Sample sail! Champion skippers hold exhibition race off Bridge Park

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Boating bliss: A boat glides past the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, after sailing from England to Brooklyn in the Transat boat race.
Bubble sea: A Transat finisher celebrates after arriving in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Friday afternoon.
Yeah buoy: A Transat competitor sails along the Brooklyn waterfront.

Talk about showboating!

Champion yacht skippers put on a show in the waters off Brooklyn Bridge Park on Friday, holding a short exhibition regatta in the East River after completing a prestigious trans-Atlantic contest.

Four finishers from the Transat — a 56-year-old competition in which 25 sailors single-handedly navigate their crafts from England to the U.S. — hoisted their sails for the event, racing around New York Harbor before docking in the park’s new marina, which officially opened at the beginning of the month.

Only 18 of the 25 competitors have completed the race since casting off from Plymouth on May 2 so far — and some never will, after waving a white flag due to the brutal conditions out at sea.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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John Wasserman says:
when did it become standard for BP to start all articles with a bad joke/pun like pitchfork?
May 24, 2016, 4:13 pm
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
We switched from good puns to bad puns in the late ’80s.
May 24, 2016, 5:34 pm
John Wasserman says:
Ugh, Ruth, that hurt my eyes to read. Its like pooping out thoughts on the keyboard.
May 25, 2016, 8:54 am

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