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Atlantic Cup Kids

 600 Charleston City School Children Participate in Atlantic Cup Kids Day

Students toured Atlantic Cup boats, met the teams, learned about recycling, offshore sailing, whale blubber, how to tie knots and marine debris

MAY 26, 2016 - CHARLESTON, SC  - Nearly 600 children participated in Atlantic Cup Kids day today at Charleston City Marina. Atlantic Cup Kids is a program of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing that teaches children about offshore racing and the environment. Students ranging in age from 9-12 representing six area schools including Mitchell Math and Science Elementary, Goodwin Elementary, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary, Simmons Pinckney Middle, Hunley Park Elementary School, Military Magnet Academy and St. Andrew’s of Math and Science spent two-hours at the Atlantic Cup base. Students rotated through five stations that included knot-tying, a plankton and whale experiential learning station run by Sailors for the Sea,  a station teaching the Archimedes Principal where students tried to make a hull float out of play-doh, an alternative energy station where students got to see and feel solar panels and a Watt and Sea hydrogenerator. The fifth station included a boat tour on one of the Atlantic Cup competing boats. Former Atlantic Cup Champion and Kids Director, Dave Rearick said, "It was a fantastic turnout and such a wonderful opportunity to expose kids to the ocean, environment and sailing and how we're all connected worldwide. There was one little girl who said 'I can't do this', but within five minutes she was tying the toughest knot (bowline) we had and loving every minute of it." Rob Windsor of Amhas, "I really enjoyed today.  Many of the kids on board were really interested and excited. I asked all the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up and it was great to hear, and show them that you can be whatever you want to be because I wanted to be a sailor when I grew up and that's what I'm doing."  Catherine Pourre, from team Eärendil said, "I was impressed by the number of kids. I think this is good especially because just about all of them didn't know anything about sailing and it was great to show them the boats and what it's all about. The conditions of living on board was most interesting to them. I don't do anything like this very often, so this was really nice."   Atlantic Cup Kids will run in Brooklyn and also in Portland. If teachers or parents are interested in participating they can contact Dave Rearick at

Atlantic Cup Event Schedule

For more information, please visit the Atlantic Cup Events page at 24-27 - All Day Teams Docked at Charleston City Marina

May 26th -  9a-1p Atlantic Cup Kids Day 500 local school children will visit the Atlantic Cup boats, learn about sustainability, tour a Class 40 and meet the teams

May 26th - 7pm Pabst Blue Ribbon Atlantic Cup Kick Off Party Open to the public Fuel - 211 Rutledge Ave

May 28th - 12pm - Race Start Charleston Maritime Center *Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested

BROOKLYNMay 31 - Approximate Arrival Pier 6/One 15 Marina, Brooklyn

May 31-June 3 Teams docked at Pier 6/One 15 Marina, Brooklyn

June 1 - 6pm Living on the Edge, The Ocean Economy NY Times Investigative Journalist Ian Urbina to Keynote Ocean Conservancy's Dr. Sandra Whitehouse to provide Opening Remarks Thomson Reuters, Times Square *Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested

June 2 - 2pm Pro-Am Race *Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interestedJune 4 - 12pm Leg 2 Race Start Just off the seawall at the edge of Pier 5 *Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interested PORTLAND

June 6 - Approximate Arrival Finish Line is off Fort Allen Park

June 6 - 11 Teams Docked at Maine Wharf

June 10 & 11 Race Village - Live Music, Commentary Kids Zone, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden Open 10:30a-5:00p Inshore Racing 12p-4p *Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at if interestedJune 11 - 5:30pm Awards Presentation Maine Wharf

Sea Bags & The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour RAcing Sail Donation DriveIn conjunction with Sea Bags Maine, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is holding sail donation drives in each city. Sailors are encouraged to donate their old and used sails, which will be given new life by Sea Bags. Proceeds from the sails donated during the Atlantic Cup sail drive will be benefit Charleston Community Sailing, Warrior Sailing Program and Sail Maine. Dates and Times in which to drop off used or old sails: May 26-28 9a-5p City Marina, Charleston, SC June 1-3 9a-5p 360 Furman Street Brooklyn, NY June 10-11 10:30a-5p Atlantic Cup Race Village Fort Allen Park Portland, ME 2016 Atlantic Cup TeamsThe 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing marks the second largest fleet in event history. Sailors represent 6 different countries including the USA, France, Spain, Sweden, Canada and England.

Pleiad Racing

#39 - Pleiad Racing returns for the 3rd time and will be skippered by Connecticut native Ed Cesare. His leg 1 co-skipper is extremely experienced former VOR sailor, Jeff Brock. His Leg 2 co-skipper is long-time pro-sailor and Westchester, NY native Chad Corning who Ed has sailed with in the prior two editions of the Atlantic Cup. 

Dragon Ocean Racing#54 - Dragon Ocean Racing is the only boat to have competed in every edition of the Atlantic Cup. She'll be skippered by owner Mike Hennessy and Owen-Clarke designer Merf Owen. 


Sailing in the Atlantic Cup for the first time are Swede Mikael Ryking and Brit Nathan Fulcher. #95- Talanta, the first and only Swedish boat in the fleet is a second generation Class40.


#65 - Carac Advanced Energie, skippered by Frenchmen Louis Duc and Yves Sale, is one of the top teams in the Class40.  Louis Duc is in 3rd place in the Transat and is due to finish in NY in the next 48-hours. In addition, Louis led Carac to a 3rd place finish in the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre. 


#102- Privateer is looking to make a good first impression in their first race. This is a race of firsts for co-skippers Richard Fleischman and David G. Hommel. Fleishman and Hommel have teamed up many times before, however this will be the first time they’ll be racing in a Class40. The boat is the sister ship to Oakcliff and was brought over from South Africa this past winter.

Oakcliff Racing#118 - Oakcliff Sailing is dedicated to putting American sailors back on top of the international leaderboard. In Leg 1, Oakcliff's own Liz Shaw is teaming up with Volvo Ocean Race Veteran Libby Greenhlagh. In Leg 2, it's the guys turn and Hobie Ponting will team up with Andrew O'Donnell.  

Tales II#123 - Tales II - Skippered by Spaniards Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, Tales II is one of the teams to watch in the 2016 Atlantic Cup. The duo has 11 Trans-Atlantic crossings and what is considered to be one of the fastest boats in the Class40. Gonzalo and Alex have already said they sail to win, but they've never sailed in U.S. waters.  

Amhas II

Portland, Maine based #127 - Amhas will be a top team to watch in 2016. Amhas will be sailed by Rob Windsor, one of only two sailors to have competed in every edition of the Atlantic Cup and Brown University alum and Maine native, Micha Davis. As for the name, Amhas, it comes from an old Galeic word for Gannet, the sea bird that can be found around the North Atlantic.

Toothface 2#128 - Toothface II - Atlantic Cup veterans Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné are teaming up for the first time for the 2016 race. This will be the first time Mike has raced his new boat in the Atlantic Cup. Tristan is a veteran of two previous Atlantic Cups and multiple Bermuda 1-2s. 


#145 - Eärendil is one of the newest boats in the fleet. She’ll be skippered by the French duo of Catherine Pourre and Antoine Carpentier who have steadily been moving up the Class40 ranks.*Longbow and Campagne de France have withdrawn from the 2016 Atlantic Cup. Longbow's skipper has had unexpected committments that will prevent the team from being able to compte. Campagne de France is currently building a new boat and have run into technical difficulties in France and they will be unable to make the start in Charleston.