The Land Rover BAR Academy Great Britain team is the new champions of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Great Britain was able to gain the number one position and claim the title due to last minute efforts by the team. The final day of the race was a thrilling affair and everyone was on the edge of their seats during the last few minutes of the final race.
The Great Britain team entered the final day of the race in the fifth position. The defending champions NZL Sailing Team made a very good comeback in the first two races of the final day at the Great Sound in Bermuda. It looked like the Kiwis were all poised to take the Red Bull Youth AC title once more after they claimed three consecutive victories. But, there was a twist in the tale at the far end of the race.
The Land Rover BAR team had a tough couple of races at the start and were still languishing at the 5th position overall. They somehow made their way to the second position in the final leg and also passed the German team to claim the trophy.
The Kiwis were not expecting this turn around by the British team and were all set to celebrate their victory on their board. But, the last minute effort from the British team to beat Germany and finish in the 2nd position was more than enough for them to gain a total of 50 points. They finished on top of the leaderboard with 2 points more than the Kiwi team.
Rob Bounce, the skipper of the Great Britain team, said that that team had felt that they would not be able to make it in a good position in the final race to enjoy a podium finish. They were waiting for an opportunity to come their way and once they got a sniff of an opportunity they pounced on it.