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Atlantic Cup Race will end in Newport

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By Dana Griffin


NEWPORT, RI- Racing at up to 25 knots with Newport’s Pell Bridge in the backdrop, four teams are now vying to be the overall top winner of the 2014 Atlantic Cup.

Team Dragon was knocked out of the competition in the first of five Newport inshore races.

Dragon skipper, Michael Hennessy said, "We were in front of the rest of the fleet, probably leading by about seven boat links, feeling pretty good about ourselves. We just skimmed a little too close to the south shore of Beavertail and hit a under water rock formation."

Dragon was tied with Gryphon Solo II after nearly a week of racing. They're now headed back to Mystic, Connecticut, giving one of the remaining four teams a fighting chance.

Gryphon Solo II and are now tied for first place. It’s still too close to tell who might take it all.

Pleiad Racing co-skipper, Chad Corning said, "You know we had mentioned on the boat, that if we had been leading at that point, that probably would have been us that went aground so it's very unfortunate but, that got us into the lead."

Pleiad Racing claimed the first win of the day thanks to team Dragon's misfortune.

The teams have been racing just under one thousand miles up and down the eastern seaboard and it all comes down to the last inshore races in Newport this Memorial Day weekend.

"It'll definitely be anybody's race and we'll definitely have to be on our game to keep the streak going," said Corning.

Hennessy adds, "A fantastic day of racing; just sorry that it had to end so soon."

The final two races are on Sunday. There's a $15,000 prize purse for the winners.

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