Kids’ Day at Atlantic Cup Teaches Them to Care for the Ocean


Dave Rearick,  Director of the Kids’ Program for the Atlantic Cup on Maine Wharf, Today in Portland.

The Navigation Station in the Cabin of Toothface 2.

Teacher Amanda Butcher, Teacher at Hall School, With Three of Her Students Today.  Ms. Butcher Brought Students in 2016 to Kids’ Program and Said it Was “Amazing.”

Ibrahim, Nazar, and Daria, Third Grade School Students at Presumpscot School.

Rob Windsor, Crew on Amhas, Today. He’s a Professional Sailor Who Has Crewed in All  Six Atlantic Cup Races.  This is His Second Race on Amhas.

Public School Students on Board Toothface 2 Learning About Sailing and Taking Care of the Ocean Today.

“The message for Kids’ Day is to educate them about the ocean and how to care for it,” said Dave Rearick, Director of the Kids’ Program today at the Maine Wharf, Portland.  About three hundred (300) students from Hall and Presumpscot Schools attended the activities today.  Since April about 2,000 kids have benefited from the Kids’ Day event.  “It’s one of the best things we do,” said Hugh Piggin, Race Organizer, for the Atlantic Cup.

The third leg of the Atlantic Cup starts on Saturday, June 9th and runs from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm and Sunday, June 10th from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm as well.   Sailors will have to switch their boats to an inshore mode and race with a crew of six.  Some of that crew had arrived today and Dragon was leaving the dock early this afternoon to practice the added crew members.  The best place from which to view the Race is Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade on Munjoy Hill.

The award presentation will happen sixty (60) minutes after the race ends on Sunday.  The Champion will be announced at the Maine Wharf – where the yachts are currently docked.  The combined overall winner of all three (3) legs will be named Atlantic Cup champion Sunday afternoon.

Currently, in first place is the French yacht Earendil, owned and captioned by Catherine Pourre.  Tied for second place are Amhas and Toothface 2.  The home marina for Amhas is Maine Yacht Center, (“MYC”) and Toothface is based in Boston.  They are sister ships with both hulls built in Tunisia and the rest of the work done at MYC.

“I was once in a catamaran that cracked in the middle and sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,” Rob Windsor said this afternoon. Windsor is co-skipper on Amhas.   He and his father were rescued by helicopter.  Both of Windsor’s hands were severely swollen this afternoon.  He said it was because he had worn a survivor’s suit during the Race that was too tight for him.

As to the recent challenge issued by Tristan Mouligne, of Toothface 2, to beat Amhas for the second place overall, Windsor responded:  “We’ll win.  We are better than they are!”  Please visit post herein dated June 5, 2018 for more information on the challenge issued by Mouligne.  Most of the Race Amhas had occupied second place alone.  But she ran into equipment problems off New York and lost l l/2 hours to make the repairs to the stay sail tack line.  Now the sister yachts are tied at 34 points apiece. And they are dueling it out!

At another location on the Maine Wharf,  Mike Dreese, Caption of Toothface 2, was demonstrating some of the high tech equipment aboard his yacht.  “Please don’t use plastic bags and plastic water bottles,” he urged the middle schoolers.They get tangled up with whales and especially dolphins and sea turtles.  We see lots of balloons – like birthday and other holiday balloons at sea.,” he said.

Please visit previous posts herein on the Atlantic Cup race dated June 5, 4 and 3, 2018.