Dragon Wins Off-Shore Leg of 2011 Atlantic Cup
Nick Halmos – Skipper – Cutlass/Team 11th Hour
Nick Halmos grew up sailing, fishing, and swimming in south Florida with his family. He first started competing seriously in college where he served as captain of the Brown University Sailing Team and competed against the best college teams in the nation. Nick then turned his focus to the Melges 24 class, where he raced successfully for 5 years, competing in major championships in both North America and Europe.
In 2009, after several relatively “dry” years as a graduate student in Tennessee, Nick was itching to return to the sport, but this time his attention turned offshore. In partnership with his close friend and former teammate, Alex Mehran, Nick bought an Owen Clarke designed Class 40. The duo embarked on an ocean racing campaign that spanned more than 7,000 miles and culminated with emphatic wins in the Bermuda 1-2, Marblehead-Halifax, and the Ida Lewis Distance Races. In 2010, Alex took a hiatus from the Cutlass program to focus on family and work while Nick forged a collaboration between Cutlass Racing and the 11th Hour Racing Team.
As part of the 11th Hour Team, Cutlass will compete in a schedule of prominent ocean racing events while developing techniques and technologies that further reduce the environmental impacts of sailing and help preserve the oceans for future generations.
Nick recently moved to Santa Cruz, California where he founded CityBlooms, urban agriculture start-up that aims to grow fresh organic food in the inner city environment. Nick is also a pilot and enjoys kiteboarding and mountain biking.
Rob MacMillan – Co-Skipper – Cutlass/Team 11th Hour
Rob has a strong background in crewed racing, but is just getting involved in short-handed off shore racing and he is also the inspiration behind 11th Hour Racing. His tactical strengths and technical knowledge of boat set up and sail trim will make Cutlass a formidable competitor.
11th Hour Racing looks to put teams on the winning podium, whose actions will promote healthy interaction with the world’s water systems and will serve as good role models for other sailors: “Winning makes everything better.”
In addition Rob is a sailmaker and owner and president of Quantum Sails Newport. He is working with the state of Rhode Island to make his sail loft more energy efficient, one degree at a time. Rob MacMillan lives in Newport with his wife and two young children.
Michael Hennessy – Skipper – Dragon
Michael has been an avid sailor ever since his dad introduced him to the sport at age 4, sailing on San Francisco Bay. Following college, Michael logged thousands of miles cruising along the New England coast before he started to focus on short-handed distance racing in 2002. Since then, he has competed in four Bermuda 1-2 races, the Newport Bermuda Race as well as dozens of other races across New England.
In 2008 he took notice of the fast growing Class 40 fleet and took delivery of a Owen Clarke designed boat. In two short years, Dragon‚ has become a fixture in the ocean racing circuit.
Michael also sits on the Board of the International Class 40 Association and is active in helping this Class continue to grow around the world. When he is not on the water or engaged in sailing related activities, he works at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where he is a Managing Director.
Rob Windsor – Co-Skipper – Dragon
Rob Windsor grew up sailing with his family and learned how to race Long Island Sound. He is a marine industry professional with experience at one of the area’s most successful sail lofts as well as commissioning and fitting out boats for one of the largest boat builders in the US. Currently he is the preparateur for Dragon.
Rob is an accomplished one design sailor with several Regional and National Championships to his credit. He also has had multiple podium finishes in some major East Coast offshore regattas. Lately, shorthanded, long distance racing has become his passion.
“After years of racing on fully crewed yachts, it is great to dial it down to just two people responsible for making the boat get to the finish line first. The Class 40 is a great boat for this kind of sailing and I am really looking forward to the Atlantic Cup and the rest of Dragon’s season.”
Ben Poucher – Skipper – Icarus
Ben Poucher walked into a boatyard in 2001 and uncovered a passion for yacht racing that he didn’t even know was there. He dove into the sport and began working his way up from the bottom with a hard working attitude and unstoppable sense of humor. Ben grew up in Michigan, graduated from the College of Charleston in 2005, and has since then resided on the East coast of the U.S. to pursue his career in the sport of yacht racing.
He has been racing and running racing programs professionally for the last 6 years. Ben has competed in countless inshore and offshore races including world championships, multiple offshore distance races, and a winter racing season in the Caribbean. Ben’s choice to pursue a co-skipper position with Icarus Racing is a step towards pursuing a serious racing career.
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Tim Fetsch – Co-Skipper – Icarus
Tim Fetsch has been organizing, maintaining, and racing sailboats for over a decade. His offshore racing career started at an early age of eighteen, captaining a forty-four foot sailboat for the Newport-Bermuda race. He has raced in countless other offshore events up and down the east coast of the U.S. since graduating from the College of Charleston in 2004.
His career also includes accolades at nearly every inshore event from Key West race week to Newport seasonal regattas.
At 28, the soft spoken hard working Baltimore native has been quietly working his way up the ladder in the world of yacht racing. Now based in Charleston, South Carolina he has committed himself to working on the Icarus racing team as one of the co-skippers and team leaders.
He has an extensive overall knowledge of boat building and also provides a successful reputation for organization racing programs. His leadership, hard work, creative ideas, and on-the-water experience will make for a perfect combination between the Atlantic Cup racing circuit and the Icacrus racing team.
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Eric Lecoq and Dominique Rivolan – Skippers – Kamoa’e
Kamoa’e will be sailed by Eric Lecoq and Dominique Rivoalan.
Lecoq has been a strong competitor in the east coast short-handed scene for many years and like Nick Halmos, Lecoq has owned and campaigned Kamoa’e on the East Coast for the past four years.
Lecoq’s co-skipper Dominique Rivoalan, has years of experience preparing and racing off shore boats.
Both Lecoq and Rivoalan are expat Frenchmen and bring with them the sprit and wisdom of the long French passion for short-handed racing. Eric and Dominique will be looking for a strong performance on which to launch their trans-Atlantic and European campaign.