The arrival of the Atlantic Cup fleet in Portland Harbor has been delayed by at least a day because of “horrendous” and “brutal” weather conditions at sea according to a press release issued this afternoon by Atlantic Cup officials. The fleet of eleven (11) Class40s was scheduled to arrive at Maine Wharf tomorrow afternoon around 2:00 pm. But as of this afternoon, that has changed. It’s all about the weather!
The fleet is now expected to arrive at Maine Wharf sometime on Tuesday, June 5th – time unknown because of the “treacherous” conditions on the Atlantic. (This as of Monday, June 4th at noon).
The fleet of racing boats left New York in fog and light winds. But those conditions changed to 30 knot winds coming from the northeast causing horrendous sailing conditions. The conditions have caused many Class40s to report damage to their yachts. In fact, Sam Fitzgerald of First Light has reported to Race Management that because of damage to its sails, it has retired from this Leg of the race and is heading toward Newport, RI. to assess the situation. The yacht is in no danger. Three other yachts have reported serious damage during this Leg.
“Amhas,” a Portland-based yacht at Maine Yacht Center, has maintained a second place position throughout the race that began in Charleston, South Carolina. She is locally owned by Rob Windsor who is part of the crew on Amhas. The hulls of Amhas and Toothface were built in Tunisia. Both were shipped to the Maine Yacht Center where a crew of experts put them together – including the electrical systems et al. One of those working on the racing yachts was Steve – whose comments I have misplaced!
The Portland leg of the race begins on Thursday, June 7th for Kids’ Day, June 9th and June 10, for the inshore race. Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 10, 30 minutes following the end of the race on the Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial Street. Fort Allen Park will be the best spot from which to watch the Atlantic Cup races.
The Atlantic Cup is the longest race in the western Atlantic Ocean – over 1,000 miles. It begins in Charleston, South Caroline and continues on to New York. In 2016, Portland Harbor was added to the 6th year old race for the first time. Earlier this year Shipyard Brewing Co. of the east end of Portland was added to the list of sponsors in addition to Sea Bags.
Cheers and Enjoy The Race Later This Week!
Please see previous posts herein dated May 16, 2018 and June 6, 2016 on the inaugural Atlantic Cup race to Portland.