23 clubs from 14 nations managed three days packed with sailing sport on the highest level. The premiere of the SAILING Champions League (17th to 19th October 2014) ended in the rain, but the atmosphere was brilliant. The sought-after silver bowl from Robbe & Berking stays with the hosts from the Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub from Copenhagen, who in the end did win by just 0.5 points difference to the second Circolo Canottiere Aniene (Italy). Third becomes Oman Sail (Oman). In the“Sail for Charity” campaign, where technology partner SAP is donating 25,000 Euro to the World Childhood Foundation, the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Germany) did bring up most of the money.
The decision about the places on the podium was made in the final direct encounter of the top three clubs. At the end the Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub (KDY) with helmsman Michael Hestbæk (participant at the Olympics in the Star 2012 in London), Joachim Aschenbrenner, Lucas Lier and Frederik Berg took the lead with their J/70 and make their mark in the history books by winning the first SAILING Champions League. “It feels fantastic to win on home waters. We felt the pressure before the last race. We had a little advantage at the start and it worked out for us”, explained a very happy Michael Hestbæk after his arrival ashore. At the price giving ceremony, the Danish “Sejlsportsligaen” runners-up 2014 did lift the five kilogramm silver bowl from Robbe & Berking – the Robbe & Berking SAILING Champions League Trophy – into the air.
On rank two in Copenhagen are the Italians from the Circolo Canottiere Aniene in Rome, who had a very strong team at the start line, with professional sailor and helmsman Lorenzo Bressani and the Offshore World Champions Matteo Mason and Samuele Nicolettis as well as Michele Paoletti and also did win six races of the 15 – just like the team from the KDY. In total, 45 races were sailed in three days.
Even if the “Danish summer” did bring a lot of rain, the wind stayed for all three days and the spectators at the “Little Mermaid” could watch top sailing sport. Sometimes there were only ten metres between the clubs on the water and the promenade.