From sleepless in Seattle to the city that never sleeps, after transiting the Panama Canal the teams are now racing to the bright lights of New York in Race 11: The LMAX Exchange – RACE of THE AMERICAS.
Celebrating the eighth time the race has visited New York during this tenth edition race, the fleet will be berthed at Liberty Landing Marina. Located at the mouth of the world famous Hudson River in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park, it’s easily accessible by ferry from the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan, as well as by the PATH train or Light Rail in Jersey City.
When the Race Village opens from 1000–1900 on Thursday 16 – Monday 20 June, visitors will be able to get up close to the Clipper Race yachts to discover what life is like on board in one of the free open boat tours, running from Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 June with additional race goodies on offer. They will also be able to hear about the Clipper Race experience directly from the people who have taken part during ‘Courage is Contagious’ Q&A sessions with our adventurous crew and race Skippers.
For those who want a taste of life at sea as a race crew member, why not become an ocean racer for the day and take to the Hudson for a day’s sailing? Exclusively for those who dare to take on the Race of Their Lives, join us for a 4 hour experience on board a Clipper 70 on Saturday 18 June.
During the fleet’s visit, crew, friends, family and visitors alike can also enjoy the marina facilities with two top-notch restaurants and a free dock-and-dine berth for a two-hour visit. With Manhattan a stone’s throw away there is plenty to explore, from the traditionally Jewish Lower East Side to Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown, the Upper East Side and the bohemian areas of SoHo and Tribeca, each of New York City’s rapidly-changing neighbourhoods has its own distinct flavour. There is something for everyone!
The Met, the MoMA and the Guggenheim are New York’s most famous museums, but in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, you will find some of the newest artists exhibiting after their famous Thursday night opening parties. New York is all about living the high life - with yoga, outdoor cinema screenings, street food festivals and city glamping all taking place on rooftops.
Skyscrapers and buildings such as the Empire State Building and Rockerfella Plaza are open until late into the evening for panoramic vistas. And one of the city’s newest attractions is the High Line, a former rail track turned urban park 30 feet above street level. Running from the Meatpacking District to the northern edge of Chelsea, the 1.45 mile-long walkway and gardens gives walkers the chance to escape the hustle and bustle below.
On departure day, Monday 20 June, the entertainment gets underway at 0945 EDT with the official departure and teams taking to their yachts in a spectacular ceremony. Come and cheer the crew as they set off on the next stage of their adventure, as the fleet performs a Parade of Sail on the river with the Manhattan skyline making for the perfect iconic backdrop.
The race will officially start near Ambrose Lighthouse later that day.
Details of all events in New York can be found here.
The fleet is anticipated to arrive between Sunday 12 – Tuesday 14 June and will berth at Liberty Landing Marina until Monday 20 June.
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