After a tricky first day on Sunday, the young Swiss sailors onboard Team Tilt bounced back today to post two well-fought second places on day two of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco.
Two second places today puts Team Tilt in third place overall at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The pack is reshuffled with just three points between first and seventh place in the ranking.
“We will be more aggressive and will work harder on our starts,” announced skipper Lucien Cujean before racing on Monday. He kept his word and the team managed to put itself in a good position off the start line and defend it until the finish.
“We changed our start procedure to concentrate more on timing in general and time to the line in particular,” explained crewmember Lionel Vaucher. “Everything is easier when you get a good start, motivation increases and you pass more boats!”
The team raced at the top of the fleet throughout the day in lighter 12-knot conditions, even leading for a moment during the final race before the Swedish team passed them to finish 5 seconds ahead.
The young Swiss sailors have had an excellent day, but are taking nothing for granted and are fully focussed going into day three of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. “We can’t celebrate just yet, but must remain focussed on tomorrow’s round of competition,” said coach Laurent Voiron. “The guys are very motivated. They need to take what they did well today into tomorrow’s competition and continue to race their own race. Continuity will pay off.”
Just one point off the top slot currently held by the NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand and American Youth Sailing Force, Team Tilt is back in the game. “There is still a long way to go, we are only on day two,” said Lucien Cujean. “But we are aiming for a podium place now more than ever and cannot afford any errors.”
With two days and four more rounds of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup racing to go, the ten teams are only halfway through the competition. By Wednesday 4 September the victor will be known and one of the eight nations represented at the inaugural event in San Francisco will take the first ever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup home.
Provisional overall ranking after four races:
1. NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Peter Burling: 2-4-7-3/28 points
2. American Youth Sailing Force (USA), Mike Menninger: 1-7-3-5/28 points
3. Team TILT (SUI), Lucien Cujean: 8-5-2-2/27 points
4. Swedish Youth Challenge (SWE), Charlie Eckberg: 6-2-9-1/26 points
5. Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL), William Tiller: 7-1-4-6/26 points
6. ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team (POR), Bernardo Freitas: 3-6-1-8/26 points
7. Next World Energy (FRA), Arthur Ponroy: 4-3-8-4/25 points
8. All In Racing (GER), Philipp Buhl : 5-8-5-9/17 points
9. Objective Australia (AUS), Jason Waterhouse: RDG-10-6-10/9.3 points
10. USA45 Racing (USA), Charlie Buckingham: 9-9-10-7/9 points
Photo © Loris von Siebenthal