En route to becoming official, the Stern Sailing Club staged its first event to welcome prospective club members, and what an event it was.
On board the mega yacht Arabella, anchored in the Manhattan Harbor, the entire crew enjoyed incredible views of the city and a shimmering sunset over the water.
The 157-foot schooner style yacht was built in the 1980s to sail a famous actress across the Atlantic. That journey completed, the boat has passed hands, been updated, lengthened and converted into the luxurious mega yacht it is today, capable of sleeping up to 40 guests.
With directions straight out of an international spy movie, the invitees were instructed to first make their way to the Brookfield Ferry Terminal and across the Hudson River to the Manhattan Yacht Club, where there would be a launch boat waiting. A bumpy, exhilarating, and slighting wet, ride on a Zodiac inflatable dingy brought everyone finally to the Arabella, where top notch champagne and cocktails awaited.
It was just the start for avid sailors and founders of the club, Colin Walsh, Divya Singaravelu and Iryna Nazirbaeva, who already have ambitious plans of building a sailing community at Stern.
In the works are international regattas, including one scheduled in Portofino for the end of September, match races with Stern arch rivals, the Columbia Business School, and Yacht Week Croatia in 2019, along with other international sailing excursions.
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