2016 Atlantic Cup Pres. by 11th Hour Racing

Nine teams representing six countries to contend with tropical depression in first 24-Hours

Leg 1: Charleston to Brooklyn in 5th Edition of Atlantic Cup Presented by 11th Hour Racing Starts Tomorrow at 12:00 ET
Leg 1: Charleston to Brooklyn in 5th Edition of Atlantic Cup Presented by 11th Hour Racing Starts Tomorrow at 12:00 ET

Less than 16-hours to the start of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing and a tropical depression developing off the east coast will present an interesting challenge for the teams in the first 24-hours. However, the heavily experienced and highly-skilled sailors will develop a strategy to navigate the conditions. Currently top winds are perceived to be 25-30 knots with a confused sea state, especially in the Gulf Stream, but the system should be short-lived and the second half of the race may present the opposite challenge. Race tracking, provided by GeoRacing, will update every ten minutes throughout the race and can be found at http://atlanticcup.org and through the GeoRacing app. The teams provided insight into strategy and the weather earlier today.

Libby Greenhalgh, Oakcliff Racing:

Libby Greenhalgh, Oakcliff Racing

"Everyone's been looking at this low pressure that's been approaching for the start-- some calling it a storm. I don't think its quite storm level, but it does look like it's becoming more of a key feature for the first 24-36 hours.

That low is basically going to be to the southeast of Charleston, so I think the start will be quite moderate and northerly to north-easterly. So a bit of a wizz around the harbor, bit of downwind reaching and then out we go!

Then I guess one of the big decisions is how you decide to play the front and with that front comes a building breeze. Some of the files are showing 25 knots, which is normally a good 5 knots below what you'll probably see. Then I guess the big decision is whether you push out and try and break through the front first and therefore effectively don't head towards your finish but you put yourself at a better faster reaching angle. Or whether you just push upwind and let the front go over the top of you. So I think you could well see a split in the fleet to begin with and I think it will be pretty interesting.

Obviously quite a few maneuvers and potential sail changes to happen through that process so a pretty tiring and tough 24 hours I'd say... for us it's a bit of a baptism of fire."

Pablo Santurde, Tales II:

Pablo Santurde, Tales II

"The first night will be tough, especially because we will be going upwind on port tack. Then the wind will shift to the right side so we will tack I think close to the gulf stream. So with the current and the wind blowing against each other it probably will be big seas. It will be difficult conditions and easy to break something so we'll have to watch it carefully."

Tristan Mouligne, Toothface 2:

Tristan Mouligne, Toothface 2

"I've been watching the weather for the past couple of days and the general trend has been pretty consistent but now the details are starting to develop. Looks like it'll be a little bit rough, there'll be somewhat of a northerly flow to the wind the first night and when that matches up against the Gulf Stream its gonna be pretty bumpy until the southerly fills in, so the first 36 hours will be uncomfortable, its going to be wet, its going to be loud, the boats will be banging and I think it'll be important to make sure that you don't break anything that first night because the waves will be pretty large."

High res images of the teams and race prep can be found HERE

Meet the Atlantic Cup Teams: Video Intros HERE


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 28th - 12pm - Race Start
Charleston Maritime Center
*Media Boat is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at tamarahs@bzapr.com if interested


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

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.

For high-res images of teams preparing please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1k1r6ih9lxcokgl/AABryFtSsniSew24dqwfYqnGa?dl=0

The 2016 Atlantic Cup Press Kit and team images are available HERE
The Official Atlantic Cup Race Guide can be viewed HERE
For print quality images of the Atlantic Cup, please click HERE
For video of the Atlantic Cup, please click HERE



Video of Dragonsbane, a globe-trotting 43-foot Sceptre, at the 35th Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten, March 2015.
Star Clippers

SB Store