Elite young sailors from around the world will compete in Bermuda this summer; with teams from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Bermuda set to take part in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Over 20 teams registered for the selection process, and the final six have now been confirmed, making a total fleet of 12 teams to compete in Bermuda in June 2017.
Oracle Team USA, the Defender of the America’s Cup, will support and mentor both Team BDA, the Bermudian challengers for the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and Next Generation USA, the American representatives in the 2017 events.
Bermuda typically offers exceptional sailing conditions in June, with sparkling flat water and favorable winds that make the Great Sound a prime location for foiling.
At 45 feet, the AC45F boats are the same challenging watercraft used by professional sailors in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
While longer than a city bus, they deliver exceptional speed – potentially over 35 knots – when they rise up out of the water on their foils.
This year’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup teams, which for the first time include entries from countries such as Austria and Spain, are currently evaluating potential crew members and undergoing the training and preparation necessary to be ready for the rigors of the regatta.
The teams will announce their six-person rosters in May, ahead of Qualification in Bermuda, when two pools with a maximum of six boats each will sail for a spot in the Finals.
The top four teams from each pool will take part in the eight-boat battle for top honors.
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup gets underway in Bermuda this summer with Pool A and B Qualifiers June 12-16, 2017, followed by the Finals scheduled for June 20-21.
- Candidate Sailing Team, Austria
- Team BDA, Bermuda
- Youth Vikings Denmark, Denmark
- Team France Jeune, France
- Next Generation – Team Germany, Germany
- Land Rover BAR Academy, Great Britain
- Kaijin Team Japan, Japan
- NZL Sailing Team, New Zealand
- Spanish Impulse Team, Spain
- Artemis Youth Racing, Sweden
- Team Tilt, Switzerland
- Next Generation USA, USA