Sonic Youth: Red Bull Foiling Generation 2015

Author:
Publish date:
Flying Phantoms take to their foils ahead of the Red Bull Foiling Generation 2015 series. Photo courtesy of Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Flying Phantoms take to their foils ahead of the Red Bull Foiling Generation 2015 series. Photo courtesy of Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Energy-drink maker Red Bull has long promised to give its customers wings—a marketing claim that it carefully polished by sponsoring adrenaline-infused events such as the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Now the Austrian-based company has announced the Red Bull Foiling Generation 2015, which will serve as a talent pipeline for the Red Bull Extreme Sailing Series team, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (open to sailors 19 to 24 years old), and—ultimately—the America’s Cup. The new series—open to select sailors 16 to 20 years old—will be contested in four new Flying Phantom One Design catamarans and is being led by Red Bull’s Foiling Generation sports directors Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, both double Olympic Gold medalists.
Red Bull has planned seven events for 2015, which started in Wakayama, Japan (April 17-19), and which will progress to the UK (June 26-28), Italy (July 10-12), Sweden (August 7-9), Denmark (September 4-6), Russia (September 25-27) and France (October 19-21). Thanks to the Flying Phantom, you can expect lots of extreme thrills at each venue. These 18ft, two-person, double-trapeze foiling cats can hit 35 knots and are a fantastic platform for learning to foil. Any sailor can apply to participate, although Hagara and Steinacher are making the final selections, citing the boats’ athletic and racing prerequisites. And while this bar will likely be fairly high, Hagara and Steinacher will coach the juniors for several days prior to each regatta.
The Red Bull Foiling Generation will use an elimination format to select a national champion in each host country. These champions will then progress to an inaugural world final event in late 2016. “We are offering outstanding young sailors a unique career path starting on foiling catamarans in the Red Bull Foiling Generation, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and the Red Bull Sailing Team competing in the Extreme Sailing Series,” said Steinacher. Game on!

June 2015

Related

7261ab1f-6891-424f-a22f-14c946c08ba8

Gear: Fusion Panel-Stereo

Plug & Play StereoIt can be a real pain to install a marine stereo inside a boat, what with the tiresome business of running cables through cramped spaces and finding somewhere sensible to locate the speakers. The audiophiles at Fusion thought about this and came up with the ...read more

2019BestBoatsPromo-04

Best Boats 2019

Some years ago, the book Aak to Zumbra catalogued—and celebrated—the incredible diversity of watercraft that has evolved over the centuries, a diversity that remains evident to this day in the 11 winners comprising the “Class of 2019” in SAIL’s Best Boats contest. Indeed, it ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comGuaranteed result What you see on the end of this halyard isn’t a beautiful Flemish Eye worked by a rigger, but it will make a big difference when you have to “mouse” a line through the mast. If the ...read more

dometicadler-700x

How to: Upgrading Your Icebox

The time has come when the prospect of cold drinks and long-term food storage has you thinking about upgrading your icebox to DC-powered refrigeration. Duncan Kent has been there and done that, and has some adviceFresh food must be kept at a refrigerated temperature of 40 degrees ...read more

Jet-in-Belize

Cruising: Evolution of a Dream

There’s a time to go cruising and a time to stop. As Chris DiCroce found, you don’t always get to choose those timesAlbert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, ...read more

01a-rosemary-anchored-at-Qooqqut,-inland-from-Nuuk

Cruising: A Passage to Greenland

When a former winner of the Whitbread Round the World Race invites you to sail the Northwest Passage, there is only one sensible answer. No.More adventurous types might disagree, but they weren’t the ones facing frostbite of the lungs or the possibility of having the yacht’s hull ...read more