Atlantic Cup Announces 2012 Race with Third Port

After a successful “proof of concept” for The Atlantic Cup in 2011, they announced this week that there will be another race in 2012 and it will be bigger.

Manuka Sports Event Management has announced that the second running of The Atlantic Cup will kick off May 12, 2012 from Charleston, South Carolina. The Atlantic Cup is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. with a focus on running an environmentally responsible event. Additionally, Manuka Sports is happy to announce that 11th Hour Racing will return as the presenting sponsor for the next three years.

After the first running of what Manuka Sports called a “proof of concept” race in May 2011, positive feedback from competitors, sponsors and partners has allowed organizers to expand the Atlantic Cup for 2012. Charleston, one of the most historic sailing communities in the United States, will be the starting point for the 2012 edition of the Atlantic Cup. The 2012 race will showcase the top Class 40 sailors in the U.S. as they race a 648 nautical mile offshore leg doublehanded from Charleston around the infamous Cape Hatteras, then north to New York City. Once in New York there will be a brief stopover before competitors start the coastal leg of the race.

The coastal leg will take competitors along the same course as the 2011 race: 260 nautical miles, south out of New York to a turning mark off the New Jersey coast before heading north to Newport. Winning the distance legs alone won’t be enough to be crowned Atlantic Cup Champion. Once in Newport, competitors will race a two-day, inshore series with a crew of six. The combined overall winner of both stages will be the Atlantic Cup Champion. The prize purse will be at least $30,000, making it again one of the largest purses for sailing in the United States.

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