America’s Cup 19.06.2017

The Sailing Superstars Of Tomorrow Go For Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Title Live On 20th / 21st June

The best youth sailors on the planet will vie for glory in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup this week, and try to catch the eye of the America’s Cup teams who are also competing on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Can the surprise team of the tournament pull off an upset?

America’s Cup Village (Bermuda) – The serene island paradise of Bermuda will be rocking this week when the world’s best young sailors fly across the Great Sound in the Finals of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Amid the already-charged atmosphere of the race action in the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, eight international teams of sailors aged 18 to 24 will amp the excitement even higher over two days until the youth champions are crowned. Among them are compelling home heroes who have become the Cinderella story of the summer. Don’t miss the Finals action LIVE on Red Bull TV, this Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20 and 21.

There’s more than a trophy at stake. Launched in 2013, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was developed by Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher to provide a pathway toward a professional career in sailing, and America’s Cup syndicates have been watching closely. Now that Austria, Denmark, Japan and the USA have been eliminated in the Qualifiers, the Finals are the last chance for the remaining teams to show the sailing world what they’re made of.

“Like the America’s Cup, this event happens only once every four years, and it’s up to these sailors to seize the moment,” said Hagara, who won two Olympic Gold Medals with Steinacher. “Peter Burling was the skipper of the winning youth boat in 2013, and now he’s helming Emirates Team New Zealand. There’s no question that the sailors you see in the Finals are the stars of tomorrow.”

The teams who have earned a berth in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals are: Team France Jeune (France), SVB Team Germany (Germany), Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain), NZL Sailing Team (New Zealand), Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (Spain), Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden), Team Tilt (Switzerland) and – in a magical story for the home of the 35th America’s Cup – Bermuda’s own TeamBDA.

Just 18 months ago, many on the Bermudian team had never sailed at all, and none had ever experienced anything remotely like the massive AC45F foiling catamarans of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Their unlikely success in securing a Finals berth has riveted the entire island, with spectators cheering madly for the team on the shoreline and from boats on the Great Sound.

On paper, Sweden and New Zealand are provisional favorites based on Qualifier placement and the Kiwi team’s status as the defending champion. But the terrifically close results so far indicate that the top step of the podium is anyone’s to claim.

“You couldn’t ask for a better sporting event – passionate young athletes, spectacular boats flying in a beautiful setting, fans going wild all around,” commented Steinacher. “This is what sailing is all about.”

Don’t miss the story of the summer: Watch the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.

Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

 

 

America's Cup Superyacht Regatta, Day 1

America’s Cup 16.06.2017

06/16/2017

J CLASS YACHTS TO RUN EXHIBITION EVENT ON GREAT SOUND FROM 12.00, SATURDAY 17th JUNE

An historic event will take place on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the venue for the 35th America’s Cup, from 12.00 to 12.45pm on Saturday 17th June when seven J Class yachts will stage an exhibition together on the same waters on which ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand will begin their competition in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Often described as the most beautiful sailing yachts ever to grace the seas, the seven J Class yachts in the Great Sound of Bermuda will provide everybody with a majestic sight never seen before in the history of the Class. Even in their heydays in the 1930’s, when they raced in three America’s Cups, there was never a fleet of seven J Class yachts on one race course.

America’s Cup Village ticket holders will be able to see this incredible spectacle from vantage points across the home of the 35th America’s Cup. In addition, everyone with an America’s Cup flag for their privately registered boats is urged to head to the Great Sound before 12.00 to ensure they have the chance to see what promises to be one of the great highlights of the 35th America’s Cup, and a truly groundbreaking moment in the history of sailing

The J Class yachts taking part are:

1. JS1 SVEA
2. J8 TOPAZ
3. JH1 LIONHEART
4. JK6 HANUMAN
5. J5 RANGER
6. JK7 VELSHEDA
7. JK3 SHAMROCK

In addition, the eighth J Class yacht in Bermuda, Rainbow, will also be on display on Saturday morning in the Royal Naval Dockyard’s South Basin, allowing spectators heading to the America’s Cup Village to take a good look at one of the world’s most beautiful yachts.

