sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Red Bull Youth America’s Cup - History in the making
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup - History in the making

'San Francisco (USA) - 34th America’s Cup - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup - Selection Series'    © ACEA    Click Here to view large photo

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2013 gave the participating youth sailors in the first selection series a chance to meet and learn from a line-up of multi-awarded sailors, including America’s Cup legend Russell Coutts, Olympic great Ben Ainslie, and Jimmy Spithill, at a special media function.

The stars – Russell Coutts, Jimmy Spithill, Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Nathan Outteridge – together have a collected resume beyond excellence: five America’s Cup victories, 14 Olympic medals and countless other titles.

Coutts might be the most experienced of the group with four America’s Cup victories to his credit, but it was Spithill who put the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup into perspective.

'My pathway to the America’s Cup was one of good luck,' said Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, who at age 30 in 2010 became the youngest skipper to ever win the America’s Cup.

'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 the now 33-year-old Spithill. 'Their level of organization is impressive.'

San Francisco (USA) - 34th America’s Cup - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup - Selection Series -  © ACEA   Click Here to view large photo


Added 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.' The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has been developed to give youth sailors a pathway to the America’s Cup. In years past youth sailors have had a difficult task ascending the hierarchy of an America’s Cup team. Youth sailors simply weren't viewed as having enough experience to compete at the high level demanded by America’s Cup crews. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup aims to change that.

'It’s been very exciting to come here and get an opportunity to race the AC45. It’s just fantastic,' said Erik Heil, the 23-year-old helmsman for Germany’s STG/NRV team. 'But at the same time it’s disappointing that we only get one week here. We’d like to have more time.'

STG/NRV is one of six teams participating in the first selection series. Another six teams are scheduled for the second series next week, Feb. 18-24, after which at least four teams will be selected for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup scheduled Sept. 1-4.

'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 sailing directors. 'We will select the best of the best.'

The six teams in this first selection series represent Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa. Some of the crews have put up their own money to enter the selection series, while others have raised money to help offset the costs.

All of them have shown more skill and poise than expected, which could be considered surprising given that most of the sailors have raced one-design dinghies and not the powerful AC45 that is used at the events of the America’s Cup World Series.

San Francisco (USA) - 34th America’s Cup - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup - Selection Series - Day 3 -  © ACEA   Click Here to view large photo


'Yesterday in the big breeze, around 17 knots, it was more difficult than I expected,' said Philip Buhl of STG/NRV, a champion Laser sailor. 'Every time we completed one maneuver we had to prepare for the next, there was no time to catch your breath.'

The teams have been sharing San Francisco Bay with Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing, which have been practicing on their AC72s the past couple of days. As if the AC45s weren't captivating enough, the sight of AC72s speeding past on foiling daggerboards has left the youths’ mouths agape.

'We want to push the AC45s, but yesterday we had to decide whether to keep pushing or stop and watch the 72s sail by,' said Buhl. 'At home we’d say it was a ‘problem of luxury.’'

Teams that are slated for the second selection series will represent Argentina, Great Britain, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland. They’ll have to come prepared because there are scant few spots available in the final. But even if they don’t advance to the final, there’ve been given a special opportunity.

San Francisco (USA) - 34th America’s Cup - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup - Selection Series -  © ACEA   Click Here to view large photo


Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Teams

Selection Series Session 1 (Feb. 9-15)

Australia – Objective Australia
Austria – Team Austria
Denmark – Danish Youth Vikings
Germany – STG/NRV Youth Team
New Zealand – Full Metal Jacket Racing
South Africa – i’KaziKati

Selection Series Session 2 (Feb. 18-24)

Argentina – Arg Youth Team
Great Britain – GBR Youth Challenge
Italy – Team Italy powered by Stig
New Zealand – 36 Below Racing
Portugal – ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
Switzerland – Team TILT

Youth crews supported by America's Cup World Series Teams

China – China Team/Name TBC
France – Energy Team/Name TBC
New Zealand – Emirates Team New Zealand/Name TBC
Sweden – Artemis Racing/Swedish Youth Challenge
USA – Oracle Team USA/American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
USA – Oracle Team USA/USA45 (USA)


by Irene Corosu

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106561

3:39 AM Thu 14 Feb 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

14 Feb 2013  America's Cup: 'Promise we won't go foiling on Day 1' - Yeah Right!
12 Feb 2013  Red Bull Youth America's Cup: A late opportunity opens for Kiwi crew
12 Feb 2013  America's Cup: On the Hauraki Gulf for ETNZ's new AC72 - More images
12 Feb 2013  America's Cup: A good first day on the Hauraki Gulf for new AC72
12 Feb 2013  America's Cup: First day of sailing for Emirates Team NZ's new AC72
10 Feb 2013  Youth America's Cup Selection Series - Massive expectations
09 Feb 2013  America's Cup: Images of Artemis Racing
09 Feb 2013  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails in fresh winds at San Francisco
09 Feb 2013  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up briefly
09 Feb 2013  America's Cup: Village coming together on Pier 27
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


































AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT