Acrobatica arrives first into Newport on the first leg of the Atlantic Cup!

The first finishers crossed the Newport finish line, just off Fort Adams in the morning hours on Tuesday, May 28th. After a back and forth battle throughout the race with Everial, Acrobatica managed to hold on for line honors crossing at 07:46:16 a.m. EST enveloped in fog. Their cumulative time of 67:46:16 signified a new Charleston-Newport course record, besting the previous best time set in 2012 by team Mare (78:55:13). 

Just 10 minutes 27 seconds later, Everial crossed the line followed by the youngest duo in the fleet, Sign for Com who reached the Newport finish at 10:00:12 a.m. EST. 

After a slow start coming out of Charleston, S.C. thanks to extremely light winds, the sea breeze filled in to carry the fleet out and onto their journey towards Newport. However, flukey conditions with variations of wind and stormy conditions persisted throughout much of the subsequent 48-hours. Those who were able to catch the Gulf Stream’s current and head furthest northwest had their positioning paid dividends– offering a quick and close dash to the finish line for the top competitors. 

After Everial seized Acrobatica’s lead in the late morning hours on Monday, May 29th– the Italian duo of Alberto Riva and Jean Marre pulled back ahead to reclaim their position at the top later that same day. With both teams notching impressive speeds, it was ultimately Acrobatica who held onto first-place.

Third-place finishers, Sign for Com ushered the second round of teams entering Newport. Upon what seemed to be a wide-open race to round out the podium, the young German pair of Melwin Fink and Lennart Burke played a straight, steady course– going the Western-most of the remaining fleet. The decision proved bountiful, securing the team a place on the podium just over two hours after the first two boats.

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