Kiwi Young Guns won the RedBull Foiling Generation World Final
The global lineup of young sailors from 16 countries and five continents faced off in the RedBull Foiling Generation World Final in Miami, Florida, last week-end.
Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie from New Zealand won this year’s event, which is a step to professional series, on foiling catamarans like the Flying Phantom Elite.
“Sailing these fast boats has been an exciting time and coming away with the win is a great feeling, I’m ecstatic,” said Mckenzie. “Everyone here had a lot of skill. Every race we had was very competitive and you can never rule at any sailor because everyone here was the best of their country.”
“This event is really cool because it opens different pathways to different events like the Extreme Sailing Series,” remarked McKenzie.
Designed to find sailing’s next wave of talent, Red Bull Foiling Generation gives wings to talented young men and women aged 16-20 by introducing them to the type of cutting-edge foiling technology used in the America’s Cup.
They are coached throughout the process by two-time Olympic Gold Medalists, event co-founders and Sports Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, to sail the Flying Phantoms which can reach speeds up to 35 knots.
“It’s been gratifying to see the interest in Red Bull Foiling Generation around the world, as well as the progress sailors from the program are making in the sport,” Hagara stated. “Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, who won the 2016 World Final, went on to win the Flying Phantom Series of the Extreme Sailing Series together in 2017, and since then both of them have raced on GC32s in the Extreme Sailing Series, in addition to pursuing Olympic campaigns.”