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Tales II Leads Tight Pack to Atlantic Cup Portland Leg 2 Finish

The 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing started in Charleston, SC, May 28, stopped in Brooklyn, NY last weekend and is in Portland, ME, June 6-11. With over 1,000nm of ocean racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic and is also the United States’ only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class 40. 

The Official Guide to the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is available in the May issue of WindCheck Magazine and online

The Atlantic CupTales II, skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, won the 360-nautical mile leg two from Brooklyn, NY to Portland ME of the The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing! The win marks back-to-back offshore wins for the team and puts them on top of the leaderboard heading into the third and final leg, a crewed inshore series to be sailed this June 10th and 11th in Casco Bay, Maine.   

Tales II, skippered by Gonzalo Botín & Pablo Santurde, at the Leg 2 Portland Finish. The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. © Billy Black

Gonzalo Botín, said, “We’re very pleased with how we sailed the leg. Last night we had between 25 and 30 knots. It was fun, it was good — except we exploded one of our spinnakers and made a big mess.  The whole spinnaker was wrapped around the stay, there was sail all over the place. There was a piece of the spinnaker dragging behind the boat that we had to pull back on board. We were stopped for about an hour trying to get rid of the mess. There’s still bits of sail all over the place! But other than that we had some good surfing and good speeds.” 

Pablo Santurde said, "Compared to the first leg, this was tactically more difficult because of the light wind. The first half of the race was very light so it was tactically more challenging than just pushing the boat in heavy air. The first night it was very light so keeping the boat going forward was very difficult, that was the hardest part of the race.” 

After 54+ hours of racing the remaining 6 teams finished within minutes of each other. 3rd-5th place was a particularly exciting spectacle as Toothface, Talanta and Oakcliff battled back and forth passing each other over the last few miles only to finish 30 seconds apart!

The overall scores remain tight and the teams will need to take the next few days to prepare for the two days of inshore racing on Friday and Saturday that will determine the overall winner of the Atlantic Cup Presented by 11th Hour Racing!

Provisional Overall Results (points) Legs 1 & 2     
1 23 – Tales II 36pts
2 145 – Eärendil 32
3 118 – Oakcliff 24
4 128 – Toothface 20
5 95 – Talanta 20
6 127 – Amhas 18
7 54 – Dragon 18
8 39 – Pleiad Racing 4
9102 – Privateer 0

Portland finish videos are available here!

 

Events in Portland this Week

June 7-11          Boats Docked at Maine Wharf               Maine Wharf

June 7, 7p         Taco Tuesday with PBR and the AtCup   Amigos Mexican Restaurant

June 8, 8p          PBR Party with the AtCup                    RiRa Pub & Restaurant

June 9, AM         Kids Day                                            Maine Wharf

June 10, 11a      Dock Walk – Teams Depart for Racing   Maine Wharf

June 10, 10:30   Race Village & Inshore Racing               Fort Allen Park

June 11, 11a      Dock Walk – Teams Depart for Racing    Maine Wharf

June 10, 10:30   Race Village & Inshore Racing               Fort Allen Park

June 11, 4p       Awards Presentation Dockside               Maine Wharf

 

Sea Bags Maine Sail Drive

SeabagsGot on old sail? Give it new life & recycle it with Sea Bags Maine. Through the Sail Trade Program, the process of donating a sail is easy: just bring your used sail to the Blue Crew mobile truck at the AtCup Race Village at Fort Allen Park Friday or Saturday between 10:30a-5p or to Maine Wharf on Thursday June 9th between 9-12pm. 

Special for the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, Sea Bags will be donating a portion of the proceeds for the products created by the sails donated in Portland to SailMaine! 

Please e-mail Meredith@manukasem.com with any questions.

 

Win an Onboard Seat

Win the 7th man seat onboard one of the boats during the Atlantic Cup Presented by 11th Hour Racing Inshore Series July 10th and 11th. 

Raffle tickets are $100 each, proceeds support Friends of the Eastern Promenade. "Landlubber" option gives a SailMaine student a chance to win!

Only 100 tickets are available! Click here for more information. 

More Information

The Official Guide to the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is available in the May issue of WindCheck Magazine and online. 

The event's website is The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing

Receive updates this week at https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlanticCup/

 


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