The Atlantic Cup is a competition made up of three stages. The first stage is a long offshore, double- handed leg from Charleston, South Carolina to New York City. The second stage is a sprint leg, also double-handed from New York to Newport, Rhode Island. The third and final stage will be a fully crewed inshore series raced over a weekend in Newport.
The offshore leg starts in Charleston, South Carolina Saturday, May 11th at 2pm. During the offshore leg the boats will be sailed double-handed, which means there will be only two crew onboard.
The sprint leg starts in New York City Saturday, May 18th at 2pm. The race start is just off Ellis Island in New York Harbor making Ellis Island and Liberty State Park in New Jersey good viewing spots. The race finishes in Newport, Rhode Island just off Fort Adams. Again the boats will be sailed double-handed, which means there will be only two crew onboard.
The third and final leg is the inshore series which will be run in Newport. For this stage the boats will be sailed with a maximum of six crew onboard. The start/finish line for all races will be just off Fort Adams. The inshore series will allow teams to push boats to their limits. Points will be awarded for each race and the skipper with the least amount of combined points from the offshore and the inshore series will win the Atlantic Cup!
Leg 1: Charleston to New York Start – May 11th – 2pm
Distance – 642 nautical miles Raced Double-Handed
Leg 2: New York to Newport Start – May 18th – 2pm
Distance – 231 nautical miles Raced Double-Handed
Leg 3: In Shore Series in Newport May 25th & 26th – 11am-4pm daily