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Sailing: Britain turns tables on New Zealand to win Youth America's Cup

24 June 2017

With New Zealanders set to celebrate onboard their boat, incredible last drama conspired against the reigning champions.

Eight teams have qualified for the finals, which will consist of six races over two days on Wednesdayand Thursday mornings (NZ time), but there have been strict rules about what they have been able to do over the past few days.

Oracle Team USA practices for the America's Cup Final on the Great Sound on Tuesday in Hamilton, Bermuda.

They came into the final day with 28 points, while New Zealand, skippered by Logan Dunning Beck, languished in fifth place on 18.

“We had some slightly bleak thoughts for a little while watching on in that final race, ” Rob Bunce, the BAR Academy skipper, said. "It's just awesome that it's all worked out, all the ideas that the designers had and then for the machinists and boat builders to build it, and then to go out there on the water and actually see it working as we dreamed it, is a pretty awesome thing to deliver for the boys".

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"Essentially, it's the same technology that sends a missile into someone's lounge room", said Murray, though his right-hand man Richard Slater, who is chief umpire at the event, has had some tough calls to make during the racing leading up to the America's Cup final.

Land Rover BAR sailing team manager Jono Macbeth said: "Land Rover BAR believe in investing and mentoring the next generation and alongside our long term aim to win the America's Cup for Britain, we will continue to nurture home grown talent to ensure a lasting legacy and sustainable future for young sailors". The teams are using the AC45 foiling catamarans the America's Cup teams used for the America's Cup World Series.

In the America's Cup that was held in 2013, US was held down by the Kiwis 8-1 but they made a comeback and the score was 9-8 at end of the match. Everything changed on the final leg, however, when Sweden and Germany nearly collided.

If the USA team manage to keep the cup, there is speculation among other teams that the 36th edition could end up in Chicago rather than Bermuda, with races in places including Britain, France, Japan and Sweden.

With Peter Burling and Blair Tuke leading the team, New Zealand has started the competition confidently and has showed enormous power and awareness.

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"Look for the sailors you've seen here in this 2017 edition of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup to be in the next America's Cup four years from now", Hagara stated.

Schedule: The dates of the Match extend from June 17 to 25, though will end earlier when a team scores 7 points.

Occasionally, his inexperience has shown with the odd faulty start, not to mention the dramatic capsize against Land Rover BAR. Team Tilt (SUI) 42 pts, 4. Team France Jeune (FRA) 35 pts, 6.

In the wake of a now infamous choke, the team were met with recriminations having lost an 8-1 lead.in part down, this was due to the fact the team were part-funded by government money. The racing will be televised live on Sky TV each morning from 5am and will also be live on Red Bull TV. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

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Sailing: Britain turns tables on New Zealand to win Youth America's Cup