Red Bull Youth America’s Cup / British take early lead

Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom

Land Rover BAR Academy of Great Britain races during day one of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup on June 12, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. –
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Xaume Olleros/Red Bull Content Pool

Tight at the top after first day of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers.

British team Land Rover BAR Academy have emerged from the opening Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers action with a slender lead in Bermuda.

After seeing Ben Ainslie’s elite crew bow out of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs to New Zealand, the younger crew were in determined mood from the outset after seeing off Spanish Impulse by Iberostar Team for the first Pool B win.

NZL Sailing Team came through a tough second race of the day to pip the Spanish crew with the British yacht taking the final race of the day for the overall lead.

Team BDA finished strongly for second in the third race to leave them in contention as well, however Next Generation USA and Candidate Sailing Team will need to bridge a sizeable points gap when the action gets underway again on the Great Sound.

Competitors race during day one of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup on June 12, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. –
Photographer Credit:
Xaume Olleros/Red Bull Content Pool

Narrowly edging out Austria’s Candidate Sailing Team away from the start line, the British team, skippered by Rob Bunce, sailed clear of their rivals from the first upwind mark to record an impressive start-to-finish opening race victory in the AC45 foiling catamarans.

Inspired by compatriot Peter Burling lifting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs trophy moments before race two, NZL Sailing Team put their disappointing performance in race one firmly behind them for a comfortable victory in the second race.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup group B races during day one of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup on June 12, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. –
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Xaume Olleros/Red Bull Content Pool

The final race was dominated initially by a fight at the head of the pack between Land Rover BAR Academy and Team BDA, the Bermudians holding off the the New Zealanders for a thoroughly deserved second behind the more experienced British overall leaders.

Kiwi tactician Micah Wilkinson said, “We had a solid first day in what was light and at times fluky conditions on a tight race course.

“As a team, it was a confidence-building day. The team adapted well after the fifth in the first race to bounce back for a race win.”

RESULTS

Pool B Race 1:

Land Rover BAR Academy (10pts)
Spanish Impulse by Iberostar Team (9pts)
Next Generation USA (8pts)
Team BDA (7pts)
NZL Sailing Team (6pts)
Candidate Sailing Team (5pts)

Pool B Race 2:

NZL Sailing Team (10pts)
Spanish Impulse by Iberostar (9pts)
Team BDA (8pts)
Land Rover BAR Academy (7pts)
Next Generation USA (6pts)
Candidate Sailing Team (5pts)

Pool B Race 3:

Land Rover BAR Academy (10pts)
Team BDA (9pts)
NZL Sailing Team (8pts)
Spanish Impulse by Iberostar (7pts)
Candidate Sailing Team (6pts)
Next Generation USA (5pts)

Public watch presentation ahead of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup on June 12, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. –
Photographer Credit:
Xaume Olleros/Red Bull Content Pool

POOL B QUALIFIERS LEADERBOARD (DAY ONE)

Land Rover BAR Academy 27pts
Spanish Impulse by Iberostar 25pts
Team BDA 24pts
NZL Sailing Team 24pts
Next Generation USA 19pts
Candidate Sailing Team 16pts

 

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