Australians Crowned J/70 SAILING Champions League Winner!
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron turned on the afterburners in a thrilling four-boat showdown to win the SAILING Champions League 2019 on the lake of St. Moritz (15 to 18 August 2019). The crew from Sydney were the only non-European team among twenty-four clubs representing ten nations, and now the trophy flies out of Europe for the first time, winging its way to Australia. Finishing in second place was Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany, the overall winner from the Deustche Segel Bundesliga. The other two clubs that contested the four-boat final represented Denmark: Kaløvig Bådelaug finishing third, and Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub in fourth place.
David Chapman, skipper of the winning team, commented: "We are absolutely stoked. We struggled to get a crew together for this regatta so we nearly didn’t come here at all. But, what a great team to have sailing with me: Finn and Charlotte Alexander and Zac Quinlan."
"I know a lot of people back home in Australia were watching online," smiled Chapman, "and I hope we’ll inspire more teams from Down Under to compete in the SAILING Champions League. It’s such great racing – turn up with your mates, race in equally-matched, J/70 one-design class sailboats, and go sailing. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m going to stick around an extra day to celebrate tonight."
Oliver Schwall, the German founder of sailing league concept, commented: "Thanks to beautiful sunny days and the mighty Maloja Winds bringing up to 19 knots of breeze across the outstanding sailing stadium on Lake St. Moritz, the sailors have enjoyed champagne sailing conditions. The organizers ran the event like clockwork, delivering 17 flights of qualifying, along with an incredibly exciting four-boat final."
The SAILING Champions League is supported by a number of key partners: Juvia, KRAFTWERK, DEDON, Badrutt’s Palace, Breitling, St. Moritz Tourism, Graubünden, DKSH, SAP and Marinepool.
Livestream and results by SAP SAILINGThe final two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday will be live broadcasted by SAP SAILING from 12:00 hrs (GMT) on, with expert commentators providing blow-by-blow analysis of the racing, aided by the detail provided by SAP Sailing Analytics. The SAP Sailing Analytics provide 24/7 additional statistics and data for sailors, fans, spectators and media like GPS tracking, real- time analysis, live leaderboard combined with 2D visualization. You can find all results on sapsailing.com. Sailing Photo credits: SCL/Sailing Energy. For more J/70 SAILING Champions League information