2013-05-09 / News

Jamestown Fish expands its sponsorship of Atlantic Cup

Course takes Class 40s from South Carolina to New York to Newport

Bodacious Dream, owned by islander Jeff Urbina, will again partici­pate in this year’s Atlantic Cup. Last year the Class 40 sailboat fin­ished in second place. 
PHOTO BY BILLY BLACK Bodacious Dream, owned by islander Jeff Urbina, will again partici­pate in this year’s Atlantic Cup. Last year the Class 40 sailboat fin­ished in second place. PHOTO BY BILLY BLACK Planning continues for the third running of the Atlantic Cup, the nation’s first carbon-neutral sail­ing competition. This year one Jamestown business has expanded its role in the offshore race for Class 40 sailboats.

Organizers say seven boats will be on the starting line in Charles­ton, S.C., on Saturday, May 11. The fleet will sail to New York City for a stopover, and then pro­ceed to the finish line in Newport. There will be two days of inshore racing while the boats are in Rhode Island waters.

Last year Jamestown Fish spon­sored one of the race entrants, Bo­dacious Dream. The boat is owned by one of the restaurant’s partners, and it finished second overall. This year – in addition to sponsoring Bodacious Dream – Fish has ex­panded its participation by spon­soring of the regatta’s finish line.

According to Julianna Barb­ieri of Manuka Sports, the race’s organizing body, all mentions of the finish line will refer to it as the Jamestown Fish Finish. Also, there will be a Fish flag on the committee boat, and during the inshore races, the pin end of the starting line will be marked by a buoy with the restaurant’s logo. Another Fish buoy used as a turn­ing point will be afloat near the Jamestown mooring field.

As an added incentive for sail­ors, the team that wins the New York-to-Newport leg will be treat­ed to a dinner for four at James­town Fish.

“This year we chose to take a larger role,” said John Recca, owner of Fish. “By becoming a sponsor, we’re able to promote both the restaurant and the race itself. It’s also a way to promote the sport of sailboat racing here in Narragansett Bay.”

While Recca says Manuka Sports runs a good race, the main factor to expand the restaurant’s participation is because partners in Fish own a Class 40 sailboat. He also confirmed that Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl will once again be double-handing Bodacious Dream on the voyage from Charleston to Newport. For the two days of in­shore racing on Narragansett Bay, the crews expand to six members.

As part of the local festivities, Fish will host a party at the out­door patio on May 24 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to come by and meet the skippers and their crews. In the event of rain, the party will move across the street to the Narragansett Café, also owned by Recca.

“The idea is for people to meet the participants and try to promote the race,” he said, “and of course the restaurant.”

While the boats are in Newport, Barbieri said they will be docked at the Newport Harbor Hotel. The public is welcome to come and view them. Also, on May 23, race organizers will collaborate with Newport Film to screen “The Last Ocean” at the Casino Theater. Bar­bieri said the film is a documen­tary about the Ross Sea, a body of water in the Antarctic.

“It’s one of the last untouched marine ecosystems in the world,” she said. “A few years ago com­mercial fishing started there and it’s disrupting the ecosystem. The cinematography is amazing.”

A second class has been added to the inshore racing portion of this year’s event. There will be about 10 boats from the VX One Class participating on Narragan­sett Bay. The VX One is a two- or three-person sport boat known for its speed. While the 19-foot boats will be able to keep up with the Class 40s, they will have separate starts from the larger craft.

“The class came to us and said that they had a great fleet here in Rhode Island, and asked us if we would be opposed to having them race in the inshore series,” Bar­bieri said. “They will have their own starts, but they will sail the same courses.”

The award ceremony for the At­lantic Cup will take place on May 26 at the Landing on Bowen’s Wharf at 6 p.m. The public is in­vited.

“We support the race organiz­ers in building race opportunities for the international Class 40 fleet in the United States,” Recca said. “Bringing these boats to Narra­gansett Bay is a great experience for sailors and sailing enthusiasts, and it helps to promote Narragan­sett Bay, Jamestown, Newport and the state of Rhode Island as a pre­mier sailing destination.”

The race covers nearly 1,000 total nautical miles. The first leg from Charleston to New York is 642 miles and raced off shore, which includes a trip around the infamous Cape Hatteras on the coast of North Carolina. The coastal leg will be 260 more nauti­cal miles until reaching the James­town Fish Finish in Narragansett Bay. All teams must have an al­ternative energy source helping to power their boats, such as a hydro­generator, fuel cell or solar panels.

Last year’s winner was Mare, a German boat skippered by Jorg Riechers. Participating this year will be American boats Bodacious Dream, Pleiad Racing, Dragon, Gryphon Solo 2, Icarus Racing and LeCoq Cuisine, as well as the British boat 40 Degrees.

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