Across the past year, double champions Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher have sought out the planet’s best young sailors to learn and compete in the next wave of sailing – high-speed foiling catamarans – and top teams from 16 nations will vie to be crowned World Champion. For the 32 participating athletes, the experience could be the stepping stone to a professional career.
Red Bull Foiling Generation Sailing – High-speed foiling catamarans
About Red Bull Foiling Generation
After previous seasons in 2015 and 2016, Red Bull Foiling Generation is back, with Flying Phantom catamarans lifting over the water at up to 35 knots in a novel format. Sailors aged 16-20 compete in a series of heats on four identical boats of distinct colours until the final race determines the winning team. The biggest youth sailing program on the planet, in 2017-18 Red Bull Foiling Generation features top teams from 16 countries and five continents in a World Final to be held in the USA on November 9-11 2018.
The brainchild of elite level champions Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, Red Bull Foiling Generation seeks the planet’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.
Olivia Mackay, 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.
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.
2018 Red Bull Foiling Generation Race Calendar
23 – 25 Feb: Auckland, New Zealand
28 – 30 Jun: The Hague, Netherlands
13 – 15 Jul: Geneva, Switzerland
10 – 12 Aug: Achensee, Austria
02 – 04 Nov: Miami, Florida, USA
09 – 11 Nov: WORLD FINAL, Miami, Florida, USA
Technical data for Flying Phantom:
The Flying Phantom earns raves as the future of sailing because unlike other small boats, it uses hydrofoil technology to lift completely out of the water. The cutting-edge system allows it to hit blistering speeds of up to 35 knots – almost 40mph – making it by far the quickest sailing boat of its size in the world.