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.
The Atlantic Cup – the only dedicated Class 40 sailing race in the US – will be leaving New York on May 18th and heading to Newport for an inshore grand prix, Memorial Day weekend (May 25th and 26th). The race started on May 11th in Charleston, South Carolina, where competitors began their race to New York City, and will soon head to Newport.
A Class 40 yacht is a “monohull” racing yacht with a maximum length of 40 feet. Racers can create their own boat designs as long as they do not exceed the maximum overall size for their class. Designers can focus on technical aspects of the boats such as type of sail and mast height and weight, without being restricted. This makes for very competitive racing that is extremely close over long distances. Class 40 was established in 2004 and is designed for short-handed offshore conditions and will guarantee fast, competitive racing.
The Atlantic Cup includes both off-shore and in-shore races, which ensures that the winner is a complete sailor. This race tests competitors on two different sailing disciplines, ocean racing and buoy racing. Having two different races also helps level the field between different yacht designs, again making it a close competition.
This is the third time the Altantic Cup has come to Newport and it’ll be here from May 20th to 26th. From May 20th to the 24th, the racing boats will be open for viewing from 11am to 5pm at the Newport Harbor Hotel Marina. On the 22nd, everyone 21 and older is invited to celebrate with all the Atlantic Cup crew and teams at the International Yacht and Athletic Club. The party starts at 7pm. The actual race takes place at Fort Adams on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday May 26th between 11am and 4pm. The finish line is just off the north lawn of Fort Adams and there will be commentary, food and vendors, making Fort Adams the place to be during race time. To wrap everything up, The Landing is hosting a “Prize Giving Party” from 6pm to 9pm on the 26th.