Today ten international teams from eight countries are squaring off on one starting line, onboard the ride of a lifetime.
All of the sailors are between 19 and 24 years old, they’re all representing the country on their flag, and they’ve been fighting to compete in this regatta for the past year and half.
This week live coverage of the event was picked up by ESPN3. Go download the Watch ESPN3 App -- and if all else fails, use the Official America’s Cup Mobile App -- for live coverage.
For American sailing fans upset that there are only two US nationals racing on Oracle Team USA, this event may represent a flash of light at the end of a long tunnel. Between the two US youth teams there are eighteen American sailors competing. And if we get four Americans racing in the next Cup, and two come from this event, consider it a domestic success.
I asked American Youth Sailing Force helmsman Michael Menninger how he feels about the RBYAC:
Tell us what you think: What will this youth event do to the future of sailing in the US and around the world?