NZL Sailing Team chasing Youth America’s Cup – Watch LIVE at RNZYS!

As Kiwis dream of getting their hands on the Auld Mug again, another New Zealand team continue their quest for the other America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup moves into a five-day break as Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle team search for a miracle to get back into the contest against Emirates Team New Zealand.

During the intermission, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup finals will be sailed, with eight teams battling it out on the Bermuda waters.

The NZL Sailing Team won the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 with a kid called Peter Burling on the helm. The current team topped their group in qualifying and will go in to the finals as one of the favourites against Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain), Spanish Impulse, Team BDA (Bermuda), Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden), SVB Team Germany, Team Tilt (Switzerland) and Team France Jeune.

The Youth America’s Cup was created to provide a career pathway to the main event for sailors aged 18-24 and there have already been a number of graduates, with four from the NZL Sailing Team now with Team New Zealand – Burling, Blair Tuke, Andy Maloney and Guy Endean.

“It’s really exciting to see the guys who came through last time competing at the forefront now,” skipper Logan Dunning Beck says. “They are not the beginners on the scene, they are the leaders. It’s a real pathway, a real opportunity to step up into the big leagues. It’s not just a sideshow.”

The racing has the potential to be exciting. They compete on the AC45 foiling catamarans used by the teams during the America’s Cup World Series and, just like that competition, is fleet racing.

Eight teams have qualified for the finals, which will consist of six races over two days on Wednesday and Thursday mornings (NZ time), but there have been strict rules about what they have been able to do over the past few days.

The NZL Sailing Team haven’t been allowed on the water since finishing qualifying last Wednesday so have been able to catch some of the Bermuda sights, along with the America’s Cup action, and they even had time to race in Optimists – the small yachts children first learn in.

“It’s great to see [Team New Zealand] out there putting it to the Americans, or Australians – whichever you would rather look at it,” Dunning Beck said in reference to the fact Spithill is one of a number of Australians onboard Oracle. “It’s exciting racing to watch. The winds have been incredibly shifty so it’s pretty tough to race in.”

Similar light-wind conditions of 8-10 knots are forecast for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. It’s something the teams are used to, with often painfully light winds for the qualifying races.

“We will just have to race like Team New Zealand have – keep it clean and keep the boat going really fast through the lulls and shifty patches,” Dunning Beck said. “I think all the teams will say the same thing, that racing is incredibly tough when it’s light.

“The courses are short and there’s not much time on the race track so if one team gets a flier and they are all the way in front, you can’t really do much to catch them. It’s a pretty tense game when it’s light so you have to keep a clear head, get good starts and keep the boat going fast.”

What: Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

How does it work? Eight teams take part in six fleet races, with the team claiming the most points in those races winning the trophy.

What do they race on? The teams are using the AC45 foiling catamarans the America’s Cup teams used for the America’s Cup World Series. There are six sailors on each boat.

How can I watch it? The racing will be televised live on Sky TV and screened LIVE at RNZYS! 

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12/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup Bermuda 2017 – Red Bull Youth AmericaÕs Cup Xxxxxx races during day one of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup on June 12, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda.

 

The best youth sailors on the planet will vie for glory in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup this week – and try to catch the eye of the America’s Cup teams who are also competing on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Can the surprise team of the tournament pull off an upset? 
America’s Cup Village (Bermuda) – The serene island paradise of Bermuda will be rocking this week when the world’s best young sailors fly across the Great Sound in the Finals of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Amid the already-charged atmosphere of the 35th America’s Cup Match races, eight international teams of sailors aged 18 to 24 will amp the excitement even higher over two days until the youth champions are crowned. Among them are compelling home heroes who have become the Cinderella story of the summer. Don’t miss the Finals action LIVE on Red Bull TV, this Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20 and 21.
There’s more than a trophy at stake. Launched in 2013, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was developed by Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher to provide a pathway toward a professional career, and America’s Cup syndicates have been watching closely. Now that Austria, Denmark, Japan and the USA have been eliminated in Qualifiers, the Finals are the last chance for the remaining teams to show the sailing world what they’re made of. “Like the America’s Cup, this event happens only once every four years, and it’s up to these sailors to seize the moment,” said Hagara, who won two Olympic Gold Medals with Steinacher. “Peter Burling was the skipper of the winning youth boat in 2013, and now he’s helming Emirates Team New Zealand. There’s no question that the sailors you see in the Finals are the stars of tomorrow.”
The teams who have earned a berth in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals are: Team France Jeune (France), SVB Team Germany (Germany), Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain), NZL Sailing Team (New Zealand), Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (Spain), Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden), Team Tilt (Switzerland) and – in a magical story for the Home of the 35th America’s Cup – Bermuda’s own TeamBDA.
Just 18 months ago, many on the Bermudian team had never sailed at all, and none had ever experienced anything remotely like the massive AC45F foiling catamarans of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Their unlikely success in securing a Finals berth has riveted the entire island, with spectators cheering madly on the shoreline and from pleasure boats.
On paper, Sweden and New Zealand are provisional favorites based on Qualifier placement and the Kiwi team’s status as the defending champion. But the terrifically close results so far indicate that the top step of the podium is anyone’s to claim.
“You couldn’t ask for a better sporting event – passionate young athletes, spectacular boats flying in a beautiful setting, fans going wild all around,” commented Steinacher. “This is what sailing is all about.”

Don’t miss the story of the summer: Watch the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Sky Sport on June 21 & 22 from 5am (NZT)

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Team Roster: Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals

Team BDA (BER)

Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (ESP)

Team France Jeune (FRA)
SVB Team Germany (GER)
Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)

NZL Sailing Team (NZL)
Artemis Youth Racing (SWE)
Team Tilt (SUI)
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