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New York Welcomes 2016 America's Cup

The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series is coming to New York in May 2016, the first time since 1920.
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series is coming to New York in May 2016, the first time since 1920. Video Credit: America's Cup

America’s Cup racing next year will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing.

The May 7-8, 2016 event is one of six World Series events planned during 2016, each featuring the six America’s Cup teams competing for the oldest trophy in international sport, America's Cup said on its website ( CLICK HERE for more).

The Event Village will be in the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza off Vesey Street in Battery Park Center on the lower Hudson River.

The technical areas for teams, race management and America’s Cup TV production will be based at Liberty State Park and Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City.

“Everyone is going to want to start the New Year off well,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “But all the other teams have been out training with the same goal in mind, so nothing will come easy this year.

“The New York event is going to be spectacular. Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, will be a huge hit," Spithill said. "New Yorkers are massive sports fans and I think this will be something very special: thrilling, top-level racing right in the heart of the city. It’s going to be a great event for the America’s Cup and a great event for New York.”

Practice racing in New York is on May 6, with point-scoring races on the weekend of May 7-8.

Four events on the 2016 schedule were announced as of Tuesday:

Muscat, Oman – February 26-28, 2016;

New York, USA – May 6-8, 2016;

Chicago, USA – June 10-12, 2016;

Portsmouth, UK – July 22-24, 2016.

America’s Cup racing was held in New York Harbor from 1870 through 1920. Beginning in 1930, the competition was moved to Newport, RI, where it remained until the United States finally lost the Cup in 1983, ending the longest winning streak in sport.

Since then, racing has been hosted in San Diego, San Francisco, Perth, Auckland and Valencia.

The May/June 2017 cup will be held in Bermuda.

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