Go now to www.americascup.com/tickets to book your place at the greatest race on water.

 

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, Day 3

America’s Cup 15.06.2017

06/15/2017

RED BULL YOUTH AMERICA’S CUP 2017 – POOL A QUALIFIERS, DAY ONE

Racing stole the early advantage in the Pool A Qualifiers of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, with the Swedish team finishing the pool’s first day of racing on top of the standings after scoring two first and a third in the day’s three races.

With Pool B teams NZL Sailing Team, Land Rover BAR Academy, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR and local favourites Team BDA having already booked their places in The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, it was the turn of the six teams who make up Pool A to try and join them, with four spots up for grabs after the two days of Qualifying action in Bermuda.

Pool A is made up of Kaijin Team Japan, SVB Team Germany, Team France Jeune, Artemis Racing (SWE), Youth Vikings Denmark and Team Tilt (SUI), all focused on making it through to the Finals of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the pathway to a career at the top level of international sailing.

Roman Hagara, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sport Director said, “the teams were faced with more light winds today, similar to the conditions the Pool B teams had to compete in, but that’s how it can be in sailing. You have to race with the conditions you find yourself in, and I’ve been very impressed with not only how the teams have handled the lighter winds, but also seeing how they are just as competitive and just as determined, no matter the wind strength.”

Adding his thoughts is Hans-Peter Steinacher, Hagara’s fellow Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sport Director, who said, “Artemis Youth Racing looked strong today, as did SVB Team Germany and Team France Jeune. However, the competition levels are incredibly tight and everything could turn around tomorrow, that’s how close the teams all are. That is exactly what we wanted to achieve with this event, having closely matched, competiitve teams who would bring the best out of each other. Those who did well today cannot afford to relax as there is still all to play for.”

In race one it was Robin Follin’s Team France Jeune who stole the early advantage, claiming a comfortable victory in the opening race of the day.

Despite the light winds over Bermuda’s Great Sound,the French team, affiliated to 35th America’s Cup team Groupama Team France, managed to generate good speed away from the start line and led throughout the race, eventually crossing the finish line clearly ahead of the rest of the pack.

Behind them, a hard-fought battle for second place was eventually won by Max Kohlhoff’s SVB Team Germany ahead of Sweden’s Artemis Youth Racing. Kaijin Team Japan took fourth-place, followed by Switzerland’s Team Tilt, skippered by Sebastian Schneiter, with Youth Vikings Denmark crossing the finish line in sixth.

In race two, in what proved a much closer duel, Artemis Youth Racing built on their promising first race display to claim victory, narrowly ahead of SVB Team Germany, with Max Kohlhoff’s team having to settle for another second-place finish.

A dramatic battle ensued at the last mark with Robin Follin’s Team France Jeune overtaking the improved Youth Vikings Denmark team, finishing third and fourth respectively. Switzerland’s Team Tilt once again finished fifth with Kaijin Team Japan completing the order in sixth place.

In the third and final race of the day, Artemis Youth Racing continued their impressive form, clinching a second-successive first place finish, capping off a very successful day’s work for the Swedish team.

Behind the victors, Switzerland’s Team Tilt claimed a morale-boosting second-place finish, ahead of the consistent Team France Jeune, who finished inside the top three in all three races.

Youth Vikings Denmark held off late pressure from the Germans to seal fourth, narrowly ahead of SVB Team Germany in fifth and Kaijin Team Japan, who again finished in sixth place.

At the end of day one in Pool A Qualifiers, Artemis Youth Racing lead the way with 28 points, followed by Team France Jeune (26pts), SVB Team Germany (24pts), Team Tilt (SUI) (21pts), Youth Vikings Denmark (19pts) and Kaijin Team Japan (17pts)

RESULTS

Pool A Race 1:

Team France Jeune (10pts)
SVB Team Germany (9pts)
Artemis Youth Racing (8pts)
Kaijin Team Japan (7pts)
Team Tilt (SUI) (6pts)
Youth Vikings Denmark (5pts)

Pool A Race 2:

Artemis Youth Racing (SWE) (10pts)
SVB Team Germany (9pts)
Team France Jeune (8pts)
Youth Vikings Denmark (7pts)
Team Tilt (SUI) (6pts)
Kaijin Team Japan (5pts)

Pool A Race 3:

Artemis Youth Racing(10pts)
Team Tilt (SUI) (9pts)
Team France Jeune (8pts)
Youth Vikings Denmark (7pts)
SVB Team Germany (6pts)
Kaijin Team Japan (5pts)

POOL A QUALIFIERS LEADERBOARD (DAY ONE)

Artemis Youth Racing (28pts)
Team France Jeune (26pts)
SVB Team Germany (24pts)
Team Tilt (SUI) (21pts)
Youth Vikings Denmark (19pts)
Kaijin Team Japan (17pts)

Watch the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.

Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

 

Kiwis started -1 point due to the Defender's win

America’s Cup 18.06.2017

18.06.2017

Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand push ahead

Battle resumed on Father’s Day in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton with Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA looking to seize back the advantage gained by Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand on day one. However, it was day two to the Kiwis again, with Emirates Team New Zealand recording two more back-to-back victories over the Defenders of the America’s Cup, putting themselves 3-0 up in the first-to-seven series that will determine the winner of the 35th America’s Cup.

After racing had finished on day two, Jimmy Spithill looked ahead to the five day break before racing restarts on 24th June and what ORACLE TEAM USA can do to put themselves back in the fight. “These are going to be the most important five days of this America’s Cup campaign for us.

“I thought we took a good step forward from yesterday, but it is clear we have to find some speed from somewhere, that is no secret.

“If we were forced to race day after day we’d be in some serious trouble at the moment. This break coming up is a massive opportunity for us as a team to go away and regroup.

“Everything will be put out on the table, nothing will be off limits, and over the next five days our incredible shore team will be looking at every aspect of our boat.

“Nothing will escape our eyes, I can guarantee that. Whether it’s system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy, we are going to look at absolutely everything.

“The motivation is always there, the team is hungry and we’re a very competitive group, but we are also a candid group and it is quite clear we need to make some changes.

“We feel that with the resources we have here we can make the changes to improve the boat and give us more speed. It looks like we have some good sailing days coming up over these next five days so we’ll be into 24 hour shifts.

“We’ve been in a situation like this before and we’ve had less time. We’ve got five important days and we’ll be using every single hour of them.

“We have to respond.”

In reply, despite knowing that repeating the opening weekend’s performance when racing resumes on 24th June would confirm Emirates Team New Zealand as the 35th America’s Cup champions, Burling again warned his team against complacency.

“We are walking away with two victories again but, much the same as yesterday, we made too many mistakes,” said the Kiwi helmsman.

“We now have five days to keep pushing on and progressing because everyone in this team is hungry to keep on improving and learning.

“We know full well if we stand still, Jimmy (Spithill) and ORACLE TEAM USA will catch us so we have plenty of work on in the next five days.

“We’re happy to take those four wins because it is no secret that we are here to win the America’s Cup. We knew to do that we had to win eight races and so we have to keep on battling to ensure that is what we do.”

Race Three
Race three saw Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand pick up where they left off on day one, sealing a third consecutive victory over Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA to extend their advantage in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton to two points at the halfway stage of day two

That mistake handed the initiative to Burling and he seized the opportunity, sailing clear of his rival to hold an 11 second lead at gate two.

Trailing the Kiwi boat, Spithill went for the split at the gate as he chased hard in pursuit of Burling, winner of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. However, Emirates Team New Zealand continued to showcase their impressive speed and steadily increased their advantage through the next two gates, holding a 49 second lead by leg 5/7.

Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA continued their pursuit, in the hope of a mistake from their Kiwi rivals in the closing stages. However, it was not to materialise. Burling kept his composure, rounding the fifth gate with his 49 second advantage intact, and from that point there was no looking back Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line nearly a minute ahead of the US team and Burling claimed his third victory on the trot in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Race Four
Race two started in almost identical fashion to the first race, with both teams racing extremely closely to one another as they crossed the start line, quickly accelerating to around 40 knots as they headed towards the first mark.

