America’s Cup makes its fresh water debut in Chicago this weekend

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CHICAGO --  The best sailors in the world are in Chicago this weekend to compete in the America’s Cup World Series.

The event is taking place at Navy Pier  and is making maritime history.  Lake Michigan is the first freshwater venue to host the race in the event's 164 year history.

Six teams will compete for the cup; the U.S., Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, France and New Zealand.

But before the big boats set sail, the Hobie Cats, mini catamerans,  were out this morning for the new members of the America’s Cup Endeavor Program.

Students from nine schools from across the Chicago area have been chosen to take part in the program which teaches sailing basics and life skills to kids.

Students were broken up into eight teams based on Chicago sports teams.

White Sox Chris Sale came out this morning with game tickets as the Sox team checked out its ‘Sale Boat.’

But before our future sailors get out on the water they took part in sailing drills.  The drills taught them everything thing they need to know to be safe and successful when they head out on the lake throughout the weekend.  Several pieces of stem or science technology, engineering and math curriculum as well as healthy living tips also played a part.

The A.C. Endeavor program started in 2015 in Bermuda, the home of the America’s Cup. This year it was expanded to New York and Chicago. Officials are expecting about 300 kids will go through the program in Chicago alone and it will likely keep going long after America’s Cup racing leaves the windy city.

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