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Young Kiwi sailors begin title defence

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

New Zealand's top young sailors begin their defence of the Youth America's Cup title in Bermuda on Tuesday (NZT).

The team which won the inaugural title in 2013 was stacked with a clutch of sailors now in the Team New Zealand crew which leads Sweden 4-2 in the America's Cup challenger final series at the same venue.

Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Andy Maloney and Guy Endean all graduated from the Youth America's Cup.

The 12 teams in the Youth America's Cup have been split into two groups of six, with the Kiwis chasing a top-four finish to progress through to the finals.

Skipper Logan Dunning Beck says his team are champing at the bit to finally begin the competition.

"We will approach the racing the same way we have been training - head on," he said.

"The races are over in a heartbeat so there can be no holding back if you want to make the cut for the next round."

The New Zealanders are competing in AC45 foiling catamarans, and are coached by former Olympian Rod Davis.

Six fleet races have been scheduled over the two days of qualifying, with the finals scheduled for June 22-23.

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