10 Days Until The 2018 Atlantic Cup!

 

 

We’re exactly 10 days from the 2018 Atlantic Cup Race Start!

With exactly 10 days to go until the start of the 2018 Atlantic Cup we’re pleased to present the Atlantic Cup fleet to you! With 11 teams representing 9 countries, this, the sixth edition of the race looks to be the most exciting yet.

Hugh Piggin, Race Director saidWe couldn’t be more excited to bring such a high quality fleet of shorthanded sailors to compete in what has become America’s toughest ocean race! With seasoned European programs, veteran US entries, and new teams coming up, it really does prove that shorthanded sailing in the United States is in one of it’s strongest positions to date. It’ll be fascinating to see how these teams deal with the weather and navigational challenges this unique race course throws at them.”

 
 
The Atlantic Cup Teams
#127 Amhas

Micah Davis and Rob Windsor Amhas, will return to compete in his second showing in the Atlantic Cup in 2019! Sailing their Akilaria RC3 Amhas will be a top team to watch in 2018, the boat itself is proven to be very fast and Micah will be especially motivated for a podium finish this edition. 

#107 Angola Cables

Angola Cables is competing in the Atlantic Cup for the very first time! Brazilian Skipper Leonardo and his Angolan co-skipper José join the fleet having recently raced in the Transat Jacques Vabre! Backed by Angolan telecoms company Angola Cables this international team have sailed thousands of miles together on a fast boat.

#54 Dragon
Dragon is one of the original four boats to race in the Atlantic Cup. Mike Hennessy has skippered Dragon since 2011. With a 2nd, two 6th places, 4th and 5th in 2011-16 respectively, you can expect Dragon to be back in full force and ready to fight for a podium spot in 2018! Mike brings Ashley Perrin with him on Leg 1 and Dragon’s designer Merfyn Owen on Leg 2!
#145 Eärendil 

Eärendil is the newest boats in the fleet. She’ll be skippered by the French/Italian duo of Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani who recently raced together and won the Class40 division of the RORC Caribbean 600. Could this duo be the 2018 Atlantic Cup favorite after their second place finish in 2016?

#81 Esprit Scout

French skipper Marc Dubos purchased Esprit Scout in 2016 prior to the Transat Quebec – St Malo. Since then the boat hasn’t stopped racing. Marc has competed in two Normandy Channel Races, the famous RORC Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre, RORC 600 and finally the Atlantic Cup. Marc is yet to name a co-skipper. 

#37 First Light

While #37 First Light is no new comer to the Atlantic Cup having won the very first edition of the race we are pleased to welcome her back with a new crew of young, highly motivated and highly skilled sailors! Skippered by Sam Fitzgerald, a professional yacht designer and Fred Strammer, a former Olympic campaigner. This team could certainly out perform their rookie status!

#118 Oakcliff Ocean Racing

Oakcliff returns to the Atlantic Cup this year with the talented American – French syndicate consisting of Sean O’Halloran, Ethan Johnson, Phillipe Paturel, and Sylvain Barrielle. The Oakcliff program allows top up and coming sailors from their program a chance to race alongside veteran offshore sailors. This boat is proven having won the Atlantic Cup in 2013. 

#111 Power Of One
Skippered by Donald Alexander ‘Power Of One’ is an Akalaria RC2 built in 2011. While ‘Power Of One’ will be new to the Atlantic Cup she certainly isn’t new to owner and skipper Donald who has sailed her single handed across the Atlantic. Donald has secured Paul Peggs a British sailor with huge experience of the Class40 fleet to race alongside him. 
#102 Privateer
Recently purchased by Jonathan Green, Privateer is back albeit with a new team ready and raring to go. While Skipper Jonathan might be relatively new to Class40 he’s certainly got the credentials to perform having won the OSTAR, a solo transatlantic from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island  before making the jump to Class40. He’s joined by experienced sail maker and offshore sailor Chris Pitts. 
#95 Talanta
Sailing in the Atlantic Cup for the second time, Mikael Ryking is looking to make a big impression. Talanta, the only Swedish boat in the fleet is a second generation Pogo40s2 and will have tough competition with some of the newer boats, but Ryking and his co-skipper Karl Jungstedt are prepared for the task ahead having sailed thousands of miles together!
#128 Toothface

Atlantic Cup veterans Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné are once again teaming up onboard Toothface II! Entering the Atlantic Cup for the second time together Mike and Tristan have 6 Atlantic Cups between them. Toothface II is one of three Akilaria RC3s racing within the United States. Recently Mike and Tristan raced in the Bermuda 1-2 taking the overall combined win.

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Got A Question For Our North Sails Experts?
 

With the race fast approaching it’s time to get your questions into our North Sails Ask The Expert! Ken Read, Kimo Worthington, Charlie Enright and Steve Cadler will be on hand! Alongside answering your questions the Experts will be providing a detailed overview and recap on each leg and providing commentary while the Atlantic Cup progresses! Click HERE to submit your questions.

 
2018 Dates and Course

Planning to be in Charleston, New York or Portland? Check out http://www.atlanticcup.org/in-race-events for all the details on what’s happening in each city!

 
 

 

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