Sailing powerhouse Switzerland find next stars at Geneva regatta

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Swiss winners crowned at Red Bull Foiling Generation on picturesque lake setting.

The most promising sailors in Switzerland flew across Lake Geneva on foils at the Red Bull Foiling Generation regatta.

Young duo Morgan Lauber and Louis Buxtorf captured the national championship and will be among the top favorites to earn the global title at November’s World Final in the USA. Here is all you need to know:

–        Thirty two top Swiss prospects aged 16 to 20, including fresh up-and-comers as well as young members of the national sailing team, raced for glory on cutting edge catamarans.

–        The regatta was hosted by Alinghi’s home club, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG).

–        Lauber and Buxtorf overcame Max Wallenberg and Amanda Björk-Anastassov and will now compete at the World Final in Miami in November.

–        Lauber said: “It’s incredible for us. I didn’t expect to win. Amazing.”

–        Red Bull Foiling Generation is the world’s largest youth sailing programme. It seeks the most promising young sailors around the globe and offers experience that can be a stepping stone to professional sailing careers.

–        Steinacher said: “We had tricky but great conditions, and you could see in the eyes of these athletes that this was probably the coolest thing they’ve done yet in their sailing careers,”

–        Hagara added: “The World Final in Miami this fall will see the best teams from 16 nations racing each other, and as we know from the previous edition, talent scouts and sailing insiders will be on site, looking for the superstars of tomorrow.”

–        Next up, Red Bull Foiling Generation makes its debut at the breathtaking Tyrolean destination of Achensee to crown Austria‘s champions in the season’s last European stop on August 10-12, 2018.

Final results Geneva, Switzerland: 1. Lauber Morgan / Buxtorf Louis, 2. Wallenberg Max / Björk-Anastassov Amanda, 3. Peverelli Grégoire / Rolaz Nicolas

Technical data for Flying Phantom:
The Flying Phantom earns raves as the future of sailing because unlike other small boats, it uses hydrofoil technology to lift completely out of the water. The cutting-edge system allows it to hit blistering speeds of up to 35 knots – almost 40 mph – making it by far the quickest sailing boat of its size in the world. Length: 5,52m (18ft), width: 3,00m, weight: 155kg, mast height: 9,6m, mainsail: 18sqm, Jib: 5,5sqm, Gennaker: 24sqm, crew: 2

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