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Portland Race Village Display/Vendor Inquiry

The Atlantic Cup is the longest ocean race in the Western Atlantic and its third and final stop-over will be Portland, Maine from June 5-10. To be a truly successful and fun event, Race Organizers are putting together a fun experiential race village that will be open for two days during the Inshore Series and they need YOU to come set up, display and show everyone what Portland has to offer.

On June 9 and 10, the Atlantic Cup teams will race in their third in final leg of competition right in Casco Bay visible from land. Race organizers will provide live commentary and the public will be invited to come and watch the racing at Fort Allen Park. In addition to watching the racing, the Village will have a Kids Zone, food area, beer garden, live music and displays from local Portland merchants and non-profits.

Race Organizers are looking for non-profits, children themed activities, musicians, food trucks, specialty products and more to display and be at the village. The village will be open from 11am-5pm on June 9 and 10.

  • The Atlantic Cup will obtain all event day permits.
  • There is a nominal set up fee for any merchant wishing to sell their products (food, beverage, or crafts etc.)



  • There is no fee for non-profits or musicians/performers.

If you are interested in being a vendor or having a display, please fill out the form below!



Atlantic Cup Kids Portal

Welcome to the Atlantic Cup Kids Educational Portal!

We’re excited to have you here and look forward to sharing the amazing things we sailors have experienced while racing the Atlantic Cup and exploring the oceans of the world–from weather to wildlife. And we’d like to also say thanks to 11th Hour Racing for their continued support of The Atlantic Cup Kids program. 

You can click on any of the worksheets below to download them or by clicking HERE you can download all of the worksheets at once. There are worksheets for 2nd and 3rd grade as well as 4th and 5th grade (a little bit further down the page).

Captain Dave sailed in the 2012 and 2013 Atlantic Cup Races on his boat Bodacious Dream.  Then, in October of 2013, he set sail to circumnavigate the world on Bodacious Dream and has terrific stories to tell your students of the fantastic world of the ocean.

Captain Dave is always available to answer your questions and perhaps visit your classroom to share his knowledge about the ocean, sailing, and the world. To ask Captain Dave a question send him a note at


When Captain Dave visits a school he teaches Kids about the history of sailing, what it was like for him to sail solo around the world and why it’s so important we protect our planet. This video includes that presentation and complements the worksheets below.

You won’t want to miss this great video on Whales and Dolphins! Special thanks to Audubon Society of Rhode Island, New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation for helping us learn more about these fantastic animals 🐳🐋🐬

Captain Dave Rearick talks to former Atlantic Cup competitor Rob Windsor! The duo discuss Class40s, answer all important questions and talk about sustainability and the state of our oceans.

The second interview as part of the Atlantic Cup Kids Program presented by 11th Hour Racing! In this video Captain Dave speaks with Atlantic Cup Champion and fellow circumnavigator Joe Harris! The duo talk about sailing around the world, the weather patterns and wildlife seen.


Download all of the worksheets, by clicking on each image or by clicking HERE.


Environment is the word we use to describe the WEATHER — air, rain, winds — or the LIVING CONDITIONS in an area. Click here to download.


Geography & History

We’re excited to be sailing in seas that flow along the most interesting GEOGRAPHY in the world. Just as the ocean tells us stories, so do the mountains, coves, and islands of the ATLANTIC “CUP” COAST. Click here to download. 



Almost without knowing, we use MATH in so many ways in our daily lives. We use it to FIGURE out if we have enough money to pay for things at the store or to DECIDE what time we have to leave home to get to soccer practice on time. Onboard the boats in the Atlantic Cup, sailors use math to keep TRACK of where we they are, where they’re headed, and when they’ll get there. Click here to download.


All sorts of animals, fish and wildlife live in the oceans. We hope to see some of these and will need your help to identify them. We’ll share with you the amazing animals, fish and wildlife we see on the trip. You can test your memory… what interesting facts can you remember from our stories? Click here to download.



Sea Life

Life began in the sea, and scientists think it first appeared about 3.8 billion years ago. The first inhabitants were neither plants nor animals. They were mostly likely bacteria that evolved to use the sun’s energy or the heat from deep-sea vents to make oxygen. Click HERE to download.


Records from early culture showed mathematics arose from practical needs. Across the ancient world, it was used for surveying, agriculture, building, astronomy, and navigation. In fact, the word geometry comes from the Greek words geo and metron, which mean “earth & measure”. Click HERE to download.


The scientific study of the ocean is called Oceanography, and the people who study Oceanography are called Oceanographers. It is a relatively recent scientific discipline. Click the here to download.


Fox Glacier

For years now, we’ve been hearing story after story about how human activity and global warming have affected glaciers around the world. Experiencing firsthand the amazing forces at Fox Glacier and the incredible speed with which that change is happening, brought those many stories to a very different level of reality for Captain Dave. Click HERE to download. 


Watery World

The Earth’s continents do not surround the sea. Rather, the seas surround the continents that are islands in an ocean world. On this blue planet 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by salt water. This is our WATERY WORLD! Click HERE to download. ;

Wind and Weather

Captain Dave spends a lot of time paying attention to the wind and weather patterns that control his journey. There are two types of weather patterns Dave is confronted with: global weather and local weather. Click HERE to download. 


