European Sailing Champions League to Begin in October
The Champions League may be a competition we all associate with football, but from the 17th to the 19th of October, the Sailing Champions League (SCL) will be held in Copenhagen.
The competition will see 36 of Europe’s top sailing clubs, from 23 nations battle it out for the title of Best Club. The competition is being organised by the European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF), the German Sailing League (Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga), and the Danish Sailing League (Sejlsportsligaen).
The German Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga was established in 2013 and the model was adapted into the Danish Sejlsportsligaen shortly after. Following the success two leagues, the SCL appeared to be logical step forward to push sailing further in Europe.
The four top sailors from each club will compete in a number of fleet races using six J/70 one design boats, in the hope that the event will produce the highest standard of racing. Already looking ahead to next year, the SCL will begin to be organised much like the UEFA Champions League, with the two best clubs from each country automatically qualifying. Given the organisers’ forward thinking and the support from EUROSAF, the SCL looks as though it may become one of the world’s biggest sailing competitions.
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Article by Jack Bartrop