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The SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific (SCL:AP) is the pinnacle club vs club, umpired, short course fleet racing competition for all clubs (large and small) for the Asia Pacific region. Conducted under licence from the International Sailing League Association (ISLA), for member clubs from all across Asia Pacific. From the SCL:AP the top Asian, top Pacific / NZL and top Australian clubs qualify to then compete against the best clubs in the world at the annual SAILING Champions League: World Final (Europe).
Selection to compete in the SCL:AP is earnt by clubs qualifying at the own National Sailing League (NSL) or in Australia through their State Leagues, or by invitation from countries where a NSL has not been established.
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The 2022/23 SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific (SCL:AP) is now in its 4th year having started in 2019. The 2022/23 season will culminate on the SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific – FINAL whihc will be held in May 2023. Upto 24 teams from clubs across Asia Pacific will be invited to compete with, the top Asian top Pacific/NZL, and top Australian teams then going on to represent their club on the world stage at the SCL: World Final (Europe).
The pathway to the 2022/23 SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific is as follows:
Much work has been done with partner clubs in each State over the the past 12 months to create the new State Leagues as the feeder to a future AUS-Sailing League: FINAL but it is these State Leagues (for 2022/23) will be the direct feeder to the 2022/23 SCL:AP-Final. However for clubs from areas outside of these States (QLD / TAS / NT / NZL / Pacific Islands and Asia), Expressions of Interest will be sought before inviting the top clubs to compete in the 2022/23 SCL:AP-Final.
The provisional schedule of SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific events is as follows:
- FINAL – Fri/Sat/Sun 9/10/11 December 2022 – RSAYS
- Q1 – Thur 3rd Nov 2022 RPYC
- Q2 – Thur 10th Nov 2022 RPYC
- FINAL – Thur 17th Nov 2022 RPYC
- Q1 – Thur 1st Dec 2022 RPYC
- Q2 – Thur 8th Dec 2022 RPYC
- FINAL – Thur 15th Dec 2022 RPYC
- FINAL – Thur 26th / Fri 27th January 2023 – RGYC (Festival of Sails)
- Q1 (Regional) – 14/15th Jan 2023 NCYC
- Q2 (Metro) – 18/19th Mar RPAYC
- FINAL – 15/16 April 2023 NCYC (SailFest)
SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific
- FINAL – May (TBC) 2023
The following teams (clubs) have currently qualified for the 2022/23 SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific – FINAL:
- Mornington Yacht Club (2021/22 SCL:AP Open Champions)
- Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (2021/22 SCL:AP – U22 Champions)
- Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club (SA-Sailing League -1st)
- Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (SA-Sailing League – 2nd)
- Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club (SA-Sailing League -3rd)
- Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (SA-Sailing League – 4th)
- Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club (Pacific Islands team)
- Derwent Sailing Squadron (TAS team)
- Royal Brighton Yacht Club (VIC-Sailing League – 1st)
- Royal Geelong Yacht Club (VIC-Sailing League – 2nd)
- Sandringham Yacht Club (VIC-Sailing League – 3rd)
- Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (VIC-Sailing League – 4th)
Typical NSL events include a round-robin Qualifying Series of up to 45 races. Teams rotate through the boats in each flight so that each team competes against every other team and sails in every boat. The top 4 teams from the Qualifying Series compete in the Final Series. Both series use a short course, stadium format.