PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catherine Pourre of France became the first female skipper to win the Atlantic Cup when Earendil claimed a narrow victory following the final stage on Sunday.
Earendil beat Boston-based Toothface II, 77-76. Pourre and co-skipper Pietro Luciani of Italy dominated the two offshore legs and held on to a narrow advantage as Toothface II closed the gap with exceptional racing in the inshore series. The Portland-based Amhas, crewed by Micah Davis and Rob Windsor, placed third after a consistent performance in the two-week event.
"We could have been better on the inshore series," Pourre said. "Toothface was really great on the inshore series, and so was Dragon and Amhas and the others. ... I am happy to be the winner of course."
Toothface II, skippered by Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligne, made a late charge during the inshore series to secure second place and just missed out on an extraordinary comeback victory.
"We had a great inshore crew, and really picked up the pace," Dreese said.
Sailed in Class40s, the Atlantic Cup is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic at 1,008 nautical miles.