The Royal Yacht Club together with the German Sailing League - Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga - and the Danish Sailing League – Sejlsportsligaen - and the European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF), are inviting 36 of the top sailing clubs, from 23 nations, to Copenhagen to compete for the title of 'Best Club in Europe'.
Clubs from outside Europe have also been invited to this first event in order to promote the idea of national sailing leagues also at other continents.
The introduction of the SAILING Champions League (SCL) follows shortly after the national sailing leagues successfully started in Germany and Denmark.
The first league was the German 'Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga' (DSBL) in 2013. The format was the idea of marketing agency 'Konzeptwerft', in association with the leading German yacht clubs and the German Sailors' Association.
'After a very short time, we received inquiries from all around Europe and even from the USA and elsewhere outside Europe. Denmark was the first country to adopt the German model. The logical conclusion of this development is to create the SAILING Champions League, which will become the European league for the champions of the leagues in each competing country,' explains Oliver Schwall, CEO of the SCL. Oliver Schwall is a former Olympian Sailor and medal-winner in Tornado International Champions. Oliver is also involved in the Team Germany organisation.
The SAILING Champions League will take place for the first time in Denmark. Hosts are the Royal Danish Yacht Club (RDYC) in association with the German and Danish sailing leagues as well as the European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF)
'We are invitíng leading yacht clubs and are expecting sailing sport on the highest level,' says Lars Ive, Vice Commodore of the KDY. 'The conditions for a regatta of this size are ideal in Copenhagen'.
Each participating club will send a crew of their four best sailors. They will sail in fleet races in Copenhagen on six J/70 one design boats, which have proven their worth in the leagues in Germany and Denmark. Short races, one design boats and a standardized race course, will provide high-level competition. The J/70 is being used in both the German and Danish leagues.
'The clear and simple concept of the Germans has motivated us to create the ‘Sejlsportsligaen’ together with the founders of the DSBL,' says Hans Natorp, President of the Danish Sailing Association. 'The SAILING Champions League will convince further countries to establish a national sailing league'.
In 2015, the top two clubs from each of the European countries with national league will automatically qualify for the SAILING Champions League. If there is no national league in a country, the clubs qualify according to their status in the world rankings of the Olympic classes. There will be also wild cards available for selected clubs.
The partnership with EUROSAF, as the Continental Sailing Federation for Europe, will secure the framework to enable the growth of the SAILING Champions League. 'The idea of national club leagues is a game-changing format with significant potential for the future,' says Marco Predieri, President of EUROSAF. He adds: 'The SAILING Champions League is the logical upshot of the national sailing leagues, and we are proud to be associated with the development of such an innovative project'.
The club league konzept has a potential to develop into Continental Leagues all over the world, where the winners in due time should be able to participate in a 'World SAILING Champions League'. As earlier mentioned there are already clubs interested in North America and from other continents.
EUROSAF and Konzeptwerft have agreed about cooperating with regard to build the 'European SAILING Champions League'. The event in Copenhagen will be a kind of test event, in order to promote the idea and discus the future development of the league with the participating clubs.
The development plan will include the promotion of as many national leagues as possible, through EUROSAF and the national sailing federations (MNA’s), and the parties have agreed that rights and influence of the league format lies with the sailing organisations (EUROSAF and MNA’s) – as well as with the host sailing clubs.
The parties have also agreed that the success of a future European SAILING Champions League, in the best interest of sailors and their organisations, can be secured in a strong and long-lasting partnership between EUROSAF, representing organized sailing (MNAs and clubs) and Konzeptwerft, as the commercial partner in this joint project.
Further information for the SAILING Champions League here. (http://sailing-championsleague.com/