Lymington's Sam Batten wins Youth America's Cup

Lymington's Sam Batten wins Youth America's Cup.

Congratulations to the Land Rover BAR Academy team as they are crowned Red Bull Youth America's Cup champions!

Great Britain’s Youth America’s Cup sailors from the Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions in Bermuda. Sam Batten, jib trimmer in the winning team, grew up in Lymington and learned to sail aged eight at Salterns Sailing Club. 

Sam Batten and Chris Taylor - Land Rover BAR team members and 49er partnersHis mum, Kay is delighted; "We are thrilled to bits with the Land Rover BAR win in the Youth America's Cup. The team has worked extremely hard over the last 18 months and it is lovely to see them so well rewarded. New Zealand sailed brilliantly on the second day, but GBR's consistency over both days won out. Terrific. The flags will be flying when Sam comes home."

Congratulations to Sam and the rest of the Land Rover BAR Academy team!

Red Bull Youth America's Cup

The British entry completed 12 races against 12 other nations on Bermuda’s Great Sound to take the title, including six initial qualifying races and six races in the finals. The team finished the event with 50 points, just two points ahead of second-placed New Zealand Sailing Team (48 points) and eight points ahead of Switzerland’s Team Tilt (42 points). The victory came down to a nail-biting finale, and the final race of the event, but the team show their determination by never giving up to come back from difficult situations on the racecourse.

Teams in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup are comprised of 18 to 24-year-olds. "These young talents are the superstars of the future," said event director Roman Hagara. "They're going to take the sport to the next level."

Red Bull Youth Americas Cup winners GBR Land Rover BAR Academy u

Land Rover BAR Academy

Land Rover BAR launched the Land Rover BAR Academy in January 2016, to support talented young British sailors, and create a structured pathway into the America’s Cup. The British team is made up of some of the country’s top sailing talent, aged between 19-24 years old and led by Skipper Rob Bunce. Helm is Chris Taylor, Wing Trimmer is Elliott Hanson, Jib Trimmer is Sam Batten, Strategist is Annabel Vose and Bow is Neil Hunter, who was also the only sailor to compete in both the America’s Cup and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Sam Batten

After learning to sail at Salterns Sailing Club, aged 8, Sam competed nationally in Optimists before moving on to the Laser class and then double-handed 29ers where he partnered with Henry Lloyd Williams.

Land Rover BAR Academy sailing for Great Britain in Bermuda

Sam then moved to the 49er quad with sailing partner and Land Rover BAR team-mate Chris Taylor. Sam won the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals two times running (2010 and 2011) and also Silver at 2011 Youth 29er Worlds.

Last summer, Sam and his Land Rover BAR Academy team mate Elliott Hanson were in Lymington with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) 'Sail For Gold' roadshow, where locals were invited to try sailing for free and to be inspired by the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The day was part of a week-long initiative by the RYA to encourage and inspire newcomers to sailing. The event coincided with Youth Week at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, where Sam helped out with the Scow Fleet, and Elliott gave pointers to the Silver Fleet optimists. Read more


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