New York’s Hudson River will become a huge outdoor arena May 7 as the America’s Cup World Series, one of sailing’s premier events, comes to New York. It is the first time since 1920 that an America’s Cup event has been staged here. The race is a lead-up to the 2017 America’s Cup championship in Bermuda.
“There’s no other stadium in New York where you can go and watch for free with your family,” said Oracle Team skipper Jimmy Spithill. “You can come down to the stadium, and it’s right in front of you, and it’s free.”
Saturday and Sunday May 7-8 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Races will be viewable from:
— Brookfield Place Waterfront, 230 Vesey Street, along the iconic Hudson River waterfront and across from the Statue of Liberty.
— Pier 25 on the Manhattan side in Battery Park City North.
— Liberty State Park
— Jersey City waterfront
Six teams compete in the Louis Vitton America’s Cup World Series, listed by current standings:
1. Emirates Team, New Zealand 192
2. Oracle Team, United States *186
3. Land Rover BAR, United Kingdom 185
4. SoftBank Team, Japan 161
5. Artemis Racing, Sweden 161
6. Groupama Team, France 150
*Oracle Team has already clinched berth in the finals as defending champion.
ABOUT THE BOATS
Racers will be sailing AC45F Class catamarans, a new version of the old AC45. The catamaran, a multi-hulled craft, flies above the water on hydrofoils and can reach speeds near 40 miles per hour. A crew of five will man each vessel.
New York is the second stop in the Louis Vitton World Series. Races were held in Muscat, Oman, in February. Chicago will host in June, followed by Portsmouth, UK, in July, Toulon, France, in September, and Asia in mid-November.
The winner of each race on May 7 will be given 10 points, with second place earning nine, third place earning eight, and so on. Those points totals are doubled on May 8. The overall results will reflect all races and events to date.
The leader at the conclusion of the World Series will earn two bonus points toward qualifying events that will lead to the America’s Cup championship in Bermuda.
An event village will be set up at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, which will be open all weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be live entertainment, vendors and sponsor activities, all of which are free to the public.