The wind has shifted (for the better, I’m guessing?) and now the remaining fleet of the Atlantic Cup is expected to arrive at Maine Wharf (across from Scales) on the Portland waterfront early in the morning, Tuesday, June 5th.
Unfortunately, two of the original eleven (11) starters in the race have been forced to “retire” from the race according to a press release just issued by Colin Bradley, spokesperson for the Atlantic Cup. The two are First Light and Esprit Scout- most probably because of equipment problems during the harrowing weather conditions during the race that began in Charleston, South Carolina. Both were forced to retire from the race around Newport, RI.
The remainder of the schedule for Race Week is as follows: Atlantic Cup Kids’ Day, Thursday, June 7th from 9:45 am to 1:30 pm on the Maine Wharf; Inshore Racing on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Awards Presentation will be on Sunday, June 10, sixty (60) minutes following the conclusion of the Race. The presentation will be on the Maine Wharf, below Scales. The finish line of the three-legged race will be off Fort Allen Park, on the Eastern Promenade on Munjoy Hill.
This is the second year that Portland has been invited to participate in the Atlantic Cup. The first time was back in June of 2016. The Atlantic Cup designed only for Class40 yachts is the longest race in terms of nautical miles – over 1,000 – in the western Atlantic Ocean.
Sailing conditions during this leg of the race have been described as “horrendous, brutal and treacherous” by Bradley, spokesperson for the Atlantic Cup. The wind has been estimated at 30 knots out of the northeast – horrendous conditions indeed.
Please see previous post herein for more background on the Atlantic Cup.