Hey there! Welcome to the Atlantic Cup Kids Page presented by 11th Hour Racing! Here kids of all ages can meet the sailors, check out the boats, learn about the race, sailing, science, history and the natural world!

Atlantic Cup Kids!

The 2018 edition of The Atlantic Cup Race was a huge success and our Kids Program presented by 11th Hour Racing was our biggest yet. Over the course of the race from Charleston, SC to New York City, NY and then to Portland, ME, more than 2000 kids engaged with our Kids Program and learned about the ocean and the effects or our modern world on our environment.

Captain Dave Rearick heads up the program sharing his story of solo circumnavigation and ocean health. Read the full update here. It’s rich with fun thoughts and smiling kids enjoying the three race villages. 



If you’re interested in having your students or organization participate in the 2020 edition of the race, contact Katie Weiscup at

Portland Kids Day Presented by 11th Hour Racing

One week ago we had the pleasure of welcoming over 300 students from Portland based schools to engage with the Atlantic Cup's Kids Program presented by 11th Hour Racing! The day involved learning about marine life with @Sailors for the Sea, sustainability, the mechanics of sailing with Bainbridge International – USA and a chance to tour the Class40s and speak with their skippers! It was an awesome day enjoyed by all and our thanks again goes out to 11th Hour Racing for helping us educate over 2000 students throughout the 2018 Atlantic Cup.

Posted by The Atlantic Cup on Thursday, June 14, 2018


Take a look at photos from the 2018 Kids Days below and by clicking HERE!

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2 professional sailors on 40 foot race boats.


The Atlantic Cup is a sailing race up the eastern coast of the United States. The race is sailed in 3 parts on one 40-foot boat. Two sailors race on each boat for stages 1 and 2. In stage 3, the teams race with a crew of 6 people around set courses marked with buoys.


Charleston, South Carolina – June 2nd 

Jersey City, New Jersey – June 9th 

Portland, Maine – June 18th 


Charleston, SC; New York City, NY and Portland, ME


Learn about the fun and excitement of sailing, safety at sea and the environment by meeting the sailors in the race, checking out the boats and learning what it takes to race offshore. AND if you live near one of the race stop-over cities, be sure to tell your teacher or parent about ways to visit and meet the teams. To schedule a visit for 2020, please email

AtCup Kids Portal Registration

Register to download our Education Guides where you can learn some of what expert sailors know about Geography, History, Maps, Sailing Terms, Math, Ocean Ecology and Marine Wildlife! Captain Dave added new sections that include Ocean World, Wind and Weather and How Ships Sail!  as well as a NEW Education Guide to the Casco Bay Estuary – site of the Inshore Leg!

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What is Eco friendly sailing?

Eco friendly sailing means we do not harm Mother Nature throughout the event whether we are on land or on the ocean.

To protect the environment, Atlantic Cup sailors agree to:


Did you know?
Electronics onboard the boats require power, this power usually comes from gasoline. BUT in the Atlantic Cup, the sailors use alternative energy sources such as a hydrogenerator, fuel cell, or solar panels. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW A HYDROGENERATOR WORKS!

Kids events at the Atlantic Cup sites

We’ll be taking students on tours of the race boats and teaching them about the challenges of offshore racing. If you or your school would like to visit please click here to request more information (Charleston / New York / Portland)

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