This is it, tomorrow we start and there is a need to cheer for our boys: in fact, the Sailing Champions League starts in Porto Cervo. The format of the regatta, which in the past year has inspired 14 countries to create their own league (in Italy it is LIV, Lega Italiana Vela), is brand new: short, fast flights on one-design boats with crews of four on board. The races will be highly technical, and the discriminating elements will no longer be the innovation or technology of the boat but team chemistry and racing tactics. YES will run aboard J/70s provided by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, organizer of the international event (30 clubs at the start).
SICILIANS, TRIESTINES, SARDINIANS. WE CHEER FOR THEM
The clubs that will race in Porto Cervo are the top two qualifiers in their national league in addition to some who gain access through the “wild card” system: the host club, the winning club from last year’s edition and other clubs invited by the organizing authority. Doing the honors will be the YCCS team that will be up against the other two Italian teams in attendance: the winners of the Italian Sailing League-the Roggero di Lauria Rowing Club from Palermo-and the Barcola e Grignano Sailing Society from Trieste. All challengers-arriving from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland-will face the 2014 Sailing Champions League final champion, Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub from Copenhagen.