Acrobatica Triumphs in Atlantic Cup Leg 2

What a finish! Acrobatica wins again with just 9 minutes separating first from fourth place in Leg 2-Newport – Portland!

After a very tricky two-days of racing, the Atlantic Cup teams raced into Portland this morning in a stunning finish. Acrobatica managed to take the lead overnight to claim line honors this morning at 08:56:52 a.m. EST. Just seven minutes and 31 seconds later, Vogue Avec un Crohn nabbed second-place, which puts them in a two-way tie for second overall in the entire competition.

The battle for third-place proved even tighter entering Portland Harbor, as dékuple’s William Mathelin-Moreaux and Pietro Luciani narrowly got past Everial’s Erwan Le Draoulec and Tanguy Leglatin at 09:05:33 to round out the podium. Everial crossed the finish just 25 seconds later for fourth-place. 

Atlantic Cup Race Director Hugh Piggin said, “It was a very challenging leg tactically for the teams with a weather system moving across the course. Today was one of the best legs in Atlantic Cup history. There were several lead changes throughout the race and even inside the harbor approaching the finish line where dékuple edged ahead of Everial for third place. With the system moving across the course, the teams dealt with breeze southwest to the northeast. They had periods where teams were flying their spinnakers doing 15-16 knots, and then they had a period sailing in very light breeze— fighting to keep moving. The lead pack of teams were within sight of each other the entire race, so there was not much rest for everyone. Portland has turned on a glorious spring day for us though, we really are happy to be here and put on some great coastal racing to come.”

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