May 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Nine crews are ready to start the Atlantic Cup, which at 1,048 nautical miles is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic.

A 10th entry, skippered by Louis Duc, will join the race for the second and third legs. He finished second in the Transat, but his boat sustained damaged and he won't be able to start the first leg Saturday.

The first female duo to race in the Atlantic Cup is Oakcliff Sailing's Liz Shaw and Libby Greenhalgh.

The first leg is to Brooklyn and the second leg is to Portland, Maine. The third leg is an inshore racing series on Portland's Casco Bay.

The Atlantic Cup, presented by 11th Hour Racing, is sailed in Class 40s, a monohull designed for shorthanded racing.

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