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2014 Atlantic Cup pres. by 11th Hour Racing - Announces new sponsors

by Julianna Barbieri on 30 Apr 2014
Start of Leg 2 of the Atlantic Cup NYC-Newport offshore race. Julianna Barbieri
The 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing gears up for a Five-team Class 40 920 Nautical Mile Race from Charleston S.C. (May 10) to New York City to Newport, R.I. concluding with its Inshore Series (May 24-25) during Memorial Day Weekend.

The 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing announced today the final racing schedule and its five competitors for the fourth running of the premier U.S. Class 40 sailing event in the country. Teams will start in Charleston on May 10 and depart on a 685-mile leg to New York City. Following a brief stop-over in New York City teams will race a 240-mile leg to Newport, R.I., making The Atlantic Cup the longest offshore race on the east coast of the United States this year. The third and final leg will consist of two days (May 24 and 25) of inshore racing.

Teams confirmed to compete in the 2014 Atlantic Cup include:

#25 – Flat line - USA:
Kyle Hurley (Nova Scotia, Canada) and Frederick De Mosel (Belgium)

#39 - Plead Racing - USA:
Ed Cesar (Norwalk, CT) and Chad Corning (Larchmont, NY)

#54 - Dragon – USA:
Michael Hennessy (Mystic, CT) and Rob Windsor (Centerport, NY)

#106 - Gryphon Solo II – USA:
Joe Harris (South Hamilton, MA) and Patrick O’Connor (Buffalo, NY)

#116 - jeffreymacfarlane.com-USA:
Jeffrey MacFarlane (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and Jake Arcane (Scituate, MA)

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is pleased to announce five new sponsors for 2014 as well as ten returning sponsors from 2013. Joining the Atlantic Cup this year are: Iron shore, Schlitz Brewing, Harken, Interlocks and United Mileage plus Headliners.

'Iron shore’s Yacht Division is proud to sponsor the 2014 Atlantic Cup. As one of the fastest growing insurance companies in the world today, we support their message of environmental responsibility and sustainability in protecting our waters so future generations can enjoy sailing as much as our clients do.'-James Bishop, Product Line Manager of Iron shore’s Yacht Division

'Horn blower Cruises and Events is thrilled to be an official sponsor of The Atlantic Cup for the second year in a row. As major proponents of and contributors to innovative marine technology and sustainability initiatives in the New York area, Horn blower is proud to support the Atlantic Cup and all those associated with it. The Horn blower Hybrid, the newest member of our New York fleet and the nation's largest hybrid passenger vessel, epitomizes Horn blower’s dedication to sustainable marine practices and inventive water technologies.' Returning sponsor, Horn blower Cruises and Events’ Director of Marketing Tara Busser

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will aim to be the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. For the third year in a row, presenting sponsor 11th Hour Racing will help the Atlantic Cup maintain its status as the only carbon neutral event in the United States. Throughout the event, teams will use alternative fuel sources to power on-board electronics including using solar panels, and hydro generators. Biodiesel will also be provided for teams to use while getting to and from the docks. In addition, the Atlantic Cup will be a plastic water bottle free event with all teams required to use water tanks or refillable canteens for water. The Atlantic Cup will once again be aiming for Sailors for the Sea Platinum Level Certification.

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