Perfect Plus One: Visiting England!

By   |   June 11, 2010   |   Lifestyle

clirzw_m44501Perfect Plus One contributor Lynn Goswick gets close to England without ever leaving the isle of Manhattan!

Fleet Week may be over in New York City, but that didnΓÇÖt keep a fleet of 68-foot yachts competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race from sailing into New York Harbor recently.

The race launched from Yorkshire, England, in September and continued to South America before moving East, and then to North America via the Panama Canal.

On June 2, the fleets arrived from Jamaica to NYC to rest up before taking on the last leg of the race, and members of Clipper Hull & Humber celebrated their arrival on the lovely rooftop terrace at Gramercy Park Hotel.

Between ladylike finger sandwiches and yes, cups of tea, Skipper Justin Taylor shared stories with guests, including how he joined the yacht off the coast of Japan after the original captain fell on board and broke his leg.

Dan Wilkinson, Clipper Program Manager at Yorkshire Forward, a regional development group, was on hand to promote the raceΓÇÖs home regionΓÇöYorkshire and the Humber.

Yorkshire may be best known as home to the Brontë sisters or as the setting for James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small.

According to Wilkinson, the region today boasts opportunities to experience culture on par with London, including six Michelin-starred restaurants, along with a beautiful countryside and friendly people.

ItΓÇÖs a mix of the modern and the traditional, he said. ΓÇ£ItΓÇÖs quintessential England.ΓÇ¥

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