The boat holds as many as 50 people and, for a cost, is available on May 7 and 8.
NORWALK, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will rent its research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound™, for private parties to watch the America’s Cup yacht race in New York Harbor on May 7 and 8.
Cost for each eight-hour day is $8,000, and the boat holds as many as 50 people.
The boat will depart from Newport Marina in Jersey City, NJ (across from lower Manhattan), close to the yachts as they race between the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. Each chartering party can self-cater their day, according to the aquarium. Transportation to the Newport Marina in New Jersey, and associated costs, are not included.
Maritime Aquarium’s Research Vessel Available to Rent to Watch America’s Cup
“The New York Harbor and waterfront parks on both sides of the Hudson River are sailing’s version of nature’s perfectly created stadium,” said Harvey Schiller, commercial commissioner of the America’s Cup, in a statement. “The harbor’s ability to bring fans so close to the action is what made New York the mecca of sailing 100 years ago and an ideal home for the America’s Cup more than a century ago.”
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races feature six international teams – including the United States and New Zealand – vying for points that will count toward the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda next year. The multi-million-dollar, high-tech catamarans can sail across the water at more than 50 knots (60 mph).
The $2.7 million 64-foot all-aluminum R/V Spirit of the Sound™ catamaran runs on hybrid-electric propulsion and has seating on two outdoor levels and in an interior cabin.
To charter the boat for the America’s Cup New York event or for more information, call 203-852-0700, ext. 2262.
For more information about public study cruises aboard the research vessel, which departs regularly from The Maritime Aquarium, visit www.maritimeaquarium.org.
Photo: R/V Spirit of the Sound™. Photo credit: Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk