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.