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Leg 1 Finish: Tales Sets New Course Record!

#123 Tales II Wins First Leg in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing 

Tales II beats previous course record by 6 hours and 7 minutes!#123 – Tales II skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, crossed the finish line first at 12:53:03 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 31, with an elapsed time of 72:48:03, to complete the 648 nautical mile first off-shore leg of the Atlantic Cup from Charleston, S.C. to Brooklyn, N.Y.! Spain’s #123 Tales II finished 1 hour 33 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of #145 Eärendil (74:21:43), followed by the all female team of  #118 Oakcliff Racing (74:52:05). Tales II moved into the lead just before exiting the jetties in Charleston and they held their first place position throughout the race, going on to set the new course record for the first leg -- but not without excitement! Low wind speeds and a relatively strong outgoing tide caused the top of the fleet to condense around the Varizano Bridge this morning. After spending some time anchored to avoid getting sucked back out into the ocean by the current, the wind filled in from the north and Tales was able to finish in the lead. It was an exciting leg and the sailors are ready to get some rest before the week of activities here in New York before they set off for Portland this Saturday June 4th at 12pm.

Libby Greenhalgh, Oakcliff Racing"It was pretty interesting starting the race having not sailed together or set any form of A-sail or kite. It was pretty windy we saw 25-30 knots most of the time. We toughed it out on our full main and our solent, but when we went to change it became very apparent to us we haven’t done this before and it takes us a stack load of time and very quickly we lost miles. I think that’s the biggest thing with double-handed sailing, it’s just tough and your just physically knackered.It’s amazing actually for a 40-foot yacht under that sail configuration, which once it picks up it really gets going, it doesn't even feel like anything . I think the course is fantastic, lot of opportunity, you’ve got the Gulf Stream to play with and sometimes that kicks up all sorts of weather. And we really had everything, so there were lots of opportunities to take, it wasn't a go out follow race." Full interviews from the teams that have finished so far can be found on our Facebook page!

We are running a sail drive in coordination with Sea Bags Maine all this week where used sails will be recycled into bags and other products. A portion of the proceeds made from those bags will be donated to Warrior Sailing! Please consider bringing down any used sails to our office at One15 Marina at 12 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn anytime this week Tuesday-Friday from 8am-5pm to help support this great program!Come See Us in Brooklyn!DATEEVENTLOCATIONTIMEMay 31-June 1Teams Arrive in BrooklynOne15 MarinaTBDMay 31-June 4Boats DockedOne15 MarinaAll DayJune 1Living on the EdgeThomson Reuters6p-9pJune 2New York Pro-Am RegattaNY Harbor2p-5pJune 3Kids DayOne15 MarinaAll DayJune 4Leg 2 Race StartJust off One15 Marina12p

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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