The first teams are arriving in San Francisco ahead of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series, which starts on Saturday. Others, who will participate in the second session, beginning on Monday February 18, are ramping up their training as they prepare to compete for coveted spots in the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup in September.
Each of the two sessions at the Selection Series is seven days long. The first begins on Saturday February 9. The six national teams participating in session one are:
AUS – Objective Australia
AUT – Team Austria
DEN – Danish Youth Vikings
GER – STG-NRV Youth Team
NZL – Full Metal Jacket Racing
RSA – Team i’KaziKati
The youth crews will be put their paces by double Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, who are the Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.
"We can't wait to get started and get working," said Hagara. "The days are going to be long, the work is going to be hard, but ultimately all of the teams are going to learn a lot about what it takes to be a professional sailor at the America's Cup level."
"We know not all of these teams can be selected to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup," Steinacher added. "But I also know that every single one of them will leave here as a better sailor and that's no small thing."
During the second session, five more national teams will be pushed to the limit, including:
ARG – Arg Youth Team
GBR – GBR Youth Challenge
ITA – Team Italy powered by Stig
POR - ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
SUI – Team TILT
Six other Youth crews are being supported by current America's Cup World Series teams, and have a place in the September Red Bull Youth America's Cup at the discretion of the regatta director:
CHN – China Team / Name TBC
FRA – Energy Team / Name TBC
NZL – Emirates Team New Zealand / Name TBC
SWE – Artemis Racing / Swedish Youth Challenge
USA – ORACLE TEAM USA / American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
USA – ORACLE TEAM USA / USA45 Racing (USA)