New Teams, Returning Sponsor And Our First European Entrant Of 2018




We’re less than 120 days until the return of America’s offshore race, the Atlantic Cup  and the pace is getting faster and faster every day! In this edition of our newsletter, Manuka SEM, organizers of the race, are excited to welcome two new teams (Amhas & Esprit Scout) and the return of race sponsor North Sails!

Read on for all the latest news in what’s shaping up to be a fantastic sixth edition of the Atlantic Cup!

Welcome #127 Amhas & #81 Esprit Scout!!

Joining the fleet of five announced Class40s is #81 Esprit Scout and the return of #127 Amhas.  

#127 Amhas is an Akilaria RC3, skippered by Micah Davis. Micah is once again joined by one of only two people to have competed in every edition of the Atlantic Cup, Mr Class40 himself, Rob Windsor.

#81 Esprit Scout is the first European entry of the 2018 race and will be skippered by Marc Dubos. The boat is a well-seasoned Akilaria RC2 and Marc comes to the Atlantic Cup following a difficult Transat Jacques Vabre in which the boat suffered delamination of the hull. While the delamination required a lengthy stopover to make the repair, Marc made it and is planning to compete in the RORC 600 before heading north to Charleston.

#127 – Amhas:

Micah Davis and Rob Windsor return to the Atlantic Cup following a successful edition in 2016. The pair are no doubt looking to push further up the leaderboard with the podium in sight. Since the 2016 Atlantic Cup, they’ve competed in the Pineapple Cup and went onto win the inaugural 2017 Cuba Cup. Rob Windsor has become synonymous with Class40 and it’s safe to say no one in the USA can put one together like Rob. Expect this team to be ready and exceptionally well prepared. Find out more about Amhas here

#81 – Esprit Scout:

French skipper Marc Dubos purchased Esprit Scout in 2016 prior to the Transat Quebec – St Malo and since then the boat hasn’t stopped sailing. Marc has competed in two Normandy Channel Races, the famous RORC Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre and will look to complete the 2018 season by racing in the RORC 600 followed by the Atlantic Cup. Marc is yet to name a co-skipper. Find out more about our first European team here 


North Sails Returns As Official Sailmaker

The Atlantic Cup is also excited to welcome the return of the world’s leading sail maker, North Sails. North Sails, the largest division of the North Technology Group, is the world leader in sailmaking technology. North Sails holds the patent for 3Di, a unique composite construction process that produces high-performance sails that approach the shape holding of a rigid foil.

North Sails is the sailmaker of choice on the majority of America’s Cup, Grand Prix, ocean race boats and Superyachts. North Sails offers a wide range of performance 3D and panelled sails for cruising sailors and is the world’s leading sailmaker for one-design classes with more National, World and Olympic Class victories than all other sailmakers combined.

Following the success of the 2016 partnership between North Sails and the Atlantic Cup, we are pleased to announce the popular feature ‘Ask the Expert’ will return, again backed by the North Sails Experts! This year fans of the Atlantic Cup will be able to ask questions of Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Charlie Enright, Pro Sailor Kimo Worthington, America’s Cup Skipper and North Sails president Ken Read and North Sails sail designer Steve Calder. Not only will the experts be answering your Atlantic Cup questions, but they’ll be previewing, recapping and giving their insight into how the racing unfolds. This expert commentary is unrivaled and we are pleased to deliver it alongside North Sails.

Meet The Experts
Ken Read: 
North Sails President

North Technology Group Executive Vice President

Charlie Enright: 
Skipper, Vestas 11th Hour Racing
North Sails Expert


Steve Calder: 
North Sails Designer


Kimo Worthington:
 Vice President of North American Sales and Service


Checkout Amhas and Esprit Scout!
Atlantic Cup Kids Day Education Program:


Atlantic Cup Kids Days return in 2018 following a hugely successful 2016. Over the course of the race from Charleston, SC to Brooklyn, NY and then Portland, ME, over 1000 (!) kids engaged with our race village and learned about the ocean, single use plastics and recycling all while  being inspired by the Atlantic Cup Skippers!
More information on the program will be available soon, but if you know a teacher or a school that would like to participate in our Kids Days, then let them know! Interest can be registered by emailing either
Dave Rearick at or Sam Holliday at Numbers are limited and they will fill up! 

Counting Down the Top Moments in #AtCup History!
As we gear up for the 2018 Atlantic Cup, we’re taking a look back at our Top 10 greatest moments from the past five editions of the race. For our first moment, we go back to the Leg 2 Finish in 2014…

We’re already squirming thinking about the agony for the finishers of Leg 2. Gryphon Solo 2 was well in the lead and they were aiming for the top spot of the podium when they arrived into the Hudson River under full power and a steady speed at about 3am. Racing straight up to within 300 yards of the finish line, they were literally repelled by both the current and the wind shadow of NYC. As they desperately tried to finish, Pleaid Racing showed up and then Dragon and then all three boats were trying as hard as they could to inch over that finish line…It took eventual race winners Gryphon Solo II two and a half hours to cross a finish line only 300ms away – with no wind and tide against the Hudson wasn’t the place to be that day. Joe Harris summed up the early morning best when he said, “this is one of the most bizarre finishes I’ve ever encountered” 


Eventual Leg 1 winners Joe Harris and Patrick O’Connor talk us through what happened and how weird it really was!


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