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Champagne and Catamarans: The America’s Cup in New York Harbor

For the first time since 1920, the America’s Cup has returned to the Hudson River, bringing with it teams from six nations to race in high-tech catamarans in front of over 70,000 spectators. After a tepid day on Saturday, the boats found enough wind for a thrilling race on Sunday—and throughout, VIP viewers crowded party yachts sponsored by top tier luxury brands like Bremont and Moet, loaded with champagne and shrimp cocktail.

  1. Team Colbert
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    Team Colbert

    Stephen Colbert, host the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," rides on the back of Oracle Team USA's catamaran during practice for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series on Friday, May 6, 2016. 

    Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

  2. Practice Day
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    Practice Day

    Team catamarans sail on the Hudson River with Manhattan as a backdrop during practices. 

    Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

  3. Land Rover at Sea
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    Land Rover at Sea

    Spectators watch the practices aboard the Land Rover hospitality boat.

    Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

  4. A View of the Harbor
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    A View of the Harbor

    The view from the Land Rover hospitality boat shows the racing teams struggling through the bad weather. 

    Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

  5. The Moet & Chandon Boat
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    The Moet & Chandon Boat

    Spectators drink champagne in gold cups aboard the Moet & Chandon private boat on Saturday, May 7, 2016. 

    Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

  6. Team Oracle
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    Team Oracle

    Oracle Team USA sails during Day 1 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Race. After this weekend, there are four more races during which teams can earn points before the final race in Bermuda in 2017. Team Oracle is currently in second place.

    Photographer: Al Bello/Getty Images

  7. 1 World Trade Center
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    1 World Trade Center

    Boats like the Moet & Chandon VIP charter afforded incredible views of Lower Manhattan. 

    Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

  8. Team Land Rover BAR
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    Team Land Rover BAR

    Team Land Rover BAR sails on Saturday, May 7. After this weekend, Land Rover BAR trails in third place.

    Photographer: DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images

  9. Vineyard Vines Party
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    Vineyard Vines Party

    Spectators enjoy the raw bar at the Vinyard Vines Party at Pier A Harbor House on Saturday, May 7, 2016. 

    Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

  10. Team Land Rover BAR
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    Team Land Rover BAR

    The British  Land Rover BAR Team Great Britain sails past lower Manhattan.

    Photographer: Al Bello/Getty Images

  11. Team New Zealand and Team Japan
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    Team New Zealand and Team Japan

    Emirates Team New Zealand (L) and SoftBank Team Japan pass one another in the harbor. At the end of Sunday, New Zealand pulled ahead to win the weekend.

    Photographer: DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images

  12. Team Japan
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    Team Japan

    Softbank Team Japan sails through choppy waters.

    Photographer: Al Bello/Getty Images

  13. The Winners
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    The Winners

    Emirates Team New Zealand celebrates their win during Day 2 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Racing.

    Photographer: Elsa/Getty Images