Youth America’s Cup. An America’s Cup for young people on a 30-foot monohull foiler!

The Youth America’s Cup will have exactly the color and taste of the America’s Cup, therefore worn by a club, and will not be limited to one team per nation. It will start with an event in China in November 2020, then in New Zealand in Auckland from February 18 to 23, 2021, with a grand finale on March 8 near the iconic Harbor Bridge.

Grant Dalton not very talkative on the subject

They are three at the origin of this Youth America’s Cup: the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021, the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG) which is setting a foot in sailing and the Emirates Team. New Zealand (ETNZ) holding the America’s Cup. ” The Youth America’s Cup is something that we can’t wait to see established since we won the last America’s Cup ” says Grant Dalton, the boss of Team New Zealand, and who still handles “the carbon tongue” as well over the years. Because when we ask him to tell us a little more, the answer is worth breaking down an open door: ” in our opinion, this concept will add spice to the 36e America’s Cup ! »Thank you Grant, but frankly we suspected it…

The AC9F should have a rudder with a wide load-bearing plane. | ETNZ

In a crew of four: two girls and two boys

Not much is known about the boat, except that it will be a 30-foot (9-meter) keel-less foiled monohull necessarily resembling the AC75, and which will be led by a crew of four. for a maximum weight of 311 kilos, with perfect parity: two girls and two boys. Hey, a mixed crew!

Remember that during the Paris 2024 Olympics, the living area will be played in mixed. This (very good) decision for the Youth America’s Cup is probably not unrelated to this trendy evolution. Ian Cook, commodore of RNZYS, said he was extremely happy with the design of this flying boat, adding that if China is also involved in this project, it is also because there is a very strong potential for young athletes from Olympic sailing, in particular. . We also saw with the last two Volvo Ocean Races on the VO65 Donfgeng skippered by the French Charles Caudrelier or the F50 managed by Bruno Dubois during the first season of the Sail GP, which the Chinese intended to gain momentum in the major international events.

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The Youth America’s Cup 2017 was contested in AC45. | R. PINTO / ACEA

And the French?

We unfortunately know that there will be no French team for the 36e America’s Cup in Auckland in 2021, only the Americans, the Italians and the English having found the budget to challenge the Kiwis. Nonetheless, the FFVoile, which initiated and then carried Team France Jeunes in 2017 with Groupama Team France – the AC45 was skippered by Robin Follin – and the ENVSN support, cannot remain insensitive to such a project. The few national technical executives crossed in the aisles of the Nautic are necessarily excited by this opportunity, by the diversity, by the continuation of the detection work started a few years ago … And from a good source, as soon as the Youth America’s Cup was announced. , the “federation” immediately immersed itself in the notice of race (already published) and in the manner of launching operations from next January. There’s no time to lose. The structure is there, and it shouldn’t be too complicated to find a club with the challenge. Notice to potential sponsors because Auckland is certainly far, but when it comes to the America’s Cup, we haven’t done better yet!

It seems that the machine is equipped with a large fin. | ETNZ

The race notice is here

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