My dinghy’s bigger…
I was amazed to Find out that America’s Cup is coming to New York City May 7 & 8 after an almost 100 year absence! I am not a sailor, hardly a boatsman, and even famously not interested in being on the water for long periods of time. However, one of my favorite movie scenes of all time is the yacht club scene in Caddyshack (hence the quotes in this post)!
Nonetheless, this fantastic race can be watched in New York City (then Chicago June 10-12). Who doesn’t remember Team Oracle USA mounting one of the all-time greatest comebacks in sport, winning 8 consecutive races to retain the Cup against New Zealand in 2013? This week’s Find shows you how to join in on America’s Cup Action!
“Hey, you scratched my anchor!”
If you don’t already follow the sport of competitive sailing, you need a primer to get up to speed quickly. I suggest you start at the AC App which has the live Leaderboard, latest news, results, as well as video and replays of all the action. This app will be indispensable in order to follow the action as it happens. You will impress your friends with your knowledge of the America’s Cup and be ready for race Day!
“I christen thee The Flying Wasp!”
Get in Shape: Cityrow
1409 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10075
While there are sailing classes in NYC (lmk if you want the contact) the newest rage in group fitness is City Row. In case you haven’t read The Boys in the Boat or participated in crew, rowing is really, really hard work. I am sure you have seen those rowing machines in the corner of the gym that are rarely used compared to the treadmill or bike. However, enterprising entrepreneurs have developed Cityrow which recently opened its second location on the Upper East Side (the first location is in Union Square). The workout is billed as high intensity and low impact, including both rowing and mat work. The instructors make it a lot of fun and it is a great change up from Spinning (Soul Cycle) and Boxing (Shadowbox). After a few classes you will be in shape and ready for race day!
“Spalding, get your foot off the boat!”
Watch the Event VIP Style: QuintEvent
If you want to see the America’s Cup in style, contact QuintEvents who are the Official Travel and Hospitality Experience provider for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. They are great people to know if you like traveling for sports events, as they do Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, Formula One Racing, and more! They have a variety of packages but the America’s Cup Legends Club costs $600 per person and looks promising! It includes a perfect viewing location on the 14th Floor of Brookfield Place, which sits at the head of the hospitality venue and is the perfect perch for watching the race. It includes gourmet food, premium open Bar, guest speakers (Harvey Schiller – Commercial Commissioner of America’s Cup), and even gift bags. You will feel like a celebrity! For an add on, you can watch the race super up close and be on the water aboard VALIANT, a private hospitality boat run by them. The tickets are in limited supply so act quickly if you can make it. After all, NY’ers have not had front row access to the America’s Cup since 1920, so it’s definitely time!