In its second season, Red Bull Foiling Generation saw Flying Phantom catamarans lift over the water at up to 35 knots in a novel new format. Sailors aged 16-20 competed in a series of heats on four identical boats of distinct colors.
The biggest youth sailing program on the planet, Red Bull Foiling Generation held regattas in 15 countries leading up to the World Final in Newport, USA which has historically been home to prestigious sailing events including the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Red Bull Foiling Generation was launched by double Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher in 2015 to find the planet’s top young sailing talent. Foiling is considered the future of sailing, so the idea was to provide an opportunity that didn’t exist for young sailors, not only though racing the boats, but by providing coaching and mentorship. Their impressive performances have convinced everyone that Red Bull Foiling Generation is the perfect start on the pathway into professional sailing.
The Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final concludes at Fort Adams State Park on Newport Harbor on 23 October 2016 with three races and the crowning of the World Champions. The park is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters.
Red Bull Foiling Generation is working in partnership with US Sailing and the non-profit Sail Newport, New England’s premiere public sailing center, which hosts the event.
ABOUT FLYING PHANTOM
The Flying Phantom earns raves as the future of sailing because unlike other small boats, it uses hydrofoil technology to lift completely out of the water. The system allows it to hit blistering speeds of up to 35 knots (almost 65 km/h) making it by far the quickest sailing boat of its size in the world. Length: 5,52m; width: 3,00m; weight: 155kg; mast height: 9,6m; mainsail: 18sqm; Jib: 5,5sqm; Gennaker: 24sqm; crew: 2.