As we begin our Expedition, there are a lot of words that may be new to you. No matter how you follow the Atlantic Cup, we want you to understand the terms you are seeing and hearing. Below are a list of common words the Atlantic Cup teams need to know when sailing. Click here to download.

Or download all the worksheets HERE



Portland Volunteer Form

Calling all volunteers!

We’re looking for volunteers to help us on Kids Day (June 8), the race days (June 9 and 10) and tear down day (June 11). If you would be interested in volunteering, we have some great Atlantic Cup gear for you! Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you with more information shortly.

  • Race village liaison (assist with setup or breakdown of village, hand out race guides and maps to visitors, assist with merchandise sales)
  • Sustainability assistant (help our sustainability coordinator with recycling and compost)
  • Kids Day volunteer (assist with implementation of kids programming)
  • On the water support (assist with race committee/mark boat/spectator boats)



Atlantic Cup Kids - Duplicate - New Content

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!



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Documents and Race Entry

All entries for the 2022 Atlantic Cup must be submitted online through the Yacht Scoring entry form below.

Entry Form here 

2022 Atlantic Cup Notice of Race (NOR) 

2022 Atlantic Cup Amendment #1

2022 Atlantic Cup Amendment #2

2022 Atlantic Cup Amendment #3

Additional information for competitors can be found in downloading the documents below:

2022 ATLANTIC CUP Competitor Information Packet – ENGLISH 

Important Whale Interaction Information


Questions? Please contact Hugh Piggin at or +1 401-662-9261 or Sam Holliday at or +44 7398 183 957



The First Sports Event in the U.S. ISO 20121 Compliant

The Atlantic Cup is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. Since 2012, we have been a carbon neutral event and have offset 118 metric tons of CO2. In 2016, the Atlantic Cup was ISO 20121 compliant, making it the first sports event in the U.S. to achieve that status. In addition, the Atlantic Cup was the first regatta globally to be certified Platinum in 2016 by Sailors for the Sea – a certification that was again achieved in 2018. 


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Atlantic Cup Kids

Atlantic Cup Kids presented by 11th Hour Racing has been providing on site programming to students from Charleston, SC to New York City, NY and then to Portland, ME, since 2012 and over 4,000 students have interacted with the teams and Captain Dave Rearick.


In times like these, we recognize the tremendous amount of stress on parents and teachers to keep kids engaged and learning in a remote environment.  
To help alleviate some of that stress, Atlantic Cup Kids presented by 11th Hour Racing has a variety of worksheets on marine life, barrier islands, weather and glaciers that are geared for children from age 8-13 that are easily accessible via 

In addition, Captain Dave, who has won the Atlantic Cup and sailed solo around the world will be providing his in-school lessons via video which will be published on The Atlantic Cup Kids Facebook page and Portal. We will also be posting interviews from past Atlantic Cup competitors on all things about what it’s like to sail offshore (what you eat, when you sleep, what it’s like to surf through waves).  
To access the materials, please visit We’re adding more resources as they’re created – so keep checking back. 
And if you or your students or children have questions for Captain Dave, please send them to us at and we’ll be sure to answer them in the forthcoming videos.


Take a look at photos from the 2018 Kids Days below and by clicking HERE!

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For the first time since 2018, the Atlantic Cup will return May 25-June 7, 2024!

The Atlantic Cup is an intense double-handed, offshore race held on the eastern seaboard of the United States every other spring in the even years.

The 2024 course will start in Charleston, SC, stop in Newport, RI and continue on to Portland, Maine for two days of coastal racing. 

Sustainable Sailing Since the Beginning

The Atlantic Cup is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. Since 2012, teams and race management have worked together with the past presenting sponsor, 11th Hour Racing, to create a fully carbon neutral event. In 2016, the Atlantic Cup was the very first sporting event in the United States to be ISO 20121 compliant and the only sailing regatta to be certified Platinum by Sailors for the Sea.

We encourage you to explore our sustainability page to learn more about the unique steps the race, its teams and sustainability partner, 11th Hour Racing, are taking to make this a truly sustainable event. Learn more about sustainable sailing!


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The Atlantic Cup is the United States’ premier and only dedicated Class 40 sailing race. The race showcases some of the top Class 40 sailors in the U.S. and world as they compete in the 3-leg event. The Atlantic Cup challenges the sailors in multiple ways. The two offshore legs will be sailed double handed (two People). The first leg of the race is a long offshore leg covering 640 nautical miles(3+ days). The second leg will be a shorter 360 nautical mile (2+ days) offshore sprint. Both the offshore legs will demand high physical input and provide little rest.  The third leg will force the sailors to switch their boats to an inshore mode and race with a crew of six. The combined overall winner of all 3 legs will be crowned Atlantic Cup Champion.

Additionally, The Atlantic Cup, is one of the most environmentally sustainable races in the United States. Since the 2012 edition of the race the Atlantic Cup has been a carbon neutral race, the only sailing race to consistently reach that achievement in the United States. In addition, in 2016 the Atlantic Cup was the first sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant. For all of the details on the Atlantic Cup’s environmental commitment you can check out our green page.


