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GBR Youth Challenge for America's Cup

A British team, GBR Youth Challenge, is currently being assessed by the America’s Cup Race Management for a place at the Red Bull Youth Americas's Cup 2013 trials during February in San Francisco. The young sailors have all come through the British Keelboat Academy at some point in their careers and believe they have what it takes to compete the top level on San Francisco Bay, with the primary aim of bringing the cup home next year. The sailing team is made up of, James French, Andrew Sinclair, Adam Lees, Tom Forrester-Coles, Trystan Seal and Peter Austin.

GBR Youth Challenge is made up of some of the best proven young sailors from Great Britain with a variety of different sailing backgrounds. All have competed at events of the very highest level including RC44 world championships, TP52 medcup, Melges 32 circuit and F18 world championships.

The event will be held in San Francisco at the beginning of September 2013, with trials running in February. Sailed in the AC45s, in a similar style to the America’s Cup World Series events the winner shall be decided over a series of fleet races.

Competition will be ruthless with close racing from the best youth sailors in the world. This is the first time the America’s Cup has opened up to youth sailing in such a big way and will provide young sailors a platform to develop their skills and experience. We believe it is essential that there is a British presence at this event.

The training regime is now under way. With the campaign currently based out of Cowes, Isle of Wight, they will be training in the UK until the trials in San Francisco in February. building up fitness for the physical AC45 boats and widening their experience of catamaran sailing. After February they plan to extend the training to an Extreme 40 or similar platform before flying out to San Francisco for a training camp before the event.

The team’s website and social media platforms are now live and shall be updated as developments occur over the upcoming weeks.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, scheduled September 1-4, 2013, will open with a Selection Series Trials in San Francisco in February. With the goal of ensuring the best of the best are on the starting line of the main event, the Selection Series Trials will narrow the field through a rigorous training workshop and regatta, February 9-24, 2013.

Currently there are over 20 teams from 17 nations who have applied in the third category and are eligible for the Selection Series (Full details of the final entry list will be released in December). But before they even get to the Selection Series Trials, these teams will need to convince the Race Committee they have the talent and wherewithal to succeed.

The Selection Series will be held in San Francisco on the same AC45 wingsail catamarans the teams will race in September. These are also the same boats the America’s Cup crews are racing in the AC World Series. For the youth teams who come to San Francisco in February, the Selection Series is the first step on the pathway to competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in all of sport – the America’s Cup.