• Bodacious Finale For Sailing Champions League Palma Edition

    Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany took advantage of sensational sailing conditions in Palma de Mallorca to win the first of three qualifiers in season six of the SAILING Champions League. The top eight finishing clubs from Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Finland have secured a place at the Final in St Moritz later this summer.

    It was the first time the SAILING Champions League has visited this beautiful Mediterranean island, a Mecca for grand prix sailing, and after enjoying stellar racing conditions in front of the hosting Club Nàutic s’Arenal the crews who represented 26 yacht clubs from 16 different nations will be hoping to come back here in future years.

    Florian Haufe, who skippered Norddeutscher Regatta Verein to victory in sunny and breezy conditions, commented: “We just had four days with perfect sailing conditions, really close races and very tough competition. I have a great team to sail with. It was our goal to secure a place at the SAILNG Champions League Final in St Moritz this August and we made it.”

    The top eight finishing teams in Palma have secured a place at the Final in St Moritz from 15 to 18 August 2019. The eight qualified clubs are:

    1 Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Germany
    2 Club Nautique de Versoix, Switzerland
    3 Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub, Denmark
    4 Société Nautique de Genève, Switzerland
    5 Kaløvig Bådelaug, Denmark
    6 WSV Almere Centraal, the Netherlands
    7 Frederikshavn Sejlklub, Denmark
    8 Brändö Seglare, Finland

    The racing was hard fought all the way to the finish, with the 9th place finisher, Württembergischer Yacht-Club from Germany just missing out on a qualifying place by 1.6 points.

    The Palma regatta was the first of three SAILING Champions League Qualifiers, with the second event due to be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, from 23 to 26 May. A few weeks later it’s on to St Petersburg, Russia, from 4 to 7 July for the third and concluding Qualifier before the grand final in August.