America’s Cup sails back to New York, bringing with it six national teams to race down the Hudson River for a leg win.
Starting Saturday well onto Sunday, sailing teams from Sweden, New Zealand, France, Japan and the UK will brave the waters of lower Manhattan to improve their chances of finishing first when the series ends in Bermuda next year for the cup finals.
This is the first time the America’s Cup series competed again in New York after its last sailing competition held in 1920.
The US team Oracle is set to defend their 2013 title against the others and this foray into Manhattan waters may give them a boost of confidence and inspiration racing in the waters they best know.
Founded by Larry Ellison of Oracle, Oracle Team USA is headed by Andrew Campbell. He grew up navigating Barnegat Bay and is now the team’s tactician.
Commenting to NJ.com, Campbell is up for the challenge competing on the tight Hudson river course, saying that “it will be a small course but the boats and format are conditioned to do a lot of maneuvering. The stadium-style format is what we train for and the challenge is something we look forward to.”
Meanwhile, Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill is happy that the cup is back in New York raising awareness and following for the sport.
“There’s a definitely a bit of resurgence in sailing in New York, and I hope the America’s Cup will be somewhat of a catalyst to get people to the water,” Spithill said in a Washington Post report.
The end of the America’s Cup New York leg also coincides with the opening of New York Harbor’s new marina named the ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, Washington Post reports.
While other states in the US have nurtured the sport of sailing, New York has seem to have dropped its anchors. But with its improving waterways and docks, and now even a new marina, America’s Cup weekend competitions are out to boost following and interest in the spectators.
The America’s Cup New York leg starts at 2PM ET on Saturday and Sunday.