The SAILING Champions League started this year in May with the first qualifier in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where 26 sailing clubs of the first group met. Also in May there was the second semi-final in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, with 24 sailing clubs, and in July was the third qualification race for another 20 sailing clubs in St. Petersburg, Russia. The best 21 teams from the three qualifiers in Palma, Porto Cervo and St. Petersburg have qualified for the final in St. Moritz (15 to 18 August 2019). Also an Australian and a New Zealand club will be in the Engadine. Participants include top-class teams such as the reigning champion of the SAILING Champions League, Circolo della Vela Bari from Italy, the Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub from Denmark, the regatta club from Germany (four-time German champion, third place in the Nord Stream Race) and the Australian team from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
Five Swiss teams in the finals
Only the five best clubs of the national sailing leagues are allowed to participate in the SAILING Champions League. All five teams from the Swiss Sailing League qualified for the final in St. Moritz: These are the Regattaclub Bodensee, the Regattaclub Oberhofen, the Club Nautique de Versoix, the Société Nautique de Genève and the Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen.
The races are sailed in fleet race mode on eight boats of the one-design class J/70. This means that 54 short races close to the public will take place on Lake St. Moritz for four days. On Sunday afternoon, in the final series with the best four clubs from the qualification round, the team that wins the title of best sailing club of the year and thus the coveted trophy is decided. On Saturday and Sunday the regattas will be broadcast live at www.sailing-championsleague.com