Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Two days to go

by Agence Mer et Media on 30 Aug 2013
34th America’s Cup - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Official Training 1 in San Francisco (USA,CA) ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
The official training is now over in San Francisco for the sixty young sailors competing in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. The winged AC45s have been taken out of the water for final checks and measurement procedures.

In the sunshine in California, everything is going well for the French on Next World Energy, as they were able to test the big gennaker displaying the colours of the partner for this America’s Cup for the under 24s and were also able to practice their manoeuvres and work on their starts, trimming and onboard communication during this final week of training.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the ten winged catamarans will be back in the water in San Francisco Bay on the eve of battle. Speed runs will be set up as a prologue to the main event, in order to offer some excitement to the public and get the crews get warmed up before racing begins on Sunday. For the boys recruited and trained by the French Energy Team set up by the Peyron brothers, the big day is drawing near…


Quotes
Antoine Mermod, Team Manager for Next World Energy: 'During the last training sessions, we did much better in the start phase… but were ten centimetres over the line in one of them. It is bound to be difficult, as the standard of the fleet here is very high with everyone around the same level… but we’re ready. I think we have come up with some good adjustments, particularly when sailing downwind. The various checks and measurements went without hitch and we’ll be getting the boat back in the water to get out there sailing again on Saturday. This time it will be a sort of prologue for the big one, before the start of the competition and the serious stuff on Sunday.'

Arthur Ponroy, Skipper Next World Energy (FRA): 'France has been strong in multihull sailing but there is a lot of talent in this fleet. It won’t be easy to win. We have had good advice from Loick Peyron and the Energy Team from the AC World Series. His most important tip was, ‘have fun!’': Amusez-vous bien !'.


The Next World Energy crew:
Arthur Ponroy – Skipper
Antoine Lauriot-Prévost – Helmsman
Hubert Savatier – Tactician
Romain Bellet – Bowman / wing trimmer
Valentin Bellet – Trimmer
Paul Dagault – Main bowman
Edouard-Marie Alikiagaléléi – Bowman / trimmer

Reminder of the programme for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup:
From Sunday first to Wednesday 4th September, there will be two fleet races each day, as in the AC45 World Series. Reserved for under 24 year olds. Ten teams representing eight countries are competing, including the French on Next World Energy. There will be six youngsters aboard each boat.

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNorth Technology - Southern SparsBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses