Four Additional Teams Announced Bringing 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing fleet to Twelve
Two-time British Olympic team meteorologist and accomplished Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Libby Greenhalgh, to race with Oakcliff co-skipper, Liz Shaw, marking first all-female team to compete in Atlantic Cup
Pabst Blue Ribbon returns as Official Beer Sponsor; Hyatt Place and AARP Maine become official Portland stop-over partners
Newport, R.I. – The 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today four additional teams bringing the international field of Class 40s from the USA, France, Spain, Sweden, Canada and Great Britain to twelve. The four teams announced include: 65-Carac, 147-Campagne de France, 141-Eärendil, and 102-Privateer.
118 Oakcliff Racing
Several accomplished sailors recently joined the field including two-time British Olympic team meteorologist and accomplished Volvo Ocean Race sailor, Libby Greenhalgh (Oakcliff – USA). Her co-skipper, Canadian, Liz Shaw is Canada’s youngest National Race Officer. The duo is competing in the first leg of the race; Hobie Ponting (Oakcliff – USA) and a yet to be named co-skipper will sail legs two and three. Louis Duc (Carac – FRA), 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre third place finisher; Jeffrey Brock (Pleiad – USA), former Volvo Ocean Race sailor and French pair Halvard Mabire and co-skipper, Miranda Merron (Campagne De France – FRA) are new additions to the race, shaping up for a tough field of competitors in the fifth edition of the Atlantic Cup.
"I am really looking forward to competing in this year's Atlantic Cup and excited to be teaming up with Liz to race as the first all-female team to compete in the Cup," - said Greenhalgh. "This race will be challenging with the strong competition, tough course and also a new experience for me racing short-handed. I think it is important to have good role models out there for young women to see the pathway in sailing and it will be great to make a little bit of history and challenge more to follow us!"
The Class 40 teams will set sail from Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, May 28 at 12 p.m. ET en route to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the second leg of the competition and a Pro-Am event, May 31-June 3, before departing on June 4 at 12 p.m. ET, on the final leg of competition. The biennial event culminates in Portland, Maine, with two days of inshore racing and the Atlantic Cup Festival, June 10 and 11.
147 Campagne de France
Event organizers also announced the return of official beer partner Pabst Blue Ribbon, and welcomed Hyatt Place Portland and AARP of Maine as race partners for the Portland stopover.
The list of boats competing in the 2016 Atlantic Cup is as follows:
2016 Atlantic Cup Teams
|#39 Pleiad Racing
|#54 Dragon Ocean Racing
|#118 Oakcliff Racing
||Libby Greenhalgh (Leg 1)
||Liz Shaw (Leg 1)
||Hobie Ponting (Leg 2)
||TBD (Leg 2)
|#123 Tales II
|#127 Amhas II
|#128 Toothface 2
|#147 Campagne de France
About The Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is, at 1,045 nautical miles, the longest offshore in the Western Atlantic. The Atlantic Cup was created and is owned by Manuka Sports Event Management. It started in 2011 as a concept event and grew to a multi-stage race. Since its inception, the Atlantic Cup has aimed to be the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. The race is sailed solely in Class40s, a monohull race boat designed for shorthanded racing.
The Atlantic Cup ran annually in May from 2011 through 2014. After 2014, the race moved to a biennial event. The course in 2011 was a sprint from New York to Newport with an inshore series in Newport. From 2012-2014, the race was a three-stage event that started in Charleston, South Carolina included a stop-over in New York City and finished in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2016, the Atlantic Cup will continue to comprise of three legs, with stop-overs in Charleston, S.C., Brooklyn, N.Y., and for the first time, Portland, Maine.
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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