SAILING Champions League – Asia-Pacific finals return in March 2022

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Next season, the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific Finals (SCL: AP) will be held in Newcastle on March 19-20 and March 26-27, 2022.

The event returns to Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club after a successful effort last season which saw the SCL: AP Finals be part of the annual SailFest event in Newcastle.

The SCL is a one-design keelboat fleet racing association. Similar to the UEFA Champions League in football, the SCL: AP final hopes to attract the best sailors in the country – champion versus champion. The result? Some higher level races.

SCL manager Mark Turnbull said Newcastle was a great venue for the short stadium-style races offered by SCL and it was an exciting prospect to return in 2022.

“Last season we saw some of the most spectator-friendly races in Australia as sailors competed within earshot of the Honeysuckle Hotel and Newcastle foreshore,” he said.

“The race was breathtaking and everything was up to the mark, which is what made it so appealing to the sailors. We look forward to bringing the SCL final to Newcastle. “

This season, the SCL: AP Finals will take place over two weekends with the Under-22 component on March 19-20 and the Open Finals as the main event the following weekend, giving the Under-22 teams a chance to participate in both events. Clubs from Asia, Oceania and New Zealand will also be invited. Top Australian, Pacific and Asian clubs from the SCL: AP Final will advance to the SCL World Final to be held in Europe in September 2022.

The SCL: AP Finals will again be a level playing field, with all teams made up of two men and two women. SCL aims to pave the way for gender equality in the sailing community by creating a level playing field.

Last Season’s Sacred Champions – Sam King, Chloe Fisher, Alice Buchanan and Charlie Zeeman with SCL Director Mark Turnbull and NCYC General Manager Paul O’Rourke. Photo credit – Harry Fisher

In last season’s final, 10 talented teams from eight Australian clubs competed to be crowned the best in the country. The Tasmanian Royal Yacht Club team of Sam King, Chloe Fisher, Alice Buchanan and Charlie Zeeman became champion. As part of this season, a qualification for the south took place in February at the Mornington Yacht Club in Melbourne, which was well supported by a number of clubs in Victoria and Tasmania. Sam King and his Tasmanian crew dominated the Southern Qualifiers and Finals, winning both races despite tough competition.

King vouched for the short fleet racing format after the win at Newcastle – “I’m a big fan of ‘every sail is good sail’, and these types of regattas are very different from the others we usually sail in.” , did he declare. .

“It’s just nice to sail with a good group of friends, and representing at a club level versus any other level is a lot of fun.”

For more information on the Sailing Champions League – Asia-Pacific, please visit: http://www.sailing-championsleague.asia

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