By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,612)
The best place to watch the third and final leg of the Atlantic Cup race from land is the Atlantic Cup Race Village at Fort Allen Park on Munjoy Hill according to a press release issued this evening. It’s a two-day event starting tomorrow Friday, June 10 and concluding on Saturday, June 11th. There will be live commentary during the racing from 12 – 4:00 pm The Race Village will be open daily from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Music will be provided as well as food trucks an Interactive Kids Zone and many vendors including Sea Bags.
Friday, June 10th will feature music from Downeast Soul Coalition and food from Ziggy’s Truck and Robyn’s Ice Cream. The Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden will be open both days and will feature a draught truck with PBR!
Each morning there will be a Dock Out Ceremony held at the Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial Street on the Portland waterfront. This will include live commentary and announcements as the boats leave the dock to head off to the race course. The Dock Out Ceremony will take place at 11:am on Friday and at 11:45 am on Saturday, June 11th.
Leg 3 is the inshore portion of the race which will take place on Casco Bay. The Race Committee is aiming for five races total which will include one drop race. There will be three races on Friday and two on Saturday. Inshore racing will be scored for all seven boats entered into the race; meaning first place will be awarded 9 points, second place gets eight points and so on. Racing will take place from 12 – 4 pm on both Friday and Saturday.
Inshore racing is a different ballgame from the offshore legs and with the overall points close, a lot is at stake there in the next two days.
“Inshore, I would say you have to be more aggressive in the start. Because in shore there is no tacking. If you’re going in a straight line, it’s very difficult to pass another boat because their speeds are very similar. So the start is very critical,” wrote Gonzalo Botin, Captain of Tales 11, in the same press release. The Spanish Team is four points ahead of second place finished, Earendil, the French team.
See two previous posts herein for more background information on the Atlantic Cup in Portland. The Manuka Sports Event Management company is based in Newport, Rhode Island. It owns the Atlantic Cup race.