Racing on the River

Racing on the River

If you are looking for an action-packed activity this weekend, head to lower Manhattan to see the world’s best sailors race the fastest boats in a high-speed competition on the Hudson River. May 7 and 8 marks the America’s Cup’s return to the New York Harbor for the first time in nearly a century.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing will see six international teams—defending champion Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR for Great Britain, Artemis Racing for Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France—compete for points toward the final competition, the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, in 2017. (The trophy was held by the New York Yacht Club from 1851 until 1983, FYI.) All six teams will race against one another at the same time in a fleet-racing format.

You can view the race from the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza as well as along the Hudson River waterfront, from Battery Park City north towards Pier 25 on the Manhattan side, and in New Jersey from Liberty State Park up to the Jersey City waterfront. All races will finish off of the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza.

The plaza will also be home to an event village featuring entertainment, a Q&A discussion on the event stage with the teams before racing begins, vendors, sponsor activities and more.

Racing will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A New York champion will be crowned on Sunday after the final race. The race and event village are free and open to the public with no tickets required. The event village will be open on May 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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