Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Final week of training

by Agence Mer et MEdia on 27 Aug 2013
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
The Frenchmen in the Next World Energy team started their final week of training. Each day, the youngsters recruited and trained by Energy Team are sailing aboard the winged AC45s in races in order to prepare themselves before battle commences in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup on Sunday 1st September.

Ten teams, eight nations, four days of fleet races

This Youth America's Cup (under 24s) is aimed at detecting the sailing stars of the future. 'This is one of the most interesting developments in the Cup,' according to James Spithill, helmsman on the Defender boat, Oracle. It is true that competing against top youngsters from around the world in San Francisco Bay aboard the rigid winged catamarans is a huge opportunity for the 60 sailors taking part. They will be facing each other in a series of fleet races. Ten teams are competing representing eight different nations. Alongside two American teams and two from New Zealand, the young competitors come from Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Portugal… and of course, France.

Each morning from 0830 to 1100hrs, the six youngsters on Next World Energy are out there training on the AC45, in the heart of the legendary bay of San Francisco, between Alcatraz and the Golden Gate. They are doing their utmost to get up there with their future rivals. Those from the United States and New Zealand would appear to be slightly ahead (as they have trained so much more than the other teams), but anything is possible during these four days of fleet races, with two races planned each day. It is well worth the effort: after months of preparation, it will all come together from Sunday to Wednesday... with the whole of the sailing world watching closely.

Quotes
Antoine Mermod, Team Manager - Next World Energy: 'We have enjoyed some fairly pleasant conditions since training got underway here in San Francisco. We are facing a race against the clock, as we will only have had a fortnight of training before racing begins. The daily schedule involves training each morning from 0830 to 1100hrs. We had to advance quickly to reach the standard of the other teams and today, we are beginning to see the results of this intensive training. What is striking is that the standard is very similar between the various teams, even if it is obvious that the American and New Zealand teams have already sailed a lot. We still have a few points to work on before racing begins, but overall, we feel we are more or less ready.'

Arthur Ponroy, skipper of Next World Energy: 'We have really been working hard for the last ten days. We started from a lower position than some of the other teams, but we have advanced quickly. We have had some good training races, but we still lack consistency. It’s true that some do better in this area than us... It’s down to us to make progress by training at our own pace right up until the end of the week. I really feel that anyone can win or lose here. We aren’t yet feeling the pressure, as we don’t have the time, but we know that on Sunday, we will need to get some good starts…'


The Next World Energy crew
- Arthur Ponroy – Skipper
- Antoine Lauriot-Prévost – Helm
- Hubert Savatier – Tactician
- Romain Bellet – Bowman / wing trimmer
- Valentin Bellet – Trimmer
- Paul Dagault – Main bowman
- Edouard-Marie Alikiagaléléi – Bowman / trimmer
Zhik ZKG 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignHelm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Vendée2020Vision sailors inspired by Alex Thomson’s performance
The aim of Vendée2020Vision is to help progress these sailors up to the next rung of the ladder. To help them with their fund raising, Vendée2020Vision sailors last year had the opportunity to take part in 12 bespoke training modules.
Posted today at 1:58 pm
Inaugural GC32 Championship coming up next month
A joint gathering of the international fleets of GC32 one design foiling catamarans is to take place in Muscat This will be the first occasion ever that the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleets have combined to lock horns on the race course.
Posted today at 12:44 pm
Collinson FX Market Commentary - Jan 18 - Brits opt for Free Trade
AUD trading 0.7540, while the NZD moves towards the important technical level of 0.7200. The Dollar continued to drift, as the GBP surged to 1.2400, while the EUR pushed towards 1.0700. Commodity currencies continued to prosper the slide in the reserve, with the AUD trading 0.7540, while the NZD moves towards the important technical level of 0.7200. The inauguration on Friday is the market focus
Posted today at 12:00 pm
Vendee Globe – Thomson races towards the finish against French rival
British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 40 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. With just 390 nautical miles left to the finish port of Les Sable d’Olonne and less than two days until the leading duo are expected to complete the solo, non-stop, around the world race, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 40 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h.
Posted today at 11:15 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson reduces margin but has to make vital decision
Single-handed monohull world record holder, Alex Thomson, continues to gnaw away at Banque Populaire VIII's lead Single-handed monohull world record holder, Alex Thomson, continues to gnaw away at Banque Populaire VIII's lead in the Vendee Globe Race. The margin between the first and second boat is now just 36nm.
Posted today at 10:55 am
City of Perth Festival of Sail inc Warren Jones Youth Regatta preview
The City of Perth Festival of Sail is coming to Perth Waters with a bonanza of sailing and social activities The City of Perth Festival of Sail is coming to Perth Waters with a bonanza of sailing and social activities taking place from Sunday 29 January - Friday 3 February.
Posted today at 7:39 am
Vendee Globe - One tack holds key to Vendée Globe glory
Victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre. With less than 40 miles separating Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h from second-placed Alex Thomson this morning and under 400 nautical miles left to the finish line, victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre.
Posted today at 6:57 am
Setting a new standard for not only solo sailing, but monohull sailing
Doyle Sailmakers is enjoying the down to the wire pace of this years 2017 Vendée Globe unfolding this week. Doyle Sailmakers is enjoying the down to the wire pace of this years 2017 Vendée Globe unfolding this week. With UK sailor, Alex Thomson, on board Hugo Boss, and Armel LeCléac’h just 42.2 nautical miles ahead, we have seen seamanship, racing skills, and the sheer skills of both sailors.
Posted today at 2:13 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson cuts 33nm out of Le Cleac'h with 48hrs left
Britain's Alex Thomson sailing Hugo Boss has made a big reduction in the lead of Armel Le Cleac'h Britain's Alex Thomson sailing Hugo Boss has made a big reduction in the lead of Armel Le Cleac'h in the final stages of the Vendee Globe Race. The official margin of just 45nm - a gain of 30nm in the last 24 hours was confirmed using the weather routing function of Predictwind. Most of Thomson's gain has come on the last seven hours.
Posted on 17 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan