145 – Eärendil wins 2018 Atlantic Cup by 1 point over Toothface
In the first leg from Charleston to New York, the team crossed the Angola Cables finish line first with an elapsed time of 77h 02m 46s, to complete the 648 nautical mile leg. Catherine and Pietro sailed #145 Eärendil to victory just 1 hour 31 minutes and 27 seconds ahead of #127 Amhas (78h 34m 13s). A full day later it was the turn of the remaining competitors to cross the Angola Cables finish line. The Swedish flagged Class40 #95 skippered by Mikael Ryking and Karl Jungstedt secured a provisional third place in the early hours of Wednesday May 30th. Their Pogo40s2 crossed the finish line at 02h49h12 with an elapsed time of 86h49m12s to complete the 648 nautical mile first offshore leg. #95 Talanta was closely followed by #37 First Light sailed by former Olympic campaigner Fred Strammer and Sam Fitzgerald. The duo competing in their first Class40 race are also the youngest team in the fleet.
In the second leg from New York to Portland, Eärendil once again crossed the finish line first, which puts them on top of the leaderboard heading into the third and final leg a crewed inshore series to be sailed this June 9th and 10th in Casco Bay, Maine. Leg 2 was a tale of two very different challenges, the first part was directly upwind and slow, the second part was a blast reach for Portland where Eärendil was consistently seeing boat speeds of 15+ knots. Pietro Luciani said of the first part of the leg to Nantucket, “We slammed a lot, but two or three times in a really bad way. We had strong wind and current against us on the side and the sea state was a little discombobulated. But, let me also say a word about Dragon, they did an amazing upwind job, we battled with them upwind and Dragon was first to the mark, so we did our job to stay close to them and then we knew the boat would be faster.” Of the leg overall, Catherine Pourre said, “It was a very long leg, just with the wind in the wrong direction. [On being in Portland] It feels good, it feels good, and that we need to make sure we have a good crew for the inshore series.