Neil celebrates America’s Youth Cup win
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.’