• Two Teams Return for the 2018 Atlantic Cup

    We love this time of year, both for the festivity and because we are  just over 150 days until the teams competing in the 2018 Atlantic Cup depart Charleston, South Carolina bound for Brooklyn, New York and the finish of Leg 1 of America's longest and most sustainable sailing race.

    Preparations continue to move forward at a rapid pace and Manuka SEM, organizers of the Atlantic Cup are pleased to announce the return of two further teams vying for the races top spot.

    Official entries opened on Monday October 16th, and we are excited to announce two further teams that'll be on the start line with both Dragon and Oakcliff Racing. Toothface II, an Akilaria RC3 campaigned by Atlantic Cup veterans Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligne will line up alongside Privateer, a Kiwi 40FC which has recently been bought by American sailor and OSTAR winner Jonathon Green. 
    Manuka SEM and the Atlantic Cup would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
    Checkout the full update here
  • The Atlantic Cup Returns For 6th Edition May 26, 2018

    NEWPORT, RI (May 26, 2018) – Manuka Sports Event Management announced today the sixth edition of the Atlantic Cup. The longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic dedicated to the Class40 will start from Charleston, South Carolina one year from today on May 26, 2018 and culminate the weekend of June 10th in Portland, Maine. In addition, 11th Hour RacingBainbridge International, and Hyatt Place Portland are returning as sponsors for the 2018 race.
    With over 1,000nm of ocean racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic, the only race that includes both Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod and the only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class 40. The race was created in 2011 to showcase short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events, while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first and is the only sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.
    The 2018 Atlantic Cup will start in Charleston, South Carolina May 26th with a 648-nautical mile race to New York City. The race will stop-over in Brooklyn May 28th-June 2nd.  Teams will race from New York 360-nautical miles to Portland, Maine. The Atlantic Cup will wrap up in Portland June 4th-10th with a two-day inshore series. Initial interest for the 2018 race is strong with six teams having confirmed entry with another four indicating interest.   

    Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Piggin, stated, “We are extremely pleased to announce the sixth edition of the Atlantic Cup. Since the race’s inception, it has grown from a small concept to a well-known, extremely competitive race on the international Class40 calendar. We anticipate a fleet of at least 10 Class40s from Europe and the U.S. on the start line. We are also thrilled to have many of our prior sponsors already committed for 2018 including 11th Hour Racing, Bainbridge International and Hyatt Place Portland.”  

    City of Portland Waterfront Coordinator, Bill Needleman, “The City of Portland is thrilled to host the Atlantic Cup for the final leg of the 2018 race.  2016 showed the potential for sailboat racing to grow here in Portland Harbor and Casco Bay.  The Eastern Prom gives landside spectators a word class-viewing venue and the Portland Waterfront provides boat crews and owners a welcoming and enjoyable port to finish their race.  Professional ocean sailboat racing is a welcome addition to our working waterfront.”   


    About The Atlantic Cup

    The Atlantic Cup is a 3-stage, double-handed offshore race that spans the eastern seaboard of the United States. At 1,008 nautical miles it is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic. In addition, the Atlantic Cup is the only race to go include rounding both Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod.

    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 been the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States and it is the first sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.

    The race is sailed solely in Class40s, a monohull race boat designed for shorthanded racing. The Atlantic Cup ran annually in May from 2011 through 2014. After 2014, the race moved to a biennial event. As of 2016, the Atlantic Cup’s stop-overs include Charleston, S.C., Brooklyn, N.Y. and Portland, Maine.

  • The Atlantic Cup Announces Three New Race Partners:

    The Atlantic Cup Announces Three New Race Partners:
    United Airlines Mileage Plus Exclusives, Hyatt Place Charleston and CODE-ZERO

