Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2018 - Black Friday - Leaderboard

Superstars compete in SAILING Champions League semifinal in Porto Cervo - Preview

by SCL Event Media 28 May 22:12 BST 31 May - 3 June 2018
The fleet of Sailing Champions League © SCL / Lars Wehrmann

The Sailing Champions League 2018 kicks off on Thursday with a semifinal contest in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Teams from 24 clubs representing 13 nations fight in Porto Cervo (31 May to 3 June) for one of 15 spots for the big SAILING Champions League Final in St. Moritz, Switzerland, end of August.

Teams are coming from all corners of Europe including Slovenia for the first time, but with a strong contingent from the Nordic and central European countries.

Among the strongest contenders with a proven track record in Porto Cervo is the club from Switzerland, Regattaclub Bodensee, which finished runner-up at the SAILING Champions League Final last season. Former Olympic 470 sailor Julian Flessati brings a strong crew to see if they can win this time on these azure waters.

Among those taking part in the SAILING Champions League for the first time are the Royal Yacht Club Monaco, which is putting out an extremely accomplished team skippered by François Brenac whose CV is peppered with victories in major championships. The three-time Olympic campaigner for France has won world titles in the J/22 and J/80 keelboats and two campaigns for France in the America's Cup. The front of his boat is no less impressive, including two of France's greatest 49er Olympic skiff competitors, Stephane Christidis on tactics and Yann Rocherieux on mainsail trim. Newcomers they may be, but a crew of this pedigree has every chance of winning at its first attempt.

Representing Norway is Moss Seilforening with accomplished multihull sailor, Formula 18 competitor Karl-Einar Jensen proving in recent years that he's also very well adapted to the short-course keelboat competition format of League sailing, while Finland's Åländska Segelsällskapet is a serious contender for victory in Sardinia, as well. Among Daniel Mattsson's crew is Staffan Lindberg, one of the best match racers in the world and well qualified to call tactics for the Finnish team.

According to Edoardo Recchi, Sports Director from the YCCS, there are no secret ingredients to success in the SAILING Champions League. "Just a lot of training and good teamwork. One of the most important things is starting at full throttle. You have to be awake from the very start and be ready to win the moment the first gun sounds." Since the beginning, the YCCS has been a big supporter of the SAILING Champions League and the league concept. "We organised the SAILING Champions League event in Italy in 2015 because we believe in the format. We felt that a serious challenge between clubs from all over the world was missing from our calendar at that time", explains Recchi.

The YCCS regatta is the first of two semifinals, with the second semifinal due to be hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Russia from 3 to 6 August, just a few weeks before the 2018 Final which will be hosted for the first time by Segel-Club St. Moritz, high up in the Swiss Alps from 30 August to 2 September.

Related Articles

32 clubs from 12 nations ready for the Final
SAILING Champions League Final to be held in St. Moritz Norddeutscher Regatta Verein has won the second Semifinal of the SAILING Champions League 2018 in St Petersburg, Russia after four days of challenging racing. Posted on 7 Aug
SAILING Champions League: Qualification preview
Russia's most beautiful city gets ready to host 24 international clubs The famous Peter and Paul Fortress could hardly be a more appropriate setting, as the teams do battle for a highly-coveted place in the Finals of the SAILING Champions League, set to take place at the end of this month in St Moritz Posted on 1 Aug
German Team wins Youth SAILING Champions League
Three days of intense competition Three days of intense competition and a nail-biting four-boat final sees Bodensee Yacht Club Ueberlingen from Germany win the first ever event in the Youth SAILING Champions League after a stellar performance in Travemuende, Germany. Posted on 31 Jul
Youth SAILING Champions League preview
Eight nations to compete in Travemünde The Youth SAILING Champions League is the latest innovation to be launched out of the successful SAILING Champions League format, and 18 crews from eight nations are getting ready to compete against each other in Travemünde, Germany, from 27 to 29 July. Posted on 25 Jul
Youth SAILING Champions League is getting closer!
The first clubs are now registered The first clubs are now registered and ready for three days of racing in Travemünde Bay in the Baltic Sea. Posted on 12 Jul
Women's SAILING Champions League in Kiel
Great Danes win first ever event It's the first time an event in the Women's SAILING Champions League has ever taken place, and Kieler Woche in northern Germany was the venue. With 10 teams from six nations, it was a one-two victory for Denmark. Posted on 18 Jun
2018 Women's SAILING Champions League
Women's SAILING Champions League is about to begin with a first all-female regatta Women's SAILING Champions League is about to begin with a first all-female regatta this weekend at the start of Kieler Woche [aka Kiel Week, the biggest sailing regatta in the world]. Posted on 16 Jun
Audi SAILING Champions League semifinal overall
Victory for Circolo della Vela Bari The team representing Circolo della Vela Bari, led by Simone Ferrarese, has claimed victory in the first semifinal of the SAILING Champions League in Porto Cervo. Posted on 4 Jun
Audi SAILING Champions League semifinal day 3
Circolo Della Vela Bari takes lead in Audi SAILING Champions League The third day of the Audi Sailing Champions League saw the team representing Circolo della Vela Bari move to the top of the classification followed by the Austrians of the Yacht Club Bregenz. Posted on 3 Jun
Audi SAILING Champions League semifinal day 2
New leaders take control in Porto Cervo The Austrians of Yacht Club Bregenz now sit in the lead with consistently good performances, followed just one point behind by Circolo della Vela Bari on level points with the Germans of SMCU. Posted on 1 Jun