© Billy Black

Our friends at Manuka Sports Event Management in Newport, Rhode Island have announced the seventh edition of the Atlantic Cup. The longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic dedicated to the Class40 will start from Charleston, South Carolina on June 10, 2020 and culminate the weekend of June 20 & 21 in Portland, Maine. Defending 2018 champion Eärendil (pictured) has confirmed their entry, along with three other teams with many more expressing interest. In addition, Sea Bags Maine will return as an official sponsor.

The 2020 Atlantic Cup will start in Charleston, South Carolina June 10, with a 648-nautical mile race to New York City. The race will stop over in New York before departing on a 360-nautical mile race to Portland, Maine. The Atlantic Cup will culminate in Portland June 20-21 with a two-day inshore series. Initial interest for the 2020 race is strong and this seventh edition looks set to be the largest and most international yet. 
Atlantic Cup Race Director, Hugh Pigginstated,“We’re very proud to be announcing the start of the seventh edition of the Atlantic Cup! The Class40 fleet has continued to grow in the United States and with the international racing calendar aligning we expect to see our largest and most international fleet yet. For a race that started as a concept and to have turned into the highly regarded, and internationally known event it is today is testament to the appetite for short-handed offshore racing in the United States and our thanks must go to our commercial partners that assist in making the event a reality. It’s therefore a pleasure to announce a continuation of our partnership with Sea Bags Maine!”

Beth Shissler, President and COO, Sea Bags Maine, said “ We are thrilled to partner with The Atlantic Cup, America’s most sustainable sailing race. World class sailing, combined with a sustainability mission and focus on educating children is exactly in our wheelhouse. We are so fortunate for this race to end in our great city, Portland and  look forward to this being the best race yet.”

With over 1,000 nautical miles of ocean racing, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic, the only race that includes both Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod and the only short-handed offshore race dedicated to the Class40. The race was created in 2011 to showcase short-handed, offshore racing with hard fought competition and exciting shore based events, while also being the most environmentally sustainable sailing race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup has been carbon neutral since 2012 and was the first and is the only sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.
About The Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup is a 3-stage, double-handed offshore race that spans the eastern seaboard of the United States. At 1,048 nautical miles, it is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic. In addition, the Atlantic Cup is the only race to include rounding both Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod.

The Atlantic Cup was created and is owned by Manuka Sports Event Management. It started in 2011 as a concept event and grew to a multi-stage race. Since its inception, the Atlantic Cup has been the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States and it is the first sports event in the U.S. to be ISO 20121 compliant.

The race is sailed solely in Class40s, a monohull race boat designed for shorthanded racing. The Atlantic Cup ran annually in May from 2011 through 2014. After 2014, the race moved to a biennial event. As of 2016, the Atlantic Cup’s stopovers include Charleston, SC, Brooklyn, NY and Portland, ME. For more on the Atlantic Cup, visit AtlanticCup.org.
Media Contact: 
Julianna Barbieri
Atlantic Cup / Manuka Sports Event Management
Cell: +1 917-693-1656
Email: julianna@manukasem.com