Organizers for the third annual Atlantic Cup have decided it’s time to get the public into the act. With this in mind, the 2013 regatta—which comprises both double-handed offshore and fully crewed inshore racing aboard Class 40s—will include a number of features both afloat and ashore to allow fans to get as close to the action as possible.
In Newport, Rhode Island, for example, a dedicated viewing area, complete with play-by-play announcers, will be set up at Fort Adams State Park directly across from the start and finish lines. Fans can also watch the racing from aboard a 12-Meter sloop as part of a dedicated Atlantic Cup sailing excursion organized by America’s Cup Charters.
The two-week series begins May 11 and, as in 2012, kicks off with a 642-mile double-handed leg from Charleston, South Carolina, to New York City, followed by another double-handed leg to Newport and then a two-day inshore series on Narragansett Bay. The Charleston start will take place alongside the Charleston Maritime Center and the second leg will begin just off New York’s North Cove Marina—both of which will also afford excellent viewing of the six to eight boats expected to take part.
For more details on the regatta, visit atlanticcup.org.