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Atlantic Cup entries increase

by Atlantic Cup on 7 Mar 2012
Class 40, Atlantic Cup 2011 George Bekris http://www.georgebekris.com/
Atlantic Cup, presented by 11th Hour Racing, second edition kicks off in Charleston, South Carolina on May 11th 2012 with the first leg of the three stage race. Manuka Sports Event Management is pleased to announce an additional six teams have entered into the race. Teams from France, England, USA and Germany are all slated to be on the start line for what will be the largest fleet of Class 40s ever to race in the United States.

As previously announced, the Atlantic Cup will feature one of the largest prize purses for sailing in the U.S. ($30,000) and will be the first 'eco-friendly' competition of its kind, using biodiesel and hydrogenerators to limit the use of fuel during the competition and eliminating single-use plastic bottles in its hospitality villages.

Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Piggin, commented: 'The growth we are seeing for the 2012 Atlantic Cup is terrific. This year’s race is going to be an extremely tough and challenging competition for everyone involved. For the fans it will provide some of the best short-handed sailing the United States has ever seen. If you will be in Charleston, New York or Newport you will not want to miss seeing this many Class 40 boats lining up against each other. And just like last year we will provide up to the minute tracking and updates from all boats via our website and facebook page, making it easy to follow the Atlantic Cup whenever and wherever you may be.'

Competition Schedule:
• May 11 – Depart Charleston, South Carolina, for double-handed (two people on board) 645 nautical miles from Charleston to New York Harbor, New York around the challenging Cape Hatteras
• May 18 – Compete in a one day Pro-Am race in New York Harbor
• May 19 – Depart New York Harbor with double-handed 260 nautical miles from New York to Newport
• May 26 – Two days inshore fully crewed (six people on board) buoy racing held over the weekend of May 26 in Newport, RI
• May 27 – Event finish – party and prize giving at Newport Shipyard

Teams that have announced their entry into the Atlantic Cup include:
90 – 40 Degrees – GBR Hannah Jenner and Peter Harding
73 – Toothface – USA Mike Dreese and Ken Luczynski
85 – Groupe Picoty – FRA Jacques Fournier and Jean Christophe 'JC' Caso
109 – Masai – FRA Stephane Le Diraison
113 – Partouch – FRA Christophe Coatnoan
115 – Mare – GER Jorg Riechers and Marc Lepesquex

Previously announced entries include:
54 – Dragon – USA Michael Hennessy
106 – Gryphon Solo 2 – USA Joe Harris
116 – Icarus Racing – USA Tim Fetsch and Ben Poucher
118 – Bodacious Dream – USA Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl

The English entry 40 Degrees will be skippered by the accomplished short-handed sailors Peter Harding and Hannah Jenner. Harding started sailing at the age of 16, but jumped into short-handed racing in 2007 and has since completed four trans-Atlantic races and placed in the top ten in 13 Class40 races on 40 Degrees. The only female to skipper the Clipper Around the World Race and a third place finish in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre, Hannah Jenner is considered to be one of the top female short-handed skippers in world.

When asked about what she thinks the toughest aspect of the Atlantic Cup will be, Jenner stated: 'The Atlantic Cup presents a great variety of challenges for us. The combination of inshore and offshore racing, interesting weather patterns, ocean currents and intense competition will keep us on our toes. The stages of this race allow interaction between teams shore side and of course make for a great social as well as sporting event. We are very much looking forward to the Atlantic Cup.'

Team Groupe Picoty is made up of two skippers who combined have completed 12 trans-atlantic crossings. Jacques Fournier, formally the Class40 president, is teaming up with Jean-Christophe 'JC' Caso. Caso is known for being an expert technician and has managed four Vendee Globe projects since1996 and was one of the shore crew for Brad Van Liew’s first place finish in the 2010/11 Velux Five Oceans Race.

JC Caso expressed his excitement for racing in the U.S.: 'Jacques and I are looking forward to be in Uncle SAM territory, and take part in the Atlantic Cup! It’s definitely a pleasure to see some class 40s for a departure in Charleston, the race is gonna be really tactical on the east coast up to Newport via New York. We think all the crews will give their best to win; it will be a nice fight on the water and a nice cultural exchange with all the international crews. (ouahhhh big parties)!!!!!!!!'

French native, Christophe Coatnoan skipper of Partouch has been competitively sailing for over 14 years. In 2007, Coatnoan won the Morgan Cup and this past fall he completed his second Transat Jacques Vabre finishing eighth. This will be his first appearance in the Atlantic Cup.

Christophe Coatnoan had this to say on the appeal of the Atlantic Cup, 'The 2012 Atlantic Cup is perfectly integrated into the schedule as it is set between two Transats: Transat Jacques Vabre and Quebec St Malo. This winter, I was able to race the West Indies, and then keep the boat quietly in Charleston. The course is a key asset of the Atlantic Cup as well, because of Charleston to Newport, via NY, all these places have a feel of legend for us Europeans. Finally, this race will give us the opportunity to meet with the U.S. Class40 Atlantic Cup website
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