2016 Atlantic Cup Pres. by 11th Hour Racing

Gearing up in Charleston for 2016 Atlantic Cup Pres. by 11th Hour Racing - May 28th Start

9 teams set to start 3-leg, 1048 nautical mile double-handed race May 28th from Charleston, South Carolina

Nine teams representing the U.S., Canada, Sweden, England, France and Spain will start the 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing at the Charleston Maritime Center Saturday, May 28. Tenth entry Carac skippered by Louis Duc will be unable to make the start in Charleston. Following his second place finish in a brutal Transat race, the boat has suffered technical damage, but it is their hope to race in Leg 2 and 3.

With three days to the start, teams are presently based at City Marina and are busy making final their preparations. For most this will be their first Atlantic Cup and also their first time sailing in the Gulf Stream and the United States.

The first female duo to race in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is Oakcliff Racing's Liz Shaw and Libby Greenhalgh. Before heading out for a test sail, - Liz Shaw said, "We have had an excellent prep session, we are feeling really prepared we only have a few loose ends to tidy up, we're going to go for a test sail today and enjoy beautiful Charleston. The competition is incredible, the organizers have done an incredible job of gathering competition from all over the world. With six nations represented it's really encouraging for the Class not only in the US, but overall. It's a dynamic fleet and we're really excited to get on the course."

The newest boat in the fleet, Eärendil's Antoine Carpentier arrived into the basin on Tuesday after having some repair work done to the keel and rudder. Antoine spoke about his excitement on racing into New York City, "I came to Charleston once with Giovani Soldini's Maserati program, but I arrived and left the day after by plane so I haven't really sailed in the US. I've never sailed into New York before, my camera is ready to take a selfie with the Statue of Liberty!"

The first Spanish team is also nearly ready to race. While making adjustments to their starboard rudder, - Pablo Santurde said, "This is my first time sailing in the US I'm nervous about sailing into New York City, the traffic will make it difficult to navigate. I think we have a chance to do well. If you sail without making a big mistake and sail clever you will finish in a good position."

Atlantic Cup 2016 : Race

Atlantic Cup 2016 : Route Schedule

Atlantic Cup Event Schedule

For more information, please visit the Atlantic Cup Events page at http://www.atlanticcup.org/in-race-events


May 24-27 - All Day
Teams Docked at Charleston City Marina

May 26th - 9a-1p
Atlantic Cup Kids Day
500 local school children will visit the Atlantic Cup boats, learn about sustainability, tour a Class 40 and meet the teams

May 26th - 7pm
Pabst Blue Ribbon Atlantic Cup Kick Off Party
Open to the public
Fuel - 211 Rutledge Ave

May 28th - 12pm - Race Start
Charleston Maritime Center


May 31 - Approximate Arrival
Pier 6/One 15 Marina, Brooklyn

May 31-June 3
Teams docked at Pier 6/One 15 Marina, Brooklyn

June 1 - 6pm
Living on the Edge, The Ocean Economy
NY Times Investigative Journalist Ian Urbina to Keynote
Ocean Conservancy's Dr. Sandra Whitehouse to provide Opening Remarks
Thomson Reuters, Times Square

June 2 - 2pm
Pro-Am Race

June 4 - 12pm
Leg 2 Race Start
Just off the seawall at the edge of Pier 5


June 6 - Approximate Arrival
Finish Line is off Fort Allen Park

June 6 - 11
Teams Docked at Maine Wharf

June 10 & 11
Race Village - Live Music, Commentary Kids Zone, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
Open 10:30a-5:00p
Inshore Racing 12p-4p

June 11 - 5:30pm
Awards Presentation
Maine Wharf


Sea Bags & The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour RAcing Sail Donation Drive

In conjunction with Sea Bags Maine, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is holding sail donation drives in each city. Sailors are encouraged to donate their old and used sails, which will be given new life by Sea Bags. Proceeds from the sails donated during the Atlantic Cup sail drive will be benefit Charleston Community Sailing, Warrior Sailing Program and Sail Maine.

Dates and Times in which to drop off used or old sails:

May 26-28
City Marina,
Charleston, SC

June 1-3
360 Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY

June 10-11
Atlantic Cup Race Village
Fort Allen Park
Portland, ME


Contact Atlantic Cup

The 2016 Atlantic Cup will start in Charleston, S.C., May 28, stop in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 31-June 4 and culminate in Portland, Maine, June 6-11. The race is free and open to the public. With over 1,000nm of ocean racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic and is also the United States’ only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class 40. Since its inception, the Atlantic Cup has been the U.S.’ most environmentally responsible sailing race and is the first carbon neutral sailing race in the U.S. Six countries and 10 teams are represented in the talented field of competitors.

For more information on the Atlantic Cup please visit http://www.atlanticcup.org.



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