Two AC Teams picked - Team America Racing will represent the USA, and American Youth Sailing Force will represent San Francisco. Both will now spend the next nine months training for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup under the tutelage of Oracle Team USA.
The youth sailors are ages 19-24 and hail from around the U.S., including many from the San Francisco Bay Area. The crews are made up of collegiate All-Americans, youth World medalists and members of US Sailing’s Development Team. Six sailors are onboard for each crew, one more than America’s Cup World Series teams as the youth sailors are, on average, 40-50 pounds lighter than a Cup sailor.
Six crews entered the team selection trials, which included two-day training sessions at the Oracle Team USA base in San Francisco. The trials featured physical training and instruction both on and off the water, and the teams sailed onboard an AC45 for the first time – the same class of wingsail catamarans raced in the America’s Cup World Series.
The teams were evaluated on several factors, such as boat handling, trimming skills and crew communication. All were mentored by Oracle Team USA sailors and coaches, Philippe Presti along with Bundock, during the selection process, and they will continue to receive coaching and guidance through to the finals.
Many sailors on both Team America Racing and the American Youth Sailing Force will now balance training for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup with attending university and competing on their university sailing teams, while others will balance daily professional work schedules. They will make periodic trips to train with Oracle Team USA in the coming months, with more extensive training to take place next summer.
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.
TEAM AMERICA RACING
Charlie Buckingham, 23, Newport Beach, Calif., Georgetown University (graduated)
Jacob La Dow, 19, San Diego, Calif., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Graham Landy, 19, Virginia Beach, Va., Yale University
Jake Reynolds, 19, San Diego, Calif., College of Charleston
Nevin Snow, 19, San Diego, Calif., Georgetown University
John Wallace, 20, St. Petersburg, Fla., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Matthew Whitehead, 19, Tampa, Fla., University of South Florida
AMERICAN YOUTH SAILING FORCE
Ian Andrewes, 22, Seattle, Wash., Pacific Maritime Institute (graduated)
David Liebenberg, 21, San Francisco, Calif., Tufts University
Michael Menninger, 23, Newport Beach, Calif., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Tomas Pastalka, 22, Tiburon, Calif., UC Santa Cruz
Matt Pistay, 22, Zenda, Wis.
Michael Radziejowski, 21, Alameda, Calif., UC Santa Cruz
Evan Sjostedt, 19, Long Beach, Calif., Seattle University
Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Upcoming Dates:
Early December 2012 – Confirmation of youth teams invited to Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series (trials for non-US teams)
February 9-24, 2013 – Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series in San Francisco (USA & San Francisco teams advance directly to finals)
September 1-4, 2013 – Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco
GBR Youth Challenge for Youth America's Cup,
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