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Travelers Can Set Sail On Their Own America's Cup Experience

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The America's Cup is almost here, and now there are several ways travelers can relive the experience of yachting's most storied race. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

There are three destinations for those who want to sail in America's Cup waters. The first location is San Francisco Bay, the location of the 34th America's Cup this summer.

Visitors don't have to just sit it out on shore -- they can get the feel of what it is like to be a crew member aboard USA 76, which was previously owned and raced by Oracle in their challenge for the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.

Boaters can sail to the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. For more information on sailing in San Francisco, visit acsailingsf.com.

Those who head down under to Auckland itself can have a go at the grinders to hoist the sails, on board a former training boat for Kiwi sailors defending the 2003 race.

This year, New Zealand is one of the challengers. For more information on sailing in New Zealand, visit sailnx.co.nz.

"You are kind of experiencing the wind and the power of the wind first-hand and get into it and enjoy it," says Nick Holroyd of Emirates Team NZ.

America's Cup can trace its roots to New York City. On New York Harbor these days, sail on board America 2.0, a 105-foot schooner that's built along the lines of the racing yacht that is the namesake of the America's Cup.

For more information on sailing in New York Harbor, visit sail-nyc.com.

When America's Cup left New York, it set sail for Newport, R.I., where America lost its grip on the handle in 1983, the first time in 132 years and 26 challenges.

"I'm just coming out here to experience this beautiful yacht and relive the experience that Australia had many years ago when we won the America's Cup," an Australian tourist says.

In Newport, leisurely day sails take place onboard 72-feet-long schooner Madeleine or sail aboard the 12-meter yachts that actually raced in the America's Cup. For more information on sailing in Newport, visit gonewport.com.

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