Welcome Fore Points Marina, Plus Check out the New Teams, and the NOR is now available



Although the leaves are turning and the weather is getting colder, preparations at Manuka SEM are heating up as the 2020 Atlantic Cup, is shaping up to be the biggest one yet! 

The USA’s toughest offshore race is estimated to have between 20 and 25 teams on the start line in Charleston next June, which will make the race the largest gathering of Class40s in the U.S. in history!

In addition, we’re delighted to announce that Fore Points Marina, a brand new start of the art marina in Portland, Maine will be the host venue for the 2020 Portland stopover!

In this edition of the newsletter, you can read all about:

  • The newest teams to confirm their participations
  • Fore Points Marina’s partnership with The Atlantic Cup 
  • The Notice of Race and 2020 Course
  • Take a look back at the 2018 highlights 

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The Entry List Grows!


The Infinity Project – First Light takes the 2020 Atlantic Cup entry list to five!
Founded in 2018, The Infinity Project was created with the overall goal of promoting the development of youth offshore sailing in the US. With the support of Ralfi Steitz and the USMMA Sailing Foundation, Class40 No. 37, ‘First Light’, was provided to the team as the development platform.
Sam Fitzgerald, SkipperThe Infinity Project is excited to participate in the 2020 Atlantic Cup. With our mission to build Co-ed American offshore race teams, we are excited to bring new team members to the premier Class40 offshore event in the US.

Boat Name: Infinity Project – First Light
Skipper: Sam Fitzgerald
Co-Skipper: Allie Gray 
Port of Registry: Kings Point, NY
Builder: Jaz Marine
Designer: Owen and Clarke
Year Launched: 2007
Source of Energy Production:Hydrogenerator


The Atlantic Cup 2020 Notice of Race

Manuka Sports Event Management, the Organizing Authority, is pleased to provide the 2020 Atlantic Cup Notice of Race to those teams interested in competing. The document can be found via the link below and should more information be required please contact Race Director Hugh Piggin or Sam Holliday.

The Notice of Race can be found by clicking here!


2020 Dates and Course
June 10th
Leg 1 Start
Charleston to New York
Leg 2 Start
New York to Portland 

June 20-21
Leg 3 – Inshore Series
Portland, Maine

The Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic with over 1,000nm of ocean racing, and also the U.S.’ only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class40. The Atlantic Cup was created in 2011 to showcase short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events, while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.


Welcome Fore Points Marina!
Fore Points Marina graciously accommodates vessels of all sizes with first class hospitality and full-service amenities. Nestled in a protected safe harbor, the Atlantic Cup fleet will be surrounded by scenic Casco Bay and just steps away from the Old Port’s exciting culinary scene, boutique shops, and activities. The gated marina is professionally staffed at all times providing you and your crew with any essential or luxury desired to make your short or extended stay delightful!

Eärendil Back To Winning Ways!
Congratulations Eärendil on winning the 2019 Class40 European Trophy ! We can’t wait to see Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani back on the start line in the 2020 Atlantic Cup!


Best of 2018!

Look back at the 2018 AtCup Start

Watch the 2018 recap videos!


The Atlantic Cup Sustainability Statement

The Atlantic Cup is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. Teams, participants and race management work together to create an event that is carbon neutral and ISO 20121 compliant. As the race grows, we will continue to seek innovative ideas and products that align with our mission and produce a truly sustainable event.



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