Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

The local heroes on Xabi Fernàndez’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The local heroes on Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.

“It was pretty clear from Joan (Vila) and Rob (Greenhalgh) that we wanted to hit the right side of the course in the first upwind looking for more breeze,” explained Fernández.

“Our intention was to start on port but Pablo (Arrarte) saw the gap himself when Brunel did a poor tack and they couldn’t accelerate so we want for the cross and we had plenty of room and once we hit the right everything went well.”

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

MAPFRE then managed to stretch out to a lead of nearly one-minute at the bottom gate, giving them a lead they would enjoy the rest of the way.

“The truth is it hasn’t been an easy race but we took a bit of a risk at the start,” Fernández said after the finish. “We saw the gap in front of Brunel and we went for it. Everything went really well.”

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In fact, the Spanish team sailed a flawless race, in terms of strategy and execution, and were never threatened after grabbing the lead at the first mark.

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

But behind them, it was a hard-fought race. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag was strong on the first leg, but dropped back over the course of the race. In contrast, Dongfeng Race Team fought up the fleet to grab second place, battling with Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Team Brunel who were trading places throughout the race.

“There was a lot of action! MAPFRE played their own game alone but behind them, we had a big fight for second place. It’s good, it’s good,” said skipper Charles Caudrelier on Dongfeng Race Team.

“We showed how we can sail well, after having not such good results in the last few days. It’s great that we managed to come back and get this result.”

“It was a very exciting first In-Port Race for us,” said Charlie Enright, the skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. “They’re always really close. You know, when you’re racing these 65-foot canting keel boats around a one-mile track it gets interesting, with a lot of exchanges and big headsails and a lot of grinding. We did some good things and some bad things and got third place. All in all, not a bad way to start the campaign.”

“I had a bad start and that put us on the back foot,” said Bouwe Bekking the skipper of Team Brunel. “But we sailed the boat very nicely. All in all, we’re pretty happy with how we sailed today.”

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race.

Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag made a late gain to grab fifth over team AkzoNobel with Turn the Tide on Plastic never recovering from a poor first leg.

“It was okay. Fifth’s not great but it was okay. We were second at the top but we just made one mistake on the first run and it cost us. Basically, it was good. Amazing to be racing here in Alicante,” said David Witt, the skipper of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.

MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante — Results

Position Team Elapsed Time Points
1 MAPFRE 54:38 7
2 Dongfeng Race Team 56:06 6
3 Vestas 11th Hour Racing 56:54 5
4 Team Brunel 57:13 4
5 Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 58:07 3
6 team AkzoNobel 58:31 2
7 Turn the Tide on Plastic 59:39 1
Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017.

#123 Tales II passes Statue of Liberty by Billy Black/Atlantic Cup

#123 Tales II passes Statue of Liberty by Billy Black/Atlantic Cup

 

Fleet to dock in Brooklyn Bridge Park until Pro-Am on June 2, followed by final leg to Portland, Maine on June 4 and In-shore Series, June 10-11
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (May 31, 2016) – With a fleet of nine Class 40s competing in The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing #123 – Tales II skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, crossed the finish line first at 12:53:03 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 31, with an elapsed time of 72:48:03, to complete the 648 nautical mile first off-shore leg of the Atlantic Cup from Charleston, S.C. to Brooklyn, N.Y. The race, the most sustainable sailing event in the United States, saw Spain’s #123 Tales II  finish 1 hour 33 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of #145 Eärendil (74:21:43), followed by the team of  #118 Oakcliff Racing (74:52:05).

The race began at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 from the Charleston Maritime Center, which saw teams representing six different countries battle over the just under three day leg. The teams left Charleston harbor just ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie which set up a difficult first 24-hours. Top wind speeds reported in the first night were 35 knots with a very confused sea state.

Tales II moved into the lead just before exiting the jetties in Charleston and they held their first place position throughout the race, going on to set a new course record for the first leg.

Gonzalo Botín, Tales II Skipper
“The first night was quite tough…but the worst part was today getting from Sandy Hook [NJ] up here. Our top speed was 25 knots over the ground, we had four knots of current, but when we saw the numbers we said wow, we have like Volvo speeds. It’s a marvelous leg, I think it takes you from, well you are very lucky in the states, because you have the full North Atlantic so you have Hatteras, then the Gulf Stream, well you have everything, it’s incredible the change, because you get the Labrador current here and it starts getting cold and foggy, you know two days ago I was in shorts and then it gets cold. It’s a very interesting place. The course is great, I think the waters in which we sailed were magnificent from navigation to weather, I think it rates very high compared to other events.”

Catherine Pourre, Eärendil Skipper
“Yes, we are happy with our second place finish, but I think we could have done better so we will try next time. We did have some problems with our autopilot where we gybed and it broke the mainsail halyard. We were under speed of 16-19 knots then this happened and then we took half an hour to an hour for Antoine to go up [the mast] to replace the line and during this time were under solent so we were going 6-9 knots. So it took about 10 miles for this operation, it was a long operation and it cost us miles. It’s a nice course. The finish is a good place, except that when we got near there was a deep fog and we thought ‘Ah my God, it’s going to be like that up to New York so we’re not going to see anything!’ But a few miles before the entrance it all cleared and it was a great view”

Libby Greenhalgh, Oakcliff Racing
“It was pretty interesting starting the race having not sailed together or set any form of A-sail or kite. It was pretty windy we saw 25-30 knots most of the time. We toughed it out on our full main and our solent, but when we went to change it became very apparent to us we haven’t done this before and it takes us a stack load of time and very quickly we lost miles. I think that’s the biggest thing with double-handed sailing, it’s just tough and your just physically knackered.

