11th Hour Racing returns as presenting sponsor, Water Week NYC and Bay Weekend Newport Announced Dragon, Pleiad Racing and Gryphon Solo 2 are early confirmed entries with 6 other US and international teams expressing interest November 21, 2013 – Newport, Rhode Island – Manuka Sports Event Management is pleased to announce the fourth running of [...]
The only boat to compete in all four editions of the Atlantic Cup, Mike Hennessy will be back racing Dragon for the in the 2014 Atlantic Cup! Hennessy raced Dragon with two different co-skippers in 2012 finishing 6th overall and in 2013 Mike raced with his 2011 co-skipper Rob Windsor.
For the 2014 season Dragon has a full schedule planned. She’ll race in the Atlantic Cup, followed by the Newport-Bermuda race and the Route du Rhum in the fall of 2014.
- Age: 45
- Hometown: Mystic, CT
- Age Started Sailing: 4
- Describe yourself in one word: Happy
- What are your sailing strengths?: Organization, preparation, navigation, and determination
- Career Highlights:
2nd – 2011 Atlantic Cup
6th – 2012 Atlantic Cup
2nd – 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race
6th – 2013 Atlantic Cup
Did you go to University?
Describe yourself in one word.
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?
Rowed Crew in college
How did you get into competitive sailing?
As an adult, entering my C+C 35 III in the Around Long Island Race.
Describe sailing to you in one word.
In what way are you superstitious before a race?
No particular superstitions.
Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:
What is one of your goals for your sailing career?
I am living my goals.
What are your sailing strengths?
Organization, preparation, navigation, determination.
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?
I like everything about being offshore. The solitude, the beauty, the challenge…its all great. There is really nothing about it that I don’t enjoy.
What is your favorite sports team?
I am more about the short handed sailors. Mich, Thomas, Francis.
What is your favorite type of music?
Anything. Shuffle is an awesome feature.
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite?
A few slices of saucison sec and a hunk of Parmesan cheese helps alleviate the boredom of freeze dried.
What is your favorite movie line?
Currently? “Release the Kraken!”
What do you do to relax during your free time?
Do you have any hidden talents (i.e. juggling, rock climbing, dancing, cooking)?
I keep my talents at procrastination well hidden.
When you’re in the open ocean what is the biggest concern for the boat?
Racing shorthanded on boats likes these, you don’t worry about one “big” thing but instead the accumulation of hundreds of smaller things. Whenever things go pear shaped, it is because there has been a cascade of errors that could have started with something as simple as not having done your morning check of the boat.
Is the mental or physical aspect of the Atlantic Cup hardest?
Keeping the focus for days on-end. With inshore racing you have a concentrated period where you are fully committed to the boat and the race. But with a race like the Atlantic Cup you need to keep on it for hour after hour.
In one word describe the Atlantic Cup experience.
One word is hardly adequate to describe the fast, competitive, challenging, fun Atlantic Cup experience.
What is your biggest fear being alone on deck?
Being alone on deck is something to embrace, not fear.
What does carbon neutrality mean to you?
Leaving no trace as we slide across the globe, other than the wake that fades behind us.
Jamestown, R.I. Boat #118 Bodacious Dream wins Second Leg, New York to Newport, R.I., of The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing The entire fleet finished the 231 nautical mile leg within 45 minutes and 20 seconds of each other, closest Finish in Atlantic Cup History Newport Inshore Series May 25-26, Final Prize Giving [...]
With a fleet of seven Class 40s competing in The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing #118 Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, crossed the finish line first at 21:06:15 ET on Tuesday, May 15, with an elapsed time of 78:55:13 to complete the 642 nautical mile first off-shore leg of [...]
3rd Annual Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing Sets Sail on 648 nautical mile first leg to NYC Fleet to race to NY Harbor until Pro-Am on May 18, followed by Final Leg to Newport, RI on May 19 and In-shore Series, May 26-27 Charleston, SC – Seven teams from the United States [...]