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Tropical Depression Forming Off East Coast of Charleston


Nine teams representing six countries to contend with tropical depression in first 24-Hours

 Leg 1: Charleston to Brooklyn in 5th Edition of Atlantic Cup Presented by 11th Hour Racing Starts Tomorrow at 12:00 ET 

MAY 27, 2016 – CHARLESTON, SC  – Less than 16-hours to the start of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing and a tropical depression developing off the east coast will present an interesting challenge for the teams in the first 24-hours. However, the heavily experienced and highly-skilled sailors will develop a strategy to navigate the conditions. Currently top winds are perceived to be 25-30 knots with a confused sea state, especially in the Gulf Stream, but the system should be short-lived and the second half of the race may present the opposite challenge. Race tracking, provided by GeoRacing, will update every ten minutes throughout the race and can be found at and through the GeoRacing app. The teams provided insight into strategy and the weather earlier today. 

Libby Greenhalgh, Oakcliff Racing:

“Everyone’s been looking at this low pressure that’s been approaching for the start– some calling it a storm. I don’t think its quite storm level, but it does look like it’s becoming more of a key feature for the first 24-36 hours.

That low is basically going to be to the southeast of Charleston, so I think the start will be quite moderate and northerly to north-easterly. So a bit of a wizz around the harbor, bit of downwind reaching and then out we go!

Then I guess one of the big decisions is how you decide to play the front and with that front comes a building breeze. Some of the files are showing 25 knots, which is normally a good 5 knots below what you’ll probably see. Then I guess the big decision is whether you push out and try and break through the front first and therefore effectively don’t head towards your finish but you put yourself at a better faster reaching angle. Or whether you just push upwind and let the front go over the top of you. So I think you could well see a split in the fleet to begin with and I think it will be pretty interesting.

Obviously quite a few maneuvers and potential sail changes to happen through that process so a pretty tiring and tough 24 hours I’d say… for us it’s a bit of a baptism of fire.”

Pablo Santurde, Tales II: 

“The first night will be tough, especially because we will be going upwind on port tack. Then the wind will shift to the right side so we will tack I think close to the gulf stream. So with the current and the wind blowing against each other it probably will be big seas. It will be difficult conditions and easy to break something so we’ll have to watch it carefully.” 

Tristan Mouligne, Toothface 2: 

“I’ve been watching the weather for the past couple of days and the general trend has been pretty consistent but now the details are starting to develop. Looks like it’ll be a little bit rough, there’ll be somewhat of a northerly flow to the wind the first night and when that matches up against the Gulf Stream its gonna be pretty bumpy until the southerly fills in, so the first 36 hours will be uncomfortable, its going to be wet, its going to be loud, the boats will be banging and I think it’ll be important to make sure that you don’t break anything that first night because the waves will be pretty large.”


Meet the Atlantic Cup Teams: Video Intros HERE

Atlantic Cup Event Schedule

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May 28th – 12pm – Race Start
Charleston Maritime Center
*Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested

May 31 – Approximate Arrival
Pier 6/One 15 Marina, Brooklyn

May 31-June 3
Teams docked at Pier 6/One 15 Marina, Brooklyn

June 1 – 6pm
Living on the Edge, The Ocean Economy
NY Times Investigative Journalist Ian Urbina to Keynote
Ocean Conservancy’s Dr. Sandra Whitehouse to provide Opening Remarks
Thomson Reuters, Times Square
*Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested

June 2 – 2pm
Pro-Am Race
*Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested

June 4 – 12pm
Leg 2 Race Start
Just off the seawall at the edge of Pier 5
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June 6 – Approximate Arrival
Finish Line is off Fort Allen Park

June 6 – 11
Teams Docked at Maine Wharf

June 10 & 11
Race Village – Live Music, Commentary Kids Zone, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
Open 10:30a-5:00p
Inshore Racing 12p-4p
*Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested

June 11 – 5:30pm
Awards Presentation
Maine Wharf

Sea Bags & The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour RAcing
Sail Donation Drive

In conjunction with Sea Bags Maine, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is holding sail donation drives in each city. Sailors are encouraged to donate their old and used sails, which will be given new life by Sea Bags. Proceeds from the sails donated during the Atlantic Cup sail drive will be benefit Charleston Community Sailing, Warrior Sailing Program and Sail Maine.

Dates and Times in which to drop off used or old sails:
May 26-28

City Marina,
Charleston, SC

June 1-3
360 Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY

June 10-11
Atlantic Cup Race Village
Fort Allen Park
Portland, ME

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 Brooklyn. After a brief stop-over in Brooklyn, 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 and 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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