Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Burling and Spithill praise Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailors ahead of Finals.
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling has praised the springboard competition that put him on the road to competing in this year’s 35th America’s Cup.
The Kiwi’s sailing masterclass has helped his team move into a commanding 3-0 lead over defending champions ORACLE TEAM USA after two days of elite competition in Bermuda.
With the two senior teams now on a five-day racing break, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals get underway on June 20 for two days with eight teams fighting it out for glory.
Artemis Youth Racing, SVB Team Germany, Team Tilt, Team France Jeune, Land Rover BAR Academy, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR, NZL Sailing Team and hosts Team BDA qualified from the two pools for the chance to pit their wits against each other on the Great Sound.
Burling skippered the New Zealand Sailing Team to victory four years ago in the junior event, before winning gold at Rio 2016 alongside Blair Tuke in the 49er class.
The 26-year-old revealed, “It was an awesome opportunity, not just for myself, but a lot of young guys.
“It seems like a lot that made a name for themselves are here in the boats that are battling it out for the real deal. It is a great opportunity for young sailors.”
The 37-year-old said, “I think a lot of people questioned whether it would work. Would it do what college football does for the NFL?
“You only have to look at the results. The guy (Burling) that won the last Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is now skippering Emirates Team New Zealand.
“You look around all the America’s Cup teams and they have athletes from the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
“We are now looking at this year’s event for the obvious reason that is where the talent is. It is pretty obvious because of physical reasons it is becoming a younger man’s game.”
Watch the Finals action on Red Bull TV HERE.