Youth sailors with top qualifiers

A light airs start for the Youth America’s Cup qualifiers.Photo: Red Bull

The NZL Sailing team, skippered by Logan Dunning Beck, won two of today’s three races to jump from fourth overnight to finish equal on points with Land Rover BAR Academy from Great Britain and Spanish Impulse in Youth America’s Cup qualifying.

Racing on both days of qualifying was done in light winds.

"Snakes and ladders I think is the best way to describe it," says Logan. "It was up and down from start to finish. You probably couldn’t have picked it until you went around that last mark. Really it was anyone’s game all day long."

The NZL Sailing Team also pocketed a fourth in the second race of the day but is encouraged by winning three of the six races overall.

The other six teams in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup race over two days from Friday to find the other four teams to qualify for the eight-boat final which starts next Wednesday. Pool A consists of Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden), Team France Jeune, Kaijin Team Japan, Youth Vikings Denmark, Team Tilt (Switzerland) and SVB Team Germany.

Although the New Zealand team would prefer more breeze, they have proven their ability in light winds and softer conditions are forecast for the next few days in Bermuda.

The NZL Sailing Team won the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 with Peter Burling at the helm and this year’s crop are expected to be among the contenders.

"It’s going to be tough racing, for sure," says Logan. "I think it’s anyone’s game at this point. You can see with the results here, it was really tight, and surely when you add a couple of the teams from the other pool it’s going to be incredibly tight."

It’s going to be the same in the America’s Cup match, when Emirates Team New Zealand line up against Oracle, and the NZL Sailing Team have been watching the racing to date with interest.

"It’s hard to miss that big red boat out there," says Logan. "Certainly it’s a great thing to watch and we take a bit of enthusiasm from their win [in the Louis Vuitton series] as well."

Results and standings from the second day of qualifying at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda today:

Pool B Race 4:

NZL Sailing Team (10 points)

Team BDA (9)

Spanish Impulse Team (8)

Candidate Sailing Team (7)

Land Rover BAR Academy (6)

Next Generation USA (5)

Race 5

Spanish Impulse Team (10)

Land Rover BAR Academy (9)

Candidate Sailing Team (8)

NZL Sailing Team (7)

Next Generation USA (6)

Team BDA (5)

Race 6

NZL Sailing Team (10)

Land Rover BAR Academy (9)

Spanish Impulse Team (8)

Team BDA (7)

Next Generation USA (6)

Candidate Sailing Team (5)


NZL Sailing Team 51 points

Land Rover BAR Academy 51

Spanish Impulse Team 51

Team BDA 45

Next Generation USA 36

Candidate Sailing Team 36

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