From February 9-24 two qualifying sessions involving 11 national teams will take place in California.
A team from Great Britian – the GBR Youth Challenge – have taken the place of the French Youth Team, who have now qualified for the main event in September after being supported by the Energy Team, who are France’s America’s Cup World Series entry.
“The America’s Cup is the greatest thing you can do in sailing,” Adam Lees, of the British team said. “The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is about getting more people involved in the competition and making it more accessible to young sailors so the next generation is involved early on.”
The Selection Series has the goal of ensuring the best talent makes the starting line of the main event and will narrow the field in two rigorous training workshop and regatta sessions from February 9-15 and February 18-24, 2013.
And double Olympic gold medalist Hans-Peter Steinacher, Sports Director of the event with Roman Hagara emphasised what a great opportunity this is for the young sailing prospects.
“The goal of the selection process is two-fold,” he said. “First, we want all of the teams at the selection series to learn and improve and maximize their potential. At the same time, we must evaluate the crews over the course of the week so that we can invite the top teams to race for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September. This is such a great chance for these young teams to launch their careers.”
Hagara added: “We will have this one chance to see the youth teams train and compete under high-pressure situations during the selection camp. It’s a fantastic way to assess who can perform to their best and to select those who deserve to qualify for the main event.”
Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, China Team and Energy Team have all indicated they are supporting teams for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Youth crews with the support of an America’s Cup World Series team are eligible for direct entry to September’s event via the Regatta Director.
The Selection Series in February will be held on the same AC45 wing sail catamarans the youth crews will race in September. These are also the same boats the America’s Cup teams race in the AC World Series.
Teams participating in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup:
Selection Series Session 1 – February 9-15
AUS – Objective Australia
AUT – Team Austria
DEN – Danish Vikings
GER – STG-NRV Sailing Team
NZL – Full Metal Jacket Racing
RSA – Team i’KaziKati
Selection Series Session 2 – February 18-24
ARG – Argentina Youth Team
GBR – GBR Youth Challenge
ITA – Team Italy powered by Stig
POR - ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
SUI – Team TILT
Youth crews supported by America’s Cup World Series Teams
CHN – China Team / Name TBC
FRA – Energy Team / Name TBC
NZL – Emirates Team New Zealand / Name TBC
SWE – Artemis Racing / Swedish Youth Challenge
USA – ORACLE TEAM USA / American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
USA – ORACLE TEAM USA / USA45 Racing (USA)