Record Pace for Atlantic Cup

Published on May 30th, 2016

(May 30, 2016; Day 3) – 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 648nm 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.
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.”
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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 first doublehanded leg starting May 28 takes the fleet 648 nm from Charleston, SC to Brooklyn, NY, with the second doublehanded leg starting June 4 for 360 nm to Portland, ME. The final stage on June 10-11 will have 6-person teams complete an inshore series of races in Portland.

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.

Source: Atlantic Cup

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