Jamestown Fish expands its sponsorship of Atlantic Cup
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.