America: Young crew on journey of self-discovery

Published 1405 GMT (2205 HKT) September 29, 2016
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The Statue of Liberty was one of the first things the crew of America saw when they emerged from the fog of New York Harbor. CNN
They came into port early in the morning, and the mist covered the tops of Manhattan's skyscrapers. CNN
The replica of the first winner of sailing's oldest prize was in town for a leg of the Louis Vuitton World Series, part of the build-up to next year's America's Cup in Bermuda. CNN
The four young crew members then had to help get the boat ready for guests, as they continued their role as ambassadors for the America's Cup. CNN
The 139-foot schooner is owned and skippered by Troy Sears. CNN
After being part of the bid team that missed out on bringing the America's Cup back to San Diego, Sears decided to take America on a year-long journey that will conclude in Bermuda for the 35th edition of the race. CNN
Sears has experienced backup in the form of his friend Mark Stevenson, seen here (left) with crew member Chris Childers. CNN
A New Jersey native now teaching sailing in San Francisco, Childers lost half of his left leg after a car crash. CNN
Crewmate Cragan Smith is pictured with guests in New York. CNN
Tasha Ellis is another of the young crew. CNN
After heading up the East Coast seaboard, they returned to New York for the July 4 celebrations. CNN