Red Bull and the America’s Cup have announced the 12 teams of sailors aged 18–24 that have been invited to compete in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda. Two Olympic legends from Austria, Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, introduced the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 to identify outstanding sailing talent and provide a potential pathway to a career in the America’s Cup. With that continuing objective, in 2017 the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will for the first time use AC45F foiling catamarans, as used by the America’s Cup teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, for the fastest, most breathtaking action yet.
An extensive trials process has taken place worldwide to identify the teams that will compete alongside the six teams affiliated to the full America’s Cup teams, overseen by Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher. Over 20 teams registered for the selection process, and the final six have now been confirmed, making a total fleet of 12 teams to compete in Bermuda in June 2017.