    Plus first two teams announced: Dragon Ocean Racing and Oakcliff Racing

    NEWPORT, RI (November 1, 2017) – With preparations underway for the 2018 Atlantic Cup, Manuka Sports Event Management, organizers of the USA’s toughest offshore race, are pleased to announce three new commercial partnerstwo teams and the release of the 2018 Notice of Race.
    United Airlines Mileage Plus ExclusivesHyatt Place Charleston and CODE-ZERO join as Official Partners for the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic dedicated to the Class40. The three new partners will provide a variety of opportunities for the race and its fans.
    MileagePlus Exclusives provides program members with the top access to some of the world’s best events and experiences across the widest range of mileage levels and they’ll be offering a one-of-a-kind experience to race in the New York City Pro-Am and as a VIP in Portland.
    Located in the heart of Charleston’s Upper King Historic District and within walking distance to attractions, historic homes and over 30 restaurants Hyatt Place Charlestonjoins the Hyatt Place Portland as the Official Hotel Partner for the 2018 race.
    Nautical and lifestyle brand designed and endorsed by professional sailors, CODE-ZEROjoins as the Official Apparel Partner for the 2018 race. Innovations inspired by Global Yacht Racing are applied on a crossover look between sport and casual wear integrating high performance wear into 24/7 lifestyle. 
    In addition, official entries opened on October 16th and seven teams from the US and Europe have confirmed their entry, with a further three expressions of interest. The first two teams to be announced are six-time race veteran Michael Hennessy on board Dragon Ocean Racing and Oakcliff Racing and its youth team from Oyster Bay, New York. Race Organizers will continue announce the teams each month in the lead up to the start of the race.Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Piggin, stated, “The 2018 race is shaping up to be terrific both on and off the water. We’re really excited about the teams that have already committed especially Mike Hennessy on Dragon, who has competed for the title since day one. So, to have him back with his newly refit boat, is fantastic! Off the water, The Atlantic Cup continues to demonstrate its strength in providing commercial opportunities to a variety of partners. We couldn’t be happier to have United, Hyatt Place in both Charleston and Portland and Code-Zero with us.” 

    With over 1,000nm of ocean racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic, the only race that includes both Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod and the only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class 40. The 2018 Atlantic Cup will start in Charleston, South Carolina May 26th. The race will stop-over in Brooklyn May 28th-June 2nd before departing for Portland, Maine. The Atlantic Cup will wrap up in Portland June 4th-10th with a two-day inshore series. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first and is the only sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.
  • Amhas Wins Inaugural Cuba Cup!

    Three boats compete in the first edition of the Cuba Cup, completing the 2017 Western Caribbean Race Series

    "The Cuba Cup is a thrilling addition to the historic Pineapple Cup race, heralding in the start of the new Western Caribbean Race Series which we plan to run and expand on each time we host our legendary race." Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore, Nigel Knowles.

    Februaru 27, 2017 - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Three boats set off for Havana from Montego Bay last week to compete in the inaugural edition of the Cuba Cup! The Cuba Cup is a new, 611 mile race that makes up the second part of the Western Caribbean Race Series. The race, preceded by the Pineapple Cup, brings competitors from Montego Bay to Havana and east coast ports, giving boats a chance to make a race of the return trip to the U.S.!

    This first edition of the race was run as a "gentleman's race," where competitors started at their own accord and reported their recorded start and finish times to the race officials. Overall results were calculated using a PHRF based formula.

    The virtual start line was at the airport buoy in Montego Bay and virtual finish line off of Key West; competitors could choose to sail either direction around Cuba.

    Amhas (Class40), Dragon (Class40) and White Rhino (Swan 56) battled it out to claim the honor of winning the first Cuba Cup! The three competitors set out on the new course between February 12th (Amhas), 13th (White Rhino) and 16th (Dragon). Despite having different weather windows, all three competitors rounded Cuba to the West. After all entries were submitted and scored, Amhas was declared the winner of the inaugural Cuba Cup!

    Rob Windsor, Amhas, on winning the inaugural Cuba Cup, “I’m ecstatic! It was really fun, not too tough and pretty fast. We were reaching/running after we started all the way to the western corner of Cuba, then we had a tiny little light spot followed by more breeze on the beam for the rest of the way to the finish. From the finish line off Havana, we carried on all the way back to Charleston. The weather was beautiful, it was sunny, we were in shorts all the way. No foul weather gear, nothing! We’ll be back in 2019!”

    Matthew Mullan, White Rhino Captain, "We had a great time doing the inaugural Cuba Cup. Couldn't have asked for better conditions. If you have to bring the boat back to Florida or anywhere in the U.S., why not take this route and make a race out of it? We were hoping for a little more helpful current on the west side of Cuba. I heard the Cayman Islands are an amazing fishing ground and now we now it's true. When White Rhino Racing does the Pineapple Cup again we will definitely be looking forward to participating in the Cuba Cup!"

