Check out final-day highlights from the first sailing competition of its kind in San Francisco Bay.
The first-ever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup provided thrills, spills and plenty of action over four days of intense competition, with 10 teams of young sailors, aged 19-24, pushing the limits on AC45 sailboats.
On Wednesday, the New Zealand Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand recovered from a poor start to beat their rivals on Full Metal Jacket (NZL) and the ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team from Portugal to win the inaugural title.
It's amazing to take the win and humbling to do it under the Emirates Team New Zealand banner
New Zealand Sailing Team skipper Peter Burling
The leaderboard was tight, leading to tense moments on the final day. Just three points separated second from fifth place. When the Swiss Team TILT won race 7, they became the sixth different team to claim a race win in the regatta. Race 8 – which was to score double points – was cancelled with the winds on San Francisco Bay over the limit.
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the double Olympic gold medallists and sports directors of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, have been a driving force behind the inaugural event and are impressed with the level of talent and competition.
“The young guys are amazing. They are racing the boats really hard and the competition is very tough,” Hagara said. “I think the best team won. But all of the teams have shown massive development. They learned so much here and the racing has been very tight which is great for the spectators as well.”
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Standings
1. NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 2-RDG-7-3-1-1-4 – 57 points
2. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL) 7-1-4-6-6-3-5 – 45 points
3. ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR) 3-6-1-8-8-5-2 – 44 points
4. Team TILT (SUI) 8-5-2-2-9-7-1 – 43 points
5. American Youth Sailing Force (USA) 1-7-3-5-7-4-8 – 42 points
6. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE) 6-2-9-1-4-6-10 – 39 points
7. Objective Australia (AUS) RDG-10-6-10-2-3 – 38 points
8. Next World Energy (FRA) 4-4-8-4-5-9-6 – 37 points
9. All In Racing (GER) 5-8-5-9-3-8-9 – 30 points
10. USA45 Racing (USA) 9-9-10-7-10-10-7 – 15 points
(RDG = redress awarded by International Jury)