It’s amazing actually for a 40-foot yacht under that sail configuration, which once it picks up it really gets going, it doesn’t even feel like anything [top speed was 24.3 knots]. I think the course is fantastic, lot of opportunity, you’ve got the Gulf Stream to play with and sometimes that kicks up all sorts of weather. And we really had everything, so there were lots of opportunities to take, it wasn’t a go out follow race.”

Leg 1, Talanta - Mikael Ryking and Nathan Fulcher (Photo by Billy Black / Atlantic Cup)

Leg 1, Talanta – Mikael Ryking and Nathan Fulcher (Photo by Billy Black / Atlantic Cup)

Current Standings

Finish Time Elapsed Time Time Leg Leg
Team Start Time Date Finished H M S H:M:S Difference Position Points
Tales II 12:05:00 5/31/16 12 : 53 : 3 72:48:03 0:00:00 1 18
Earendil 12:05:00 5/31/16 14 : 26 : 43 74:21:43 1:33:40 2 16
Oakcliff 12:05:00 5/31/16 14 : 57 : 5 74:52:05 2:04:02 3 14
Amhas 12:05:00 5/31/16 16 : 59 : 34 76:54:34 4:06:31 4 12
Dragon 12:05:00 5/31/16 18 : 42 : 15 78:37:15 5:49:12 5 10
Talanta 12:05:00 5/31/16 19 : 3 : 57 78:58:57 6:10:54 6 8
Pleiad 12:05:00 5/31/16 : : 7 6
Privateer 12:05:00 5/31/16 : : 8 4

 

For more on the Atlantic Cup, visit AtlanticCup.org

About 11th Hour Racing
11th Hour Racing, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, establishes strategic partnerships with the sailing community to promote collaborative systemic change for the health of the marine environment. 11th Hour Racing believes that fostering environmentally sustainable practices on and off the water is critical to the preservation of the oceans and its vital resources. 11th Hour Racing works to advance solutions and sustainable practices, while integrating ocean stewardship into the values of every sailing team, class, and series, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.11thhourracing.org

About Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The Park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. BBP serves thousands of people on any given seasonal day, who come to picnic, walk their dog, play soccer, jog, bike or roller skate. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen. For more information, please visit www.brooklynbridgepark.org/.

Gryphon Solo 2  by George Bekris Atlantic Cup

 

The 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing Winner Gryphon  Solo 2

Gryphon Solo  2 Winner 2014 Atlantic Cup (Photo by George Bekris)

Gryphon Solo 2 Winner 2014 Atlantic Cup (Photo by George Bekris)

 

 

#39 Pleiad Racing wins the inshore Series and secures 3rd place overall.

Atlantic Cup 2014 George Bekris - Copy

 

 

#116 JeffreyMacFarlane.com secures 2nd place in team’s first race together in Class 40

116 JeffreyMacFarlane_com by George BEkris

 

NEWPORT, R.I. – #106 – Gryphon Solo 2 skippered by Joe Harris and Patrick O’Connor, held on to first place overall in the 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing after a tight weekend of inshore racing. Both Gryphon Solo 2 and #116 – JeffreyMacFarlane.com were tied at the end of racing today, however per the Notice of Race, all ties are broken in favor of the boat with the most points earned among the two offshore legs, which was Gryphon Solo 2. The weather on day 1 of the inshore series delivered wind speeds consistently in the upper teens, but in day 2 the wind was variable from 7-12 knots making for a challenging two days of inshore racing in Narragansett Bay. #39 Pleiad Racing dominated the inshore series by winning three of the five races, en route to securing third overall.

 

Gryphon Solo 2 bested the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, S.C. to N.Y. Harbor) and placed 3rd in the second leg (N.Y. Harbor to Newport, R.I.). JeffreyMacFarlane.com finished 1st in the second leg and 4th in the first leg. Both teams finished the overall racing with 31 total combined points. However, per the Notice of Race, the tie is broken in favor of the team scoring the most points in the offshore legs, which was Gryphon Solo 2. With the victory Gryphon Solo 2 claims $4,000 of the $15,000 purse, one of the largest in sailing in the United States.

 

106-Gryphon Solo 2 Skipper Joe Harris: “It feels great, we really got off on the right foot by winning leg one. Going into the inshore series, I was nervous because the boat is very fussy; less than 8 knots and she doesn’t want to go more than 8 knots and she gets up and starts flying. This is my third Atlantic Cup, I got third place in 2012, 4th last year, so to have a win this year is terrific, the level of competition was extremely high, so it’s a really satisfying win”

 

Jeff MacFarlane, Skipper of #116 – www.JeffreyMacFarlane.com said, “I was really impressed with the boat and our crew, we didn’t make a lot of bad decisions this weekend. I’m happy, the boat was going fast especially considering after the first leg where things weren’t looking good overall, but we really were able to get it going. It’s tough to lose in a tie-break, but it this is good overall.”

