In the seventh year of the SAILING Champions League series with over 20 national sailing leagues in Central Europe, the USA and Australia, the format expanded into the Asia Pacific region in 2020.
In 2021 the best sailing clubs in the Asia Pacific region can qualify for the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific Final in their own qualification series. This final will take place from 13 to 17 April 2021 and will be hosted from Sydney Harbour’s Cockatoo Island. The three podium places will then move directly into the SAILING Champions League Final in Porto Cervo (from 7 to 10 October 2021). The region “Asia Pacific” comprises the states of the country groups I, J, K and L defined by World Sailing. An overview can be found on www.sailing.org/mna.
Mark Turnbull, Manager of the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific, has big plans for league sailing in the Asia Pacific region: “We are very happy about the enthusiasm for league sailing in our region, which was considerably increased by the victory of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in the SAILING Champions League Final 2019 in St. Moritz. The expansion beyond Oceania into the Asia Pacific region in our second season is a tremendous success and we look forward to the participation of six Asian clubs to join Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the coming season. As in Central Europe, we see the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific acting as a catalyst for the creation of several National Sailing Leagues in our region.“
SAILING Champions League founder Oliver Schwall comments: “With the launch of the National Sailing League – Oceania in 2019, our format had already reached the southern hemisphere – another great success for league sailing. To be able to announce the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific just one year later shows the potential of “league sailing” in the format “club versus club”. More and more sailors, clubs and fans worldwide want to become a part of it.”