New Zealand teams emerge from tight pack to take first day lead at Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
New Zealand teams emerged from a tight pack to take two of three podium places on day one at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. But the racing is close; just three points separate first from sixth place after two races.
Peter Burling’s New Zealand Sailing Team was the most consistent performer on the day, with a second and fourth place finish to top the tight leaderboard. His Kiwi rival, Will Tiller, on Full Metal Jacket Racing, won the second race of the day, after posting a 7 in race one.
“The difference was getting off that start line well in race two and getting to the first mark in the lead,” Tiller said. “You’ve got to get in there early and tussle for your position right up to the start gun. We’re learning all the time and getting better and better. We need to because there is quality competition.”
Tiller’s team is equal third place on points with the Swedish and American Youth Sailing Force teams.
France’s New World Energy had a quietly efficient day, moving up through the fleet in both races to finish with a fourth and a third to sit alone in second place.
“After the practice races we were not really expecting this result. But we’ve worked hard on our video debriefings and it seems to have paid off,” said French helmsman Antoine Lauriot-Prevost. “We didn’t start well, so to finish where we finished is quite good.”
American Youth Sailing Force helm Michael Menninger pleased the hometown fans by jumping off the starting line with pace in the first race to win the first race of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, but fell back to seventh place in race two.
Conditions were perfect for racing, near the upper end of the 18-knot wind limit in place for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The sun burned through the early morning fog to make for a pleasant day at America’s Cup Village at Marina Green, and an enthusiastic crowd was on had to cheer the young sailors.
Racing continues on Monday at 11:10am PT.
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Provisional Results
NZL Sailing Team with ETNZ (NZL)… 2 – 4 – 16 points
Next World Energy (FRA)… 4 – 3 – 15 points
Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL)… 7 – 1 – 14 points
Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE)… 6 – 2 – 14 points
American Youth Sailing Force (USA)… 1 – 7 – 14 points
ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR)… 3 – 6 – 13 points
Team TILT (SUI)… 8 – 5 – 9 points
All In Racing (GER)… 5 – 8 – 9 points
USA45 Racing (USA)… 9 – 9 – 4 points
Objective Australia (AUS)… 10 – 10 – 2 points
Royal Akarana Yacht Club has seven members
competing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup:
New Zealand Sailing Team with ETNZ
Full Metal Jacket Racing
12/08/2013 – San Francisco (USA CA) – 34th America’s Cup – Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Boat Handover Day; Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL)