Under beautiful sunny skies, with a terrific crowd cheering the teams on, five Class 40s from the United States and Canada started Leg 2 of the 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing at 12:05 ET today in a southwest 6-8 knot breeze with flood current on the New York side and ebb current on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.
Photo ©Billy Black
At the start #39-Pleiad Racing was first across followed by Leg 1 winner #106 Gryphon Solo 2. A huge right shift on the New Jersey coast benefited both #54-Dragon and #116-JeffMacFarlane.com. The Leg 2 course will take teams down the New Jersey coast to a turning mark near Barnegat. Once the teams make the turn they’ll head north for Newport, RI.
The Atlantic Cup Expert Weighs in on what teams can expect in the first 24-hours.
The passage to Barnegat Light is going to be the most challenging any Atlantic Cup fleet has ever seen. As we can see there have already been a few lead changes. After a sustained period of light winds upon exiting the harbor, it looks like the boats that have hugged the Jersey Shore, have made the right decision and have the advantage. It’s still a very tightly grouped pack and this leg is setting up to be anyone's game.
Once the teams round the mark, they'll reach towards Montauk into a diminishing breeze. The light air will fill in from the west around noon tomorrow so my advice to the teams would be sail fast, take chances and the team that can squeeze the most boat speed out of light breeze will prevail.
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