Scoring for the Atlantic Cup will be based upon a “High Point” scoring system. Each boat’s overall score will equal the total points earned in both offshore legs plus the points earned from the inshore races. At the conclusion of the event, the boat with the total highest score will be declared the winner.

To determine the podium winners, the “High Point” scoring system combines all three legs of the race into the boat’s overall score. The points for individual race scores are based upon the number of entrants (unless disqualified or retiring after finishing). The points for each leg are allotted as follows: 1st place will be awarded points equal to the number of entrants; 2nd place points equal the number of entrants minus 1; 3rd place – points equal the number of entrants minus 2; 4th place – points equal the number of entrants minus 3; and so on.

For two the offshore legs, points awarded will be weighted by a factor of 2. For each inshore series, points will be weighted by a factor of one. The inshore series will consist of a maximum of five races, should four or less inshore races be completed; all races will count toward the boat’s overall score. If five inshore series are completed, a boats overall score will consist of the four best inshore races. In the event of a score tie between two or more boats, the tie will be broken in favor of the boat with the most points earned amongst the two offshore legs.


Say What?

Sailing contains a plethora of jargon that can be extremely confusing to the non-sailor. So, here is a plain English explanation to help you understand the key terms that will help you follow the Atlantic Cup.

  • Class: designation of a category that a racing boat falls into based on the specs with which the boat was built. For instance there are categories known as Class 40, Mini, Figaro, etc.
  • Class 40: a monohull racing boat with a maximum length of 40 feet and the Class of boat that will be used in The Atlantic Cup
  • Double handed: sailing with only two crew members aboard
  • Downwind: sailing away from the wind
  • Fully crewed: sailing with enough crew aboard so that each sailing task is performed by a dedicated individual
  • Hull: the body or shell of the bottom of a boat on which it floats in the water
  • Inshore: sailing in close proximity to land and safe harbor.
  • Knot: the unit of speed for boats. It is equivalent to 1.151mph
  • Mainsail: the sail behind the mast. This sail is also controlled by the boom.
  • Monohull: a boat that has only one hull
  • Nautical Mile: 1,852 meters or approximately 6,076 feet
  • Offshore: sailing in open waters usually greater than 5 nautical miles from land.
  • Program/campaign: term used to describe the team members who run the boat and the race schedule that yacht will follow.
  • Prevailing winds: the typical winds for a particular region and time of year
  • Short-handed: sailing with only one or two people aboard.
  • Spinnaker or Kite: the balloon like sail at the front of the boat used when sailing downwind.
  • Upwind: Sailing towards the wind (a boat can not sail directly into the wind, if it did it would come to a complete stop)

Why Class 40

The Atlantic Cup is the only dedicated Class 40 sailing race in the United States.

The Class 40 is a monohull performance sailboat with a maximum length of 40 feet. The Class 40 has a strict box-rule, which basically means there is a maximum overall size for boats in the class. Competitors are free to manipulate their own boat designs, as long as they do not exceed the box-rule. Part of the attraction to the Class 40 is the box-rule because it keeps costs down. However, because that is the only rule it gives boat designers many opportunities to focus on the technical aspects such as type of sail, mast height and weight while not restricting innovation and development. Consequently, boats are very competitive and racing is extremely close over long distances.

The Class 40 was established in 2004 and has experienced the highest growth of the short-handed classes in the last four years. Many short-handed classic races such as the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Route de Rhumb and the Qubec St Malo all have a dedicated Class 40 entry, which has enabled the Class to be tested and become well established. Overall the original goal was to make offshore races accessible to amateur sailors; however with the success of the Class 40 a very strong professional competitor base has formed.

The Class 40 was chosen because it is a fast, versatile, affordable platform. This particular class is designed for short-handed offshore sailing, which means the boat is designed to be sailed safely, by one or two crew, in extreme offshore conditions, which is necessary for the offshore portion of The Atlantic Cup. The Class 40 will also guarantee very competitive, fast racing.

Why have off-shore and in-shore legs? The Atlantic Cup is demanding that competitors be skilled at two different disciplines within sailing: ocean racing and buoy racing. This will result in a competitive event and ensure the winner is a complete sailor. Additionally, the yachts will have to be all-around performers meaning competitors will not be able to tailor their designs to specific racing criteria. For instance, in the world of auto-sports this would mean that a car would need to be able to be a street racer and an off-road racer. Overall this will level the field between the different designs even further, and result in extremely close competition.

Why have shorthanded off-shore races? Shorthanded sailing is a very tough discipline, which requires both sailors to be both in top physical and mental condition to navigate through potentially difficult weather systems. With only two members on board, each will have to balance how hard they can push their bodies with relation to fatigue while trying to beat their opponents. Crew members will get very little sleep as they all want to push their yachts close to 100% for the entire leg. This means fast, competitive racing for The Atlantic Cup.

Also important to having two crew members on board is that the offshore legs will be in waters with commercial and recreational traffic. Having two crew means that they will be able to maintain a proper watch, which is essential for safety.



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