Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing Departs Brooklyn
Fleet headed to Portland for first time in Race History
Photo Credit: Billy Black/Atlantic Cup
2nd place Eärendil breaks their starboard rudder three hours after the start, but will continue racing
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (June 4, 2016) – Leg two of the The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing departed at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in a 5-7 knot southeasterly for the 360 nautical mile race to Portland, Maine. Oakcliff was the first across the line, followed by Amhas, Eärendil and Talanta. After short-tacking out of NY Harbor, it was Tales who exited first, followed closely by Amhas and Toothface.
Approximately three hours after the start Eärendil suffered damage to their starboard rudder. Antoine Carpentier was able to recover the rudder and is working on repairing it. Eärendil has communicated it is their full intention to continue racing.
Teams will face light air conditions overnight tonight before a cold front moves across the Cape Cod waters Sunday into Monday, followed by a low pressure trough bringing with it 20-30 knots from the southeast. Currently routing is predicting for an early morning arrival on Monday, June 6th.
Spanish entry, #123-Tales II is currently in first place with 18 points, followed by Eärendil, Oakcliff, Amhas, Dragon, Talanta, Toothface, Pleiad and Privateer. The Atlantic Cup is scored on a high points system leaving 18 points up for grabs in this leg.
Hugh Piggin, Atlantic Cup Race Director “Pretty exciting start, we had a lot of current coming down the east river pushing the boats towards the start line and only a little bit of wind to maneuver with. We had a couple of boats that were about as close as you can be to being over the line, but they weren’t so the pack of hit the line and then they were off. It really is a pretty good spectacle here, looking at New York City from the Brooklyn side with the boats in the middle, now we’re looking forward to a good leg and a good finish in Portland.”
Pablo Santurde, #123 – Tales II – Currently in 1st Place “We always try to sail conservatively and I think we did that Leg 1. I think that’s the key for these kinds of races: not to have big mistakes or troubles with sail changes. If you can do each maneuver proper you have done a lot, I think that’s the important factor. For Leg 2 it looks like it’s going to be a very light start, we’ll be reaching in light to medium winds around Long Island and then from Cape Cod to Portland it could be 25-30 knots downwind. I’ve seen that Portland is an area with lots of shallow waters so if we arrive at night with strong wind it will be tough. I’ve also heard that there are a lot of lobster pots, so that’s a hazard for sure.”
Micah Davis, #127 – Amhas II – Currently in 4th Place Looks like it’s going to be light to start so everyone’s going to be trying to sneak around Long Island and we just gotta get around the corner because there’s a big low pressure system coming again that’s gonna blow hard. You don’t want to be going upwind trying to get around the corner so everyone’s going to be pushing hard in the light air in the first 12-48 hours. Then we’re gonna turn around the corner and it’s gonna be a quick race.” – Micah Davis, Amhas
*Pleiad Racing withdrew from Leg 2 due to an illness in Chad Corning’s family. They will rejoin the race in Portland for the Inshore Series.
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
Inshore Racing 12p-4p
*Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at email@example.com if interested
June 11 – 5:30pm
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: June 10-11
Atlantic Cup Race Village
Fort Allen Park
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.