Atlantic Cup Rounds Out Field

Organizers of the inaugural Atlantic Cup have enlisted two more boats, bringing the fleet total up to five, just one shy of the number they had hoped for when the event was announced late last year.Set to take place May 6-14, the regatta will be held aboard Class 40 sloops—currently all the rage in Europe—and include both an inshore, fully crewed event and a double-handed 260-mile
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Organizers of the inaugural Atlantic Cup have enlisted two more boats, bringing the fleet total up to five, just one shy of the number they had hoped for when the event was announced late last year.

Set to take place May 6-14, the regatta will be held aboard Class 40 sloops—currently all the rage in Europe—and include both an inshore, fully crewed event and a double-handed 260-mile offshore race from New York Harbor to Newport, Rhode Island. To keep things interesting, event organizer Manuka Sports Event Management is including $15,000 in prize money.

The two new entries include Cutlass, which will be sailed for Team 11th Hour Racing by Nick Halmos and Rob MacMillan, and Kamoa’e, sailed by Eric Lecoq and Dominique Rivoalan. Opposing them will be Dragon, sailed by Mike Hennessy and Jim Stone; GryphonSolo 2, sailed by Joe Harris and an as-yet unnamed co-skipper; and Icarus Racing, sailed by Tim Fetsch and Ben Poucher.

“We are extremely excited for both Cutlass and Kamoa’e to be competing in the inaugural edition of the race,” said race director Hugh Piggin. “Both boats are very competitive and their skippers are extremely talented. They will certainly prove to be tough competition.”

Created in 2004 as a less expensive alternative to the Open 60 boats used in events like the Vende Globe, Class 40 racing has since taken off, with dozens of boats taking part in events like the transatlantic Route du Rhum. Class 40 sloops are also going to be featured in the upcoming double-handed Portimao Global Ocean Race, set to depart from Mallorca September 25.

For more on the Atlantic Cup, click here.

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