Red Bull Foiling Generation is Back
Published on March 5th, 2018
After hosting competitions in 2015 and 2016, the Red Bull Foiling Generation returns this year to discover the world’s top youth sailors. Developed by sports directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the series gives wings to talented sailors aged 16-20 by introducing them to the extreme level of sailing at the top of the sport.
Olivia Mackay, who helmed New Zealand to win the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016, has gone on to helm a wildcard boat in the Extreme Sailing Series, and at least 40 previous participants are currently in Olympic-class programs for Tokyo 2020.
Now, a new crop of future sailing stars have their own chance to shine, with the 2017-18 schedule hosting events in France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and the USA with top teams competing in November’s World Final.
At each of the national championship events, Red Bull Foiling Generation provides the boats and expert coaching. Each two-person team will race the 18-foot foiling Flying Phantom, a spectacular multihull catamaran capable of reaching speeds up to 35 knots.
“We created this series to give outstanding young sailors the tools to follow a unique career path, potentially moving on to professional careers,” says Steinacher. “Ever since we launched Red Bull Foiling Generation, interest from sailors and national sailing federations has been high.”
All participants gain invaluable experience, as they are coached by Steinacher and Hagara in taking on the demanding challenge of foiling. The Austrian legends are also the masterminds behind the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, where victorious skipper Peter Burling learned skills that helped him to win the 2017 America’s Cup at the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand.
“I always say that it’s like in motorsport: young people start in karts and they keep moving up toward Formula 1,” Hagara explains. “We want to give these sailors a chance to showcase their skills, and for some of them, the Olympics, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup or the Extreme Sailing Series could be the next step.”
October 25-27, 2017 – La Baule, France
February 23-25, 2018 – Auckland, New Zealand
June 29-July 1, 2018 – The Hague, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland
August 10-12, 2018 – Achensee, Austria
November 9-11, 2018 – Miami, USA
November 16-18, 2018 – WORLD FINAL, Miami, USA
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