 

Hugh Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director – “Once again we are very proud to have a terrific team with us to put together another successful event. A huge amount of effort goes into making this event a success from all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff. Every year I think competition can’t get any closer, but it does which goes to show how great this style of racing really is. We congratulate all of the competitors especially Gryphon Solo 2 in winning one of the closest grand prix regattas in the U.S.”

 

 

 Flatline Crew by Geroge Bekris

2014 ATLANTIC CUP FINAL CLASS 40 STANDINGS
Team Offshore Legs In Shore Races
1 2 1 2 3 4 5 Inshore Points TotalPoints PrizeMoney
1 106 – Gryphon Solo 2 10 6 3 4 4 4 3 15 31 4,000.00
2 116 – JeffreyMacFarlane.com 4 10 4 5 3 3 5 17 31 4,000.00
3 39 – Pleiad 6 4 5 3 5 5 4 19 29 3,500.00
4 54 – Dragon*** 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3,000.00
5 25 – Flatline 0* – DNS 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 10 500.00
Highlighted Score equals dropped score from Inshore Series*Flatline missed the start in Charleston and was scored 0
**Ties are broken in favor of the boat with the most points earned among the two offshore legs.***Dragon hit a rock during day one of the Inshore Series and was unable to complete any inshore races

 Dragon 2014 after hitting rock by George Bekris

About the 2014 Atlantic Cup

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. that focuses on being environmentally responsible and aims to be completely carbon neutral. The five-team field will depart Saturday, May 10 from Charleston, South Carolina and race double-handed 685 miles offshore to New York City. Following a brief stop-over in New York, teams will depart from North Cove Marina Saturday, May 17 to race 240-miles to Newport, R.I. The Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race along the east coast of the United States. In Newport, competitors will take part in a two-day inshore series with a crew of six. The crew with the combined highest score from all three legs will be the Atlantic Cup Champion. For more on the Atlantic Cup and its Green Initiatives, visit www.atlanticcup.org.

 

Flatline Atlantic Cup by George Bekris

 

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Atlantic Cup 2014 Fleet at the ready at Newport Shipyard (Photo by George Bekris)

Atlantic Cup 2014 Fleet at the ready at Newport Shipyard (Photo by George Bekris)

Look Ahead to Newport

With Dragon and Gryphon Solo 2 tied for 1st place heading into the Inshore Series, the teams shared with us their strategies going into the weekend. Inshore Racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25th, from 12pm-4pm at Fort Adams.

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Photo by Billy Black

“This is the hardest part of the entire event but I’m psyched for it. The points are tight and if we can go out and send it the first race and win it we’ll be in a good place.” Rob Windsor, #54 Dragon

“It’s all going to come down to the execution, the fleet is just too good. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win and we plan to be that team.” Mike Hennessy, #54 Dragon

Finish of Leg 1 of the Atlantic Cup, Charleston to NYC.

Photo by Billy Black

“With only 5 boats we’re definitely going to be match racing [with Dragon]; keeping ourselves between them and the mark will be key.” Pat O’Connor, #106 Gryphon Solo 2

“We’ve been told there’s a matched set of tires on this boat.” Jeffrey MacFarlane, #116 Jeffrey MacFarlane.com

“This boat won last years inshore racing; we know it can perform we just have to continue our hot streak.” Jake Arcand, #116 JeffreyMacFarlane.com

Finish of Leg 1 of the Atlantic Cup, Charleston to NYC.

Photo by Billy Black

“We have a really strong inshore crew and we like our upwind performance against the other boats. There are 20 points available this weekend – we’d like to get a lions share of those.” Ed Cesare, #39 Pleiad Racing

Flatlineteam

Photo by Billy Black

“We’ve finally got some training in and are looking forward to getting out there and showing our stuff.” Kyle Hubley, #25 Flatline

“We have zero expectations, we are going to go out there and see what happens.” Frederic De Mesel, #25 Flatline

Current Standings

Leg 1 Leg 2 Total Pts.
106 – Gryphon Solo 2 10 6              16
54 – Dragon 8 8 16
116 – JeffreyMacFarlane.com 4 10 14
39 – Pleiad 6 4 10
25 – Flatline 0 2 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic Cup Fleet 2014 at Newport Shipyard by George Bekris

Atlantic Cup Fleet 2014 at Newport Shipyard (Photo by George Bekris)

 

 Michael Hennessy (Mystic, CT) and Rob Windsor (Centerport,  on Dragon  (Photo by George Bekris)

Michael Hennessy (Mystic, CT) and Rob Windsor (Centerport, on Dragon (Photo by George Bekris )

The 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing gears up for a Five-team Class 40 920 Nautical Mile Race from Charleston S.C. (May 10) to New York City to Newport, R.I. concluding with its Inshore Series (May 24-25) during Memorial Day Weekend

 New and returning sponsors for 2014 include: 11th Hour Racing, Ironshore Insurance, Fragomen Worldwide, Hornblower Cruises and Events, Brown and Brown Insurance, Pabst Blue Ribbon, United Mileage Plus Headliners, Harken, Schlitz Brewing, Interlux, Nautical Channel, Style Newport, Jamestown FiSH and Atlantis Weathergear

April 29, 2014 – Charleston, S.C.The 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today the final racing schedule and its five competitors for the fourth running of the premier U.S. Class 40 sailing event in the country. Teams will start in Charleston on May 10 and depart on a 685-mile leg to New York City. Following a brief stop-over in New York City teams will race a 240-mile leg to Newport, R.I., making The Atlantic Cup the longest offshore race on the east coast of the United States this year. The third and final leg will consist of two days (May 24 & 25) of inshore racing.

