This is not the first time the iconic silver “America’s Cup” has returned to New York after a team of Australians beat Dennis Conner and the New York Yacht Club (the New York Yacht Club had held it since 1857) to break the longest winning streak in sports back in 1983.
In fact, Jimmy Spithill, the captain of the current defending champs (ORACLE TEAM USA who pulled off the one of the greatest comebacks in sports to defend the Cup in San Francisco in 2013) was photographed smiling with the Cup in front of the Statue of Liberty last year.
But that was only ceremonial. The real, exciting, dramatic, America’s Cup racing (that hasn’t happened on New York Harbor since 1912!) starts early next month.
The America’s Cup has always been a playground for millionaires and billionaires. And its always been steeped in intrigue and provided a heaping helping of style. And now that the Cup is contested in the some of fastest sailboats in the world that literally fly above the water at close to 50 MPH, you can add adrenaline-pumping excitement to the list.
But don’t just take my word for it. You should go see for yourself. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is bringing it’s special brand of high performance, hydrofoiling sailboat racing to New York City on May 7 and 8.
Read on my friends.