With less than two months until the start of the third annual 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, a special evening celebrating the race and its environmental commitment, Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change, will take place Thursday, May 16th from 6pm-9pm at View of the World at the World Center Hotel in Lower Manhattan.
The first carbon neutral sailing race in the United States, The Atlantic Cup is furthering its mission for the 2013 edition by bringing together some of the environmental industry’s most well respected voices to celebrate the Race and recognize the changing climate. Sailors for the Sea’s Founder David Rockefeller, Jr. will provide opening remarks. Global Green USA’s President Matt Petersen will moderate a panel entitled “Telltales,” a discussion about climate change at the convergence of land and water. This topic is “invisible,” intangible much like the wind and weather, which affects all of us and the sailors of this event. The panelists are the telltales: storytellers giving the audience a series of thoughts and perspectives.
The panelists are: Dr. Ben Strauss the Chief Operating Officer and Director on Sea Level Rise for Climate Central, Hannah Jenner, skipper for 40 Degrees Racing and Chip Giller, President and Founder of Grist.org.
“As sailors we provide a natural bridge between the oceans we play on and the land we live on. Running a carbon neutral sailing race, while being a major challenge, is a small piece of the larger environmental challenges we all face,” said Hugh Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director. “Adding this event in New York has been in the works for over a year and with 11th Hour Racing’s support we are delighted to be able to bring such a stellar group of thought leaders together to provide additional steps toward changing behaviors and setting positive examples that can be carried both into our individual lives and the wider community as a whole.”
“The Atlantic Cup represents the model for sailing events to come: focusing on the adventure and skill of the sailors and their interaction with the waters they sail in. The Living on the Edge event further connects land and water which represents the lifeblood of who and what we are, as humans: literally and figuratively,” said Jeremy Pochman, Director of 11th Hour Racing.
The host committee for the evening includes: Wendy Schmidt, The Schmidt Family Foundation; David Rockefeller, Jr., Sailors for the Sea; Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and Tom Glendening, E3Think. Tickets are available for purchase at http://atcuplivingontheedge.eventbrite.com