The German boat #115 Mare skippered by Jörg Riechers, Ryan Breymaier (offshore) and Charles Euvrete (inshore), continued its Atlantic Cup dominance over the weekend by winning three of the five inshore races, finishing second in the other two heats, and claiming The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing over a record setting international fleet of 15 Class 40 yachts. Mare was equally impressive during the offshore competition, besting the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, SC to New York, NY), and coming in second behind overall Atlantic Cup runner-up #118 Bodacious Dream (USA), skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl during the second offshore leg (New York, NY to Newport, RI).
Mare finished with 11 total combined points for the offshore legs and inshore races in Narragansett Bay, Bodacious Dream finished with 27 total points. With the victory Mare claims the champion’s share, $15,000, of the $30,000 overall prize purse, one of the largest in sailing in the United States. Only three points separated the remaining top-five finishers with Gryphon Solo 2 (USA), skippered by Joe Harris and Tristan Mougline (39 points) in third, winning a tiebreaker with Campagne De France (FRA), skippered by Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, (39), in fourth, and Initiatives (USA), skippered by Emma Creighton and Rob Windsor, (42), finishing fifth.
Mare co-skipper Jörg Riechers said of the win, “I’m very happy winning, it was a great event, we thought it would be a close battle between us and Talan Bureau Veritas but as it turned out Bodacious Dream was our stiffest competition and they raced a terrific race.”
The Atlantic Cup is the first carbon-neutral sailing event in the United States. For more information, and a complete list of the final results, go to www.atlanticcup.org.