Foiling extravaganza in Japan

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The Red Bull Foiling Generation, the sailing series for the new generation, celebrated its world premiere in Wakayama (Japan) on the weekend. Shinichiro Yano and Issei Fujiki claimed victory after an exciting knock-out format. Seven countries will host regattas in 2015 with national winners setting sail for the 2016 World Final.

Ryo Takahashi and Ibuki Koizumi about to hit the water at the Red Bull Foiling Generation in Wakayama, Japan on April 19, 2015

Photo Credit Yoichi Yabe for Red Bull Content Pool

WAKAYAMA (Japan) – Eight two-member teams, selected from previous training sessions, dueled over three days in the port city of Wakayama, using four identical Flying Phantoms equipped with J-foils. Sunday’s thrilling finale saw 17-year-old Yano and Fujiki use perfect conditions with 12-knot winds to their advantage and edge ahead of 19-year-old Eri Fukazawa and Crew Takayama in a dramatic finish.

„It is an indescribable feeling when the hulls lift out of the water. For us it is a dream come true,” said a beaming Yano after crossing the finish.

The competition left sports director Roman Hagara (AUT) impressed with the high quality talents in Japan. „These up-and-coming athletes accepted the challenge and vastly exceeded our expectations. The teams flew over the water at speeds that reached 29 knots. It will not be just the winners who will benefit from the impressions and experiences of the past days.”

The Red Bull Foiling Generation sailors compete using four Flying Phantoms provided by the organizers with the vessels similar to the flying America´s Cup boats. The multihull, measuring 5.5m in length and 3m in width, are equipped with a J-shaped daggerboard and can hit speeds of up to 35 knots.

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Winners pose for a portrait on the podium after the Red Bull Foiling Generation in Wakayama, Japan on April 19, 2015 Photo Credit Yoichi Yabe for Red Bull Content Pool

1st Place: Shinichiro Yano and Issei Fujiki
2nd Place: Eri Fukazawa and Daichi Takayama
3rd Place: Ryo Takahashi and Ibuki Koizumi

This sailing series will see the hulls lift over the water in seven countries this year with Britain’s best sailing talent competing in knockout battles in June 26-28. This will be followed by regattas in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and France. Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are the series’ sports directors. Austria’s double Olympic champions are also in charge of staging the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017.

Final results: 1. Yano/Fujiki, 2. Fukazawa/Takayama, 3. Takahashi/Koizumi, 4. Nakamura / Miyaguchi

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