Joining the fleet of five announced Class40s is #81 Esprit Scout and the return of #127 Amhas.
#127 Amhas is an Akilaria RC3, skippered by Micah Davis. Micah is once again joined by one of only two people to have competed in every edition of the Atlantic Cup, Mr Class40 himself, Rob Windsor.
#81 Esprit Scout is the first European entry of the 2018 race and will be skippered by Marc Dubos. The boat is a well-seasoned Akilaria RC2 and Marc comes to the Atlantic Cup following a difficult Transat Jacques Vabre in which the boat suffered delamination of the hull. While the delamination required a lengthy stopover to make the repair, Marc made it and is planning to compete in the RORC 600 before heading north to Charleston.
The Atlantic Cup is also excited to welcome the return of the world’s leading sail maker, North Sails. North Sails, the largest division of the North Technology Group, is the world leader in sailmaking technology. North Sailsholds the patent for 3Di, a unique composite construction process that produces high-performance sails that approach the shape holding of a rigid foil.
North Sails is the sailmaker of choice on the majority of America’s Cup, Grand Prix, ocean race boats and Superyachts. North Sails offers a wide range of performance 3D and panelled sails for cruising sailors and is the world’s leading sailmaker for one-design classes with more National, World and Olympic Class victories than all other sailmakers combined.
Following the success of the 2016 partnership between North Sails and the Atlantic Cup, we are pleased to announce the popular feature ‘Ask the Expert’ will return, again backed by the North Sails Experts! This year fans of the Atlantic Cup will be able to ask questions of Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Charlie Enright, Pro Sailor Kimo Worthington, America’s Cup Skipper and North Sails president Ken Read and North Sails sail designer Steve Calder. Not only will the experts be answering your Atlantic Cup questions, but they’ll be previewing, recapping and giving their insight into how the racing unfolds. This expert commentary is unrivaled and we are pleased to deliver it alongside North Sails.
by Atlantic Cup