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2024

BRITISH KEELBOAT LEAGUETHINK Football Champions League
SAIL British Keelboat League

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7 BRITISH LEAGUES

Each with up to 12 clubs participating.

Clubs can enter as many leagues as they like, or choose one best suited to your team.

One womens only league.

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1 BRITISH FINAL

Sailed over a 3 day weekend.

1st two clubs in each league will compete in the final in J70’s at The Royal Southern Yacht Club at the end of September.

Enter a league to get to the final.

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7 CLUBS IN EUROPE

Top four clubs in the final plus highest womens and youth team will qualify to represent Britain in one of the Sailing Champions League Qualifiers in 2025.

Previous venues, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland.

, Travemünder Woche 22. - 31.07.2022, Sailing Champions League, Start

SAILING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Each British qualifier will sail in one league in Europe with high performers passing through to a final league to become the top European club.

BRITISH KEELBOAT LEAGUE2024 LEAGUES

Leagues are organised and run by RYA clubs using a format agreed and authorised by the British Keelboat League. BKL leagues comply with the guidelines of the International Sailing Leagues Association.
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LEAGUE 1March
9 - 10th

Host
ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB

A league for schools sailing teams. Sailed in Sonars with symmetrical spinnakers on Queen Mary Reservoir, West London.

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LEAGUE 2March
16 - 17th

Host
STRATHCLYDE UNIVERSITY SAILING CLUB

This winter league will be sailed in Hunter 707’s at Port Edgar.

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LEAGUE 3May
11 - 12th

Host
ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB

Sailed in J70’s with asymmetrical spinnakers on Southampton Water in the RYA Southern Region, this is a women’s event.

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LEAGUE 4May
18 - 19th

Host
ROYAL CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB

Sailed in Hunter 707’s with symmetrical spinnakers on the river Crouch in the RYA Eastern Region.

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LEAGUE 5June
15 - 16th

Joint Hosts
MARCONI SC & STONE SC

A league in the RYA Eastern region sailed in SB20’s with Asymmetric spinnakers on the river Blackwater in Essex.

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LEAGUE 6July
20 - 21st

Host
RUTLAND SAILING CLUB

Sailed in RS 21’s with asymmetrical spinnakers on Rutland Water in the RYA Central Region.

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LEAGUE 7DATE
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Host
WPNSA

Sailed in Elliot 6’s in Portland Harbour and organised by the RYA and the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

BRITISH KEELBOAT LEAGUEBRITISH FINAL

1st and 2nd places from each league will be invited.
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Sept 27 - 29th

The top clubs from the British Leagues will compete in J70’s in Southampton Water to become British Keelboat League Champions.

The top four clubs plus womens and youth teams will receive an invite to travel to Europe to represent themselves and the BKL in a Sailing Champions League event in 2025.

LEARN MOREHOW LEAGUES ARE RACED

Boats are provided so teams simply #rockupandrace.

Fleets of 5 or 6 boats are raced by 10 or 12 teams who rotate around the boats so that every team sails on every boat multiple times throughout the weekend.

Races last no longer than 15 – 20 mins on two lap windward leeward courses. Turn around between races is swift and as many races are sailed as can be fitted in during the day.

The race area will be supported by a hospitality boat or close to shoreside facilities for use whilst a team is between races.

Races are umpired and protests are immediately settled during the race.

A high points scoring system is used and league positions are immediately known.

The team with the highest average score per race wins the league.

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BRITISH KEELBOAT LEAGUEWHO ARE THE SAILORS

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CLUB RACERS

Put members together from across your club. Youth's, seniors, ladies, mixed.

If you’ve got racers used to handling symmetrical kites, then enter a league that sails a fleet matching your experience.

DINGHY RACERS

If you can race a dinghy, you can race a keelboat. Our fleets are just big dinghies really.

But don’t let that put off your cruiser racers, just make sure they’re hanging on when you pop the kite and get on the plane!

Arguably the most fun style of sailing available to sailors in the UK.

Tom Low - West Hoe SC
The short format racing was really exciting. I enjoyed it a lot.

Jemma Clarke - Marconi Ladies Team
The fact that boats are provided makes it dead easy getting onto the startline.

Simple Sailor - No Boats SC
We enjoy sailing against teams from diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines and the opportunity to share or gain knowledge from them between races.

Jake Miller - Strathclyde Uni SC

OUR 2024 SAILING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVES

Winning their places to race in leagues in Portugal, Germany and Poland against the top European league clubs.
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BRITISH KEELBOAT LEAGUELATEST NEWS

British Clubs in Poland12Jun
British Clubs in Poland
British Clubs Head Out to Poland for Sailing Champions League This week sees our 2 representative clubs Marconi ( 3rd in 2022 BKL final) & West Hoe (5th), Head out to Sopot in Poland to represent the BKL in the European Sailing Champions League.The teams will be racing against 19 of the top performing clubs...
Chichester Chase To Finals09Jun
Chichester Chase To Finals
Chichester Chase To BKL Finals Under 18’s Team Gelert (Llandegfedd SC (G)) smashed out the first 3 races of the Marconi BKL event to lead with two wins and a 2nd place. Proof that their pre-event training in SB20’s back in Wales and at the Warsash Spring Series was the ideal prep. Team Chichester led...
Marconi British Keelboat League Event – Entries Full24May
Marconi British Keelboat League Event – Entries Full
The Marconi SC British Keelboat League event is now FULL. Nine teams will race in a fleet of five SB20’s over the weekend of 3-4th June. The event format of multiple, short, sharp, windward/leeward races with crew changes between, will keep the sailors busy as they do battle to win a place in the British...
Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club Race in Berlin30Mar
Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club Race in Berlin
Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club Race in Berlin Today British Keelboat League (BKL) representative team, Royal Northern & Clyde YC, prepare to race in the 2nd round of the Sailing Champions League (SCL) at the Berliner Yacht Club, Germany. Flying in the forecast was for snow, quite a contrast to the conditions experienced by...

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