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Top juniors confirmed for race

The O'pen Bic field taking part in the America's Cup Endeavour Junior Regatta in June continues to take shape with 17 sailors now confirmed.

Aged 15 and younger, the 17 juniors so far are from Japan, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Germany and Poland.

Among those already qualified are Conall Green, of Australia, who was victorious at the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne last year and Saki Nukui who is the reigning O'pen Bic champion in Japan.

Nukui and compatriot Kazuki Sasaki were the first sailors to qualify for the America's Cup Endeavour Junior Regatta.

A total of 32 male and female sailors will compete in the event, which will be held between the first and second race of the 35th America's Cup Match featuring Oracle Team USA, the defender, and the eventual challenger.

The six local representatives will be determined at the Bermuda O'pen BIC Nationals to be hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in May, with the remaining nine North American spots to be confirmed at the O'pen Bic North American Regatta next month.

The America's Cup Endeavour Junior Regatta is made up of three separate regattas featuring the RS Feva, Hobie Waves and O'pen Bic.

The RS Feva and Hobie Wave fleets will also consist of 32 male and female sailors.

Each junior regatta includes qualification rounds and a final and is to be staged during, and included in the live television broadcast of, the half-time show during an official race day of the 35th America's Cup Match in the Great Sound.

The America's Cup Endeavour Junior Regatta will be held from June 15 to 18 with racing taking place in either the Great Sound or Little Sound.

The regatta Event Village will be located on the North Lawn at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

The America's Cup takes place on the Great Sound this year (Photograph by Alex Palmer of Land Rover BAR)

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Published February 14, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm)

Top juniors confirmed for race

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