GBR Youth Challenge heading for San Fran

British challenge selected for Red Bull Youth America's Cup trials

Monday January 14th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

GBR Youth Challenge has been announced as the British team challenging for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. The team will compete at the selection series in San Francisco over 18-24 February 2013, using the same AC45 catamarans as the America's Cup World Series. They will be competing against 11 other nations for the opportunity to sail in the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup. After the selections teams will
go into an intensive training program in pursuit of the ultimate youth sailing goal, to win the youth America's Cup in San Francisco.

The eight sailors that make up GBR Youth Challenge have come together with the aim of winning the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. All have proven themselves to be some of the best young sailors in Britain competing in events of the very highest level including RC44
World Championship, Medcup, Extreme Sailing Series and F18 World Championship. Their focus and drive set them apart from the rest as they all have the longing to be allowed the chance to compete on yacht racing’s world stage.

The team is led by James French, a talented sailor from the Isle of Wight, who has taken every opportunity to better himself from a young age. He will be joined by Trystan Seal, Peter Austin, Will Semken, Adam Lees, Adam Piggott, Andrew Sinclair and Tom Forrester Coles.

A number of the team have come through the British Keelboat Academy a joint RYA and UKSA programme aiming to develop young British sailors.

According to James French, "We have been very fortunate to receive financial backing from Team Concise ( to help us get this far. Team Concise is committed to helping young British sailors. Their main focus so far has always been offshore racing in Class 40s and its amazing to see the success they have already had there. It's a real advantage to GBR Youth Challenge to have another young team with a phenomenal race record assist us with our program."

Moving further down along the campaign path the team are looking for likeminded companies and individual’s to join the campaign to help them progress. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone to become involved with, as the possible rewards could be fruitful as well as promoting youth sailing. We are passionate about youth sailing and hope that we can bring together a group of likeminded individuals to move forward and get a chance to compete in the most prestigious event in the sailing world.

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