Jun 21, 2017

Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2017: Land Rover BAR Academy Champs

All images ACEA / Gilles Martin-Raget / Ricardo Pinto & Xaume Olleros / Red Bull Content Pool. - Couldn´t catch the RBYAC stream today, out whole day, but watching it right now. Go to Redbull TV and watch the final race. Crazy one as few times seen!
Great work for all youth crews, specially New Zealand winning 3 races today and  Land Rover BAR Academy on their overall , they surely deserved the trophy as they continued to push till last min.

BAR showed they have one of the best crews in the AC50s qualys, and their youth program has payed off big time. That's worth the investment and a base to built on for the British for next America's Cup editions.
The Kiwis also showing their usual Class , they couldn´t do more today with their 3 bullets.
Check that replay of race 6, amazing stuff.

I Hope this event continues even if TNZ goes back to Monos, would be a pity not seeing the kids working their hearts off on the AC45s. What a great platform in floating gor foiling mode.

Below press release sent by America's cup press.
06/21/2017 - Great Britain Grabs Red Bull Youth America's Cup Title In Last-Minute Upset

Great Britain’s Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions in the most dramatic of fashions, following a fantastic final day of racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound. New Zealand and Switzerland rounded out the podium.

America’s Cup Village (Bermuda) – Having headed into the climactic day of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in fifth place overall, defending champions NZL Sailing Team of New Zealand mounted a monumental comeback. The Kiwis looked to have successfully retained their crown after claiming a perfect set of race results on the day with three consecutive victories, while the leaders after day one ofthe Finals, Land Rover BAR Academy, had endured a difficult afternoon and were still on the course with the rest of the field, languishing in fifth place.

However, with the New Zealanders set to celebrate onboard their boat, incredible late drama conspired against the reigning champions. Land Rover BAR Academy clawed their way up to second on the final leg, including passing SVB Team Germany who hit the mark, to land the trophy. The British team's eventual second place in the race proved enough to see them finish on 50 points, just two ahead of NZL Sailing Team in the final standings.

“We had some slightly bleak thoughts for a little while watching on in that final race,” conceded Land Rover BAR Academy skipper Rob Bunce, reflecting on the dramatic final race. “We were just praying for an opportunity from somewhere and then we saw the drama that was unfolding in front of us, that was our opportunity. It feels fantastic to be able to bring the trophy home with us.”

Bunce also revealed that one very important spectator, Land Rover BAR Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie, was on hand to pass on his congratulations on the water after the final race.

Developed by Sport Directors and Olympic sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was introduced in 2013 as a launch pad to a professional career for the world’s best young sailing talent aged 18-24. The competition’s thrilling final day of action saw Switzerland's Team Tilt join Land Rover BAR Academy and NZL Sailing Team on the podium in third place overall.

“I’d just like to offer my personal congratulations to the British youth team for winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup today. This is a fantastic achievement,” said Jimmy Spithill, the two-time America’s Cup-winning skipper and helmsman of ORACLE TEAM USA, which is vying in this week’s America’s Cup Match racing.

Of the remaining teams contesting the final, Sweden’s Artemis Youth Racing finished fourth, followed by Team France Jeune, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR and SVB Team Germany. Local heroes TeamBDA, who had exceeded all expectations by reaching the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Final, finished their incredible journey in eighth place, having enjoyed momentous highlights including a fairytale victory in the Final’s opening race.

Sport Director Hagara noted that nine members of the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup are now on senior America’s Cup teams, including Peter Burling, the helmsman of the winning boat in that 2013 youth regatta, who now helms Emirates Team New Zealand.

“Look for the sailors you’ve seen here in this 2017 edition of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup to be in the next America’s Cup four years from now,” Hagara stated. “These young talents are the superstars of the future, and after seeing the level of skill and competitiveness they’ve shown here in Bermuda, there’s no doubt they’re going to take the sport to the next level.”

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017, Final overall standings: 1. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 50 pts, 2. NZL Sailing Team (NZL) 48 pts, 3. Team Tilt (SUI) 42 pts, 4. Artemis Youth Racing (SWE) 37 pts, 5. Team France Jeune (FRA) 35 pts, 6. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (ESP) 34 pts, 7. SVB Team Germany (GER) 33 pts, 8. TeamBDA (BER) 33 pts

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

Watch the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals on demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

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