T minus 4 Days Until the Start!


Welcome to Charleston!

The 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing has touched down in Charleston! Almost all of the teams have arrived and many of the racers are working on their boats all day to get them prepared for the start this Saturday! We’ve been talking to them about what they think of Charleston and how they’re feeling about racing up to New York:

“It’s neat to see all the boats here, this is my first time seeing this many [Class40’s] in one spot!”
Hobie Ponting, Oakcliff. Hobie will be racing in Leg 2 and is currently prepping the boat for the Leg 1 duo of Liz Shaw and Libby Greenhalgh.

“This is my first time sailing in the US I’m nervous about sailing into New York City, the traffic will make it difficult to navigate. I think we have a chance to do well. If you sail without making a big mistake and sail clever you will finish in a good position.”
Pablo Santurde, Tales II

“I came to Charleston once with Giovani Soldini’s Maserati program, but I just arrived and left the same day after by plane so haven’t really sailed in the US. I’ve never sailed into New York before, my camera is ready to take a selfie with the Statue of Liberty!”
– Antoine Carpentier, Eärendil

Come see us at one of these events this week and see the boats and sailors yourself!

May 24-28: Teams docked at City Marina
May 26-27: Sea Bags sail donation drop off, Charleston Yacht Club
May 26, 7pm: Kick Off Party with the Teams, Fuel Charleston
May 28,12pm: Race start, Charleston Maritime Center

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As the sailors work on their boats at the dock and head out on the river to practice, their eyes are kept safe from the sun’s rays with sunglasses provided by sponsor Maui Jims. Talanta’s Mikael Ryking & Nathan Fulcher are loving the superior polarized lenses that not only shield their eyes from glare and harmful UV rays but also enhances the vivid colors around them!

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing would like to send a huge thank you to the Charleston Yacht Club for the wonderful southern hospitality they’re showing the staff and teams as we’re set up here this week!

2016 Charleston Event Schedule

May 24th – May 28th:
Teams will be docked at
Charleston City Marina

Stop by anytime during the day to check out the fleet and say hello to the skippers. Choose your favorite team to follow as they race to Brooklyn and finish in Portland, Maine! Look for the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing flags to find us!

May 26th & May 27th: Sea Bags Maine Sail Drive

Got on old sail? Give it new life & recycle it with Sea Bags Maine. Through the Sail Trade Program, the process of donating a sail is easy: just bring your used sail to City Marina on May 26th or 27th.

Special for the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, Sea Bags will be donating a portion of the proceeds for the products created by the sails donated in Charleston to Charleston Community Sailing!

Please e-mail Meredith@manukasem.com with any questions.

May 26th: Race Kick Off Party with the Skippers at Fuel

Come enjoy live music, party with the teams and celebrate the start of the 5th Atlantic Cup!

The party is open to the public and begins at 7pm and continues throughout the evening at Fuel Charleston.

Beverages brought to you by returning sponsor PBR!

May 28th: Official Charleston to Brooklyn
Race Start 

Join us for the start of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing! Grab your friends and get out on the water or watch from the shore.

The best vantage point from land is the park next to the Maritime Center at the corner of Inspection and Wharfside Street. Look for the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th hour racing flags to signal the official Sea Bags Maine start line. The gun goes off at 12pm so don’t be late!

Atlantic Cup Presented by 11th Hour Racing Race Guide
Before the start, check out the official Race Guide for the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing brought to you by WindCheck Magazine for a complete breakdown of the race and the teams.
The Race Guide also features a special race preview provided by the experts at North Sails.  If you have any questions about the race, teams or strategy, Ask the Expert! Send your questions to North Sails experts Charlie Enright and Anderson Reggio, skipper and shoreside navigation support and performance analyst for Team Alvimedica in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.

How to Follow the Race

As soon as the start gun goes off on Saturday at 12pm you can track the boats online as they race to Brooklyn! Simply go to the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing homepage and follow the teams in real time thanks to the GeoRacing online tracker. 

2016 Brooklyn Event Schedule

Can’t make it to Charleston? Meet us in Brooklyn! Below is a preview of events you won’t want to miss!

Approx May 31 Teams Arrive in Brooklyn One15 Marina TBD
May 31-June 4 Boats Docked One15 Marina All Day
June 1 Living on the Edge Thomson Reuters 6p-9p
June 2 New York Pro-Am Regatta NY Harbor 2p-5p
June 3 Kids Day One15 Marina All Day
June 4 Leg 2 Race Start Just off One15 Marina 12p

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The 5th edition of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will start May 28, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Teams of two will race 648nm from Charleston to Brooklyn. After a brief stop-over in Brooklyn, teams will race a second leg of 350nm to Portland, Maine where the race will culminate the weekend of June 11th in Portland with the third a final leg, an inshore series.
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. Teams, participants and race management work together to create a fully carbon neutral event. 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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