CLASS 40 – Manuka Sports Event Management is pleased to announce the third edition of The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will kick off May 11, 2013 from Charleston, South Carolina. The Atlantic Cup is the only dedicated Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. It is also the only carbon-neutral sailing event in the United States and in 2012 the race featured an international fleet of 15 boats from the USA, France, Germany and Great Britain, the most Class 40s to ever compete in the UnitedStates. Manuka Sports is also happy to announce 11th Hour Racing will return as the presenting sponsor and St. Mary’s Hospital for Children will be the official charitable partner for the race.
11th Hour Racing is committed to advancing sailing practices that improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and as part of their continued support for The Atlantic Cup environmental responsibility will again be demonstrated both on and off the water. Through a series of initiatives such as requiring teams to have an alternative fuel source (i.e. solar panels, hydrogenerator or fuel cell), eliminating single use plastic water bottles, recycling and composting at all hospitality events and offsetting carbon emissions post race, The Atlantic Cup will continue to be run as a carbon neutral event.
The Atlantic Cup is excited to bring attention and help raise awareness amongst the sailing community for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. In addition to being the official charitable partner for the 2013 race, teammates Ben Poucher and Tim Fetsch will race their boat, Icarus Racing for St. Mary’s Kids. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children opened New York City’s first hospital for children 140 years ago, and is today New York City’s only pediatric post-acute facility, helping New York’s sickest children overcome serious illness, injury, and complications of premature birth. Each day St. Mary’s cares for 4,000 children who are battling complex medical conditions at home, in the community and at its brand new patient pavilion at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children