Teams Confirmed to compete in The 2014 Atlantic Cup include:

#25            Flatline-USA                                              Kyle Hubley (Nova Scotia, Canada) and Frederick De Mesel (Belgium)

#39            Pleiad Racing-USA                                  Ed Cesare (Norwalk, CT) and Chad Corning (Larchmont, NY)

#54            Dragon – USA                                          Michael Hennessy (Mystic, CT) and Rob Windsor (Centerport, NY)

#106          Gryphon Solo II   -USA                          Joe Harris (South Hamilton, MA) and Patrick O’Connor (Buffalo, NY)

#116          jeffreymacfarlane.com-USA             Jeffrey MacFarlane (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and Jake Arcand (Scituate, MA)

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is pleased to announce five new sponsors for 2014 as well as ten returning sponsors from 2013. Joining the Atlantic Cup this year are: Ironshore, Schlitz Brewing, Harken, Interlux and United Mileage Plus Headliners.

 “Ironshore’s Yacht Division is proud to sponsor the 2014 Atlantic Cup. As one of the fastest growing insurance companies in the world today, we support their message of environmental responsibility and sustainability in protecting our waters so future generations can enjoy sailing as much as our clients do.”   –James Bishop, Product Line Manager of Ironshore’s Yacht Division

“Hornblower Cruises & Events is thrilled to be an official sponsor of The Atlantic Cup for the second year in a row. As major proponents of and contributors to innovative marine technology and sustainability initiatives in the New York area, Hornblower is proud to support the Atlantic Cup and all those associated with it. The Hornblower Hybrid, the newest member of our New York fleet and the nation’s largest hybrid passenger vessel, epitomizes Hornblower’s dedication to sustainable marine practices and inventive water technologies.” Returning sponsor, Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Director of Marketing Tara Bossert

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will aim to be the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. For the third year in a row, presenting sponsor 11th Hour Racing will help the Atlantic Cup maintain its status as the only carbon neutral event in the United States. Throughout the event, teams will use alternative fuel sources to power on-board electronics including using solar panels, and hydrogenerators. Biodiesel will also be provided for teams to use while getting to and from the docks. In addition, the Atlantic Cup will be a plastic water bottle free event with all teams required to use water tanks or refillable canteens for water. The Atlantic Cup will once again be aiming for Sailors for the Sea Platinum Level Certification.

For more information on all Atlantic Cup Sponsors and Partners please visit: http://www.atlanticcup.org/partners

Some Additional 2014 Atlantic Cup highlights include:

Kids Day in each city:
The Atlantic Cup offers the chance for kids to get an up close look at the boats and meet the sailors in Charleston (May 9) New York (May 15) and Newport (May 22). More info on Atlantic Cup Kids: http://www.atlanticcup.org/kids

Viewing Opportunities in each city:
The Atlantic Cup will have opportunities for spectators to watch the beginning of each leg live on-shore in Charleston (Saturday, May 10, 12 p.m. ET) New York (Saturday, May 17, 12 p.m. ET), and the two day inshore racing final leg in Newport (Saturday/Sunday, May 24/25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET).

Water Week NYC
Water Week NYC is a new event co-created by Manuka Sports Event Management and E3Think. Designed to bring business leaders together to strategize on some of the biggest water challenges NYC is facing, Water Week NYC’s inaugural event takes place during the Atlantic Cup’s New York stopover. Hoboken, NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer will give the keynote address. David Rockefeller, Jr. of the Rockefeller Foundation and Sailors for the Sea will give closing remarks. More informationhttp://www.waterweeknyc.com/

Living on the Edge 2.0 sponsored by Hornblower Cruises & Events on Thursday, May 15:
On Thursday May 15, the Atlantic Cup and 11th Hour Racing will present “Living on the Edge 2.0,” which will take place in NYC from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature a panel of distinguished speakers committed to technological change on the water. Grist.org founder Chip Giller will moderate the event with opening marks being given by Wendy Schmidt, The Schmidt Family Foundation & 11th Hour Racing. Richard Jenkins, Co-Founder & CEO of Saildrone, Ryan Williams, Director of Sustainability for Method, Cameron Clark, VP and General Manager of Hornblower Cruises and Events are panelists. Tickets are $50/ticket and are available for purchase.

newportFILM Screening on May 22:
The Atlantic Cup in association with newportFILM will present a special newportFILM Outdoors event, “Shipyard Shorts: A Collection of Adventure & Eco Docs”, at the Newport Shipyard on Thursday, May 22. A cocktail reception and meet and greet with Atlantic Cup skippers and boats will start at 7:15PM ($20 ticket price, reception + film screening) & the film will begin at sunset, approximately 8:15PM ($5 suggested donation, film screening only).http://www.newportfilm.com/film-events/films/shipyard-shorts-collection-adventure-eco-docs for more information

