The Liberty Challenge
The Liberty Challenge hosted by New York Outrigger is the largest outrigger regatta on the East Coast. Over the past sixteen years, the Liberty Challenge has grown to become one of the most prestigious outrigger canoe races in the world. The race is unique among world outrigger regattas as it takes place in a bustling urban harbor.
Each summer crews from across the country, Europe and the Pacific travel to New York City to compete in its kinetic waters. Crews not only have to gauge the strong tidal currents with their dramatic and sudden shifts, but they must also negotiate the vast number of ferries, cruise ships, tour boats, barges, tankers and pleasure craft that fill New York Harbor, the East River and the Hudson River. Men, women, and co-ed crews race along a challenging and visually-stunning course, which includes landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Ellis Island. The regatta is comprised of three races run in heats over the course of the day. The men’s and women’s races cover a 15 mile course, while the mixed race has a truncated course of 11 miles. All races are iron.
New York Outrigger has hosted this annual event since its inception in 1996. Since then, the Liberty Challenge has welcomed participants from all over the world including Tahiti, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and Canada along with clubs from all over the United States including the West Coast, Arizona, Florida and Hawaii.
Detailed information about Liberty can be found on the race website: www.libertychallenge.org.