The Atlantic Cup, a 3-leg racing event for Class 40s only, is just over several weeks away from its arrival date in Portland Harbor. The Atlantic Cup race added Portland to the course two years ago. It is now the longest offshore race in the western Atlantic Ocean – over 1,000 miles long. It begins in Charleston, SC., goes to Brooklyn, NY and the last leg is Portland Harbor in early June 2018.
The Portland Race begins on Thursday, June 7th for “Kid’s Day; June 9th & 10th features inshore racing and the Race Village at Fort Allen Park; and Sunday, June 10th will be the day of the Award Presentations. Eleven (11) teams from nine (9) different countries will be participating in this year’s Race.
Race organizers recently announced that it signed on Shipyard Brewing Co. as its Official Beer Partner for the Atlantic Cup. SeaBags, chosen as a sponsor two years ago, will continue in that capacity this year.
As two years ago, there will be a Race Village on Fort Allen Park on Munjoy Hill. It’s also a good place from which to watch the Races.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring such a high quality of shorthanded sailors to compete in what has become America’s toughest ocean race! With seasoned European programs, veteran US entries and new teams coming up, it really does prove that shorthanded sailing in the US is in one of its strongest positions to date. It’ll be fascinating to see how these teams deal with the weather and navigational challenges this unique race course throws at them,” wrote Hugh Piggin, Race Director. (See above left photo of Piggin.)
PLease visit post herein dated June 6, 2016 for more background information on the Race. Please also visit post herein dated May 1,2018 for information on Shipyard’s application to the city to construct a 105 room hotel on its site.