Field Narrows at Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final
Published on October 22nd, 2016
Newport, RI (October 22, 2016) – Crowds of sailing fans lined the banks of Newport Harbor, cheering athletes from around the globe in the Knockout rounds of the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. The two-person teams of the world’s best sailors aged 16-20 gave everything they had as their Flying Phantom catamarans – the fastest boats of their size – rose up and flew on their foils in winds of up to 20 knots.
The action was so tight and fast that one boat jumped the blue mark, while three capsized over the course of the day. With strong New England gusts predicted to persist and the field narrowed down to the very finest, tomorrow’s three-race final round to determine the World Champion will be a nailbiter from start to finish.
Red Bull Foiling Generation was launched by double Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher in 2015 to find the planet’s top young sailing talent. The goal is to give them hands-on training in the future of the sport – foiling – and to build skills that could potentially lead these young chargers to a career path in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and perhaps even the America’s Cup itself.
In today’s races women sailors continued to make an impact right alongside the men, with the female skippers of the two mixed-gender teams in the lineup, Sweden and New Zealand, advancing to Sunday’s finale.
“It’s no surprise that teams from sailing powerhouses like France and the United Kingdom have advanced, but I have to say that we’ve seen real dedication and progress across all 15 teams that earned a berth in this World Final,” said Hagara.
Steinacher agreed, adding, “These kids have a genuine passion for foiling. New Zealand and Switzerland have already clinched a spot in the final race, and the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, the USA, Italy and France will be going for the remaining slots in the first two races of the day. No matter how it turns out, with the level of skill they’re showing us, you can be sure this will be far from a typical youth race. It’s going to be a fight to the finish at a very high level.”
The Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final concludes at Fort Adams State Park on Newport Harbor tomorrow with three races and the crowning of the World Champions. The park is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters.
Red Bull Foiling Generation is working in partnership with US Sailing and the non-profit Sail Newport, New England’s premiere public sailing center, which hosts the event.
Technical data for Flying Phantom:
The Flying Phantom earns raves as the future of sailing because unlike other small boats, it uses hydrofoil technology to lift completely out of the water. The system allows it to hit blistering speeds of up to 35 knots – almost 40 mph – making it by far the quickest sailing boat of its size in the world. Length: 5,52m (18ft), width: 3,00m, weight: 155kg, mast height: 9,6m, mainsail: 18sqm, Jib: 5,5sqm, Gennaker: 24sqm, crew: 2
About Red Bull Foiling Generation:
Now in its second season, Red Bull Foiling Generation sees Flying Phantom catamarans lift over the water at up to 35 knots in a novel new format. Sailors aged 16-20 compete in a series of heats on four identical boats of distinct colors until the final race determines the team that will represent its country in the World Final. The biggest youth sailing program on the planet, Red Bull Foiling Generation has held regattas in 15 countries to give talented sailors the opportunity to qualify for the World Final in Newport, USA.
Entry List: Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final:
Source: Red Bull