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Atlantic Cup teams ready for inshore racing series

by Tamarah Strauss on 10 Jun 2016
#123 – Tales II - 2016 Atlantic Cup Billy Black
2016 Atlantic Cup - Teams competing in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will take part in the third and final leg, an inshore racing series, consisting of five races in Casco Bay, Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 12 p.m. ET. The Atlantic Cup champions will be crowned Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine Wharf by Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.

Spanish team, Tales II, skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde won the first two legs of the Atlantic Cup, putting them on top of the leaderboard heading into the inshore series. The seven teams competing will each consist of six crew members on board.

To view the race, spectators are encouraged to head to Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade, where the Atlantic Cup festival is also taking place throughout the two day racing series. The festival will feature live music and race commentary, a Pabst Blue Ribbon draft beer truck and beer garden, kid’s activity zone, food trucks and local merchants. High-energy, groove-driven quintet, Downeast Soul Coalition will perform June 10 in the Race Village, and R&B, blues and classic rock band, Delta Knights, will perform in the Race Village on June 11; both bands are local to Portland.

“All week, we’ve had tons of people come to the Maine Wharf to check out the boats, meet the sailors and learn about the Atlantic Cup,” said Hugh Piggin, Atlantic Cup Race Director. “Portland has been great to us and we are excited for the inshore series to start; and we look forward to crowning the champion on Saturday!”

With over 1,000nm of ocean racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic and is also the U.S.’ only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class 40. The race started in Charleston, S.C., May 28, stopped in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 31-June 4 and culminates in Portland, Maine, June 6-11.

The Atlantic Cup is free and open to the public. For more information on the Atlantic Cup please visit website.

Provisional Standings

Leg Leg In Shore Races Total

1 2 1 2 3 4 5 Points
1 123 – Tales II
18 18

2 145 – Eärendil
16  16

3 118 – Oakcliff
14  10

4 128 – Toothface
6  14

5 127 – Amhas
12  6

6 54 – Dragon
10 8

7 95 – Talanta
8 8*

8 39 – Pleiad Racing

9 102 – Privateer


*As a result of a protest, Talanta has been penalized two positions on their Leg 2 score.

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