2016 Atlantic Cup Pres. by 11th Hour Racing

Tales II Pace to Break Course Record in Leg 1 of 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing

ETA for first finishers is 7am, Tuesday, May 31

Smash Leg 1 Course Record in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing
Smash Leg 1 Course Record in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing
(Photo Credit: Billy Black/Atlantic Cup)

Current leader in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing Tales II is just 100nm to the finish in Brooklyn, NY and models are showing a 7am ET, Tuesday, May 31 arrival time. Tales is on pace to break the course record of 78 hours 55 minutes 13 seconds set in 2012 by Mare. Tales' next closest competitor is Amhas, just over 19nm away and only 15 nm separate 2nd through 5th place, setting up the finish to be extremely close.

The finish line is just off Pier 5 in Brooklyn, which will make navigating into New York City at rush hour tomorrow morning extremely challenging.

Rob Windsor, Amhas, Currently in 2nd place 19nm behind Tales

"Last night was windy, we had the A2 up for a little while and it got a little dicey. We were right on the edge of the Gulf Stream and were doing about 20 knots. There were a bunch of squalls and because it’s such a long race we knew we would need it [the A2] so we took it down and put the A3 up.

We both got a couple of hours of sleep last night, I don’t think we’re eating enough food, but we’re all right, we’ve been super busy."

Libby Greenhalgh, Oakcliff Racing, Currently in 5th place 36.5nm behind Tales

"I think generally our big losses are coming from our sail changes. We changed to the zero last night and it was all quite full on but then once we got that up we were whipping around probably 20, 24 knots at the max speed. We had a good fast few hours then we had our first change to our proper A-sail and again that wasn't as straight forward as we were expecting. Everything takes us a bit longer because this is the first time we've done it. Same with the jibe we really struggled to sock and un-sock the sail so it kind of pushed us a bit past where we ideally wanted to be on lay line. Overall we've been relatively pleased, we reckon we've got good boat speed when we do get going in a straight line.

We've been thinking about our plan for coming into New York a lot, but obviously we're very lacking in any information because the boat computers died, so we're still going off the forecast that I wrote down before we set off the dock in Charleston."

On board updates from can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/manukasem/sets/2016-leg-1-on-board-updates

North Sails Atlantic Cup Expert, Charlie Enright, recaps what he is seeing on the race course and discusses the tricky nature of sailing into New York:
“Well it appears that for the teams who took a more inshore route, it was high risk, but it yielded a high-reward especially for Tales. That said, the teams (Amhas, Dragon, Oakcliff) that used the gulf stream to make gains have clawed back a lot of miles on Tales, but they now have to get the bow towards New York City and get there as fast as they can.

New York City is a pretty tricky place when it comes to the geography and the current and to some extent depending on what time you get in, all of the maritime traffic. Obviously the tide counts, but something some of the teams will likely have studied is the currents and back eddies around the islands approaching New York. They'll be looking not just when the tide is switching, but where are the protected areas, the accelerated areas and those areas are not always the traditional deltas you see in other parts of the world. Water can squeeze through some pretty narrow spaces and the islands do a good job of creating protection from adverse tides and it’s pretty complicated terrain. Having to come all the way into Brooklyn, presents a different geographic challenge, when I was there recently it was amazing to see the difference between the middle of the Hudson and the tip of Manhattan, it could be as much as 10 knots in wind strength.

Ultimately, I think this is Tales’ race to lose, but I am very excited to see Liz and Libby in third place and hope they can stay up on the podium."

LINK TO RACE START VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Zxq-eSKnpgI

The 9 teams will continue en route to New York Harbor where the finish line will be just before the Brooklyn Bridge at Pier 5. Models are showing a fast race with an estimated arrival time of sometime early Tuesday morning, May 31. The second leg of the competition departs on June 4 at 12 p.m. The event culminates in Portland, Maine with two days of Inshore racing (June 10-11).

While racing, tracking can be found at: http://atlanticcup.org

Team updates will be posted through the race’s social media channels at: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

The North Sails Atlantic Cup Expert will also provide analysis daily at what’s happening on the course, which can be found at: http://www.atlanticcup.org/race#expert

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 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
*Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at tamarahs@bzapr.com if interested

June 2 - 2pm
Pro-Am Race
*Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at tamarahs@bzapr.com if interested

June 4 - 12pm
Leg 2 Race Start
Just off the seawall at the edge of Pier 5
*Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at tamarahs@bzapr.com if interested


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
*Media Space is available, please email Tamarah Strauss at tamarahs@bzapr.com if interested

June 11 - 5:30pm
Awards Presentation
Maine Wharf

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.

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



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