Sailing / Red Bull Foiling Generation / New Zealand excel in perfect conditions for Miami win

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Kiwis bank second Red Bull Foiling Generation title in sunny Florida.

Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie combined to hand New Zealand their second Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final win in perfect Miami conditions.

Here is all you need to know:



– Sixteen teams from around the world gathered in Florida from November 9-11 to battle it out for the second edition of the event for sailors aged 16-20.

– After exciting action in the early rounds, Sunday’s final saw all four Flying Phantom hydrofoil catamarans within centimetres of each other to the first mark.

– McHardie and McKenzie, though, put down their marker from the outset to lead from early on and triumph despite capsizing just after the finish line.

– Belgians Morgan Wirtz and Henri Demesmaeker followed them home in second with Swedes Emil Järudd and Hugo Christensson edging out Austria for third.

– McKenzie revealed: “The breeze picked up a bit, more than we’ve had in the past few days, and the boats were a lot faster, more out of control, but I think everyone here had a lot of skill. Every race was very competitive.”

– McHardie, who sails with McKenzie in the Olympic 49er class, added: “The 49er isn’t a foiling boat, so sailing the Flying Phantoms taught us skills in foiling and speed.”

– Founders Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria launched Red Bull Foiling Generation in 2015 to find the world’s best young sailors.

– Hagara, 52, enthused: “It’s been gratifying to see the interest in Red Bull Foiling Generation around the world, as well as the progress sailors from the program are making. The future of sailing is looking very strong.”


 

 

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