With “Follow the Call“, boot Düsseldorf is not only presenting a new active campaign; on its 50th anniversary, it is also demonstrating once again that it lives up to its reputation as a trendsetter. Many will certainly be familiar with the term “eSports” (electronic sports). It is used for sports contests between people with the help of computer games.
In the meantime, the eSports trend has also reached the sailing community, where there are growing numbers of users. The game manufacturer Virtual Regatta is bringing sailing enthusiasts from all over the world together with its online eSailing game. A survey by Virtual Regatta has revealed that the game is used by both passionate sailors and eSports fans. According to the survey, about 50 per cent of the more than one million users around the world are not (yet) active sailors and they have a young age profile. This means that the game is a great way to introduce sailing and water sports to young people and people without sailing equipment or sailing opportunities.
The Tech Zone – the new technology section at boot – in Hall 15 is home to the game. Eight computers will be set up for playing the game online there during the trade fair. Anyone who is interested can therefore join in the first boot Düsseldorf Challenge (http://www.virtualregatta.com/en/index_vrinshore.php) not only on the exhibition site but also wherever else they are in the world. The virtual venue for the tournament is Kiel. From 17.12. onwards, it will of course be possible to practice on mobile devices:
The training dates for the three pre-challenges are:
#1 Monday 17. December to Sunday 23. December – J/70 class. #2 Monday 31. December to Sunday 06. January – Nacra17 class. #3 Thursday 10. January to Sunday 13. January – Offshore class.
The qualifying rounds are taking place on the following days:
#1 Friday 18. January to Sunday 20. January #2 Sunday 20. January to Tuesday 22. January #3 Tuesday 22. January to Thursday 24. January #4 Thursday 24. January to Saturday 26. January
All the sailing boats in the game will have the boot Düsseldorf logo on them. The contest will be held in the Kiel sailing area.
The competition will start with a 4-round qualification phase. In each round, players at boot and worldwide will have the opportunity to qualify for main round within 36 hours. The winner and the runner-up in each case will reach the final.
The final is being held on the main stage in the Sailing Center on Sunday, 27.01.2019, from 15:00 to 15:30. A commentator will be moderating the game. 8 boats will be competing in the final and the three fastest participants will win attractive prizes. The winner, for example, will enjoy a live sailing experience at Kiel Week in 2019.
At the same time as the boot Düsseldorf Challenge, the season of the eSailing World Championship organised by the World Sailing Association is starting on 22. January. This means that every gamer can decide before his race whether he would like to take part in the boot Düsseldorf Challenge or the eSailing World Championships.
Participation in the pre-challenges and the boot Challenge is free of charge.
About boot Düsseldorf: boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. The exhibitors are presenting their interesting innovations, attractive new developments and maritime equipment from 19. to 27. January 2019. This means that the whole of the market will be coming to Düsseldorf to provide an exciting insight into the entire water sports world for the nine-day exhibition covering 220,000 square metres in 16 different halls. There is something for every water sports enthusiast, with the main focus on boats and yachts, motors and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes / kayaks / rowing, water skiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, skimboarding, jetskiing, diving, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities, beach resorts and chartering. The trade fair is open from 10:00 to 18:00 every day. Admission tickets can be ordered online at www.boot.de and printed out conveniently at home. As an additional feature, they entitle ticket holders to use the Rhine-Ruhr public transport system free of charge.