  • Pineapple Cup Awards Evening Celebrates 2017 Winners

    Jamaican Dignitaries in Attendance to Present Pineapple Cup


    “Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.” Prospector’s Paul McDowell

    FEBRUARY 11, 2017 - Montego Bay, Jamaica – Last night the Montego Bay Yacht Club celebrated winners of the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race.  Over 120 attendees including Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, MBYC Commodore Nigel Knowles and Royal Jamaican Yacht Club Past Commodore Andrew Thwaites were on hand for the awarding of the Governor General’s Trophy, also known as the Pineapple Cup.

    The Pineapple Cup is one of the oldest yachting trophies dating back to 1961 where it was handcrafted in London. Throughout the years, the trophy has been awarded to some of the most well known names in yachting including: John Kilroy, Ted Turner and Robert F Johnson. The winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Trophy was awarded to the first place team in IRC, which was Prospector.

    Paul McDowell co-owner of Prospector said, The Pineapple Cup was one of those races that you remember from way back in the day. I used to do a lot of IOR races in the 1980’s, so you’d see Kialoa and Windward Passage win [the Pineapple Cup]; some of the greatest ocean racers of all time have won this race. So we said ‘this has got to be one on our bucket list that we have to do, the Pineapple Cup.’ And so here we are!

    We have a mixture of professionals and Corinthians, we’re not one of the all professional crews where you have just owners and nothing but professionals; we race with our friends. Ken Read is one of the top professionals in the world, but he’s been my friend of 35 years, so he raced with us as a friend, not as a professional. [We said] 'Lets go have fun like we used to back in the day.’ We came to race with our friends, but we take it seriously.

    Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.”

    The trophy itself was presented by Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan on behalf of the Govenor General Sir Patrick Allen. Custos Bryan said, This is a wonderful tradition that Jamaica has held for many years and to see the camaraderie, the participants and competitors in this kind of fashion and to see the time and effort they have made to compete in this traditional race, it is an honor. And so I believe Jamaica has something great going and I encourage this race to continue as long as it can because Jamaica has much to offer.”

    In addition to the Govenor Generals trophy, the Silver Rose Bowl was presented to Wizard for line honors. The Arawak Perpetual Trophy was presented to Hermie Louise for their first place finish in the PHRF division. The Silver Seahorse Trophy also was awarded to Prospector for the top corrected time in the IRC division.

  • Foiling Kiteboarder slashes 2 minutes and 56 seconds off Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record

     New outright record of 53 minutes and 37 seconds for the 17.8nm course takes down Phaedo3’s record set in June 2015

    October 28, 2016 – Newport, RI – A new outright record was set Friday, October 28 for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. Zach Marks of St. Petersburg, Florida, helmed his foiling kiteboard around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 53 minutes and 37 seconds. This bests the previous record of 00:56:33, held by Lloyd Thornburg’s Mod70 Phaedo3, by 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

    Marks chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams at 12:00:58 EST. All previous record attempts were set sailing around the island to starboard. Marks departed in a WNW breeze ranging from 20-25 knots at the end of an ebbing tide.

    This was Mark’s third attempt to set the Around Jamestown Record. His prior attempts, also on a foiling kiteboard, were 01:09:24 and 01:03:08 in July 2014. He used a 10m F-One foil kite, on 15-meter lines. The board is an Alex Aguera and fitted with a Spotz hydrofoil.

    Zach Marks said on the record, “Setting the record for this race was something that was always on my bucket list. The format and prize are so unique. It's a refreshing break from traditional windward leeward racing.  Thanks to the local Rhode Island support crew who came out to help me. I couldn't have done it without them."

    On the Attempt he said, “The attempt was a reach most of the way around, a little upwind at the north end of the island and really, really windy up there and big ocean swell down at Beavertail. Super gusty pretty much everywhere.

