The second leg of the Atlantic Cup wrapped up on Sunday, May 19, and it was a close one. After winning the first leg, #118 Bodacious Dream was the first boat to cross the Jamestown FiSH finish line in Newport, Rhode Island, completing the 231-nautical-mile journey from New York in 30 hours 9 minutes and 39 seconds.
Within 10 minutes of Bodacious Dream’s finish, #121 Lecoq Cuisine and #106 Gryphon Solo 2 won second and third respectively. The last of the seven boats arrived within the hour.
The fleet of Class 40s left New York Harbor the day before in a light southerly wind, racing down the Jersey Shore in short course fleet racing mode. The boats were all within site of one another throughout the race, and the competition was tight the whole time.
Upon approaching Newport, crews had to choose between going around Block Island to the east with the wind or to the west with the current. Ultimately, and in Bodacious Dream’s case, going west was best.
“We’re pleased with our performance, but it was a very tough race. Halfway through the second leg all the boats were within a half a mile. There’s no let up, you just can’t take any breaks during the entire thing,” says Bodacious Dream skipper Matt Scharl.
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