Sep 4, 2013

Youth Americas Cup: New Zealand (1&2) leads

A preview of things to come? Or just another proof that the Kiwis are the best sailors on the Planet? The Aussies wanted to show they also have some of the best sailors, and performed an incredible recovery with a 2-2 on races 5 & 6, after having too much bad luck with hardware failure in previous races. The Australians are showing that their wildcard selection at the Trials was not an error for the organizers. beyond geopolitical/audience reasons.

Today is Final day of the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup, and many of the future Big Cup sailors are racing these days  AC45s. Just like the Old Cup both NZ teams have the Americans (all US born here though) as those to beat. But anything can happen if they use the double point system for the last races.

Image Balazs Gardi of the leading Youth Team, NZL 2, that scored two bullets yesterday for a 11 point lead reaching the last day.
They've quite consistent past days so they might secure the title today to fire up their 'Old' fellow country men racing for the Cup on Saturday. More info at

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Provisional Standings
1. NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 2-RDG-7-3-1-1 – 50 points
2. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL) 7-1-4-6-6-3 – 39 points
3. American Youth Sailing Force (USA) 1-7-3-5-7-4 – 39 points
4. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE) 6-2-9-1-4-6 – 38 points
5. ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR) 3-6-1-8-8-5 – 35 points
6. Team TILT (SUI) 8-5-2-2-9-7 – 33 points
7. Next World Energy (FRA) 4-4-8-4-5-9 – 32 points
8. Objective Australia (AUS) RDG-10-6-10-2-2 – 30 points
9. All In Racing (GER) 5-8-5-9-3-8 – 28 points
10. USA45 Racing (USA) 9-9-10-7-10-10 – 11 points
(RDG = redress awarded by International Jury)

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