This weekend at RNZYS: Global Youth Sailing Program is Back to Find Future Sailing Stars

We invite all members to join us at the Squadron this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to watch the spectacular Red Bull Foiling Generation event and cheer on our youth sailors! All the action takes place on the water right outside the Squadron, so the sea-wall and Members Bar are PRIME viewing locations! More on this global Red Bull sailing event below…

The brainchild of double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, Red Bull Foiling Generation seeks the world’s best young sailors to learn and compete in the next wave of sailing: high-speed foiling catamarans. The champions crowned in France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and the USA will go on to represent their countries in November’s World Final in Miami, USA.

After getting off to a flying start in 2015 and 2016, Red Bull Foiling Generation is back to discover the globes top youth sailors. Developed by sports directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the series gives wings to talented sailors aged 16-20 by introducing them to the type of cutting-edge foiling technology used in the America’s Cup.

Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour will host the second stop of the 2017/2018 World Series, being held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Feb 23 – 25) at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

RNZYS Youth Training Programme and RNZYS Performance Programme sailors competing include: Nick Egnot-Johnson, Josh Wijohn, Taylor Balogh, James Wilson, Jordan Stevenson, Celia Willison, Charlotte Porter, George Angus and Mitch Jackson.

Olivia Mackay (AKL), who helmed New Zealand to win the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016, has gone on to helm a wildcard boat in the Extreme Sailing Series, and at least 40 previous participants of Foiling Generation are currently in Olympic-class programs for Tokyo 2020.

This week, a new crop of future New Zealand sailing stars have their own chance to shine. Mackay will play coach on-site to New Zealand’s 2018 competitors.

“Phantoms are like no other boat, high paced and loose, it was two of the best regattas I’ve ever competed in.” says Olivia Mackay. “Getting the opportunity at a world title is always a fun challenge, but in these boats, with this style of racing, it was an absolutely epic experience and a great feeling to represent NZ.”

Our City of Sails will see 16 teams of two undergo the Qualification Rounds this Friday Feb 23, followed by Repechage Rounds on Saturday and the Semi Finals and Finals on Sunday. Spectators are welcomed to watch on-site from 10.30am daily at the RNZYS.

At each of the national championship events, Red Bull Foiling Generation provides the boats and expert coaching. Each team will race the innovative Flying Phantom, a spectacular multihull catamaran capable of reaching speeds up to 35 knots (nearly 40mph). 

All participants gain invaluable experience, as they are coached by Steinacher and Hagara in taking on the demanding challenge of foiling. The Austrian legends are also the masterminds behind the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, where victorious skipper Peter Burling learned skills that helped him to win the 2017 America’s Cup at the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand. 

“I always say that it’s like in motorsport: young people start in karts and they keep moving up toward Formula 1,” Hagara explains. “We want to give these sailors a chance to showcase their skills, and for some of them, the Olympics, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup or the Extreme Sailing Series could be the next step.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our City of Sails will see 16 teams of two undergo the Qualification Rounds this Friday Feb 23, followed by Repechage Rounds on Saturday and the Semi Finals and Finals on Sunday. Spectators are welcomed to watch on-site from 10.30am daily at the RNZYS.

At each of the national championship events, Red Bull Foiling Generation provides the boats and expert coaching. Each team will race the innovative Flying Phantom, a spectacular multihull catamaran capable of reaching speeds up to 35 knots (nearly 40mph).

All participants gain invaluable experience, as they are coached by Steinacher and Hagara in taking on the demanding challenge of foiling. The Austrian legends are also the masterminds behind the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, where victorious skipper Peter Burling learned skills that helped him to win the 2017 America’s Cup at the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand.

“I always say that it’s like in motorsport: young people start in karts and they keep moving up toward Formula 1,” Hagara explains. “We want to give these sailors a chance to showcase their skills, and for some of them, the Olympics, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup or the Extreme Sailing Series could be the next step.”

Race Schedule

Spectators are welcomed to watch on-site from 10.30am daily.

Friday Feb 23 – Qualification Rounds
Saturday Feb 24 – Repechage Rounds
Sunday Feb 25 – Semi Finals & Finals

Red Bull Foiling Generation Race Calendar

The race calendar continues in 2018, for a total of six global stops before the climax of November’s World Final: held in Miami, Florida, USA.

25 – 27 October 2017 | La Baule, France
23 – 25 February 2018 | Auckland, New Zealand
29 June – 1 July 2018 | The Hague, Netherlands
13 – 15 July 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland
10 – 12 August 2018 | Achensee, Austria
9 – 11 November 2018 | Miami, Florida, USA
16 – 18 November 2018 | WORLD FINAL, Miami, Florida, USA

 

Recent Posts