North Sails signs on as Official Sailmaker & The Atlantic Cup Heads to Brooklyn!



We’re just 79 days away from the 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing start on May 28th!In this edition of Atlantic Cup news, we’re excited to welcome North Sails as the Official Sailmaker and sponsor of our Ask The Expert, AND we’re thrilled to tell you the Atlantic Cup, for the very first time will be going to Brooklyn and New York City’s newest marina, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina.

Check out the latest news and updates below…and don’t forget to vote for your favorite team.

  • North Sails signs on as Official Sailmaker and sponsor of Ask The Expert
    • The world leader in sailmaking technology will provide world class Certified Service for all Atlantic Cup teams, plus North Sails’ team of experts will be on hand throughout the race to answer any and all of your questions. Got questions about tactics, Class40 racing, navigation or life on board? Submit your questions HERE!
  • ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina signs on as Race Partner and host marina of the Brooklyn stopover 
    • The newest marina to be built in New York City will be located in Brooklyn and it is one of the world’s most sustainably built marinas as well! The finish of Leg 1 and start of Leg 2 will be just off the marina at the edge of the East River with stunning views of lower Manhattan! 
  • March’s #AtCup1Thing is all about your carbon footprint!
    • Top quality eyewear is one of the most important pieces of gear for any sailor and we’re proud to have Maui Jim outfitting all of the Atlantic Cup teams with their sunglasses. 

As the official Sailmaker of the Atlantic Cup, North Sails is excited to provide our world class Certified Service for all teams and share our knowledge in the Atlantic Cup’s “Ask the Expert”.North Sails, the largest division of North Technology Group, is the world leader in sailmaking technology. North Sails holds the patents for 3DiTM, a unique composite construction process, resulting in high-performance sails that approach the shape holding of a rigid foil. By competing at the highest levels of our sport, North Sails tests and improves our products in the most demanding environments. The success we enjoy in the America’s Cup, Around-the-World challenges, Grand Prix racing circuit and One-Design Championships translates into sails that perform better, last longer and provide more enjoyment… no matter what and where you sail. That dedication has reshaped modern sailmaking. It is what drives us to push boundaries, pursue adventure, and always #GoBeyond.

Located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 4 & 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, the newest marina in New York City, is currently under construction with new docks being anchored and a state-of-the-art wave attenuation system now in place. Construction will be completed in the Winter of 2015, with a grand opening spring 2016. A joint venture between majority owner SUTL Group and Edgewater Resources, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina offers unparalleled water access to the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers, and boating enthusiasts from around the globe.This new marina will provide berthing for over 100 boats ranging in size from 16’ to 250’ in length, in what will be the calmest marina basin in New York Harbor. Through a network of local partners, a community boating program will provide free and low cost boating opportunities that include kayaking, fishing, and sailing programs. Engineered by the Edgewater Resources, the design team responsible for the world’s “greenest marina,” ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina will advance the state of the art in sustainable marina design.

Update on Joe Harris’ solo circumnavigation

As most of you know, the 2014 Atlantic Cup champion, Joe Harris has been sailing solo around the world in his Class40 Gryphon Solo 2, and he has just rounded Cape Horn which is widely considered to be the pinnacle for offshore sailors.

A massive congratulations from all of us at the Atlantic Cup to Joe and if you’d like to wish him Congrats yourself – head to his Facebook page and send him a message. We hear that he is getting those messages all the way at 55 degrees south!

2016 Atlantic Cup Teams – #WhosYourTeam
Portland’s Team

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. The boat itself is fast and the crew is exceptionally motivated for a podium finish. 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.

The Spaniards

#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 Pablo have already said they sail to win, but they’ve never sailed in U.S. waters.  

Boston’s Team

#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 a lot of Bermuda 1-2s. Tristan is one of the more experienced American short-handed sailors and has at least one big shiny trophy on his mantel piece. Toothface II has been through a season of professional tuning and will be among the fastest boats in the fleet. 

America’s Next Generation

#118 – Oakcliff Sailing is dedicated to putting American sailors back on top of the international leaderboard. Oakcliff is actively looking for an individual to sponsor to sail with a talented Oakcliff athlete during the Atlantic Cup. Anyone interested should email Liz Shaw at

The New Guys

#143 – Longbow is the newest boat in the fleet and considered to be the wild card for this year’s Atlantic Cup. The Day brothers (FK & Linc) are on the learning curve and will be looking for a solid performance in their first event.

The Battlers

#54 – Dragon Ocean Racing is the only boat to have competed in every edition of the AtCup! She’ll be skippered by Mike Hennessy and Owen-Clarke designer Merf Owen. Always a top contender you can be sure to see Mike & Merf fighting hard for the win. 

The Quiet Performers

#39 – Pleiad Racing returns for the 3rd time and will be skippered by Connecticut native Ed Cesare. His leg two co-skipper will be Chad Corning who Ed has sailed with in the prior two editions of the Atlantic Cup. Ed & Chad have continually sailed the oldest boat in the fleet exceptionally well and their excellent navigational skills continues to keep them as contenders.

Vote Now for YOUR Favorite Team

Along with our presenting sponsor 11th Hour Racing, we are bringing you tips and tricks on how to do 1 thing for the planet because it will take all of us to do our part and make small changes every day that will over time make a difference. #AtCup1Thing

This month we’re focused on your carbon footprint and ways you can reduce it. We’re proud to have been a carbon neutral race since 2012 and we’re excited to share ways with you on how to offset or minimize your footprint!Did you know that the oceans absorb approximately 1/3 of all human related C02 emissions? That’s approximately 22 million tons per day! Why does that matter? Well as oceans absorb C02, research has found the PH level of the oceans are becoming more acidic. Don’t take our word for it, watch this Crash Course cartoon to help explain!So help us take the first step in making a difference, choose your #AtCup1Thing and pledge to minimize your footprint! Tweet @TheAtlanticCup to share your 1 thing with us!
Click HERE to calculate your footprint

Happy 5th Anniversary Atlantic Cup! Look Back to 2013
Every month in the lead up to May, we’re celebrating past editions of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. This month we’re going back to 2013.2013 saw a few familiar faces in Dragon, Gryphon Solo 2, Bodcaious Dream and Icarus. 40 Degrees returned after her dismasting at the start of the 2012 race and we welcomed newcomers Pleiad and LeCoq Cuisine.

Highlights from 2013 included:

  • Bodacious Dream claiming victory in Leg 1 –  check out the recap video HERE
  • In a very tight Leg 2 finish Bo Dream secured the win by a mere 4 minutes 59 seconds over Gryphon Solo 2. Photos HERE
  • Our speakers series, Living on the Edge debuted with a magnificent backdrop of the World Trade Center Memorial – Photos HERE
  • The inshore series was owned by Icarus…they even had current North Sails president Ken Read on board with them – check out the video HERE
  • The overall trophy went to Bodacious Dream with Lecoq Cuisine in second and Icarus in 3rd.

79 Days Until the 2016 Atlantic Cup Starts!
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.

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