The under-24 Swiss youth sailing team has been limbering up onboard the AC45 multihull in San Francisco since the beginning of August ahead of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup which kicks off on 1 September on the famous San Francisco Bay racecourse.
San Francisco, 28 August 2013 – Swiss Youth America’s Cup contender Team Tilt has been training on San Francisco Bay for three weeks onboard the AC45 wing-masted multihull alongside their nine rivals for the trophy. With six days to go to the start of the event, Geneva-based team skipper Lucien Cujean has said the team is in good shape and ready to race.
“During our training sessions, we have focussed on our starts and boat handling,” he said. “We were eight sailors for the practice, but only six will race. Bryan Mettraux who joined us at the beginning of August has fitted into the group very well and our tactics and strategy have also improved.”
The final three weeks of training have been intense, both on the water and ashore: “We have had perfect sailing conditions,” said crewmember Lionel Vaucher. “Everything has gone well in our preparations for D-Day – now it is up to us!”
The whole team that includes coaches, physical trainers, shore crew and support staff, has gathered in San Francisco in the lead up to the event so that the sailors can give the racing their full attention. “We are ready to race,” said Lucien. “And of course are incredibly grateful for the opportunity that we have been given. The whole team has worked very hard to make this happen and it is thanks to that effort and the sponsors’ support that we feel ready for the start signal.”
Ten teams from eight different countries, including Switzerland, Australia, France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand and America, will be competing for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – with the USA and TNZ fielding two teams.
Photo: © Loris von Siebenthal/Team Tilt Sailing