and chase the fleet out of the harbor. 

The gun goes off at 12pm so be sure to arrive early, you won’t want to miss any of the action. Second to the water, the best vantage point from land is the park next to the Maritime Center at the corner of Inspection and Wharfside Streets. Look for the Atlantic Cup flags, which will signal one end of the start line. We hope to see you there cheering on your favorite team as they begin the 642nm sprint to New York City! Track the teams as they race up the coast here:
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Before heading to Charleston, we talked to the 2014 fleet about this years Atlantic Cup. Here’s what the teams have to say about competition, the mistakes they made last year and what to expect from them this year…“This race always attracts pretty high caliber sailors, and with relatively short legs, you have to be 100% all the time.  It’s the teams that are able to stay at full blast longer that will be successful.” -Patrick O’Connor, Gryphon Solo II “I think we’re gonna do pretty well, definitely give everyone a run for their money.  I would say Dragon is the favorite, there’s a lot of experience on that boat.” -Jake Arcand,

“Joe Harris never quits and Ed Cesare has proven to have a very fast learning curve. Any one could be at the front of the fleet.” -Michael Hennessy, Dragon

“We are the clear underdog in this race, but I feel that the combination of our experience will prove us competitive.” -Kyle Hubley, Flatline

“Last year we didn’t do a great job of keeping our position in the offshore legs. We started strong but didn’t finish well.” -Rob Windsor, Dragon

“Now Ed and I know when to push and when to back off.  We also learned that a somewhat more risky strategy is sometimes needed to make up for the limitations of our boat.” -Chad Corning, Pleiad Racing 

“I will let you know when we cross the finish line. Every team is the favorite!” -Frederic De Mesel, Flatline

“I think Gryphon Solo 2 is our biggest competition, but Dragon’s new modifications could make them a threat. Overall though our chances are pretty strong” -Jeff MacFarlane,

“I think our biggest challenge is to make as few mistakes as possible.  If we can sail smart and avoid any major mistakes either in routing or sail-handling, I think we stand a good chance of earning a podium spot.” -Joe Harris, Gryphon Solo II

“The book on Michael Hennessy is that you have to bump him hard off the line of scrimmage before he gets deep.” -Ed Cesare, Pleiad Racing 

Who’s YOUR team?

Atlantis WeatherGear, Official Apparel Provider for the 2014 edition of the Atlantic Cup announced that the company will offer a $500 cash prize for the best 24-hour run. The winner will also be the inaugural winner of the AWG Ricky Bobby Award for “just going fast”.

The 2014 Atlantic Cup will feature over 900 miles of ocean sailing with plenty of opportunities for competitors to seize the coveted “best 24 hour run” mantle and the 2014 Ricky Bobby Award. Whether or not records will be established depends on the wind, but regardless of the actual speed, someone will take home the prize.

“The Atlantic Cup is an awesome event that continues to grow in popularity as it builds interest in short-handed offshore sailing in the US”, said Atlantis Marketing Director Bill Lynn. “We’re excited to partner with Manuka again as Official Apparel Provider, and we’re looking forward to handing $500 in cash to the fastest team at the finish line in Newport.”

The Atlantic Cup website will feature live race tracking as well as updates on the leading 24 hour runs. The $500 cash prize will be handed to the winner when they hit the dock in Newport, and the AWG Ricky Bobby Award will be presented at the Atlantic Cup prize giving on May 25th at The Landing in Newport.

Don’t forget you can get your Atlantis WeatherGear by heading to the The Atlantic Cup Gear Shop 


Pabst Blue Ribbon is the official beer supplier for all 3 stop-overs of the Atlantic Cup. Teams will be rewarded with Pabst when they finish each offshore leg and in Newport the winning teams will be sprayed with a ceremonial PBR bath!

Brewed in the USA since 1849, Schlitz defines timeless taste. Crisp and light with a faint sweetness, the beer that made Milwaukee famous is finished with a prime blend of Cascade, Mt. Hood and Williamette hops. This refreshing icon is for those who appreciate heritage and premium craftsmanship.

The Atlantic Cup would like to send a huge thank you to the Charleston Yacht Club for the wonderful southern hospitality they’re showing the staff and teams this week!
Catching up with the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing in New York City? Below is a preview of  a Atlantic Cup events you won’t want to miss!
The Atlantic Cup and 11th Hour Racing Present LIVING ON THE EDGE 2.0 sponsored by Hornblower Cruises & Events

On Thursday, May 15th in New York City, The Atlantic Cup and 11th Hour Racing Present Living on the Edge 2.0 sponsored by Hornblower Cruises & Events. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an amazing venue join us for a a celebration of the most sustainable sailing race in the United States.

The evening cocktail party and program will call attention to the fine edge we walk as our climate changes and how we can look towards new technology to help solve some of the most challenging issues facing us. Environmental news site with a twist, founder Chip Giller will moderate the event with opening marks given by Wendy Schmidt of The Schmidt Family Foundation & 11th Hour Racing. Richard Jenkins, Co-Founder & CEO of Saildrone, Ryan Williams, Director of Sustainability for Method, Cameron Clark, VP and General Manager of Hornblower Cruises and Events are panelists.

Tickets are $50. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served on board the Hornblower Hybrid at Pier 25 in New York, NY. Tickets are available for purchase at and for additional information, please call 401-619-4840.

Purchase Tickets Here

Joing us for a Networking Cocktail Party on Friday, May 16th in the Marina! 

From 6.00 – 9.00pm on Friday, May 16th we will be hosting a cocktail party alongside the boats in North Cove Marina. Network with the Water Week NYC speakers, attendees and sailors racing in the Atlantic Cup!

Purchase Tickets Here


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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