Phantom International is proud to announce that the Flying Phantom has been chosen by Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher for the Red Bull Foiling Generation 2015. A global sailing series that kicks off in Japan in April 2015. Below the Double Olympic champions and Red Bull Foiling Generation Sports Directors explain how they search for the world’s best talents and the format of this new sailing series.
“We are looking for the world’s best talents”
If you mix the experience and skills of double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, four brand-new Flying Phantom, regattas in seven countries and the world’s best young sailors then you have Red Bull Foiling Generation, a sailing series that kicks off in Japan in April 2015.
The global sailing series is open to talented sailors aged 16-20 who will be racing the Flying Phantom class innovative catamarans, a spectacular two-person vessel, capable of reaching speeds of up to 35 knots.
“We are looking for the world’s best talents”, said Red Bull Foiling Generation sports director Hans Peter Steinacher, inviting the new generation of sailors to take a step forward.
“To fly above the water with such an 18-foot catamaran gives you a good impression of what it is like to compete in a full-sized America’s Cup catamaran,” said Roman Hagara, double Olympic champion and sports director of the Red Bull Foiling Generation.
The Red Bull Foiling Generation starts in 2015 with seven events in Japan, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and France.
The races will usher in a new sailing knockout format with four boats at the start of every race, each distinctly marked with a colour, either, red, yellow, blue or grey.
The top two teams automatically advance to the next round, while the losing pair get another shot at qualifying with a lucky loser round. The draw will be further reduced in the quarter-finals and the last four, with the winner in the final crowned national competition winner.
The winners of their respective national will be invited to the inaugural world final of the Red Bull Foiling Generation in 2016 to compete but not merely for glory and honor
Right before every event, sailing heroes Hagara and Steinacher will introduce the young sailors to the art of foiling and coach them.
“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 Hans Peter Steinacher of the fantastic opportunities offered by the new series.
As sports director of the Red Bull Foiling Generation double Olympic champion Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT) wants to teach talented young sailors how to fly. Along with his sailing partner Roman Hagara they are on a quest to find the world’s best sailing talents.
Roman and you chose the Flying Phantom, a catamaran flying over the water, as the boat class for the Foiling Generation. Why?
“The Flying Phantom is the first foiling series boat in the world. We tested it several times, just now for an entire week in Thailand and it was fantastic again. All sailors we invited to the test-session were coming back with big smiles on their faces. It had always been our aim to sail as fast as possible. With the new Flying Phantom, we are hitting speeds unheard of a few months ago. During our last tests we clocked 30 knots (56 km/h). The future of sailing definitely belongs to foiling.”
But it is also a highly demanding extreme sport. Can the young sailors rise to the challenge?
“We are looking for sailors who have successfully raced skiffs or other catamarans in regattas. Those who want to sail for the Red Bull Flying Generation must be extremely well prepared, technically and physically. We want to give those ambitious up-and-coming athletes the chance to showcase their skills.
Traditional regattas are seen as at times boring for spectators. What’s the racing format for your competition?
“The races will be part of a new knockout format which is new to sailing but we know it from popular new sports like Boarder-Cross or the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Every race sees four boats in the colours yellow, red, blue and grey take to the start. The top two advance to the next round. The others get another chance in a lucky loser round. That way we have excitement guaranteed from the very start.”
Is the Red Bull Foiling Generation only for male sailors?
“No way. If there are women who meet the necessary athletic and sailing criteria they are more than welcome.”
Red Bull Foiling Generation race calendar 2015
- – 19. April Wakayama / Japan
26. – 28. June Weymouth / United Kingdom
10. – 12. July Malcesine/ Italy
07. – 09. August Malmö / Sweden
04. – 06. September Aarhus / Denmark
25. – 27. September St. Petersburg / Russia
19. – 21. October TBA / France