NZ team to race in Youth America's Cup

SUZANNE MCFADDEN - BOATING NZ
Last updated 12:33 26/09/2012
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Yachting New Zealand will pick six sailors, who are between 19 and 24 years old as of the end of next year, to represent NZ in the AC45s currently raced by the America's Cup teams.

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WANTED: Young Kiwi sailors to race in the world's first Youth America's Cup.

Must be under 25, not too heavy, not too light, and able to master a whippy AC45 catamaran on San Francisco Bay in 2013.

Yachting New Zealand has now entered a team in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, to be raced in the window between the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 35th America's Cup next September. It's part of Russell Coutts' bid to see more young sailors exposed to multihull and America's Cup sailing.

Now the search is on to find six sailors who match the criteria, and the cream of New Zealand's young yachting talent has been invited to apply.

Dave Abercrombie, CEO of Yachting NZ, says he also needs to find  funding from New Zealand's business community to float the challenge, with the entry fee  $US60,000.. While boats from the AC45 fleet - currently racing the America's Cup World Series - will be provided to the teams by America's Cup Race Management, there will be other campaign costs to prepare the young crew.

Abercrombie stresses that although the campaign has the support of Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton's syndicate won't be asked to financially back the team.

"In no way do we want to distract Emirates Team New Zealand  from their focus, to bring the America's Cup back to New Zealand," Abercrombie says. "They have agreed to support our challenge and will provide coaching and selectors to help us find the right crew."

Trials will be held throughout the country for interested young sailors.  They must be aged between 19 and 25 on December 31, 2013, and hold a current New Zealand passport. The weight limit for the AC45 is 450kg between the six sailors.

Olympic silver medallist Peter Burling, at 21, would be an obvious contender, and he's about to get his first taste of AC45 sailing, helming Team Korea's boat in next week's ACWS event in San Francisco.

But Abercrombie said he did not want the campaign to draw Olympic sailors away from their programmes for the 2016 Rio games.  "There may be some great young sailors in small yacht clubs around the country who would be perfect for this. It wouldn't be unlike John Kirwan taking a young player out of the Marist club to play for the Blues," he says.

Yachting NZ has already received 20 applications of interest from Kiwi sailors. 

"Primarily we see it as a great way to expose all of New Zealand to opportunities for our youngsters to get involved in top sailing. We can introduce more kids to multihulls, and expose them to the rigours of an Olympic-type campaign," he says.

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"It's new, exciting  and it will get a massive amount of exposure."

Applications to Yachting NZ close on October 26.

Must be under 25, not too heavy, not too light, and able to master a whippy AC45 catamaran on San Francisco Bay in 2013.

 

Yachting New Zealand has now entered a team in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, to be raced in the window between the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 35th America's Cup next September. It's part of Russell Coutts' bid to see more young sailors exposed to multihull and America's Cup sailing.

Now the search is on to find six sailors who match the criteria, and the cream of New Zealand's young yachting talent has been invited to apply.

Dave Abercrombie, CEO of Yachting NZ, says he also needs to find  funding from New Zealand's business community to float the challenge, with the entry fee  $US60,000.. While boats from the AC45 fleet - currently racing the America's Cup World Series - will be provided to the teams by America's Cup Race Management, there will be other campaign costs to prepare the young crew.

Abercrombie stresses that although the campaign has the support of Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton's syndicate won't be asked to financially back the team.

"In no way do we want to distract Emirates Team New Zealand  from their focus, to bring the America's Cup back to New Zealand," Abercrombie says. "They have agreed to support our challenge and will provide coaching and selectors to help us find the right crew."

Trials will be held throughout the country for interested young sailors.  They must be aged between 19 and 25 on December 31, 2013, and hold a current New Zealand passport. The weight limit for the AC45 is 450kg between the six sailors.

Olympic silver medallist Peter Burling, at 21, would be an obvious contender, and he's about to get his first taste of AC45 sailing, helming Team Korea's boat in next week's ACWS event in San Francisco.

But Abercrombie said he did not want the campaign to draw Olympic sailors away from their programmes for the 2016 Rio games.  "There may be some great young sailors in small yacht clubs around the country who would be perfect for this. It wouldn't be unlike John Kirwan taking a young player out of the Marist club to play for the Blues," he says.

Yachting NZ has already received 20 applications of interest from Kiwi sailors. 

"Primarily we see it as a great way to expose all of New Zealand to opportunities for our youngsters to get involved in top sailing. We can introduce more kids to multihulls, and expose them to the rigours of an Olympic-type campaign," he says.

"It's new, exciting  and it will get a massive amount of exposure."

Applications to Yachting NZ close on October 26.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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