Kiwis and Portuguese top the table at the Red Bull Youth America's Cup

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UPDATE: 1230 hours

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup provided thrills, spills and plenty of action over four days of intense competition on San Francisco Bay. On Wednesday, the New Zealand Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand recovered from a poor start to beat their fierce rivals on Full Metal Jacket (NZL) and the ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team from Portugal to win the inaugural title.

The leaderboard was tight, leading to tense moments on the final day. Just three points separated second from fifth place. When the Swiss Team TILT won race 7, they became the sixth different team to claim a race win in the regatta.

Race 8 - which was to score double points - was cancelled with the winds on San Francisco Bay over the limit.

More to come

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Provisional Standings
1. NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 2-RDG-7-3-1-1-4 – 57 points
2. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL) 7-1-4-6-6-3-5 – 45 points
3. ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR) 3-6-1-8-8-5-2 – 44 points
4. Team TILT (SUI) 8-5-2-2-9-7-1 – 43 points
5. American Youth Sailing Force (USA) 1-7-3-5-7-4-8 – 42 points
6. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE) 6-2-9-1-4-6-10 – 39 points
7. Objective Australia (AUS) RDG-10-6-10-2-3 – 38 points
8. Next World Energy (FRA) 4-4-8-4-5-9-6 – 37 points
9. All In Racing (GER) 5-8-5-9-3-8-9 – 30 points
10. USA45 Racing (USA) 9-9-10-7-10-10-7 – 15 points
(RDG = redress awarded by International Jury)

UPDATE: 1147 hours

Swiss skipper Lucien Cujean had an outstanding start and led all the way around the track to become the sixth team to earn a win in the seven races of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

“We managed a good start to take the lead. We’re pretty happy. This last race is going to be the big one,” Cujean said.

New Zealand Sailing Team, the overall leader in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, fell back into the pack in race 7. Despite getting a good start, skipper Peter Burling’s team was penalized on the first run and dropped to dead last at one point. But the resilient Kiwis chipped away to salvage a fourth place. American Youth Sailing Force, equal on points for second place this morning, also ran into penalty trouble on the first lap of the course, and ended up seventh.

The results mean the leaderboard is still wide open heading in the final race of the event. Race 8 is scored with double points. Stay tuned. It’s going to be a thrilling conclusion.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Provisional Standings
1. NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 2-RDG-7-3-1-1-4 – 57 points
2. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL) 7-1-4-6-6-3-5 – 45 points
3. ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR) 3-6-1-8-8-5-2 – 44 points
4. Team TILT (SUI) 8-5-2-2-9-7-1 – 43 points
5. American Youth Sailing Force (USA) 1-7-3-5-7-4-8 – 42 points
6. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE) 6-2-9-1-4-6-10 – 39 points
7. Objective Australia (AUS) RDG-10-6-10-2-3 – 38 points
8. Next World Energy (FRA) 4-4-8-4-5-9-6 – 37 points
9. All In Racing (GER) 5-8-5-9-3-8-9 – 30 points
10. USA45 Racing (USA) 9-9-10-7-10-10-7 – 15 points
(RDG = redress awarded by International Jury)

ORIGINAL POST

The 10 Red Bull Youth America's Cup team will take to San Francisco Bay this morning for the final two races of this inaugural event.

Two teams from New Zealand are leading the event, with Peter Burling's New Zealand Sailing beginning to stretch away from the fleet - he has an 11 point lead over Full Metal Jacket (NZL) and the American Youth Sailing Force.

But just 9 points separate second place from eighth place.

The second race of today - race 8 - scores double points, so there is plenty of scope for movement.

The forecast is at the top end, 16 to 19 knots, so the racing should be fantastic.

Race 7 is scheduled for 11:10am PT.

The double point race 8 is scheduled for 11:50am PT.