One day of racing remains for Red Bull youths

Portugal's ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team in mid-maneuver (©ACEA 2013/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget).


The six teams participating in the second selection series for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup today continued the racing program ahead of tomorrow’s selection day.

Principle Race Officer John Craig got the program back on track today, completing seven races for a total of 12. Six more races are planned tomorrow to wrap the series.

Teams aiming for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup racing hard on San Francisco Bay (©ACEA 2013/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget).


“It was a great day. There’s a lot of talent out there,” said ORACLE TEAM USA sailor Tom Slingsby, who rode with the crews as a coach. “On some crews, the teamwork is very good and they’re really gelling together well. Other teams probably will want to step their game up tomorrow. But some of the guys are working really well together and I think there will be some tough decisions for the selectors.”

England’s GBR Youth Challenge leads the standings with 9 points, followed by Switzerland’s Team Tilt 1 point behind. Those two teams were at the head of the fleet yesterday, albeit in reverse order.

Crew action aboard 36 Below Racing from New Zealand (©ACEA 2013/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget).


Portugal’s ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team is close behind in third with 12 points and tied with Argentina’s Arg Youth Team. 36 Below Racing from New Zealand holds fifth with 13 points, followed by Team Italy powered by Stig with 16 points.

“A one point lead is good, but it’s no guarantee,” said GBR Youth Challenge bowman Trystan Seal.

“There’s always more to do. It’s never finished,” said GBR helmsman Andy Sinclair. “You make one mistake, get a start a bit wrong and you’re out the back.”

Team Tilt skipper Lucien Cujean thinks the pressure tomorrow will be on other teams.

“It’s important to stay focused,” said Cujean. “We’re 1 point behind. We need to sail a bit better than today, but we are not under great pressure because we’re not in first. And some of the teams behind us might have more pressure to climb the standings, they might take more risk tomorrow.”

Switzerland's Team Tilt (left) and Portugal's ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (©ACEA 2013/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget).