The Land Rover BAR Academy will look to find and support talented young British sailors aged between 19-24 years old, and create a pathway into the America’s Cup. The immediate goal is to select a British team to compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (RBYAC) in 2017. Raced in the same AC45F that the senior teams use for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, every America’s Cup Challenger and the Defender must enter a team into the RBYAC. The finals will be fought out during the main competition in Bermuda 2017.
The programme aims to provide the selected squad with a support platform that will enable them to realise their sporting potential through access to mentoring, coaching and sports science facilities at the home of Land Rover BAR, including workshops with the senior sailing team.
The application process for the Land Rover BAR Academy is now open, applicants will need to be between 19 and 24 on the 31st December 2017. The process will remain open until the start of the 2017 Youth America's Cup.
EXTREME SAILING SERIES
The first intake into the Academy will see a squad of 12 sailors competing in the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS). The Series now uses a foiling multihull, the GC32, and is the perfect training platform to launch the careers of these young sailors. In addition, the ongoing selection programme will develop a team to compete alongside Land Rover BAR in Bermuda in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (June 2017).
2017 Event Schedule
- Muscat: 8 - 11th March
- Qingdao: 28th April - 1st May
- Madeira Islands: 29th June - 2nd July
- Europe: 20th - 23rd July
- Hamburg: 10th - 13th August
- Cardiff: 25th - 28th August
- San Diego: 19th - 22nd October
- Los Cabos: 30th Nov - 1st Dec
RED BULL YOUTH AMERICA'S CUP - JUNE 2017
Ten national teams comprising sailors aged 19-24 will race the foiling version of the AC45 ahead of the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda. The teams will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in a competitive environment in the same arena in which the 35th America’s Cup will be contested.
Schedule of events
May 29th – June 3rd 2017: Pool A team training
June 5th – June 10th : Pool B team training
June 12th – June 13th : Qualifier 1 racing *
June 15th - June 16th : Qualifier 2 racing *
June 20th – June 21st : Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Final Series *
* all race events include a third day of scheduled racing, held in reserve should any
* issues prevent racing being completed on scheduled dates
Find out more here: RBYAC