America’s Cup organizers are reported to have scheduled racing for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series on the waters off New York, returning competition in the sailing regatta to the city for the first time since 1920.
The latest event to be added to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, is scheduled for the Hudson River on 7 and 8 May, organizers said. The New York event will follow the recently announced Oman event in February.
Jimmy Spithill, Oracle’s skipper, said he’s excited to return the trophy to the city where it was once “bolted down” at the New York Yacht Club, which defended the Cup for more than a century in what became known as the longest winning streak in sports.
“The racecourse for New York is probably one of the best amphitheaters in the world,” he said. “Between One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty, man, it’s cool.”
Harvey Schiller, commercial commissioner for the Cup, said organizers and sponsors were looking forward to visiting New York, bringing more attention to what they consider the top racing in the sport.
Schiller said the series would return to Portsmouth in Britain in July, with other regatta sites being worked out in Asia and Europe, potentially in Japan and France. The idea is to bring the series to the home markets of the teams that will be competing for the 2017 America’s Cup.
All five challengers: Artemis Racing from Sweden, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing from Britain, Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan, are expected to compete with Oracle Team USA in New York.
The team technical areas will be at Liberty State Park and Liberty Landing Marina across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Admission to viewing areas are expected to be free in New York, with fantastic views from the skyscrapers.