Joined at the ship! Pro and amateur sailors team up for boat race

And they’re off: Competitors race in the Atlantic Cup Pro-Am off Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 2.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

They seas-ed the day!

Competitors from big-deal boat race the Atlantic Cup teamed up with amateur sailors on June 2 for a pro-am race off Brooklyn Bridge Park, and some the greenhorn skippers say it was an amazing opportunity to take in the views from New York Harbor.

“It’s a special feeling when you are on a boat looking out on New York City,” said Edward Sturm, who competed with his buddy Michael Sorace. “We get a view that most people don’t get, and it’s really amazing.”

The pros were taking a pit stop at the park’s new marina in between legs of the race — after sailing from South Carolina and before heading off for Maine on June 4 — and organizers said it made for a great addition to the route.

“It’s a fabulous spot and the water is calm, making a great place to sail” said Atlantic Cup spokeswoman Julianna Barbieri.

They left again on June 4, headed for Maine.

The Atlantic Cup started in 2011 and is the longest offshore race on the east coast.

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