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An America’s Cup racing experience, right here in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- She is 80 feet long, with a mast 11 stories high. She carries a 45,000 pound weight 14 feet below the water, but is only 6,000 pounds above. She made a run at the America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2000, and now, for the first time, you can race the Abracadabra in Chicago.

This summer Paul Schulz and his Next Level Sailing co-founder Ryan Weber are bringing two high tech yachts – the Abracadabra and Stars and Stripes – to the Windy City and anyone interested in high speeds near the city’s shores.

Public and private charters take both boats out on the lake – for a true America’s Cup experience.

An ultra-light carbon fiber and titanium design coupled with some four thousand square feet of sales equals speeds not seen on any other sailboats on the lake.

Rides are expected to start in June, and if all goes smoothly, Chicago will become their permanent home.

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