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04-20-2016, 03:08 PM

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 compete 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.

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 Libby 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.

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 teams competing in the 2016 Atlantic Cup is as follows:

2016 Atlantic Cup Teams

Boat Name Country Skipper Co-Skipper

#39 Pleiad Racing
Ed Cesare
Chad Corning

#54 Dragon Ocean Racing
Mike Hennessy
Merf Owen

#65 Carac
Louis Duc
Yves Sale

#95 Talanta
Mikael Ryking

#102 Privateer
Rich Fleishman
David Hommel

#118 Oakcliff Racing
Libby Greenhalgh (Leg 1)
Liz Shaw (Leg 1)

Hobie Ponting (Leg 2)
TBD (Leg 2)

#123 Tales II
Gonzalo Botín
Pablo Santurde

#127 Amhas II
Micah Davis
Rob Windsor

#128 Toothface 2
Mike Dreese
Tristan Mouligne

#143 Longbow
FK Day
Linc Day

#145 Eärendil
Catherine Pourre
Antoine Carpentiere

#147 Campagne de France
Halvard Mabire
Miranda Merron

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.

For more on the Atlantic Cup, visit AtlanticCup.org

05-30-2016, 02:45 PM

May 29, 2016 – Charleston, SC – Just over 30 hours into the first leg of the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing and the fleet is through the worst of Tropical Storm Bonnie. Overnight last night the teams saw 35+ knots of wind and a very confused sea state, which made for extremely tough conditions and very little sleep.

Spanish team Tales and French team Eärendil have consistently led the fleet and have chosen a more northerly path. While Amhas, Toothface and Oakcliff in the second grouping opted to head further east. Since the wind shifted, teams have seen very fast sailing, with Tales hitting top speeds of 19.6 knots today.



Privateer’s tracker stopped working shortly after the start yesterday, which is why the tracking map shows them in Charleston. However, they are racing and updating their position with race HQ and as of 3:30 ET they were located at 34.05 357 N 75.59 726 W putting them in the vicinity of Talanta on the tracking map.

Liz Shaw, Oakcliff Racing
“Overnight we made a conscious decision to push hard. We were in a little pack of boats and we made a goal to have more sail area than everybody else. For a while it really paid off: by this morning we had shot out in front of our group and were going along nicely. There were a few little squalls coming through so we decided to make a change based on what was expected to happen down the track. We went from our full main with a solent with a reef to a code zero, which is typically a pretty easy maneuver, but we had a few little hiccups — nothing major — but it just took us longer than it should have. We lost some distance but we’re gonna work hard to gain it back.”


all images © Billy Black

Mike Hennessy, Dragon Ocean Racing
“We had a lackadaisical start, we were doing fine to the first mark, but then we screwed up our douse of the code sail, so we were a little bit behind coming out of the channel, but things stabilized after that. The shift came earlier than expected and the reality was we couldn’t really hold course once we got over [onto starboard] but it was still better than continuing east on the headed port tack. The third tack we took came with the big shift around 3am and that allowed us to lay Frying Pan shoals and then Hatteras, which is where we’re on track for right now. We have the code five up, going pretty well. Everybody is safe and doing well.”

Tristan Mouligne on Toothface 2
“We are reaching along approaching Cape Hatteras, we have Amhas in front of us about a mile ahead. We’re sailing side by side. They’ve been a little bit faster than us and they’re very slowly building their lead. So we’re going back and forth a little bit and obviously that’s frustrating for me because those guys are good friends and we have a new boat and would like to be going a little faster!

Last night was tough, it was a rough, rough night but everyone’s fine. We lost our windex off the top of the mast and we lost our man overboard module off the back of the boat and didn’t realize until this morning. The sea state was definitely confused; the waves were coming from all over the place. You’d get to speed going 10, 11, 12 knots and you’d catch a wave that came from right on the bow instead of the wind direction and we would launch off the wave and slam down pretty hard and I’m sure that’s how we got the damage to the top of the mast.”


On board updates from, Pleiad, Dragon, Toothface, Amhas and Privateer can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/manukasem/sets/2016-leg-1-on-board-updates

North Sails Atlantic Cup Expert, Anderson Reggio, provided a detailed analysis of what to expect and look for in the next 12-18 hours:
“The lead 2 boats right now, Tales and Eärendil are just fast. Tales has shown speeds upwards of 19.6 knots. There are still some cells out there that are remnants from this tropical storm, but they are very much into the southerly breeze and whipping along. Most boats are seeing consistent speeds in the teens except the boats that are back, Dragon, Pleiad, Talanta. They are showing slower speeds, which is either a product of them potentially having broken something or they are just outside the latest set of cells that are going past the boats in front of them.

The next 12 hours, boats are going to be making their way around Cape Hatteras. It seems as though the winning strategy right now is staying in closer to shore where you’re getting a little bit better pressure and just sending it to the north. For Amhas and Toothface, the boats that are starting to push themselves offshore to find the Gulf Stream, the speed difference between is so great between them and Tales that I don’t really see the Gulf Stream, at least until they get past Hatteras, being that significant a factor.

What’s happening is that reports of pressure are stronger in and along the coast than they are offshore. Essentially the storm pushing in from offshore is doing more of a pressing against the shore, so along the shoreline you have 17-20 knots and offshore more in the 15-16 knot range. It’s hit or miss that’s the biggest thing about this, if you look at a satellite picture or radar image you’ll see banding activity in the showers which means it’s probably a banding activity in the cloud formation the teams are seeing as well so they’re basically hopping from one cell to the next. On the leading edge they get a big outflow of pressure, underneath them they get a big softening of pressure and then behind them it can be quite light and variable for a little while until the gradient starts to fill back in.

Looking ahead, it’s definitely a no lead is safe scenario because after they get around Hatteras then the Gulf Stream is definitely going to be a priority. and they’ll be around Hatteras in the next few hours, and then the gulf stream is going to be much more of a priority especially because it will get significantly lighter as they get further north during the day on Monday and even into early Tuesday.

The models, as far as how to set yourself up on how to come into the finish are a bit variable so if I were on board right now I wouldn’t be planning my entrance into New York, because it’s just not clear yet. I expect the leaders to hedge their bets a bit after they get around Hatteras to push offshore to get more into the stream to put themselves more between the competition and the goal post. I’d expect Toothface and Amhas to want to be the furthest east east and hit the gulf stream first. Oakcliff’s strategy isn’t quite clear yet they seem to have gone east for a while and now seem to be taking a more northerly route and for the last three they seem to be unfortunately shot out the back pretty quickly.


05-31-2016, 03:10 PM

The 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing: Leg 1 Finish in Brooklyn. Gonzalo Botin and Pablo Santurde on 123-Tales II set a new Leg 1 course record at 12:53:03. Elapsed time: 72:48:03. They beat the existing Leg 1 record set in 2012 by Mare by 6 hours, 7 min & 10 seconds. All Photos - Billy Black


Previous Dispatch:

May 30, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY – 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.”