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Young Sailors Take To The Bay For Youth America’s Cup Races

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Youth America’s Cup racing got underway on Sunday. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — New Zealand teams emerged from a tight pack to take two of three podium places on day one at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The races are taking place just off the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green on the San Francisco’s northern waterfront.

Featuring 10 teams from 8 countries, the Youth America’s Cup is a proving ground for young sailors determined to make a career in professional sailing.

Peter Burling’s New Zealand Sailing Team was the most consistent performer on Sunday, riding second- and fourth-place finishes to the top of the leaderboard. His Kiwi rival, Will Tiller, on Full Metal Jacket Racing, won the second race of the day.

Tiller’s team is in third place on points, tied with the Swedish and American Youth Sailing Force teams.

France’s Next World Energy moved up through the fleet in both races, finishing with a fourth and a third to sit alone in second place.

Conditions were near the upper end of the 18-knot wind limit in place for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Racing continues Monday at 11:10am PT.

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