Americas Cup

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Team selection. Gruelling. Exhilarating. Decided.

The American Youth Sailing Force, “The Force”, sponsored by were selected ahead of a number of talented USA teams to be the local San Francisco team to represent the USA in the Red Bull America’s Cup competition that will be held 1-4 September 2013.  They will race in the Oracle AC45 catamaran which has just been used to win both the match racing and event by the Oracle team in the last race of the World Series in Naples this week. Until the AC45s get back from Naples and are rebranded Red Bull, the team are practicing on an SL33 which is a high performance catamaran. They are also spending every morning in the gym alongside the Oracle team. More of their training regime in a later blog.

What is fascinating is the process of selection. It was not just on sailing ability, of which the team has in abundance, but it was also fitness. And finally, and most importantly, it was how the team worked together. The video below describes the grueling process of selection.