Atlantic Cup Moves to Two Year Cycle,
Next Edition will be held in May/June of 2016
11th Hour Racing returns as presenting sponsor
October 6, 2014 – Newport, Rhode Island – Manuka Sports Event Management announced today their plans to move the premier offshore race in the United States, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, to a biennial event. The 5th edition of the race will start May 21, 2016. As in the previous editions of the race, The Atlantic Cup will visit three iconic ports along the east coast of the United States. Host cities will be announced in the coming months.
The Atlantic Cup is the U.S.’ only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class 40. The race was created and designed to grow the audience for short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race.
Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Hugh Piggin, stated,
"The Atlantic Cup is the east coast’s [United States] longest offshore race with a large public and commercial component to it. After the fourth edition this past May, we at Manuka SEM, looked at various ways we could take the Atlantic Cup from where it is today to a significantly larger event. Manuka SEM decided to focus on a two-year cycle to continue to produce a first class event and time the race to coincide with the international sailing calendar. This will maximize the race experience for competitors, fans and sponsors.
11th Hour Racing, presenting sponsor of the Atlantic Cup, has been a supporter since the race’s inception and fully supports the decision to move to a two-year cycle. With 11th Hour’s help, the Atlantic Cup has become the leading example of an environmentally responsible sailing race. In 2016, The Atlantic Cup will continue to set the standard, implementing new and innovative solutions to enhance sailing performance, the race experience and protect the health of our waters.
Given the growth and strength of the Class 40 fleet on the east coast and the need for an event to bring boats north after the winter, today we are also announcing, the Ocean Race North (ORN) from Charleston to Newport. ORN will run in the odd years and the race will include the Class 40s and an ORR division. ORN is slated to start May 2, 2015.
As we look towards the future we are excited to grow the Atlantic Cup, while still providing a high quality, demanding race for the sailors and exciting event for the fans."
About The Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is the longest offshore race on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The Atlantic Cup started in 2011 as a concept event and grew to a multi-stage race with a focus on being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. The race is dedicated to the Class 40, a monohull race boat designed for shorthanded racing.
The Atlantic Cup has run annually in May from 2011 through 2014. The course in 2011 was a sprint from New York to Newport with an inshore series in Newport and was won by Cutlass Racing. From 2012-2014, the race was a three-stage event that started in Charleston, South Carolina. Competitors raced a 648 nautical mile offshore leg double-handed from Charleston around Cape Hatteras to New York City. From New York City, teams raced 231 nautical miles, south out of New York to a turning mark off the New Jersey coast before heading north to Newport. The third leg comprised of a two-day, inshore series with a crew of six in Narragansett Bay.
The winner of the 2012 edition was the German flagged boat, Mare, in 2013 Bodacious Dream from Jamestown, RI won the overall race and in 2014, Gryphon Solo 2 from Newport, RI took home first place. For more on the Atlantic Cup and its sustainability initatives, visit AtlanticCup.org
About 11th Hour Racing
11th Hour Racing, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote collaborative systemic change for the health of our marine environment. The ultimate goal is to showcase solutions that facilitate a more responsible use of energy and resources among the private sector, governments and individuals. For more information, please visit: 11thhourracing.org
About Ocean Race North (ORN)
Ocean Race North is a new offshore race from the creators of the Atlantic Cup. The race is open to Class 40s and will include an ORR division. The race was created to fill the void in the schedule for a race traveling north at the beginning of the summer season. The first edition of ORN will be raced from Charleston to Newport. ORN will run in the odd years and is slated to start May 2, 2015. For more information please visit OceanRaceNorth.com
About Manuka Sports Event Management
Manuka Sports Event Management is a sports event asset and management company specializing in the marine and green industry. Manuka's signature event is the offshore sailing race, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, which was the first and is the only carbon neutral sailing event in the United States. In addition, Manuka SEM is the creator of the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record, Water Week NYC and now Ocean Race North. For more information please visit ManukaSEM.com