Young Kiwi crew crowned champions at inaugural Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final


It's barely a couple of months since our yachties returned from Rio laden with medal but already the next generation is making itself known with a young Kiwi crew just crowned champions at the first Red Bull foiling generation world final.

Flying to success at Newport Rhode Island, 20-year-old Kiwis Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson beat the national champions from 14 countries who they have grown to know over two seasons of racing.

"It's really nice to celebrate with people we now feel like we really know," Mackay said.

"It's been so amazing coming here, we are going to leave with such good memories," added Wilkinson.

The Kiwis earned their spot in the world final after winning the New Zealand title back in Auckland earlier this year.

"I think it reflects on the depth of talent we have in New Zealand, on the programmes we are running and the opportunities we are creating," said David Abercrombie.

Mackay was one of only two females at the world finals driving a foiling flying phantom which can reach speeds of 35 knots.

"The winners from New Zealand, they for sure have the potential to win medals at the Olympic Games or even show up in the Red Bull youth America's Cup in the future," said series founder Roman Hagara.

Team New Zealand won that event in San Francico in 2013 with current skipper Peter Burling at the helm. And with their win in Newport, Mackay and Wilkinson have put themselves in the frame for Bermuda next year.

"We are going through the selection process for the Red Bull youth America's Cup at the moment. We are working with Team New Zealand so that's going to be an interesting time. We've certainly had a huge amount of interest in that," said Abercrombie.

The team will be announced in the New Year.

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