World premiere of the youth sailing series enjoys an action-packed debut on the waters of Wakayama.
Eight two-member sailing teams descended on the port city of Wakayama to duel over three days in identical Flying Phantom vessels, marking the launch of Red Bull Foiling Generation. Sunday’s thrilling finale saw 17-year-olds Shinichiro Yano and Issei Fujiki take advantage of perfect 12-knot wind conditions to get ahead of rivals Eri Fukazawa and Crew Takayama in a dramatic knock-out finish. Yano and Fujiki’s prize for victory is a place at the 2016 World Final where they will be joined by six more national winners…
It is an indescribable feeling when the hulls lift out of the water. For us to win it is a dream come true.
– Shinichiro Yano
The regatta in Japan began the search of Double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher for the sailing stars of the future. Open to prodigious sailors aged 16-20, Red Bull Foiling Generation will also be holding national finals in the UK, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and France before pitting the best against the best at a World Final in late 2016.
The opening contest in Wakayama left Hagara sure that himself and long-time team-mate Steinacher are onto a good thing. “These up-and-coming athletes accepted the challenge and vastly exceeded our expectations,” Hagara said. “The teams flew over the water at speeds that reached 29 knots. It will not be just the winners who will benefit from the experiences of the past days.”
The next stop for the series is in the UK with a knock-out battle between the best young sailors of the British Isles scheduled for June 26-28.
Red Bull Foiling Generation, Wakayama, Japan: Final Results
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