Saturday, May 10, 2014

2014 Atlantic Cup Sailing Race Starts in Charleston

Start Line action photo for the 2014 Atlantic Cup Race
Dragon gives chase at sea
The 2014 Atlantic Cup Sailing Race is Underway from Charleston to New York and Newport!! When I stopped by the Charleston City Marina  on May 8 to visit with Race Logistics Director Hugh Piggin and Media Coordinator Julianna Barbieri, they told me that a fifth competitor did not make it to Charleston in tme to start the race due to headwinds. Therefore the 2014 fleet is a foursome of Class 40 sailboats, and some crews have more experience than others in the Atlantic Cup Race. There was talk of slack winds for the start early in the week, but by noon on May 10 the winds had filled in and sporty conditions allowed the fleet to use double-reefed mainsails at the start line. Heading into the Atlantic Ocean for a sleepless night of racing in favorable winds must be an exhilerating feeling, and the best of the 2014 Atlantic Cup lies ahead of them. First stop is New York City, and the shoreside events continue to offer strong support for this race. The final destination in Rhode Island is offering the most events ever in conjunction with this race that is said to be the most sustainable sailing race in America. They will have be using biodiesel when able, will offer composting and recycling of race office materials in an effort to stay carbon neutral. Here some more info and team details for the 2014 competitors, and we'll keep a close eye on the first sailboat to reach NYC!

To view past blog entries from the Atlantic Cup click on 2013 or 2012.

MegaDock flying Atlantic Cup flags
To view past blog entries about Charleston Race Week click 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

To view past blog entries about the Charleston To Bermuda race click here.

To view past blog entries about the Velux 5 Oceans Race click here.

Facts about Class 40 Racing

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