Photo by Frank Schulenburg (cc 3.0

 

America’s Cup sailing returns to NY harbor this May 7th and 8th for 2 days of racing. The America’s Cup was originally held in New York from 1870 until 1920, but the race hasn’t taken place here for nearly 100 years.

First International Race for America’s Cup, August 8, 1870. Metropolitan Museum of Art (PD)

 

Six international teams will compete in multiple races which will take place in the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. Watch (FREE!)  from Battery Park City, Pier 25 on the Manhattan side, or head to the Jersey waterfront or Liberty State Park for prime viewing spots.

Photo by Christopher.Michel. (CC 2.0)

 

The New York Daily NewsBoaters will converge on lower Manhattan for two days of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races. The points earned during the matches will count toward the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, which will bit reigning champ Oracle Team USA against the winner of the multi-city lead up series.

Team USA is already guaranteed a spot in the 2017 finals — but they’re still counting on plenty of fans to pack the shoreline and root for the home team.

“We can hear the fans cheering. It’s like having a home game. It gives us a big advantage,” [Oracle Team USA skipper] Spithill said. Read more from the The New York Daily News here…

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, h/t WHC steering committee member John McClusky

 

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