Racing for the famed Americas Cup trophy was held off New York from 1870 to 1920; this weekend - 96 years later, six teams with the new AC45F's era of foiling catamarans sailed the Hudson River once again, with thousands of spectators lining the banks.
J Class Yachts Ranger (J5) & Topaz (J8) in NYC - reminiscent of a bygone era of America's Cup racing
J Class Topaz sails past the Statue of Liberty - NYC
What a spectacle the crowds witnessed! Exceptional racing, some seriously exciting tactical passing moves tucked in close - these 45 foot catamarans hydrofoiling at high speeds..it certainly was a show for the throngs of cheering crowds!
After a delay on Saturday due to light winds, a 'substitute race' took place in the afternoon during an extended race window, which could count towatrds final points if any race on Sunday was cancelled.
As it turned out, Sunday brought improved conditions and three afternoon races, to the delight of the estimated 100,000 spectators! No lead was ever safe as the wind shifted through wide arcs from the west to the north and ranged anywhere from 5 to 20 knots, with strong tidal currents to add to the excitement.
Oracle Team USA
Land Rover BAR (UK)
Winners Emirates team New Zealand
In a thrilling winner-takes-all final race, Emirates Team New Zealand unhooked itself from a starting buoy to win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York with the high score of 52 points, followed closely by Oracle team USA with 50 points.
The AC World Series moves onto Chicago for June 10-12, then heading on to Europe for events in England in July and France in September.
Overall Standings after 5 events are as follows:
1. Emirates Team New Zealand – 244 points
2. ORACLE TEAM USA – 236 points
3. Land Rover BAR – 227 points
4. SoftBank Team Japan – 203 points
5. Artemis Racing – 201 points
6. Groupama Team France – 194 points
Images courtesy of world renown photographer Cory Silken.