    I was going underneath the Jamestown Bridge, trying to do a wider groove because you’re getting ready for that blast and then the lull. I kind of got lulled and my lines went really slack and then the kite powered up really quick and I couldn’t bear away enough so I over-foiled and dropped the kite in the water. That’s pretty much the worst place you want to be down because the wind’s so gusty, but luckily [the kite] came up pretty quick. That probably cost me 15-20 seconds. I had a couple of other wipeouts, but nothing yarded [no equipment scattered everywhere] too far.”

  • The Most Sustainable Sailing Race in the Unites States Announces 2016 Environmental Achievements

    NEWPORT, RI (October 25, 2016) – The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today that the 2016 race is the first sports event in the United States to be ISO 20121 compliant. In addition, the Atlantic Cup’s official carbon offset supplier, We Are Neutral, announced it has calculated and offset the carbon footprint of the 2016 race. Additional data released by Race Management includes; an overall landfill diversion rate of 88%, 8,520 single use plastic water bottles prevented from use, 875 students across three cities received education in ocean health and environmental responsibility and the Atlantic Cup was recognized as the only regatta globally to achieve Sailors for the Sea’s Platinum Level status in 2016.

    Race Director, Hugh Piggin said, “We are proud to be leading the way in environmental sustainability for sailing events around the world. To achieve carbon neutrality, ISO 20121 compliance and Platinum Level certification while educating both kids and the general public about the role they can play in protecting our oceans and planet is no small feat. This is only achievable through the help of the teams, our staff and our presenting sponsor, 11th Hour Racing.”

    ISO 20121 is a management system standard that was designed to assist event-oriented organizations improve the sustainability of their activities and productions. The international version of the standard was developed for the London 2012 Olympics and it describes the layout of a management system that can help any event related organization to: reduce its environmental footprint and become more socially responsible, while maintaining the viability of the event. The Atlantic Cup downloaded and followed the ISO 20121 protocol and complied with the rigorous standards meeting a self-certification.

    Rob MacMillan, Co-Founder and Advisor, 11th Hour Racing said,  "The Atlantic Cup is a unique event in both concept and execution. It demonstrates what can be achieved with environmental responsibility in mind at the inception.  Manuka has showcased that you can run high-level professional events and have sustainability at the forefront, with full participation from the event management, sailors, and the communities they visit. 11th Hour Racing is proud of this partnership, and this level of achievement sets the standard for other events to follow." 

    For the first time in its five-year history, the race had a robust waste management plan, which resulted in 88% landfill diversion rate, with 538 lbs of compost, 394 lbs of recycling and 139 lbs of trash sent to a landfill. The Atlantic Cup has been single-use plastic water bottle free since its inception in 2011.

     “Tracking the sustainability initiatives for the Atlantic Cup is a challenging endeavor due to the mobile nature of the race,” said Brian Funk, the Atlantic Cup’s Sustainability Director. “The combination of offshore racing and land based events makes for a unique dynamic in ensuring we were meeting our internal goal of being the most sustainable sailing race in the United States”

    We Are Neutral, official carbon offset supplier for the 2016 Atlantic Cup, offset 29 tons of CO2. This carbon footprint will be ‘neutralized’ by planting indigenous trees on local conservation land and by offering free of charge energy retrofits to low-income families. The Atlantic Cup is the only sailing race in the United States to have offset its carbon footprint since 2012, with a total of 95.22 tons of CO2.

  • Final Results of the PBR Fishing Tournament are Announced!


    September 1, 2016 – Rhode Island The polygraph testing was completed earlier this week and after all candidates passed, the results are final! Congratulations to the official winners of the 2016 PBR Fishing Tournament!


    Striped Bass

    1. Russell Zivkovich - 150" - $5,000

    2. John Hanecak - 149.5" - $1,500

    3. Keith Darrow - 147.5" - $500



    1. Gary Stephens - 87"- $5,000

    2. John Davis - 83" - $1,500

    3. Howard Ward - 74" - $500



    1. Russell Zivkovich - 110.25"- $5,000

    2. Al Tremblay - 108.5" - $1,500

    3. Gary Stephens - 108.25" - $500


    Congratulations to ALL anglers who participated in this year's tournament. As you know, this was the first year of the tournament being entirely catch and release and we were glad it was a success. We hope you enjoyed the summer of fishing as much as we did. We will be sending out a survey soon days to collect feedback in order to make next year's tournament even better!