Newport Bay Weekend & Atlantic Cup Course Wide Shoreline Cleanup:
During the inshore races, spectators will have the chance to participate in the Newport Bay Weekend with local business and non-profits showcasing Narrangansett Bay on May 24 and 25. Clean Ocean Access will be leading a course wide cleanup from Pell Bridge to Beavertail (in Jamestown) and Castle Hill (in Newport). Along with Clean Ocean Access other Rhode Island non-profits will facilitate the clean up including: Clean Bays, Aquidneck Land Trust, Save the Bay, and Green Drinks of Newport. The event aims to have 500 volunteers. http://www.atlanticcup.org/events/event/newport-bay-weekend for more information.

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Race organization received news at 10am UTC That Team 11th Hour Racing sustained damage to Their forestay and are headed north to Brest, France to access the position in full. reported about Hannah, ” At 0945 UTC this morning We Were sailing upwind in 16-17 knots When there was a loud bang. Our forestay HAS detached at the top of the mast dropping the jib into the water. Recovered We Have the sail and saved the rig. We are headed back: towards Brest Where we will make a final decision on our race status. “ Brest is Approximately 150nm from Their last reported about position, All which you can view in the online race tracker  HERE . 

For more news and information on 11th Hour Racing Team please Visit their  Facebook  page and Their Website . Print quality pictures of Team 11th Hour Racing can be found HERE

About Team 11th Hour Racing British sailor Hannah Jenner was a member of the winning crew onboard Dorade in the 2013 Transpac and Placed 3rd in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre. Long Island, New York native Rob Windsor Placed 2nd in the 2011 Atlantic Cup and New York Yacht Club Trans-Atlantic Race. Both Have Seen the environment changes Dramatically In Their Relatively short sailing careers.They Recognize That It is Their responsibility as sailors to Demonstrate Good Practices and protect the waters They breed is so That Will Be ble future generations to enjoy the oceans much like They Have. To build the awareness and raise the profile of environmental challenges Within racing, Team 11th Hour Racing are taking on 11 winning solutions EACH That Will Contribute to Demonstrate and one of the three tenets of Their campaign: Cleaner, Faster and Better. At the conclusion of the 2013 race season of Hannah and Rob Will embark on a speaking tour to share Their experiences and encourage the community to embrace sailing sailing Cleaner, Faster, Better.
Transat Jacques Vabre Le Havre  Jean-Marie Liot  DPPI TJV13

Strong wind in the Transat Jacques Vabre village in the Vatine Marina in Le Havre (North France) on October 28, 2013 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI/TJV13

Young British duo Sam Goodchild and Ned Collier Wakefield are expected in Le Havre this Tuesday after a tough battle to have their new, recently launched Jason Ker designed Class 40 fully optimised in time for the start of the race. They may have been pressed for time, but have left absolutely nothing to chance. After being cruelly forced to retire from the last Transat Jacques Vabre just after they had taken the Class 40 lead, overhauling Aquarelle.com, and battling through the last big storm of the race, they discovered some delamination in the front sections of their boat and had to abandon and head to the Azores. But they report that they are in good shape, ready to make the short hop from Hamble to Le Havre.

“We are waiting for the wind to die to get going, we still have 40kts but it is dropping fairly quickly and we should get going fairly soon. We have been watching the weather very closely”, Co-skipper Ned Collier Wakefield reported this morning.

To make sure nothing untoward happened on their final night in their home marina at Hamble Yacht Services before leaving for Le Havre, Collier-Wakefield decided to sleep on their boat through the storm force winds.

“I got a little sleep. I was more worried something would come crashing into us during the night. Actually I probably got better sleep than I would at sea! Otherwise we are getting there and will be ready to go shortly.”

“Race Direction have been very understanding. To be honest we just ran out of time. We had to get new spreaders made in Cape Town at the last minute. There has been some work to do with the rig and rudders. Andy Meiklejohn has been great in helping us set up the rig. We have had a few problems with the kick up rudders but have a good solution now. They have had a good test now and we are confident.”

Concise 8 has had ten days of trialling at sea including a tough sail down to Ushant and back from Hamble.

“We are incredibly impressed with the boat. We brought her back upwind in big seas and did some proper slamming. The performance is especially good reaching, I am sure we have one of the quickest boats when the wind is between 95-130 degrees especially. And we have had some great sailing under the big kites.”

The new Concise has a much more inboard chainplate position, which allows them to set big upwind Code Zero sails, especially potent for pushing through light wind transition zones, like in the Doldrums.

“The boat has the Transat Jacques Vabre and Route du Rhum as two key events. We looked at a lot of historical weather data for the races and developed a potent hull form. The rig is a little heavier for this set up, but we did a lot of work with the sail and rig development, with Chris Williams and Scott Ferguson and so it feels like we have a proper closed loop, grand prix set up.”

Collier-Wakefield is confident he knows their new boat better than any of his rivals, having been in the yard in China throughout the build.

