Sopot, Poland – The SAILING Champions League enjoyed an exciting and successful event in Sopot, Poland, marking the third and final qualifying regatta for the year. With the Final in Travemünde, Germany, on the horizon, the 24 participating teams from 11 nations received a warm welcome from the Polish league.
Despite the mixed wind conditions, there was an exuberant atmosphere among the sailors, who were well looked after by Nice To Fit You. From the beginning, the Polish teams dominated the field, closely followed by the German vice-champion 2022 Segel- und Motorboot Club Überlingen and the Swedish team Sotefjorden Segelsällskap.
The first two days surprised with ideal sailing conditions, even though the weather was actually predicted to be bad. Champagne sailing conditions delighted the teams, who put in impressive performances. The last two days were marked by start postponements and waiting.
In the end, the top 11 teams from the Qualifier qualified for the Final in Travemünde. The qualified teams include YKP Gdynia, Segel- und Motorboot Club Überlingen, Yacht Club Gdansk, KW Garland Gliwice, KAS Racing, Sotefjorden Segelsällskap, KNZ&RV DELFT CHALLENGE, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, Union Yacht-Club Wolfgangsee and Sejlklubben Neptun Vejle from Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria.
The exciting Final Four was contested by the three Polish teams YKP Gdynia, Yacht Club Gdansk, KW Garland Gliwice and the German team Segel- und Motorboot Club Überlingen. After an intense competition, the podium was set YKP Gdynia, second Segel- und Motorboot Club Überlingen and third Yacht Club Gdansk.
These teams join the 7 qualified teams from Vilamoura and the 13 qualified teams from Berlin. But the Final promises even more, as it will also welcome the three qualified teams from the SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific as well as two teams from the USA.
The Final will once again take place in Travemünde, which delights with its mix of rough Baltic Sea and beach feeling. The challenging sailing area has great potential and will be part of the Travemünde Week, a maritime folk festival for everyone, offering regatta sailing at the highest world-class level.
Participating teams can book tent and camping pitches for the Final via the following site: stellplatz-tw.de/pitch-booking.html.