Neil cel­e­brates Amer­ica’s Youth Cup win

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A YOUNG Ar­ran sailor has achieved a re­mark­able global sport­ing achieve­ment at the age of just 22.

Neil Hunter from Lam­lash is not only a mem­ber of the Bri­tish youth Amer­ica’s Cup win­ning team but also the youngest mem­ber of the se­nior Amer­ica’s Cup team and helped them to the semi-fi­nal of world’s most pres­ti­gious sail­ing tour­na­ment be­fore they went out to even­tual win­ners New Zealand.

It has been a re­mark­able six months for Neil, who was the only sailor to com­pete in both the Amer­ica’s Cup and the Red Bull Youth Amer­ica’s Cup in Ber­muda for Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team.

Neil was pro­moted to the se­nior team at the end of last year which saw him com­pete in the 35th Louis Vuit­ton Amer­ica’s Cup, he then went on to claim vic­tory on Ber­muda’s Great Sound in the Youth Amer­ica’s Cup af­ter a nail-bit­ing fi­nal race which saw them beat New Zealand by two points.

The Bri­tish en­try com­pleted 12 races against 12 other na­tions on Ber­muda’s Great Sound to take the ti­tle – six ini­tial qual­i­fy­ing races and six in the fi­nals. They 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).

Team prin­ci­pal and skip­per Ben Ainslie said: ‘ We could not be prouder of the Land Rover BAR Academy win­ning the Red Bull Youth Amer­ica’s Cup.

‘All their hard work, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion over the past 18 months has re­ally come to­gether on the wa­ter here in Ber­muda.’

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