“Yes we have not had the time we might have wanted on the water but we have had great guys involved all the way through.”

Living the Dream, Taking A Chance
And while the young English duo are on the ascent as professional sailors, looking to make their mark at the front of the fleet, so Class 40 of the Transat Jacques Vabre is also where many of the most committed and talented amateur sailors will compete, living their dreams. Some of them have limited expectations of winning, looking to get to Brazil safely and to sail to the best of their ability. Budgets and racing experience may be correspondingly less than their professional rivals but these amateurs are no less enthusiastic.

 

There are osteopaths, project managers, emergency doctor, company directors but now they are taking time out from their wage paying careers to take on the adventure of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

“It is really not easy to find time to prepare. I delivered the boat from Marie Galante with a friend who could barely sail. Let’s say it was a real baptism of fire!” recalls Dominique Rivard (Marie Galante ).Australians Michelle Zwagerman and Pat Conway on the Class 40 are also living their dream.

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Doctor Damien Rousseau skipper of the Class 40 Mr Bricolage engaged in the Transat jacques Vabre in Le Havre (North France) on October 28, 2013 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI/TJV13

“It started last year in April. We bought the boat and have done it all ourselves. For us, it is a huge challenge”.

Christoph Petter (co-skipper on Vaquita), is an Austrian entrepreneur who set sail on his adventures five years ago and enjoys offshore races, but the Transat Jacques Vabre will be his first big one.

“We feel both excitement and fear”, says Michelle Zwagerman. “We’ll have to control our anxiety during gales, but most of the time, it will be fantastic. Dolphins, the moon, the stars, I am looking forwards to some great moments.”

Tough budgets
And even making it to the start of Transat Jacques Vabre requires great perseverance and tenacity.

Damien Rousseau explains: “I started without money but wanted to realise a childhood dream. I took the big chance and plunged into debt. I thought it was no worse than buying a nice car but I finally also found myself a sponsor who has helped me do it a bit more comfortably.”

Rousseau has been able to race in various events in preparation including a good ninth place in Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables . But, in contrast, without a sponsor Dominique Rivard has had to draw on his own money: “I took a bank loan to buy a boat at EUR 250,000. Everything is very expensive, I have put another EUR 80,000 euros in the pot since, and I have worked 70 hours a week.”

All of these sailors are on a break from their daily lives and careers: some see it as big step towards new adventures, others a unique one off experience, like Pat Conway: “Our boat is already for sale and once we have completed the Transat Jacques Vabre we return a normal life in Australia.”

Village life
Closed since 2000hrs Sunday night due to the storm force winds the village of the Transat Jacques Vabre will reopen tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 1000hrs.

All of the technical teams have remained on high alert around the village of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Buses and lorries were parked along the perimeter to protect the tents around Paul Vatine dock.

2011 Title Defenders
Monohull 60′:
Virbac-Paprec
Jean-Pierre DICK & Jérémie BEYOU
15days 18h 15min 54sec

Multihull 50′:
Actual
Yves LE BLEVEC & Samuel MANUARD
17days 17h 7min 43sec

Class 40′:
Aquarelle.com
Yannick BESTAVEN
& Éric DROUGLAZET
21days 17h 59min 8sec

2013 Participants

MONOHULLS

Class40

  • 11TH Hour racing  – Hannah Jenner, Rob Windsor
  • APRIL / DELTACALOR -Lionel Regnier, Tim Darni
  • BET1128  – Gaetano Mura, Sam Manuard
  • Campagne de France  – Halvard Mabire, Miranda Merron
  • Caterham Challenge  – Mike Gascoyne, Brian Thompson
  • Concise 8  – Ned Collier Wakefield, Sam Goodchild
  • Croix du sud  – Michelle Zwagerman, Patrick Conway
  • DUNKERQUE – PLANETE ENFANTS  – Bruno Jourdren, Thomas Ruyant
  • Eärwen  – Catherine Pourre, Goulven Royer
  • ECOELEC – FANTRONIC – Eric Darni, Florent Bernard
  • ERDF – Des pieds et Des mains  – Damien Seguin, Yoann Richomme
  • Fantastica  – Stefano Raspadori, Pietro D’Ali
  • GDF SUEZ  – Sébastien Rogues, Fabien Delahaye
  • Groupe Picoty  – Jean-Christophe Caso, Aymeric Chappellier
  • Mare  – Jörg Riechers, Pierre Brasseur
  • MARIE-GALANTE  – Dominique Rivard, Wilfrid Clerton
  • Matouba  – Bertrand Guillonneau, Sébastien Audigane
  • Mr Bricolage  – Damien Rousseau, Matthieu Alluin
  • Obportus³  – Olivier Roussey, Philippe Burger
  • Phoenix Europe  – Louis Duc, Stéphanie Alran
  • Proximedia – Sauvez Mon Enfant  – Denis Van Weynbergh,
  •                                                               Jean-Edouard Criquioche
  • SNCF – GEODIS  – Fabrice Amedeo, Armel Tripon
  • Solidaires En Peloton   –  Victorien Erussard, Thibaut Vauchel-Camus
  • Tales Santander 2014   –  Alex Pella, Pablo Santurde
  • Vaquita    –  Christof Petter, Andreas Hanakamp

