The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island
Yesterday morning, our usual Sunday slumber was interrupted by the buzz of an alarm clock.
At Ryan’s request, we woke up around 7 a.m. so that we could catch the very first ferry to Governors Island for this year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic–an event we’ve been looking forward to for a couple of months now.
We arrived so early, in fact, that we actually got onto the press ferry, with several other die-hard polo fans who we befriended.
Our new friends had an impressive set-up for the day, complete with their own tents, tables, and even decorations, as you can see above.
The match didn’t begin until the early afternoon, so we enjoyed our self-packed picnic lunch while we waited, complete with cheeses from Murray’s, fresh strawberries with crème fraîche, and of course, a bottle of Veuve.
In the true spirit of polo, the day also brought about everyone’s sartorial best—women were outfitted in their finest hats, while men donned bowties of all shapes, sizes and colors.
The people watching was undoubtedly fantastic, but the polo match itself was too, as Nacho Figueras’ Blackwatch team beat the Veuve Clicquot team, 6-5.
Nacho, a Ralph Lauren model and the 2nd Most Handsome Man in the World, according to Vanity Fair, stole the show and was subsequently awarded the match’s MVP award.
(Ladies also relished the opportunity to have their photo taken with his life-sized cardboard cut-out as well.)
After the match ended, we stayed and chatted with our new friends, who invited us to join them for polo out in Bridgehampton later this summer.
The crowds slowly dispersed and once again, we lucked out and beat the lines for the ferry and made our way back to Manhattan, slightly sunburned and tired, but very happy.
- Laura and Ryan