In late May, the German-flagged Mare won three of five fully crewed inshore races off Newport, Rhode Island, to take first overall in the second running of the fast-growing Atlantic Cup Regatta.
Co-skippers Jörg Riechers and U.S. sailor Ryan Breymaier also took first and second in a pair of double-handed offshore legs on their way to claiming $15,000 of the regatta’s $30,000 purse overall. In second place was U.S.-flagged Bodacious Dream, co-skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Sharl. Third place went to another U.S. boat, Gryphon Solo 2, with co-skippers Joe Harris and Tristan Mougline.
“I’m very happy winning,” Mare’s Riechers said afterward. “It was a great event, we thought it would be a close battle between us and Talan Bureau Veritas [of France], but as it turned out Bodacious Dream was our stiffest competition, and they raced a terrific race.”
Bodacious Dream co-skipper Dave Rearick agreed: “This has been a terrific event, we couldn’t be happier in our first race. We will take some of this prize money and donate back to the Atlantic Cup so we can support this great event and keep racing.”
A professional regatta featuring box-rule Class 40 sloops, the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing has grown tremendously since the first running of the event in 2011. In addition to hosting an impressive 15 boats (compared to just four the previous year), the 2012 event also included an additional 642-mile, doublehanded leg from Charleston, South Carolina, to New York City (complementing a 231-mile offshore leg from New York to Newport) and three times the prize money.
The ultimate goal of the event, according to regatta director Hugh Piggin of Manuka Sports Event Management, is to create a pro circuit similar to those in Europe raced aboard boats like the Open 60. If the turnout and results for this year’s running of the event are any indication, it appears the Atlantic Cup is well on its way.
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