IMOCA

  • Bureau vallée    –  Louis Burton, Guillaume Le Brec
  • Cheminées Poujoulat   –  Bernard Stamm, Philippe Legros
  • Energa    –  Zbigniew Gutkowski , Maciej Marczewski
  • Initiatives-Coeur  –  Tanguy de Lamotte, François Damiens
  • MACIF   –   François Gabart, Michel Desjoyeaux
  • Maitre CoQ   –  Jérémie Beyou, Christopher Pratt
  • PRB  –  Vincent Riou, Jean Le Cam
  • Safran   –   Marc Guillemot, Pascal Bidégorry
  • TEAM PLASTIQUE  – Alessandro Di Benedetto, Alberto Monaco
  • Votre Nom Autour du Monde  – Bertrand de Broc, Arnaud Boissières

MULTIHULLS    MOD70

  • Edmond de Rothschild   –  Sébastien Josse, Charles Caudrelier
  • OMAN AIR – MUSANDAM   –  Sidney Gavignet , Damian Foxall

Multi 50

  • Actual  – Yves le Blévec, Kito de Pavant
  • Arkema-Région Aquitaine   –  Lalou Roucayrol, Mayeul Riffet
  • FenêtréA Cardina  –  lErwan Le Roux, Yann Elies
  • Maître Jacques   –   Loïc Féquet, Loic Escoffier
  • Vers un monde sans SIDA  –  Erik Nigon, Samy Villeneuve
Bodacious Dream # 118

Bodacious Dream # 118 Winner of Leg 1 from Charleston to New York (Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Cup)

#118 Bodacious Dream wins First Leg, Charleston, SC to New York Harbor,
of The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing
 

Fleet to dock in NY Harbor until Pro-Am on May 17, followed by
Final Leg to Newport, RI on May 18 and In-shore Series, May 25-26
 
NEW YORK, NY. – With a fleet of seven Class 40s competing in The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing #121 Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, crossed the finish line first at 21:06:15 ET on Tuesday, May 15, with an elapsed time of 78:55:13 to complete the 642 nautical mile first off-shore leg of the Atlantic Cup from Charleston, S.C. to New York Harbor. The race, the first carbon neutral sailing event in the United States, saw USA’s Bodacious Dream finish 8 minutes 28 seconds ahead of #121 Lecoq Cuisine (79:09:43), followed by the English team of  #90 40 Degrees (79:56:12).
 

Lecoq Cusine finishes in NYC (Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Cup)

The race began at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th from the Charleston Maritime Center with international competitors from the USA, France, Great Britain and New Zealand competing extremely closely for the three-day, first leg. The teams left Charleston harbor with #116 Icarus jumping out in front of the fleet for the second year in a row with the best start.

3rd Place finishers Harding and Jenner on 40 Degrees celebrate (Photo courtesy the Atlantic Cup)

While tightly packed together, the fleet experienced severe the weather the first night that included heavy lightning and thunderheads with sustained winds of 25kts and a confused sea state. After rounding Cape Hatteras the fleet was mostly in agreement to heads towards shore as the forecast called for a wind hole and the land breeze would keep them moving. The critical point in the race came at the timing of the gybe in towards shore and those that picked right established a small lead and the challenge was to defend the rest of the way. The leading four teams traded positions in the run up to New York where ultimately first through fourth were separated by a mere 1 hour and 26 minutes.
 


“The race was pretty intense and as we all thought ahead of time it was a very tactical type thing, we had a lot of intense tactics. Matt had some great calls and some great time spent playing out different scenarios,” said Bodacious Dream skipper Dave Rearick.
 

“We worked really well as a team, I was not feeling very well for the first 24 hours and Dave really carried the load initially and I feel really good right now so we were able to trade off as a team and it worked out really well, it’s probably the best team race we’ve had since we’ve started, “said Bodacious Dream co-skipper Matt Scharl.
 

 PROVISIONAL RESULTS FROM THE FIRST LEG OF THE 2012 ATLANTIC CUP:                           TIME                         POINT     FINISH
#118        Bodacious Dream – USA (Dave Rearick, Matt Scharl)   79:01:15                                    14             1
#121        Lecoq Cuisine – USA (Eric Lecoq, Conrad Colman)                  79:09:43                                    12             2
#90           40 Degrees – GBR (Hannah Jenner, Peter Harding)                                 79:56:12                                    10             3
#116        Icarus Racing – USA (Tim Fetsch, Ben Poucher)                                                80:27:36                                    8                4
#106        Gryphon Solo 2 – USA (Joe Harris, Tristan Mougline)                                     81:02:29                                    6                5
#54           Dragon – USA (Michael Hennessy, Merf Owen)                                                 81:06:57                                    4                6
#39           Pleiad Racing – USA (Ed Cesare, Chad Corning)                                                  83:08:00                                    2                7
 

 

SCORING SYSTEM
Points & Prize Money
Scoring for the 2013 Atlantic Cup will be based upon a “High Point” scoring system. Each boat’s overall score will equal the total points earned in both offshore legs plus points earned from the inshore races. At the conclusion of the event, the boat with the total highest score will be declared the winner.
 

