PORTLAND (WGME) — Two Maine sailors are steering the Amhas from Charleston, South Carolina to place they call home.
“The Atlantic Cup is my favorite event in the us by far,” Amhas co-skipper Rob Windsor said. “For it to end in a place where people actually care that we’re coming is cool.”
The Amhas, a boat named by skipper, Micah Davis, is an old Gaelic word known as a seabird seen in the north Atlantic.
“There are some other interpretations as well and they aren’t necessary inaccurate in terms of the description of the guy sailing the boat,” Davis said.
“It’s also a crazy person. We’ve been arguing which one it should be. We put a bird on the side of the boat. I like the crazy person better,” Windsor said.
Windsor has been in all six Atlantic Cups, teaming up with Davis for a second time.
“[Rob is] a really good sailor and excellent at making the boats go quickly. And when you’re off shore a lot of the difference is how hard you want to work. And he is tireless, which is terrific,” Davis said.
Amhas was built in Tunisia, but crafted in Portland at Maine Yacht Center.
A boat built to take a beating, Davis says between the design and configuration, it’s able to compete all around
“She’s good on every angle of wind. She’s not the fastest boat up wind but very competitive. Not the fastest boat downwind but competitive and anytime we’re reaching something it’s pretty quick. It’s a good all-around boat,” Davis said.
While both say it’ll feel extra special to finish at home, the two Mainers have their eye on the podium.
“We’ve sailed that boat hard for many, many miles. And we always laugh she tougher than we are. So, we’re in good hands,” Davis said.