Draken Harald Hårfagre Expedition America – East Coast Tour 2018 started July 9 by Draken leaving Mystic Seaport, CT, to head for the ship’s first stopover. During the tour Draken will visit 14 harbors across the East Coast of the U.S. spanning from Maine to South Carolina.

Challenge and Adventure was onhand to watch her leave Mystic Seaport enroute to her first stop in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Welcome the Draken Village during the ship’s stopover. Let our crew members take you on a deck tour, visit our exhibition and souvenir shop, enjoy a screening of the new Draken documentary film Expedition America – a modern Viking Adventure and come and listen to Captain Björn Ahlanders lecture about the adventurous expeditions.



East Coast Tour Schedule

Boothbay Harbor, ME July 13-15
Plymouth, MA July 17-20
Rockland, ME July 22-25
Portland, ME July 27-23

For other stopovers later in the summer check at https://www.drakenhh.com/east-coast-tour-2018



For more information about the ship and crew check out all of the information about the Draken at  https://www.drakenhh.com



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

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.


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


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.