On Tuesday 6 July, Royal Akarana Yacht Club announced a squad of eight sailors who would vie for one of four spots in the sailing team for the Youth America’s Cup in 2021.
Running alongside the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland in March next year, the Youth America’s Cup is a stepping stone for young sailors, all with the goal of one day racing for the Auld Mug, the oldest trophy in sporting history.
Four female and four male sailors were selected from 33 applications. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our Squad. These sailors are actively involved with the club, so if you see them around be sure to introduce yourself and say hi.
Bex Gmuer Hornell
Bex grew up sailing in the Bay of Islands on a variety of keel boats and sports boats before moving to Auckland to pursue her career in rigging. She now has three years of experience working as a yacht rigger and is currently based at RigPro.
Since moving to Auckland, Bex has been a regular face in the 52 footer scene. For the past six years, she has been running the bow on various 52s on Auckland Harbour. Earlier this year Bex co-skippered in the SSANZ Two-Handed Round North Island Yacht Race with her dad, Chris on their TP52 Kia Kaha, coming third in a very competitive fleet.
Bex has really taken to ocean sailing and last year she sailed from Auckland to Hawaii on Maiden, Tracey Edwards’ 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race entry.
In addition to her keel boat experience, Bex represented New Zealand in the 2019 Women’s Match Racing series event in China.
Bex has a well rounded set of skills and knowledge and is ready to bring them to the team and help them achieve the end goal of bringing the Youth America’s Cup to the Royal Akarana Yacht Club!