Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Provides Valuable Experience
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – After four difficult days of racing, Landy and his team finished the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in tenth place. Although a disappointing end to a summer of training, Landy's team USA45 Racing was still proud to have the opportunity to represent the United States in this one of a kind international regatta.
Team New Zealand Sailing Team sailed the most consistently throughout the regatta, winning the event. However, the racing was tight through all seven races. In the end, only eight points separated second through eighth place, showing the depth of the entire fleet. In fact, six different teams claimed race wins during the regatta.
An eighth race, which would have been worth double points, was scheduled at the end of the fourth day, but conditions proved too windy and the regatta was called.
While USA45 Racing struggled throughout the regatta, especially with starting, they ended the event with their best finish: seventh place. While the end result was less than the team's aspirations, they showed dramatic improvement during the four days of racing. Roman Hagara, a double Olympic gold medalist and sports director of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, comments, "all of the teams have shown massive development. They learned so much here and the racing has been very tight."
Although the team was hoping for a better result, Landy and his teammates are still able to appreciate the unique opportunity the Red Bull Youth America's Cup gave them. They were able to begin a clear pathway towards what for many will result in a professional sailing career and possibly could use this experience to compete in the actual America's Cup one day.
Landy will now return to the Yale coed sailing team to begin practicing for the fall season. The Bulldog's first competition will be the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted at home.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity