The America’s Cup returning to NYC on May 6th, 7th & 8th  for the first time since 1920 all eyes will be on New York Harbor either by land at the Battery Park Esplanade, in the sky from lower Manhattan sky scrapers or up close on spectator yachts. 


The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta in NYC is prologue to the America’s Cup Race being held in Bermuda in June 2017.  The America’s Cup Races are the pinnacle of international sailing, The America’s Cup has generated intense excitement and fierce rivalries for more then 160 years. The races will unfold in New York Harbor with the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the gorgeous Manhattan & Brooklyn Skylines. The NYC Races will bring the America’s Cup Community back to the city that has the longest connection to the trophy, which was held by the New York Yacht Club from 1851 - 1983.

Warm ups happen on Friday, May 6 and official points – counting matches occur Saturday and Sunday Afternoon May 7th and May 8th.  This racing weekend counts for one of the six events scheduled in 2016 that counts for the 2017 Cup. Presently the US Team – Oracle holds the trophy - winners of the 2013 America’s Cup.  

The history of the America’s Cup is very significant to New York City and to Classic Harbor Line. It was the New York Yacht Club who sponsored the build of the very first Schooner AMERICA in 1851.  The US was challenged by England, in conjunction with the first World’s Fair, to build the fastest sailing vessel.  The New York Yacht Club responded with Schooner America and prevailed.   

Today, Classic Harbor Line’s Schooner AMERICA 2.0 is a tribute to the original Schooner AMERICA.  Designed for speed and elegance and sharing the same lines and scale, guests can sail aboard a true performance schooner aboard AMERICA 2.0.  AMERICA 2.0 was designed and built by Scarano Boat building in 2011 – an affiliated company of Classic Harbor Line – as are all the boats in the Classic Harbor Line Fleet. 

Classic Harbor Line is New York City’s premiere and most luxurious sailing experience since 2002 featuring New York City’s newest most high tech sailing Eco-Friendly schooner America 2.0 , a tribute to the original America’s Cup winning Schooner America. On board service is only the most  premium food & beverage offerings like the acclaimed Chef Morimoto Sunset Sushi Dinner Cruise and City Lights Veuve Clicquot Champagne full moon sails.

For the upcoming America’s Cup in May Classic Harbor Line will be offering “Speed Sailing” for the first time ever that will be available on high wind days during the month of April and  May with alerts VIA @ClassicHarbor Twitter feed.  Classic Harbor Line will also be offering VIP  Viewing Cruises all during America’s Cup on board both schooner & motor yachts with all the luxury food & beverage amenities.

About Classic Harbor Line Sailing:   Classically designed yet sleek and modern, you’ll find the Classic Harbor Line  schooners inviting, relaxing, and soul-refreshing. Today’s harbor may seem as a bustling and busy waterway, but sailing is no stranger to New York Harbor.  Just a century ago, most of the immigrants who came to America made the journey on sailing vessels that glided past the Statue of Liberty on the way to Ellis Island. 


About Classic Harbor Line:  Classic Harbor Line is a national company with a collection of turn-of-the-century style schooners and motor yachts operating in New York City, Boston, Newport, RI & Key West. Classic Harbor Line offers the alternative to typical sightseeing boat tours with most tours on eco wind-powered sailing schooners that are never over-crowded.   In its home port of New York City at Chelsea Piers, Classic Harbor Line offers unique programming as well with special cruises like the critically acclaimed Official AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour, Morimoto Sushi & Sake Sail, Full Day trips to Bear Mountain.  Classic Harbor Line's parent company and builder of all the yachts is Scarano Boat Building in Albany New York where all boats are made proudly using only American-made materials. 

About Classic Harbor Line Sailing:   Classically designed yet sleek and modern, you’ll find the Classic Harbor Line  schooners inviting, relaxing, and soul-refreshing. Today’s harbor may seem as a bustling and busy waterway, but sailing is no stranger to New York Harbor.  Just a century ago, most of the immigrants who came to America made the journey on sailing vessels that glided past the Statue of Liberty on the way to Ellis Island. 


​You now have an opportunity to sail in this speedboat. Contact Classic Harbor Line at 212-627-1825 and for Tickets: 212-913-9991 click here to reserve your ticket.

Photos courtesy of Classic Harbor Line.

Classic Harbor Lines at Pier 62 offering Spring/Summer Sailing  and

Speed Sailing in May

Speed Sailing at the America 2.0 Yacht now available on Classic Harbor Lines for the month of May 2016.