Both teams essentially had faultless races, but the superior boat speed of Emirates Team New Zealand proved the deciding factor, the Kiwis pulling away throughout the race to build a lead of 500 metres heading towards the fifth gate.

Emirates Team New Zealand rounded Gate 5 with their advantage standing at a minute, with Jimmy Spithill only able to watch on in the hope of a mistake from his rival Peter Burling, but it was not to be.

At the end of race four it was Emirates Team New Zealand who were celebrating again, finishing the day with two more points on the leaderboard and clear air between them and ORACLE TEAM USA.

 

18/06/2017 - Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's

America’s Cup 21.06.2017

Spithill: „These are the most important five days of the campaign“
Bermuda, Sunday, June 18, 2017

ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill sailed out to Bermuda’s Great Sound race course with a different set of foils on Sunday, looking to change things up with a forecast for more wind.

With an easterly breeze of 10 to 12 knots, the American defender was on its high-speed daggerboards.

But the result was the same as on Saturday. The Kiwi boat was able to lead at mark one in both races and extend for two race wins.

„I think it’s pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some changes,“ Spithill said after racing concluded.

„I think these next five days are the most important five days of the campaign.

„We will look at every single thing we can. We have five days to respond and everything is on the table… Whether it’s system related, appendages, sailing technique, strategy, we’ll look at everything.“

Spithill praised his team and expressed confidence they would be competitive when racing resumes.

„There’s no other team I’d rather be in this situation with,“ he said. „We’ve been in tough before and we’ve come through it together, and I have no doubt we can do it again.“

Racing for the 35th America’s Cup resumes on June 24, with Emirates Team New Zealand leading ORACLE TEAM USA 3-0. The first team to collect 7 points wins the 35th America’s Cup.

America’s Cup Match – Race Three Report

On the smaller high speed boards, ORACLE TEAM USA was looking to be faster on the reach to mark one in this race. In the pre-start, skipper Jimmy was on the push, and then opted to take the high lane, to windward of the Kiwis on the sprint to the first mark.

Both boats crossed the line at speed as the starting gun fired and Team New Zealand was able to hold off Spithill from rolling over top, rounding mark one just 1-second ahead.

The first gybe was critical, with both boats neck and neck at the boundary. Just a momentary splashdown in the maneuver by ORACLE TEAM USA allowed the Kiwis to eke out in front and that was all it took for them to lead at the first bottom gate.

The Kiwis extended from there to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

„I think the boat’s going a lot better than it was yesterday,“ said Spithill from on board following the race. „We just have to keep pushing.“

Crew list for Race Three:

Skipper / Helmsman — Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer — Kyle Langford
Tactician / Grinder — Tom Slingsby
Grinder — Louis Sinclair
Grinder — Sam Newton
Grinder — Ky Hurst

America’s Cup Match – Race Four Report

It was another drag race off the starting line, with ORACLE TEAM USA set up on the low road to leeward, but once again, Team New Zealand was faster into mark 1, leading by 4-seconds.

„They had some pretty impressive acceleration off the starting line,“ Spithill acknowledged.

On the first run, the Kiwis were able to extend to a 100 meter margin, before Spithill and Slingsby elected to split at the bottom gate.

But on this first upwind leg, the Kiwis elected to cover loosely at the first cross, which limited the opportunities for ORACLE TEAM USA to make a gain.

As the race progressed, the New Zealanders made more gains to win and finish the opening weekend with a 3-0 lead in the America’s Cup Match.

Crew list for Race Four:

Skipper / Helmsman — Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer — Kyle Langford
Tactician / Grinder — Tom Slingsby
Grinder — Cooper Dressler
Grinder — Sam Newton
Grinder — Graeme Spence

 

Red Bull Youth AmericaÕs Cup - Prize Giving

Amerrica’s Cup 22.06.2017

22.06.2017

Great Britain Grabs Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Title In Last-Minute Upset

Great Britain’s Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions in the most dramatic of fashions, following a fantastic final day of racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound. New Zealand and Switzerland rounded out the podium.

