Bodacious Dream second overall in Atlantic Cup
Mare, a German vessel skippered by Jörg Riechers, Ryan Breymaier and Charles Euvrete, continued its dominance by winning three of the five inshore races over the weekend on its way to claiming the Atlantic Cup.
Bodacious Dream, a boat owned by Jamestowner Jeff Urbina and skippered by Dave Rearick, finished second overall.
“We thought it would be a close battle between us and Talan-Bureau Veritas,” said Riechers, talking about the French boat that finished eighth, 41 points behind Mare. “But as it turned out Bodacious Dream was our stiffest competition and they raced a terrific race.”
The Atlantic Cup is a threelegged event that includes two offshore legs and one inshore leg. This year the competition set a record with a international fleet of 15 Class 40 yachts.
Mare won the first leg, a 642-nautical-mile journey that took the sailboats from Charleston, S.C., to New York Harbor. The win gave Mare a two-point lead over Campagne De France, which finished second in the first leg, and a four-point margin over third-place Bodacious Dream.
But the Jamestown boat made up some ground after it won the second leg, a 231-mile trek from New York Harbor to Newport. Mare finished second, which meant that it would hold a slim two-point lead over Campagne De France and Bodacious Dream going into the final leg.
But Mare proved to be too much during the five inshore races off the coast of Newport, finishing the Atlantic Cup with 11 total points. Bodacious Dream – after finishes of fifth, fifth, sixth and third during the inshore leg (worst finish gets dropped) – finished second with 27 points, well behind the German boat. The U.S. boat Gryphon Solo 2 finished third (39 points), and Campagne De France finished fourth.
With the victory, Mare claimed $15,000 of the $30,000 purse.
“This has been a terrific event,” said Rearick. “We couldn’t be happier in our first race. We will take some of this prize money and donate back to the Atlantic Cup so we can support this great event and keep racing.”