Another difficult and COVID interrupted season it was great to get back on the water and relaunch the SAILING Champions League: Asia Pacific.
The 2021 SCL:AP Season consisted of two Qualifying Events; Mornington (Feb) and Newcastle (March) with teams from Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia all qualifying for the 2021 SCL:AP Final in Newcastle in April. Unfortunately because of travel restrictions we were unable to host teams from New Zealand, Pacific Island, Asia or Western Australia but look forward to welcoming clubs from these regions in 2022.
The 2021 Season was also the first full year of the SCL:AP owned fleet of RS21 which added to the spectacle and enjoyment for the sailors and the first time of running events right in the heart of Newcastle on the Hunter River. This Newcastle venue and final was a huge success with the sailors and spectators alike literally meters from the action sitting and enjoying the hospitality of the Honeysuckle Hotel. After some intense racing the cream rose to the top with the final comprising of teams from Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, defending champions Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, hosting club of Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club & Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club. In the end after some intense racing top four were:
- Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
- Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (U22)
- Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club (U22)
- Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Unfortunately after completing the Asia Pacific Finals, COVID came back with a vengeance to Australia and thus with lockdowns and travel restrictions in place our top clubs were unfortunately not able to then travel to Porto Cervo (Italy) to take on the worlds best clubs in the 2021 SAILING Champions League: World Finals.
Again, thanks to all clubs, sailors, and sponsors from 2021 and bring on 2022!!!