- 05 September 2013 | Windsurfing
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 has crowned New Zealand and Portugal, on San Francisco Bay, California.
The new competition for national teams of youth sailors aged 19-24 provided thrills, spills and plenty of action over four days of intense racing.
The New Zealand Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand had a strong closing day to beat their fierce rivals on Full Metal Jacket, and the ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team, from Portugal, to win the inaugural title.
"It's been amazing to actually take the win. We got a lot better during the racing", underlines Peter Burling, the skipper of the New Zealand Sailing Team.
The leaderboard was tight throughout the regatta. The 10 youth teams, representing 8 countries, pogoed up and down the points' table with each race result leading to tense moments on the final day.
In the end, just three points separated second from fifth place. When the Swiss Team TILT won race 7, they became the sixth different crew to claim a race win in the regatta.
The big winner on the day was the ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team, who scored a second place to lift themselves onto the podium ahead of the Swiss and the American Youth Sailing Force who had a disappointing eighth place finish, dropping from third to fifth overall.
"We were very happy. This has been a great opportunity for us and we're so proud to show that Portugal has top sailors too,” said Antonio Mello from the ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team.
Red Bull Youth America's Cup Final Standings:
1. NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand, 57 points
2. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL), 45 points
3. ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR), 44 points
4. Team TILT (SUI), 43 points
5. American Youth Sailing Force (USA), 42 points
6. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE), 39 points
7. Objective Australia (AUS), 38 points
8. Next World Energy (FRA), 37 points
9. All In Racing (GER), 30 points
10. USA45 Racing (USA), 15 points