Atlantic Cup: Eärendil wins Leg 1

Published on May 29th, 2018

New York, NY (May 29, 2018; Day 4) – The French/Italian duo of Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani on #145 Eärendil won the first leg of The Atlantic Cup, out maneuvering the 11-boat field on the 648nm leg from Charleston, SC to New York, NY. Their finish time was at 17:02:46 (local), completing the course in 3 days, 5 hours and 15 min.

Along with Micah Davis and Rob Windsor on #127 Amhas, the two leading Class40s played the light, fluky conditions perfectly overnight to put 40 nautical miles on the remaining fleet. #127 Amhas finished second with Mikael Ryking and Karl Jungstedt on #95 Talanta holding third position with 38.9nm to go (as of 18:30 ET).

Catherine Pourre #145 Eärendil skipper: “It was a more difficult situation when it was windy and we were downwind. We had to hand steer because the autopilot wasn’t good in tough winds. And then we were racing with Amhas, and wanting to stay with them until the end. We didn’t know we were going to have so much time between us.”

Micah Davis #127 Amhas skipper: “It was great, it was fun race, we saw a little bit of everything and it was fun to be next to Eärendil and try to stay next to Eärendil and Angola at the beginning. It was fun, but it was hard.”

Rob Windsor #127 Amhas co-skipper: “It’s really hard to do well in all three legs. I think that boat [Eärendil] is really fast. But, number two we’re in a good position and there is a lot to be sailed and who knows what the next leg will bring. We might not be able to reach for too long and it might not be their conditions.”

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Source: The Atlantic Cup

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