Wound Up & Ready to Rip
Wound Up & Ready to Rip
What happens with the event for Red Bull after September 4?
HPS: The plan is to continue with the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, done only in conjunction with the America’s Cup, always the event prior to the final match. But we have programming for the years in between. We like to stay with the good people, we like to help them with their Olympic programs, we like to give them a chance to race on the Extreme sailing circuit or if the AC45 circuit comes up, we can do it there, too. We like to pick the best sailors out of these 60 and say, "We give you the opportunity to race with Red Bull." It’s interesting, I’ve talked with all of them, and they all want to be sailing professionals in the future. Not one said, “I’m doing this now, and in two years when I’m done with my university I’ll do something different.” They are all fully focused into sailing.
How many would you take?
HPS: It is really program-driven more than anything, depending on what we have going on. We’d like to choose for sure some of the young ones for our Extreme 40 boat for next year. Maybe we’ll have two Extreme 40 boats next year and take 12 to 15 guys out of here.
Roff-Cascais Sailing Team (POR) gets focused.
Do you know what’s going to happen with the AC45s long term?
HPS: No one knows. Everyone loves the boats, but nobody actually knows what’s going on with them yet. Red Bull is an energy drink company, not a sailing event company, so any event we get involved with has to be done by a professional organization, like ACRM, so Red Bull can just step in as a sponsor.
Has there been concern from Red Bull about the state of AC34?
HPS: No, the reason why the America’s Cup is so successful for Red Bull is because we went back to the original thing from the America’s Cup: The six guys on the boat are passport holders from the same country. If New Zealanders see their boat sailing and know there are six Kiwis on board, that’s very important to us. You know who is who; I think the nationality aspect of the Cup in the past is important and how it should be.
How will Red Bull make the Youth Series its own event?
HPS: We didn’t want it to be the Red Bull Cup, that’s not what we were after. We like to showcase the countries--see how the wings are branded? The biggest image on the wing is the country flag. The youth is the other important thing for Red Bull, that the people see that the guns on board are between ages 19 and 24. As for the event, we’ll race from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, the boats will all be moored at the Marina Green, and after racing, the guys will be mixing it up with the public spectators on the Marina Green.