To determine the podium winners, the “High Point” scoring system combines all three legs of the race into the boat’s overall score. The points for individual race scores are based upon the number of entrants (unless disqualified or retiring after finishing). The points for each leg are allotted as follows; 1st place will be awarded points equal to the number of entrants, 2nd place points equal the number of entrants minus 1, 3rd place points equal the number of entrants minus 2, 4th place points equal the number of entrants minus 3, and so on.

For two the offshore legs, points awarded will be weighted by a factor of 2. For each inshore series, points will be weighted by a factor of one. The inshore series will consist of a maximum of five races, should four or less inshore races be completed; all races will count toward the boat’s overall score. If five inshore series are completed, a boats overall score will consist of the four best inshore races. In the event of a score tie between two or more boats, the tie will be broken in favor of the boat with the most points earned amongst the two offshore legs.
 

The competitors have a chance to win prize money in all portions of the race. The $15,000 purse will be split between the three legs with $5,000 available per leg. The prize money for each leg will be divided as follows: 1stwill receive $2,000, 2nd, $1,500, 3rd, $1,000 and 4th place receives $500.
 

Some additional 2013 Atlantic Cup highlights include:
Viewing Opportunities for fans to see LIVE Sailing Competition in Each City:
With host cities chosen specifically to enhance the fans onsite viewing experience, the Atlantic Cup will offer opportunities for the general public to watch the race LIVE on-shore in New York (Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m.) and the event’s inshore racing conclusion in Newport (Saturday/Sunday, May 25/26 at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
 

Atlantic Cup “Living on the Edge” Eco-Evening on Thursday, May 16:
On Thursday, May 16, a special Atlantic Cup “Living on the Edge” Eco-Evening will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. in NYC, highlighting the event’s commitment to the environment. The event brings together a spectrum of well-respected voices to explore the sailing industry’s commitment to the environment and recognize the changing climate effects on New York City, into a provocative panel discussion entitled “Telltales.” Global Green USA’s President Matt Petersen will moderate the conversation. Sailors for the Sea’s founder David Rockefeller, Jr. will provide opening remarks. Panelists include Dr. Ben Strauss, CEO of Climate Central, Hannah Jenner, skipper of 40 Degrees Racing, and Chip Giller, President and Founder of Grist.org. Tickets are $115/ticket, or a “boatload” for $100/person for ten tickets. Tickets are available for purchase. For additional information, please call 401-619-4840.
 

Pro-Am Event in New York Harbor on Friday, May 17:
Many of the best Class 40 sailors in the world will add new crew members as sailing hopefuls get to experience the rush of sailing firsthand as they compete against each other in New York Harbor on Friday, May 17.  The Fleet will be at the Marina from 9 a.m. – Noon, before departing for the Pro-Am race.  The Boomer Esiason Foundation is the official charity of the Atlantic Cup, with a portion of the proceeds from the event going to help fight the battle against cystic fibrosis.
 

Special Screening with newportFILM of The Last Ocean on Thursday, May 23
On Thursday, May 23, newportFILM in association with the Atlantic Cup will present a screening of The Last Ocean, an environmental documentary from New Zealand filmmaker Peter Young at the Casino Theater in Newport. Do you know where the Ross Sea is? Six years in the making and completed late last year, the documentary celebrates the Ross Sea, Antarctica, regarded as the most pristine eco-system on Earth. It also chronicles the race to protect it before it is destroyed by commercial fishing. A breathtaking look at one of the last untouched places on the planet, this film is not to be missed. Double Cross Vodka cocktail reception from 6-7, with the movie starting at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportfilm.com
 

Education program in conjunction with the Rozalia Project
The Atlantic Cup is extending its education outreach by partnering with the Rozalia Project. Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean’s mission is to find and remove marine debris, from the surface to the sea floor, through action, technology, outreach and research. During the Atlantic Cup, Rozalia will be on site underwater trash-hunting with the ROV and educating children in grades 3 – 12 about marine debris, which will include the opportunity for students to get on board the Class 40s and meet some of the skippers. Rozalia Project is unique and action based taking trash out of the water, rather than just pointing at it, and operating nationwide from docks and shorelines. They connect people of all ages to their underwater world and inspire them to be part of the solution by using underwater robots (ROVs) and sonar as well as nets to locate and remove marine debris.
 

About The 2013 Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. with a focus on running an environmentally responsible event. The 2012 edition of the Atlantic Cup starts Saturday, May 11th in Charleston, South Carolina and will showcase some of the top Class 40 sailors in the world as they race a 648 nautical mile off-shore leg double-handed from Charleston around the infamous, Cape Hatteras then north to New York City. Once in New York there will be a brief stopover before competitors start the coastal leg of the race. The coastal leg will take competitors along the same course as the past two years: 231 nautical miles, south out of New York to a turning mark off the New Jersey coast before heading north to Newport. Once in Newport, competitors will race a two-day, inshore series with a crew of six. The combined overall winner of both stages will be the Atlantic Cup Champion. The prize purse will be $15,000, making it again one of the largest purses for sailing in the United States. For more on the Atlantic Cup and its Green Initiatives, visit www.atlanticcup.org.

Dragon Headed for finish with the New York skyline backdrop (Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Cup)