Hey there! Welcome to the Atlantic Cup Kids Page presented by 11th Hour Racing! Here kids of all ages can 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 race village and learned about saving, the ocean and the effects of our modern world on our environment. Captain Dave Rearick from Bodacious Dream Expeditions headed up the program this year. Read the full update here. It’s rich with fun thoughts and smiling kids enjoying the three race villages.

Download our earlier Education Guides where you can learn some of what expert sailors know about Geography, History, Maps, Sailing Terms, Math, Ocean Ecology and Marine Wildlife! For the 2018 Race, Captain Dave added new sections that include Ocean World, Wind and Weather and How Ships Sail! – all about boat building plus an excellent Interview with Merf Owen – Naval Architect, as well as a NEW Education Guide to the Casco Bay Estuary – site of the Inshore Leg!


Please like our Atlantic Cup Kids Facebook Page, where you can follow along, learn more and ask questions of Captain Dave.

And you can always contact Captain Dave directly at


Take a look at our photos from this year’s three Kids Days. If you’re interested in being involved with your students or organization in the next 2020 edition of the race, contact Captain Dave!

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



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.


June 5th – June 21


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 

  • LEG 1 - Charleston to NY
  • LEG 2 - NY to Portland
  • Inshore Series in Portland, Maine

class 40 race boat

Boat Blueprint
Boat Blueprint

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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