Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup qualifiers see Sweden in top position.
Sweden’s Artemis Youth Racing secured two victories out of three races during the second Pool A qualifiers day on Friday, qualifying comfortably with 55 points.
SVB Team Germany, Switzerland’s Team Tilt and Team France Jeune took the other three qualification spots from Pool A.
They will face Land Rover BAR Academy, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR, NZL Sailing Team and Bermuda’s hometown heroes, TeamBDA in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals on June 20-21.
Meanwhile, Youth Vikings Denmark, Kaijin Team Japan (Pool A), Next Generation USA and Austria’s Candidate Sailing Team (Pool B) are eliminated.
The news come in as ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand are about to tackle a highly anticipated America’s Cup Match this Saturday on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
“The teams were faced with yet more light winds on Saturday, but they dealt with the conditions well and we managed to complete the race program,” explained Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sport Director Roman Hagara. “It’s tough work racing in these conditions – it’s hot, there’s little breeze and you’re having to work incredibly hard on the racecourse to maximise every opportunity that comes your way.
“Now we know which teams will be in the Finals next week, and I think we’re in for a couple of days of thrilling racing. Hopefully we have some better winds, but they’ll go out and deal with whatever is in front of them, and I know that whichever team comes out on top, they’ll deserve the spotlight.”
“One thing we can predict for sure is how the Finals on Tuesday and Wednesday will captivate Bermuda,” added Hagara’s partner, Hans Peter Steinacher. “TeamBDA did so well to get into the Finals, and now it’s all anyone on the island wants to talk about. The guys in that team are doing an incredible job, and now they also have to deal with the hopes and dreams of their entire home country. Having seen them in action, both on and off the water, I don’t think for a second that will faze them, in fact I think it’ll help them as the support is going to be incredible.”
POOL A RACE 4
Building on their impressive displays on day one of Pool A qualifying, Gustav Petterson’s Artemis Youth Racing solidified their position as Pool A leaders with a third overall victory in the qualifying stages to kick off the day in perfect fashion.
It was Max Kohlhoff’s SVB Team Germany who had led the way for the majority of the race, but a late final mark surge from the Swedish team ultimately saw them snatch victory ahead of the Germans.
Behind that scrap, a close-fought battle between the four other Pool A teams saw an improved performance from Youth Vikings Denmark help them clinch a morale-boosting third place finish, ahead of Team France Jeune, Switzerland’s Team Tilt and Kaijin Team Japan.
POOL A RACE 5
Artemis Youth Racing’s dominance of Pool A continued in race five, as skipper Gustav Peterson again mastered the light conditions to seal a second successive victory.
It proved a much closer battle for the next three places, with Sebastian Schneiter’s Team Tilt securing second place, ahead of SVB Team Germany and Youth Vikings Denmark.
Further back, Ibuki Koizumi’s Kaijin Team Japan crossed the finish line in fifth place while somewhat surprisingly, Team France Jeune, who struggled throughout the race, were forced to settle for sixth place.
The results after race five meant that Artemis Youth Racing and SVB Team Germany had secured their places in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Final. Their progression meant that there were only two spaces left in the Finals for the remaining four teams to fight for ahead of the sixth and final Pool A Qualifiers race.
POOL A RACE 6
The final race of the Pool A Qualifiers saw Switzerland’s Team Tilt come out on top in a dramatic late tussle with Youth Vikings Denmark, clinching a vital victory which sealed their progression into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals.
Behind them, Team France Jeune also confirmed their qualification with a third place finish, ahead of Artemis Youth Racing and SVB Team German, who had both already sealed their places in the Finals ahead of Race six.
POOL A FINAL STANDINGS
1.Artemis Youth Racing (55pts)
2. SVB Team Germany (47pts)
3. Team Tilt (SUI) (46 pts)
4. Team France Jeune (46pts)
5. Youth Vikings Denmark (43pts)
6. Kaijin Team Japan (33pts)
Watch the Finals live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.