It’s been an interesting first round for this year’s annual Curbed Cup competition. We started off with 16 seeds, and now we’re down to eight, with some surprising victories and neck-in-neck battles to advance to the second round.
Not surprisingly, our 2016 champion, Sag Harbor, took down our 16th seed, Montauk, with 62 percent of votes in its favor, bringing Sag Harbor one step closer to their second consecutive year with the title.
Similarly, East Hampton beat out Water Mill with over 71 percent of votes from that poll. Southampton will be advancing to the second round, leaving Shelter Island behind in the first, and our second seed, Bridgehampton, is advancing over Northwest Harbor.
Surprisingly, North Haven triumphed over Westhampton in a last-minute victory, with Westhampton starting out with a lead in the polls. North Haven was seeded as No. 12 in our bracket, but they pulled through against a tough competitor.
Also to our surprise, Amagansett will be advancing to the next level, leaving our 2015 champion and 2016 finalist, Hampton Bays, in the dust after just the first round. It’s too bad to see Hampton Bays fall down the line, but we’re thinking that they can always make a comeback next year with their fighting spirit and enthusiastic local population. Amagansett pulled through with a tiny margin, having 53 percent of the total votes.
We had a tie between Springs and Wainscott—seeded seventh and tenth, respectively—but in our lightening round, Springs took home the vote.
After the first round, there are no more west-of-the-canal towns in the competition. Stay tuned this week to see who advances to the Final Four, and remember to cast your vote each day!