Leg two of the The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing departed at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in a 5-7 knot southeasterly for the 360 nautical mile race to Portland, Maine, Saturday, June 4 at 12:05 p.m. ET. Oyster Bay, N.Y.’s Oakcliff, was the first across the line, followed by Portland based Amhas, France’s Eärendil and Sweden’s Talanta. After short-tacking out of New York Harbor, it was Spain’s Tales who exited first, followed closely by Amhas and Boston’s Toothface.
“It was a pretty exciting start, we had a lot of current coming down the east river pushing the boats towards the start line and only a little bit of wind to maneuver with,” said Hugh Piggin, Atlantic Cup Race Director. “We had a couple of boats that were about as close as you can be to being over the line, but they weren’t so the pack hit the line and then they were off. It really is a pretty good spectacle here, looking at New York City from the Brooklyn side with the boats in the middle, now we’re looking forward to a good leg and a good finish in Portland."
Approximately three hours after the start Eärendil suffered damage to their starboard rudder. Antoine Carpentier was able to recover the rudder and is working on repairing it. Eärendil has communicated it is their full intention to continue racing.
Teams will face light air conditions overnight tonight before a cold front moves across the Cape Cod waters Sunday into Monday, followed by a low pressure trough bringing with it 20-30 knots from the southeast. Currently routing is predicting for an early morning arrival on Monday, June 6th.
“Looks like it's going to be light to start so everyone's going to be trying to sneak around Long Island and we just gotta get around the corner because there's a big low pressure system coming again that's gonna blow hard,” said Micah Davis of Portland-based #127 Amhas. “You don't want to be going upwind trying to get around the corner so everyone's going to be pushing hard in the light air in the first 12-48 hours. Then we're gonna turn around the corner and it's gonna be a quick race."
Spanish entry, #123-Tales II is currently in first place with 18 points, followed by Eärendil, Oakcliff, Amhas, Dragon, Talanta, Toothface, Pleiad and Privateer. The Atlantic Cup is scored on a high points system leaving 18 points up for grabs in this leg.
Stay tuned and watch the teams on the GeoRacing tracker here as they race north!
|June 6||Teams Arrive in Portland||Finish Line off Fort Allen Park||TBD|
|June 7-11||Boats Docked at Maine Wharf||Maine Wharf||All Day|
|June 9||Kids Day||Maine Wharf||9a-1p|
|June 10-11||Race Village Open||Fort Allen Park||10:30a- 5p|
|June 10-11||Dock Out Ceremony||Maine Wharf||11:30a|
|June 10-11||Inshore Racing||Casco Bay||12p-4p|
|June 11||Awards Presentation||Maine Wharf||5pm|