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Thrilling finale to second edition of event in Bermuda compared to movie world.
The dramatic finale to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has been likened to a Hollywood movie by the event’s co-founder.
NZL Sailing Team looked to have defended their title by winning all three races on day two of the finals only for a late crash by SVB Team Germany to allow Land Rover BAR Academy into second, enough for them to seal the crown.
Hans Peter Steinacher, who came up with the youth version of the cup for 2013 with Roman Hagara, said: “It was like a Hollywood movie – a good Hollywood movie for Great Britain and a bad one for New Zealand.
“On day two New Zealand was the boat with the best skills… but Great Britain was the best boat overall over the two days.
“But you couldn’t have imagined how this regatta would play out as everything came down to that last race.”
The British outfit had been lying in fourth place in that finale as the Kiwis crossed the finishing line and began their celebrations but a crash by the Germans created a late gap for Land Rover BAR Academy skipper Rob Bunce to scythe through.
And Bunce said the climactic finish had taught him “to never give up – you must never give up”.
He added: “Never stop fighting. Fight till the end. Every place counts, and I think we learned that from our senior team in the World Series and they’ve definitely passed that on to us.”
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was set up for the 2013 series for 18 to 24-year-old sailors as a springboard to the America’s Cup.
And a host of sailors from that regatta have been battling it out in the senior ranks, including the winning helmsman from four years ago, Peter Burling, currently doing that role for Emirates Team New Zealand in the Cup itself.
He said: “The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was obviously an awesome opportunity not just for myself but for a lot of young guys.
“It seems like a lot of guys that did really well and made a name for themselves in the last Youth America’s Cup are here on the boats that are battling it out for the real deal this time, and I think it’s a great opportunity for young sailors.”
The Australian said: “You’ve seen how many sailors from 2013 are now with America’s Cup teams. That can be your future too. Work hard, sail well, make yourself the ultimate teammate and doors will open.”