Countdown is on to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup

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The Red Bull Youth America's Cup starts in less than a week and the 10 national youth teams are into their final preparations on San Francisco Bay.

The event runs from September 1-4, with four days of fleet racing off the America's Cup Village at Marina Green.

On Saturday, August 31, there is a final day of practice with Speed Trials incorporated in the final training session - a spectator favourite.

"If I had to sum up the situation, I would say that this is a fantastic race course, with great boats and that our rivals are going to be tough," said Antoine Lauriot-Prévost, the helmsman for the French entry, Next World Energy. "But we have a wonderful team here and everyone is focused."

The teams have been training under the watchful eyes of Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, double Olympic gold medalists who also serve as the Sports Directors of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.

"These guys have been putting in the hours, both on and off the water, to get competitive and strong," Steinacher said.

"I think we will some some great racing next week," added Hagara. "I wish I was a little younger so I could get out there with them!"

The Red Bull Youth America's Cup features 10 national teams, from 8 countries, composed of sailing aged 19-24. They race on the same AC45 wing sail catamarans used by the America's Cup teams in the AC World Series from 2011-2013.