Carbon Neutral for the 3rd Year in a Row!


After a brief summer hiatus, we’re back with some exciting and sustainable news from
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing!  
Carbon Neutral for the 3rd Year in A Row!
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. We are pleased to share that for the third consecutive year, The Atlantic Cup was a fully carbon neutral event. Here’s a look at what that means, how we achieved this and why it matters. 
What does it mean?

The term “carbon footprint” is used to describe the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 that is emitted due to fossil fuel consumption. A carbon footprint is left behind by everyone, from individual people to large organizations, and is something that can be measured. Most commonly, a carbon footprint comes from oil, gas, or coal, otherwise known as fossil fuels.

Achieving carbon neutrality means that there is no net increase of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Manuka Sports Event Management works hard to minimize the footprint of the Atlantic Cup, with its overarching sustainability plan. However, for the CO2 that is emitted, Race Management tracked and analyzed the carbon emissions during the race.

Why it matters:

At the conclusion of the Atlantic Cup, Green Mountain Energy calculated the race’s overall footprint. Carbon Offset Sponsor, Nexus offset the race’s footprint with carbon credits supporting Hydrologic, The Ceramic Water Purifier Project.

Hydrologic locally manufactures ceramic water purifiers (CWP) that provide clean drinking water to rural households resulting in reduced wood fuel consumption while supporting local economic development. 21 Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reduction credits were retired on the Markit Exchange.

Below you can take a look at our offset certificates and where our carbon emissions came from in the 2014 race.

To learn more and read the letter from the Gold Standard Markit Exchange please visit our Sustainability Page.

Water Water Everywhere…and other ways
The Atlantic Cup aimed to minimize its footprint

By using reusable Atlantic Cup water bottles and the Zip-2-Water station, we eliminated 822 water bottles. 
Atlantic Cup race directors after recieving the Platinum Level Clean Regatta Certification from Sailors for the Sea at the 2014 Prize Giving party. 
Atlantic Cup Coastal Clean Up
Clean Ocean Access and Aquidneck Land Trust remove 707 lbs of trash from four parks along the Atlantic Cup race course
Clean Ocean Access in partnership with Aquidneck Land Trust and The Atlantic Cup had cleanups at four state parks on Saturday, May 24th (Brenton Point, Fort Adams, Fort Wetherill, Beavertail Point) and a great team effort of 111 people removed 707 pounds of marine debris from the shoreline of the race. Thank you to all the volunteers involved who helped make this shore line clean up a great success! More pictures can be found here.
During Atlantic Cup Kids Day, Sailors for the Sea taught students about plastic pollution, by having them examine debris collected on the beach.
By eliminating single-use water bottles and switching to a water bottle refilling station, we were able to prevent the use of single use plastic water bottles.
Ripple Effect Video Contest 

This year, in conjunction with newportFILMClean Ocean Access and Sailors for the Sea, Atlantic Cup race organizers and long time sailor Joe Cooper  created the Ripple Effect Video Contest.

The project aimed to raise awareness for Rhode Island’s coastline and waterways as told through the eyes of Rhode Island’s high school students.

High school students from all over Rhode Island created  video essays and/or documentaries on the following statement: “I live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State.” Each student video explored an issue facing the ocean, bays, inlets, rivers or marshes in Rhode Island and why that issue is important to the filmmaker.

Bella Solanot (pictured left) teamed up with Shannon Duffy, and Lindsay Daugherty from Barrington High School to create the winning video. Their video premiered on May 22nd at newportFILM’s Shipyard Shorts: A collection of eco-films and adventure docs.

What about the Teams?

The 2014 Atlantic Cup sailors have been busy all summer long. Here’s a look at what they have been up to since the Atlantic Cup ended.
We were very happy to see #54 Dragon back in the water after their nasty crash during this year’s Inshore Series. After a lot of hard work to get Dragon back in fighting shape, Mike has had Dragon out in a few of the local area races this summer and has been up in Portland for training. 
Newport to Bermuda Race
Shortly after the Atlantic Cup, #106 Gryphon Solo II, #39 Pleiad Racing and #116 competed in the Newport to Bermuda Race in the Double Handed Division. #116 – pulled away with the win in the division after a very light and flukey race.
Ida Lewis Distance Race
Several Atlantic Cup teams participated in the 2014 Ida Lewis Distance Race. #39 Pleiad took first place in the double handed division. Ed Cesare teamed up with Kyle Hubley of Flatline. Joe Harris managed to get Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Piggin, out of the office and they finished second on #106 Gryphon Solo. 2012 AtCup competitor #128 Toothface 2 placed third and  #54 Dragon took fifth. 

Vineyard Race
2013 AtCup competitor Eric Lecoq and #121 Lecoq Cuisine took line honors in the 2014 Vineyard Race. #54 Dragon placed second, followed by #116 – Jeffrey in third and #39 Pleiad in fourth. 

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