Cleanup planned to prepare for 2014 Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup, the only regatta in America dedicated to a fleet of Class 40s, will kick off in May 2014 from Charlestown, S.C. The annual race includes offshore racing with shore-based events, and the sailboats travel the eastern seaboard stopping in Charlestown, New York and Newport. Last year Bodacious Dream, a Class 40 sponsored by Jamestown Fish, won the regatta.
For the latest edition, the Atlantic Cup is introducing a bay weekend, which will celebrate Narragansett Bay with a focus on community outreach and awareness. Bay weekend is an opportunity for local businesses and nonprofits to gather and engage the community with emphasis on sustaining Narragansett Bay.
Of the many organizations already committed to supporting bay weekend, Clean Ocean Access, a Newport-area volunteer organization, is spearheading an Atlantic Cup course-wide cleanup from the Pell Bridge to Beavertail to Castle Hill. Seeking 500 volunteers to assist in cleaning up Narragansett Bay’s coastline, anyone interested can contact Dave McLaughlin at email@example.com.
The Atlantic Cup features boats eliminating the use of plastic water bottles on board, utilizing hydrogenerators and biodiesel for fuel.