AC34 Youth sailing promise kept!

Discussion in 'America's Cup and other races' started by KidofStalin, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. KidofStalin New Member

    One of the big goals of the move to 21st century sail boats and sailing was the commitment by Ellison, Couts and Oracle to bring young sailors into the big game. It is a goal that it is being met with the Red Bull Youth series about to start in San Francisco.

    Not only with the young sailors being given AC45 racing experience but also with the national makeup of the teams, the AC34/Red Bull racing series gives a preview on the America's Cup of the future.

    Lots of pix and international team lineups on the AC34 website.

  2. KidofStalin New Member

  3. BGL Administrator

    Red Bull PR folks sent this:

    San Francisco / USA / Red Bull Youth America´s Cup 2013 /

    Sailing Revolution: Youth teams compete for a spot in the history books

    Since Saturday 12 international youth teams have been battling it out at the Red Bull Youth America´s Cup Selection Series Events off the coast of San Francisco for starting spots at the main regatta taking place as part of the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013. The teams have until February 24 to convince sports directors and double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher (both AUT) of their abilities on land and sea.

    SAN FRANCISCO (California, USA) – The first days of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series offered a glimpse of the massive expectations placed on the youth teams that have gathered in San Francisco for a shot at advancing to the September regatta. The teams were put through their paces on shore by Sports Directors Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, where the physical demands of sailing an AC45 wing sail catamaran were made clear through an exhausting fitness evaluation. “Everyone had to reach their own limits to survive the tests on land,” said Benjamin Bildstein of Team Austria. “The strain of sailing these boats is enormous. No team could have imagined in advance the professionalism and the extent of the tests here. I hope we perform well and can qualify for the main event”, said Erik Heil, the 23-year-old helmsman for Germany’s STG/NRV team.

    An award-winning line-up of sailors greeted the youth sailors competing in the first selection series of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Russell Coutts (NZL), Jimmy Spithill (AUS), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Roman Hagara (AUT), Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT), Iain Percy (GBR) and Nathan Outteridge (AUS) – together have a collected resume beyond excellence: five America’s Cup victories, 14 Olympic medals and countless other titles. Coutts and Hagara said jointly: “This is some of the best and most fun racing we have done in years. We are sure the guys will enjoy it too.” Along with fitness testing, the teams were instructed on how to sail an AC45 and how, hopefully, to avoid capsizing.

    “The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is the best chance for young sailors to make history,” said Hans-Peter Steinacher, one of the Red Bull Youth America´s Sport Directors. “We will select the best of the best.”

    “My pathway to the America’s Cup was one of good luck. When I was a youth sailor there wasn’t a clear pathway to the Cup. But the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup gives these guys a great opportunity, and the game’s opened up to much wider participation” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill.

    Ben Ainslie, the four-time Olympic gold medalist: “The Olympics used to be the avenue to get into professional sailing and the America’s Cup. But now the Cup is becoming more accessible for youth sailors, and that’s great for the sport.”

    Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, China Team and Energy Team have all indicated they are supporting teams for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Youth crews with the support of an America’s Cup World Series team are eligible for direct entry to September’s event via the Regatta Director.

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    The six national teams taking part in the first session of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series are:

    AUS – Objective Australia
    AUT – Team Austria
    DEN – Danish Youth Vikings
    GER – STG-NRV Youth Team
    NZL – Full Metal Jacket Racing
    RSA – Team i’KaziKati

    The first group is on site at the Selection Series in San Francisco between February 9-15. Then, from February 18-24, a second group of youth crews will go through the same process, including the following teams:

    ARG – Arg Youth Team
    GBR – GBR Youth Challenge
    ITA – Team Italy powered by Stig
    POR – ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
    SUI – Team TILT
    NZL - tbc

    At the end of the second session, at least four teams will be selected to proceed to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup taking place from September 1-4, right before the America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco.

    About the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

    For the first time in the history of the America’s Cup, young, talented sailors have a clear pathway towards competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in sport.
    Racing will take place in the same high performance, wing-sailed AC45 catamarans that are used in the America’s Cup World Series. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is scheduled for September 1-4, 2013, in San Francisco, during the 34th America’s Cup racing season.

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