Atlantic Cup: Eärendil wins Leg 2
Published on June 5th, 2018
Portland, ME (June 5, 2018) – Eärendil skippered by Catherine Pourre (FRA) and Pietro Luciani (ITA) won leg two of the Atlantic Cup, a 360-nautical mile leg from New York to Portland. Finishing today at 03:41:23, the win marks back to back offshore wins for the team, which puts them on top of the leaderboard heading into the third and final leg a crewed inshore series to be sailed this June 9th and 10th in Casco Bay, Maine.
Leg 2 was a tale of two very different challenges, the first part was directly upwind and slow, the second part was a blast reach for Portland where Eärendil was consistently seeing boat speeds of 15+ knots. The winners completed the course in 61:36:28.
“We slammed a lot, but two or three times in a really bad way,” said Luciani about the first part of the leg to Nantucket. “We had strong wind and current against us on the side and the sea state was a little discombobulated. But, let me also say a word about Dragon, they did an amazing upwind job, we battled with them upwind and Dragon was first to the mark, so we did our job to stay close to them and then we knew our boat would be faster.”
Completing the podium is Toothface 2 in second and Dragon in third.
Starting June 2, the doublehanded Leg 2 follows a 360nm course from New York to Portland, Maine. There is one mark of the course, Point Alpha, which is south of the Nantucket shoals.
Source: The Atlantic Cup