America’s Cup Village (Bermuda) – Having headed into the climactic day of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in fifth place overall, defending champions NZL Sailing Team of New Zealand mounted a monumental comeback. The Kiwis looked to have successfully retained their crown after claiming a perfect set of race results on the day with three consecutive victories, while the leaders after day one ofthe Finals, Land Rover BAR Academy, had endured a difficult afternoon and were still on the course with the rest of the field, languishing in fifth place.

However, with the New Zealanders set to celebrate onboard their boat, incredible late drama conspired against the reigning champions. Land Rover BAR Academy clawed their way up to second on the final leg, including passing SVB Team Germany who hit the mark, to land the trophy. The British team’s eventual second place in the race proved enough to see them finish on 50 points, just two ahead of NZL Sailing Team in the final standings.

“We had some slightly bleak thoughts for a little while watching on in that final race,” conceded Land Rover BAR Academy skipper Rob Bunce, reflecting on the dramatic final race. “We were just praying for an opportunity from somewhere and then we saw the drama that was unfolding in front of us, that was our opportunity. It feels fantastic to be able to bring the trophy home with us.”

Bunce also revealed that one very important spectator, Land Rover BAR Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie, was on hand to pass on his congratulations on the water after the final race.

Developed by Sport Directors and Olympic sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was introduced in 2013 as a launch pad to a professional career for the world’s best young sailing talent aged 18-24. The competition’s thrilling final day of action saw Switzerland’s Team Tilt join Land Rover BAR Academy and NZL Sailing Team on the podium in third place overall.

“I’d just like to offer my personal congratulations to the British youth team for winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup today. This is a fantastic achievement,” said Jimmy Spithill, the two-time America’s Cup-winning skipper and helmsman of ORACLE TEAM USA, which is vying in this week’s America’s Cup Match racing.

Of the remaining teams contesting the final, Sweden’s Artemis Youth Racing finished fourth, followed by Team France Jeune, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR and SVB Team Germany. Local heroes TeamBDA, who had exceeded all expectations by reaching the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Final, finished their incredible journey in eighth place, having enjoyed momentous highlights including a fairytale victory in the Final’s opening race.

Sport Director Hagara noted that nine members of the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup are now on senior America’s Cup teams, including Peter Burling, the helmsman of the winning boat in that 2013 youth regatta, who now helms Emirates Team New Zealand.

“Look for the sailors you’ve seen here in this 2017 edition of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup to be in the next America’s Cup four years from now,” Hagara stated. “These young talents are the superstars of the future, and after seeing the level of skill and competitiveness they’ve shown here in Bermuda, there’s no doubt they’re going to take the sport to the next level.”

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017, Final overall standings: 1. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 50 pts, 2. NZL Sailing Team (NZL) 48 pts, 3. Team Tilt (SUI) 42 pts, 4. Artemis Youth Racing (SWE) 37 pts, 5. Team France Jeune (FRA) 35 pts, 6. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (ESP) 34 pts, 7. SVB Team Germany (GER) 33 pts, 8. TeamBDA (BER) 33 pts

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

Watch the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals on demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

 

Red Bull Youth AmericaÕs Cup

America’s Cup 20.06.2017

20.06.2017

Bermuda’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sailors Are The Story Of The Summer

A group of young athletes from the small island of Bermuda have defied the odds in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. They won the hearts of their country in the Qualifiers, and when the Finals play out on 20th and 21st June, the whole world may be under their spell.

Eighteen months ago, it was unthinkable.

As the host of the 35th America’s Cup, Bermuda was invited to field a team in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, a competition for sailors aged 18 to 24. Yet what were the chances for a team from an island of 65,000 people against powerhouse nations like the United States and New Zealand?

However, in the initial Qualifier race, TeamBDA went from zero to hero, holding their own with the best youth sailors on the planet. Bermudians flocked to watch, and after two days of racing across the Great Sound, the home team clinched fourth place in the Qualifiers to earn a berth in the Finals – eliminating entries from the USA and Austria in the process.

