Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Atlantic Cup : Gryphon Solo 2 Wins Atlantic Cup 2014 on Tie-Break

Atlantic Cup podium 2014: 1. Gryphon Solo 2, 2. JeffreyMacfarlane.com 3. Pleiad. Image copyright Billy Black

by 11th Hour Racing media

Gryphon Solo 2 skippered by Joe Harris and Patrick O’Connor, held on to first place overall in the 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing after a tight weekend of inshore racing.

Both Gryphon Solo 2 and JeffreyMacFarlane.com were tied at the end of racing today, however per the Notice of Race, all ties are broken in favor of the boat with the most points earned among the two offshore legs, which was Gryphon Solo 2.

Gryphon Solo 2. Image copyright Billy Black

The weather on day 1 of the inshore series delivered wind speeds consistently in the upper teens, but in day 2 the wind was variable from 7-12 knots making for a challenging two days of inshore racing in Narragansett Bay. Pleiad Racing dominated the inshore series by winning three of the five races, en route to securing third overall.

JeffreyMacfarlane.com in the lead in inshore racing. Image copyright Billy Black

Gryphon Solo 2 bested the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, S.C. to N.Y. Harbor) and placed 3rd in the second leg (N.Y. Harbor to Newport, R.I.). JeffreyMacFarlane.com finished 1st in the second leg and 4th in the first leg. Both teams finished the overall racing with 31 total combined points. However, per the Notice of Race, the tie is broken in favor of the team scoring the most points in the offshore legs, which was Gryphon Solo 2. With the victory Gryphon Solo 2 claims $4,000 of the $15,000 purse, one of the largest in sailing in the United States.

Class40s downwind in the inshore racing. Image copyright Billy Black

106-Gryphon Solo 2 Skipper Joe Harris: “It feels great, we really got off on the right foot by winning leg one. Going into the inshore series, I was nervous because the boat is very fussy; less than 8 knots and she doesn’t want to go more than 8 knots and she gets up and starts flying. This is my third Atlantic Cup, I got third place in 2012, 4th last year, so to have a win this year is terrific, the level of competition was extremely high, so it’s a really satisfying win”

Gryphon Solo 2. Image copyright Billy Black

Jeff MacFarlane, Skipper of #116 – www.JeffreyMacFarlane.com said, “I was really impressed with the boat and our crew, we didn’t make a lot of bad decisions this weekend. I’m happy, the boat was going fast especially considering after the first leg where things weren’t looking good overall, but we really were able to get it going. It’s tough to lose in a tie-break, but it this is good overall.”

JeffreyMacfarlane.com and Pleiad neck and neck. Image copyright Billy Black

Hugh Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director – “Once again we are very proud to have a terrific team with us to put together another successful event. A huge amount of effort goes into making this event a success from all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff. Every year I think competition can’t get any closer, but it does which goes to show how great this style of racing really is. We congratulate all of the competitors especially Gryphon Solo 2 in winning one of the closest grand prix regattas in the U.S.”

Complete Results: http://www.atlanticcup.org/past-results/2014-results

JeffreyMacfarlane.com and Pleiad enjoy closing racing. Image copyright Billy Black

About the 2014 Atlantic Cup

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. that focuses on being environmentally responsible and aims to be completely carbon neutral. The five-team field departed Saturday, May 10 from Charleston, South Carolina to race double-handed 685 miles offshore to New York City. Following a brief stop-over in New York, teams departed from North Cove Marina Saturday, May 17 to race 240-miles to Newport, R.I. The Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race along the east coast of the United States. In Newport, competitors took part in a two-day inshore series with a crew of six. The crew with the combined highest score from all three legs was the Atlantic Cup Champion. For more on the Atlantic Cup and its Green Initiatives, visit www.atlanticcup.org.