Harken & Nautical Channel Join Atlantic Cup as Race Partners


With just one month to go until the 2014 start in Charleston, things are heating up at The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing! In this April newsletter, we get you up to date on new events, new sponsors and we profile Dragon and Gryphon Solo 2.

Be on the look out for a very competitive on water duel between Dragon and Gryphon Solo 2. Skippers Michael Hennessy and Rob Windsor of Dragon have already started smack talking most recently telling us that, “Dragons eat Gryphons for lunch.” Make sure you’re following the Atlantic Cup so you don’t miss any of the action!


May 8th –Charleston Atlantic Cup Race Kick Off Party at Fuel

Join the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing at Fuel for a fun evening of libations presented by official Atlantic Cup Beer Sponsor Pabst Blue Ribbon!

May 22nd – newportFILM Outdoors

The Atlantic Cup in association with newportFILM will present a special newportFILM Outdoors event, “Shipyard Shorts: A Collection of Adventure & Eco Docs”, at the Newport Shipyard on Thursday, May 22. A cocktail reception and meet and greet with Atlantic Cup skippers and tours of the boats will start at 7:00PM ($20 ticket price, reception + film screening) & the film will begin at sunset, approximately 8:15PM ($5 suggested donation, film screening only).

May 15th – New York City  – The Atlantic Cup with 11th Hour Racing Present Living on the Edge 2.0 sponsored by Hornblower Cruises & Events

On Thursday, May 15 the Atlantic Cup and 11th Hour Racing present Living on the Edge 2.0: sponsored by Hornblower Cruises & Events, a celebration of the most sustainable sailing race in the United States.

The evening cocktail party and program will call attention to the fine edge we walk as our climate changes and how we can look towards new technology to help solve some of the most challenging issues facing us. Environmental news site with a twist, Grist.org founder Chip Giller will moderate the event with opening marks given by Wendy Schmidt of The Schmidt Family Foundation & 11th Hour Racing. Richard Jenkins, Co-Founder & CEO of Saildrone, Ryan Williams, Director of Sustainability for Method, Cameron Clark, VP and General Manager of Hornblower Cruises and Events are panelists.

Tickets are $50. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served on board the Hornblower Hybrid at Pier 25 in New York, NY. Tickets are available for purchase at WaterWeekNYC.com and for additional information, please call 401-619-4840.

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Dragon (the only team to have competed in all 4 editions of the Atlantic Cup) will be raced by Michael Hennessy and Rob Windsor. This will be third time Mike and Rob have teamed up for the Atlantic Cup. Their best finish was 2nd place in the 2011 race. Talking about the competition and his boat, Michael said, “Joe Harris has yet to quit and Ed Cesare has proven to have a very fast learning curve. But Dragon has gone through a comprehensive refit over the past 6 months and her modifications reflect the lessons of racing her for the past 4 years. She is better than ever!”

Michael is beginning an aggressive 2014 campaign including the Atlantic Cup, Newport-Bermuda, a trans-atlantic delivery and the Route du Rhum. Rob is coming off a disappointing finish in the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre, but is looking to rebound with a very busy summer Class 40 race calendar. With a lighter rig, added offshore miles and the team’s tactical experience, Dragon is looking to breakthrough in 2014 and achieve Atlantic Cup glory.

Gryphon Solo 2 will be raced by Joe Harris and Class 40 newcomer Patrick O’Connor. Currently rehabbing a torn achilles tendon, Joe was asked about his comment last year that it takes “true grit” to separate yourself in a race like the Atlantic Cup, “I’m out to prove that’s true, it’s going to take more than a torn Achilles tendon to sideline me. No doubt, we’re a team to watch.”

This will be Pat’s first full Atlantic Cup race, he has raced in two of the Inshore Series; with GS2 in 2013 and Icarus in 2012. This will be the third Atlantic Cup for Gryphon Solo 2, Joe’s best finish was 3rd place in the 2012.

Similar to Dragon, Gryphon Solo 2 is looking learn from past tactical mistakes to enhance their strategy this year. Both team members boast an impressive spread of offshore miles logged, plus Pat’s experience in past Inshore Series will make them a threat in Narragansett Bay. If Gryphon Solo 2  avoids routing mistakes, especially around Block Island, we can look for them on the podium.

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We are proud to announce our partnership with Harken for the 2014 race! Harken is the official sunglasses supplier of the Atlantic Cup. A leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories, their gear has dominated such events as the America’s Cup and Olympics. Their blocks, travelers, furling systems and winches can be found aboard everything from the smallest dinghies to the largest megayachts and cruisers.

All of the Atlantic Cup team members will be sporting Harken Sunglasses. Merchandise from their Harken Sport line will be available for purchase throughout the Newport stop over.

The Atlantic Cup is excited to announce Nautical Channel as the official International Media Partner.

Plunge into the action with the world’s first nautical sports TV network! Nautical Channel puts ocean adventure front and center with the hottest surf films, top coastal destinations, latest trends in yachting, and premium sports coverage of all the biggest events like the Volvo Ocean Race and ASP Surfing World Tour!

Nautical Channel is available via satellite TV with Dish Network, and live stream via Dish World and SPB TV on your phone, tablet, and desktop. For more information visit their website. 

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