The sixth edition of the Atlantic Cup is set to begin on May 26 in Charleston, South Carolina. The organizers say two more teams have been added to make a total of eight. In about two months, another four teams are set to be added.
The international Class of 40 will have teams from South Africa, USA and France. Frenchman Tristan Mouligné is set to return for his fourth time. The very experienced sailor was the first to finish in 2015 single-handed leg in Newport. He will join Mike Dreese on Toothface II. The team which will begin at Charleston will sail to Brooklyn, New York for the second leg and a Pro-Am event before leaving on June 2 for the final leg.
Revered sailor, 2013 OSTAR winner, Jonathan Green will be among the popular faces to grace the event. British man Paul Peggs will join South African national Donald Alexander on Power of One. Peggs finished in second place in the 2011/12 Global Ocean Race but will be on the South African team.
This year at the 2018 Atlantic Cup, due to the North Sails partnership, there will be a ‘Ask the Expert’ feature where fans can ask questions about North Sails president and America’s Cup captain Ken Read, North Sails sail designer Steve Calder, Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Charlie Enright, and Pro Sailor Kimo Worthington.
Atlantic Cup Race Director Hugh Piggin is expected with the quality of entries this year. He opines that they will make the race “a very tough and hard fought”