The fight for the title "German Champion of Sailing Clubs"
Stormy start in Starnberg
VSaW Berlin takes first place in the standings 2019
What started a few years ago as a possible new concept for sailing has now become a permanent fixture for sailing fans in Germany and a real success: The German Sailing League! On several weekends during the water sports season the sailors of the best clubs in Germany compete against each other on J/70 boats. To be chosen as the venue for the regattas has become a privilege and more than 100 sailing clubs already participate in the DSBL.
As is so often the case, the idea of establishing a Bundesliga for sailors was simple but equally ingenious. Many sailing newcomers are easily confused by the many boat classes, different regatta formats and the extensive set of rules. Sailing is complex and requires some explanation. The German Sailing League offers a format for which you can easily get excited and immediately join in with your favourite club.
This corresponds exactly to the approach of boot Düsseldorf when it comes to attracting beginners to the fascination of sailing. That's why boot has joined the German Sailing League as a partner in the 2018 season. All DSBL regatta boats are marked on the hull with the well-known boot Düsseldorf logo, as they have been for years at the Kiel Week.
Sailing as a competition of the clubs
The best sailors take part in the German Sailing League as a club team. No matter in which boat class they actually sail, how old they are, whether female or male, with or without disability. Only the performance for the team counts! And this must be constantly shown during the regatta weekends throughout the season in order to have a chance of winning the title of "German Champion". The one-design boats, i.e. boats of the same construction, ensure uniform conditions. The winner is the one who crosses the finish line first. Complicated handicap calculations are no longer necessary.
Fans can easily follow the current score in the season table. The results of each regatta count equally. For the members and sailors in the clubs, participation in the German Sailing League with a team has created a whole new feeling of belonging. The format gives the team members the opportunity to progress together and learn from each other. Who would not like to be able to say that he or she sails with the best club in Germany? Up to 20 athletes from one club can be nominated per season for the National League team. Intergenerational teams are explicitly encouraged.
Through its success, the German Sailing League has grown since it was founded in 2013. The German Sailing League is now celebrating its sixth birthday. In 2018 the team of boot Düsseldorf decided to join this established regatta format as a partner. While in the 1st league the 19 best clubs fight for the title, 18 more clubs in the 2nd Sailing League compete for the promotion to the top league. The junior sailing league for up-and-coming young sailors was also added. This explains the large total number of clubs currently participating in the National League. At the end of the season, the four best placed clubs of the 2nd league move up to the next higher league.
Additional incentive through DSL Cup
With the "Deutsche Segel-Liga-Pokal" (DSL-Cup) an additional, exciting possibility has been created for the teams of the DSBL to be able to compete against each other in a direct competition across all leagues according to the motto "amateur meets professional". The DSL Cup takes place every year at the end of the season. In addition, two clubs can qualify for the 2nd League in the DSL Cup! More information about the competition mode and scoring at: segelbundesliga.de
The boat for the German Sailing League: J/70
The Daysailer of the J/70 standard class, selected for the DSBL regattas, is with its almost 7m length and 2.25m width a fast boat which is not too complex in its handling on the water and above all trailerable. For the races at the different venues there is no need to crane in and out. This makes the J/70 ideal for use in the German Sailing League.
The sail plan with a total sail area of 70m² consists of a mainsail with 18m², an 8m² jib and a gennaker, which brings an additional 45m² when set. The crew can operate all sheets and stretchers from the cockpit with the stern open. The modern design of the J/70 with its long waterline and the use of light carbon for mast and spar guarantee exciting races. Due to the low centre of gravity, the lift keel with a maximum draught of 1.45m and lead ballast, the boat remains under control even in challenging conditions on the water.