The Atlantic Cup is a three-leg event held in Charleston, New York and Newport, that showcases some of the top Class 40 Sailors in the U.S. and world. Presented by 11th Hour Racing, this is the only racing event dedicated to Class 40 sailing, as well as one of the most environmentally sustainable races in the U.S. The 2012 race was the first carbon neutral race and this years race will aim for the same thing. Participating teams will be required to have an alternative energy source, such as fuel cells or solar panels.
There are three legs of the Atlantic Cup, which begin in Charleston, South Carolina on May 10th. This leg is a long offshore race that will be raced double handed. The second leg starts on May 17th in New York and is a shorter, double-handed, offshore sprint. Finally, the race ends in Newport and takes things inshore. The last leg starts on May 24th and takes place in Narragansett Bay, with a maximum crew of six. The race incorporates both offshore and inshore racing so that the competitors are skilled in two different sailing disciplines: ocean and buoy racing. This makes the event competitive and guarantees the winner is a “complete sailor.” The two types of racing also levels the playing field against different yacht designs and makes the competition extremely close.
The combined overall winner of the three legs becomes the Atlantic Cup Champion. Last years winner was Bodacious Dream, who held the first place seat the entire duration of the race. They had previously came in 2nd in the 2012 America’s Cup race.
The third leg in Newport spans two day, which are filled with sailing and events for everyone. Racing takes place on May 24th and 25th from 11am to 4pm. Other activities associated with the event will start as early as the 22nd.