The America’s Cup Returns to New York

For the first time in almost 100 years, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will take place in New York City. Held on May 7th and 8th, the event features what’s known as a preliminary competition between the U.S., France, Japan, New Zealand, Britain, and Sweden — the six countries competing for the 35th America’s Cup, which will take place next June in Bermuda. The races, according to the New York Times, take place rain or shine on the Hudson River between 2 and 3:30 p.m. both days.

Spectators are encouraged to watch the race in Battery Park City, and there’s no ticket needed to view. The winner of the races will be announced Sunday. Speaking ahead of the event, Sir Russell Coutts, the chief executive officer of the America’s Cup, said, “The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a celebrated homecoming for the America’s Cup, which was held in New York for 50 years, representing the sport’s first 13 challenges. The trophy was held by the New York Yacht Club from 1851 until 1983, widely recognized as the longest winning streak in the sport. When America’s Cup sailing returns in May, spectators will witness the latest, exciting iteration of the sport – an awe-inspiring blend of athleticism, technological advancement and keen awareness of nature.”

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