  • 5-Person team takes top overall time in 2nd edition of Race the State Presented by BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency

    1st and 2nd place in the women’s division separated by 47 seconds and brothers, Tyler & Josh Mason, take 1st and 2nd in the men’s division


    August 8, 2015 – Rhode Island – Yesterday, 75 competitors competed in the second edition of Race The State sponsored by BankNewport and Ocean Point Insurance. The multi-sport event created and run by Manuka Sports Event Management, a Newport, Rhode Island based business, had individuals and teams run 3.8 miles through Tiverton, paddle 1 mile across the Sakonnet River, run 12.3 miles from Portsmouth to Newport, kayak 5.6 miles to Narragansett via a portage in Jamestown and cycle 28.5 miles from Narragansett through South Kingstown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Charlestown and finishing in Westerly.

    The 5-person, all-male team, Island Idiots, finished the 53-mile course in 4 hours 37 minutes and 26 seconds an overall average pace of 5:25/mile. Team members included: Shawn Westoven (Portsmouth, RI), Dan Dytch (Newport, RI), Dirk Johnson (Middletown, RI), Mike Giles (Cape Town, South Africa) and Terry Halpin (Middletown, RI). The second team across the line was the 4-person team, Hot Club Harbor Seals out of Providence, RI with a total elapsed time of 5 hours 20 minutes and 47 seconds. The winners in the 3-person team were the Three Dirty Rats out of Reading, PA and in the 2-person division, the husband-wife duo, No Excuses, from Dedham, MA took top honors.

    On the individual side, brothers Tyler and Josh Mason took first and second respectively in the men’s division with Bethesda, MD native Scott Madden taking third overall. Tyler of Charlestown, RI finished with an elapsed time of 5 hours 44 minutes and 20 seconds. In the women’s division, Mill Valley, California resident Shawn Connell-Clark had the top overall time at 5:56:45, with Ashaway, RI’s Caroline Duksta a mere 47 seconds behind. In third place was Portsmouth, RI native Sarah Ethier.

    Complete results with splits can be viewed HERE.



    France’s #145 Eärendil places second, USA’s #118 Oakcliff places third narrowly edging out other teams

    PORTLAND, MAINE (June 11, 2016) – Spanish team #123 Tales II, skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, captured the 2016 Atlantic Cup title as they dominated the offshore legs and fared well in the inshore series. #145 Eärendil, skippered by French duo Catherine Pourre and Antoine Carpentier, finished in second place and #118 Oakcliff, skippered by USA’s Liz Shaw and Libby Greenhalgh (leg one) and Hobie Ponting and Andrew O’Donnell (leg two) placed third.

    The pair from Santander, Spain was impressive in both offshore and inshore competitions, besting the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, S.C. to Brooklyn, N.Y.) and second leg (Brooklyn, N.Y. to Portland, Maine). During the inshore series, they won two out of five races, winning the cup with a total of 69 points.

    “We are really thrilled about winning the Atlantic Cup,” said Botín. “The combination of offshore and inshore racing made it exciting and challenging, but we are really happy with the end result. The Cup is a great event and it is very important for the Class 40 to be successful all over the world, especially in America.”

    For the first time in its five year history, the race finished in Portland, Maine. Spectators from near and far watched the inshore races at the Eastern Promenade and enjoyed the Atlantic Cup festival, which featured a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer garden, kid’s activity zone, food trucks, local merchants and live music.

    “It was great to have the Atlantic Cup in Portland this year,” said Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling. “The buzz around town was very strong and it was amazing to see how beautiful our harbor is and how effective it can be as an attraction for professional events. We hope that the Cup returns to Portland in 2018!”

    The Atlantic Cup, the longest offshore sailing race in the Western Atlantic and the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the U.S., featured an international field of nine teams from the USA, Spain, France, U.K., Sweden and Canada. Nine teams started the race and seven finished; two boats dropped out due to personal reasons. The first all-female team in Atlantic Cup history competed in leg one of this year’s competition. The teams set sail from Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, May 28, stopped in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the second leg of the competition and a Pro-Am event (May 31-June 3), before departing on June 4 for the final leg of competition held in Portland, Maine, June 6-11.

    Official results follow below: