Welcome to Day 1 of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series

© ACEA 2013 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget


UPDATE 1: 1400 hours

Day 1 of the first Selection Series for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup began with all six teams, nearly 40 sailors, gathered for a couple of hours of introductions.

After the introductions the six teams were split up into several groups. One group was shown how to rig an AC45, while another was given tips on safety procedures. Still another group, consisting of the New Zealanders and South Africans took their stress test, which consisted of a series of grinding exercises.

The first exercise, called the “top-handle test” mimicked grinding a winch on an AC45. The sailors had to grind a line attached to a 100-kilogram weight a distance of five meters. Most of the sailors completed the exercise in 13 to 15 seconds.

The youth sailors got seriously winded on the “pedestal test.” That required each sailor to grind a variable resistance machine for 20 seconds, followed by a 10-second breather and then 20 seconds of grinding in the opposite direction. The test lasted five minutes and afterwards the sailors were walking around, shaking the lactic acid buildup out of their arms.

“That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Michael Ovenstone, a 22-year-old trimmer for South Africa’s i’KaziKati team.

“I really feel the burning in my arms,” he said, while massaging the inside of his forearms. “I don’t know what muscle that is, but it burns.”

ORIGINAL POST: 0845 hours

The first of two selection series for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup begins today.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is a new event under the umbrella of the America’s Cup and is intended to afford young, talented sailors a clear pathway towards competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in sport – the America’s Cup.

© ACEA 2013 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget


The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is scheduled Sept. 1-4, 2013, in San Francisco, during the break between the start of the 2013 America’s Cup Finals and the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Already six teams have qualified for the Finale as a result of gaining backing from an established America’s Cup World Series team. The two-part Selection Series (Feb 9-15 and Feb 18-24) will yield at least another four teams.

“The goal of the selection process is two-fold,” said Hans-Peter Steinacher, a double Olympic gold medalist who shares the role of Sports Director for the event with Roman Hagara.

“First, we want all of the teams at the selection series to learn and improve and maximize their potential. At the same time, we must evaluate the crews over the course of the week so that we can invite the top teams to race for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September. This is such a great chance for these young teams to launch their careers.”

© ACEA 2013 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget


The six teams taking part in the first Selection Series include Objective Australia (Australia), Team Austria (Austria), Danish Youth Vikings (Denmark), STG/NRV Youth Team (Germany), Full Metal Jacket Racing (New Zealand) and i’KaziKati (South Africa).

This page will be updated throughout the day, but more information can also be found at our Red Bull Youth America’s Cup page, which includes a listing of the entered teams and information about the AC45, the wing sail catamaran that will be used in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.