“Everything went crazy. The crowd went nuts, and the feeling that we accomplished the first of our goals really hit me,” says 22-year-old TeamBDA sailor Owen Siese.

TeamBDA is a fairytale story, bit the team have achieved their first goal through hard work and talent. TeamBDA earned podium positions in fully half of their Qualifier races and have sparked talk of the great Cinderella stories of all time, like Boris Becker’s Wimbledon win at age 17, or the South African rugby team’s home triumph in the 1995 World Cup.

Jimmy Spithill, skipper and helmsman of defending America’s Cup winner ORACLE TEAM USA, says, “The team put themselves in the Finals through hard work and talent, and that’s a great story in itself; but when you add in the fact that some of the team weren’t even sailors until recently, then it becomes truly special.”

It all started in August 2015 when a call went out for athletes. Mustafa Ingham grew up playing football in Hamilton Parish. Philip Hagen had been a member of the national swimming team. Shomari Warner’s focus had been boxing and rugby, and Danny Pell was a rugby player, too.

They didn’t know boats, but they knew how to train, and coaches saw that they had the power to manage the AC45F foiling catamaran, a massive beast that can fly at speeds reaching nearly 40mph/65kmh.

After a grueling selection process, Ingham, Hagen, Warner and Pell made the cut. “Making it from something like 150 candidates down to the final nine was a pretty huge milestone,” Warner acknowledges.

Also named to the team were Mackenzie Cooper, Peter Dill, Owen Siese, Dimitri Stevens and Cecilia Wollman. All did have sailing experience, albeit on dinghies and single-hull yachts. Wollman, now 19, was the youngest athlete to represent Bermuda at the 2016 Olympics.

Finally, in May 2017, Stevens, Siese, Ingham, Cooper, Dill and Hagan were selected for the six-hand AC45F, with Pell on reserve and the rest of the team supporting from shore. The appointment of Stevens as helmsman and Ingham as wing grinder marks the first time two black sailors have been featured in key positions in the regatta.

“I feel that Bermuda has come together as a country to support a team that didn’t look to have much going for it at the start of this event,” says Ingham. “And our passion and effort have shown the level at which all of us on TeamBDA are able to compete.”

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are themselves unlikely sailing legends as two-time Olympic Gold Medalists from landlocked Austria. Hagara comments, “Sailing a big boat requires strong teamwork, and these sailors have really learned to work together in challenging situations. They’ve put their heart and soul into this.”

It’s not just the athletes who have pulled together, but their families too.

“My family have given up so much so that I can succeed, I cannot thank them enough,” states Pell, while Warner shares, “My family is extremely proud. It’s a huge accomplishment not only for me but for them too. Not a lot of people will understand how much this really means to us.”

Many sailors from the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 now hold prominent positions on America’s Cup boats, like Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling. Participation in the youth regatta is a chance to be noticed by the top professional teams in the sport.

Grant Simmer, the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of ORACLE TEAM USA, comments, “We’ve seen the members of TeamBDA develop and grow, and to see them grab the opportunity so firmly is really pretty inspirational. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is only one step of competition away from the America’s Cup itself, so it is clearly a highly competitive, tough environment. That makes TeamBDA’s achievements all the more praiseworthy and they should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished.”

In the Finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, Team BDA will take on defending champions New Zealand as well as Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France, Great Britain and Spain.

“We didn’t perform our best in the Qualifiers and still made it through,” Stevens points out. “That gives me hope that if we perform up to our potential, we can do well in the Finals.”

TeamBDA now has the hopes and dreams of Bermuda on their young shoulders, and the whole world will be watching as the Finals are broadcast live on Red Bull TV. But the wave of enthusiasm – especially from their local fans – also boosts them.

“The support has been overwhelming. No matter what happens on the race course the people of Bermuda continue to cheer us on, and that really keeps us going,” declares Cooper, the team’s skipper.

Stevens describes, “It’s great to hear all of the cheering and horns, especially when we go close to the boundary or pass a boat. It’s unlike anything I have experienced.”

And Wollman says simply, “It makes me proud to be Bermudian.”

Find out whether the Cinderella story will have a fairytale ending. Watch the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.

Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com