Youth foilers get new monohull circuit

Published on January 18th, 2021

With the demise of the 2021 Youth America’s Cup, scheduled for February-March 2021 in Auckland but cancelled due to the global pandemic, the Youth Foiling World Cup was launched to fill the void.

Using the Persico 69F, a 23-foot foiling monohull, the event is dedicated to under-25 crews from all over the world representing their respective yacht clubs, and will be held across three legs over the course of 12 months. The first two stages will be in Italy while the final will take place in Hong Kong in 2022.

Eight teams are confirmed for the inaugural event in Gaeta with qualifying rounds on March 3 to 8 and the final on March 10 to 12. Teams shall consist of 3 or 4 crew members, between 18 and 25 years of age, and race with both genders or all females onboard.

France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Hong Kong, and the United States are to be competing, with a “six-pack” of identical boats provided by the class, and the fleet will rotate through the boats during the course of the regatta.

The team from the United States is organized by Langston Goldenberg and will represent Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, LA. The team will also include the duo of Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis, who are also representing the country in the Nacra 17 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

For information on the team, which is actively seeking donations, click here.

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