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Youth crews fly in training
Pool A teams hit water ahead of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup this month.
In the heart of the excitement around the 35th America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda, the planet’s best youth sailors have kicked off official training for the fast-approaching Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
On the same waters sailed by the senior teams, the six national teams aged 18-24 who form Pool A have been training on AC45F catamarans from May 28 to June 3.
The Pool A teams taking the water in Official Training 1 are Artemis Youth Racing (SWE), Team France Jeune (FRA), Kaijin Team Japan (JPN), Youth Vikings Denmark (DEN), Team Tilt (SUI) and SVB Team Germany (GER).
“Bermuda is an incredible venue for sailing. The weather conditions and the water are absolutely amazing!” enthused Gustav Pettersson, 23, of Artemis Youth Racing.
“The AC45F is really fun to sail, our training has been really good so far, there is still a lot more to learn, but we feel that we are at a good level once we are sailing at our top performance, and we are relentlessly chasing the improvements to maintain that level to be in a strong position. We are very motivated to keep pushing.”
Robin Follin, 22, of Team France Jeune explained, “We were used to sailing alone during the last few months, and we are delighted to finally be racing with other crews of our generation.
“We’re getting the measure of the complexity of the AC45F over the hours spent on the water, and we are aware that the level will escalate, right up to the qualifying phases and the Final. All this suggests a beautiful battle on the water – we cannot wait!”
Hagara revealed, “The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was created to provide a path toward a professional career for top young sailing talent, and Official Training is a big step on that journey.
“These AC45Fs are a challenge even for the pros, especially when they’re flying on their foils. But these sailors are tackling a very steep learning curve with outstanding fitness and teamwork.”
Steinacher added, “When you’re looking at these sailors, you’re looking at the future. Many athletes from the first edition of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 have found positions on America’s Cup teams.
“These youngsters we’re working with are motivated and hungry to race, and we can hardly wait to see what Pool B will bring to the table.”
Pool B teams – from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States, Austria and Bermuda itself – train from June 4-10 then the Pool B Qualifiers on June 12-13 and Pool A Qualifiers June 15-16.
The regatta will reach its climax when the top four teams from each pool advance to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV June 20-21.