Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have announced the lineups for the two pools of top national youth teams that will compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda this summer.
As the Sport Directors for the innovative regatta for sailors aged 19 to 25, the legends from Austria flew to the America’s Cup Event Authority headquarters in Bermuda’s capital city, Hamilton, to make the blind draw among the 12 teams that had already been named to the event, with results as follows:
POOL A POOL B
Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden) Team BDA (Bermuda)
Team France Jeune (France) NZL Sailing Team (New Zealand)
Kaijin Team Japan (Japan) Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain)
Youth Vikings Denmark (Denmark) Spanish Impulse Team (Spain)
Team Tilt (Switzerland) Next Generation USA (USA)
SVB Team Germany (Germany) Candidate Sailing Team (Austria)
Download the pools and format here
Hagara explained the regatta format for 2017: “There are six sailors per team, and six teams per pool,” he stated. “In the Qualifiers this June, the top four teams from each pool will advance, and we’ll have a total of eight boats at the starting line in the Finals, which is a lot. They’ll sail the same racecourse used by the America’s Cup teams, so it’s going to be a big challenge and a great opportunity to learn and prove themselves.”
ORACLE TEAM USA is supporting two teams in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup: the local entry, 'Team BDA' and the American team, 'Next Generation USA'.
The two teams are scheduled to train in Bermuda at the end of March, with ORACLE TEAM USA providing equipment, mentorship, playbooks and coaching support.
In 2017, for the first time the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will use foiling catamarans – high-speed AC45F boats that are longer than a city bus and literally rise above the water on foils to fly at speeds over 35 knots (65km/h). They’re the same boats raced by the professional sailors of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
“The pools look quite equal, and I think it will be mistakes that prevent teams from advancing out of the Qualifiers,” said Steinacher.
Next up for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup teams: official training periods sailing with the only eight AC45F catamarans on the planet.
Training for Group A will take place in Bermuda on May 28-June 3, followed by training for Group B on June 4-10. Then the action accelerates in conjunction with the America’s Cup in Bermuda, with Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool A and B Qualifiers scheduled for June 12-16, 2017, followed by the Finals on June 20-21.
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