With the successful launch of the National Sailing League – Oceania last April (NSL video) and the winning team Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron going on to beat the best clubs from Europe to be crowned the “SAILING Champions League – Worlds Best Club“, (SCL video) we have doubled down to expand the NSL from one event to a Final and four Qualifying events. The format is that 6 teams from each Qualifier will earn the right to compete in the 2020 NSL Final and obviously be the pathway to take on the best clubs in the world at the SAILING Champions League in Europe in October 2020. The NSL Oceania events for 2020 are;
- NSL Oceania Final – Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 3-5th April 2020
- NSL Qualifier 1 (Southern) – Royal Geelong Yacht Club 26/27th January 2020
- NSL Qualifier 2 (Northern) – Hunters Hill Yacht Club 14/15th March 2020
- NSL Qualifier 3 (Pacific) – four NZL and 2 Pacific Island clubs invited
- NSL Qualifier 4 (Asia) – six Asian clubs invited
Entries are now open for both the Southern and Northern Qualifiers and we are keen for your club to be represented to be a part of this exciting new series. Online forms for entry are:
Click here for the Notice of Race
The format of the Qualifier 1 (Southern) is that it is open to all clubs in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria to send teams to represent their club in this fully umpired fleet racing in small keelboats comprising of up to 30 heats (12-15 per race) and culminating in a top four final series. Teams will compete in a new fleet of six supplied RS21’s (the official boat of the NSL events) included in the entry fee and thus it is a true step on / step off regatta. The event is open to all ages and sailing backgrounds from dinghy sailors to keelboat sailors all competing on a level playing field.
At the Events there are three divisions (all racing together) being:
- Open – teams of a maximum of four with minimum of one female
- Women’s – teams of a maximum of five, all female
- Youth – team of a maximum of five with a minimum of one female (21 and under on 1/1/2021)
And we encourage clubs to enter in one, two or all three divisions, and although we hope to maximise the number of clubs and spread across States please get you entry in early (or contact us in regards to your interest) as entries are limited to the first 24 teams.
We believe that this interclub, one design, small fleet racing, concept is just what Australia’s clubs and sailors have been crying out for. To link this with a pathway to crown your club as the best in Oceania and then to travel to Europe to fight for the title of ‘Best club in the world’ in open, youth and women’s divisions is very appealing.
In order to confirm your entry please review the attached Notice of Race and complete the entry form. Confirmation of acceptance of your entry will be made once full payment of entry fee is received. However, should you have any questions or concerns please contact either Howard or Mark directly and if you have not already please see the following two short videos.
We look forward to speaking with you further and seeing your club on the start line in 2020.