Sailing legends from yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Sailing Center has prepared an exciting program for all sailors and sailing enthusiasts at the 50th International boat show in Düsseldorf - and it electrifies with magical moments.
We review 50 years of sailing history and take a look at records, highlights, and challenges. Visitors and exhibitors are invited to go on an emotional roller coaster ride and meet the greats of sailing.
Impressive developments in sailing sport
While some sailors sail around the world to make as many beautiful stops as possible, others seek the speed rush - higher, faster, further. Regatta sailors and cruising sailors both follow sailing with passion. The international offshore sailing scene is in a constant state of change. A lot has also happened with blue water sailing. More and more cruising sailors are realizing their own dreams of circumnavigating the world or long journeys possible. In the 70s and 80s it was still considered an exception, but since 1990 the number has tripled and the trend is rising.1
It has been 50 years since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston took part in the very first one-hand and non-stop race around the world and in 1969 he was the first person to successfully complete it. The new edition of the race, the "Golden Globe Race", which is currently taking place, will also be the theme on the occasion of the 50th anniversary. Also the German sailing legend Wilfried Erdmann cannot be missing from this special event at the boot. More than 50 years ago, on 7 May 1968, he reached Helgoland after his first one-hand circumnavigation of the world. The Sailing Center presents the fascination of sailing: adventurers and (offshore) sailors from the mono- and multihull scene find their place on the stage. They are surrounded by various class associations, many of which the Segler-Zeitung could win as partner and co-founder of the Sailing Center.
With all the retrospective, the view into the future is not forgotten, because one thing is clear: The sailing world is ready for the next 50 years.
Between limitless experiences and moments of pure happiness - Offshore sailing in all its diversity
Founder and Race Chairman of the 50th "Golden Globe Race 2018/19", Don McIntyre will report on the traditional race that takes all participants and skippers from 13 countries to the limits of what is possible. The special feature of the race: Sailing takes place on yachts constructed before 1988 and only sextant and nautical paper charts are approved equipment, like 50 years ago. A satellite telephone is on board to transmit the location. Press Release Sailing Center 2018
Sir Robin Knox-Johnsons is not only a pioneer, but he is also the founder of the "Clipper Round the World Yacht Race" with the intention to offer everyone the opportunity to sail around the world. Race Crew Director of the Clipper Race, Della Parsons, will give insights behind the scenes and German sailor Chris Kobusch will talk about his experiences and the victory of the 2017-18 edition of the race around the world.
The "Route du Rhum" is THE sailing event at the end of 2018. From Saint-Malo to Guadeloupe, the transatlantic one-hand regatta is considered a major milestone for the "Vendée Globe 2020/21". The world's best offshore sailors, such as François Gabart, Armel Le Cléac'h (Ultime-Trimaran) and Alex Thomson (IMOCA "Hugo Boss") meet here. Boris Herrmann ("Malizia 2 -Yacht Club de Monaco") presents well in the IMOCA class. Amateur sailor Arnt Bruhns (Class 40 "Iskareen") will give a report about his fascinating experiences in the Sailing Center. Also attending will be the successful British sailor Phil Sharp (Class40 "Imerys Clean Energy"). He is the only one who crosses the Atlantic in a CO2-neutral way using green energy. Imerys Clean Energy generates the auxiliary power required for the electronic system through a sustainable mix of solar power, hydropower, and biodiesel.
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 was a race full of emotions and sailing challenges. Seven teams signed up for the 45,000 miles around the world. Chris Nicholson is a member of the Dutch team AkzoNobel, which won fourth place. As watch captain, the very experienced Australian, who has already taken part in the Olympic Games, had a responsible job. He describes his incredible experiences exclusively at the Sailing Center.
Preparations for the 36th America's Cup in March 2021 are in full swing. The four registered teams are putting everything into the latest development of technical innovations. Insider Jack Griffin will shed light on current news.
His big tour through the Northwest Passage and around Cape Horn through all the oceans of the world should start in 2018. But technical challenges forced Norbert Sedlacek to give up after a few days. In July 2019, the 2nd attempt of the "Ant-Arctic-Lab" project, 34,000 nautical miles non-stop and one-handed, will start.
Visitors to the Sailing Center will find inspiration and the necessary amount of courage for their own adventure with like-minded people who are already a few steps further.
Two young men, best friends, crazy about sailing and climbing, will be on their way in autumn 2018. With their yacht "Basecamp" Markus and Achim are looking for adventures in Scandinavia. Charming and entertaining they will captivate the audience.
Laura Dekker holds the record to be the youngest solo round-the-world sailor. At the age of 14, she set off alone to sail around the world and ended her journey two years later. Her newly founded "Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation" wants to inspire other young people for sailing. Press Release Sailing Center 2018
Johannes and Cati Erdmann are well-known faces in the German sailing scene. With the change to a catamaran and an Atlantic round with the new "Maverick too", the young couple has new experiences to report about their life on board.
Matthias and Maren Wagener also dared to switch from Monohull to Multihull. They have swapped their car, apartment and a permanent office for a catamaran, from where they run their successful business.
Sheila Rietscher has proven that you can realize your dream without owning your own boat. She sailed "hand against bunk" around the globe. In the Sailing Center, she will relive her journey through the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic, and the Pacific.
A Hurray for the Bluewater sailors
Judith and Soenke Roever represent the blue water scene like no other. The travel reports of their three-year round-the-world sailing trip in 1200 days take the audience out on the oceans.
Hinnerk Weiler is a round-the-world sailor on a 31-foot yacht and knows what matters. His tips on ship handling and on equipment for longer trips are just as unique as his tips for coping with everyday life when sailing 1,000 miles alone across the ocean.
Sailing with passion across the oceans: After four and a half years at sea and around 45,000 nautical miles, Mareike Guhr can proudly present a list of 37 countries, 143 islands, and 140 co-sailors. In the Sailing Center, she will present her experiences in the South Seas.
The pioneers of the sailing world
Wolfgang Clemens alias Gangerl is a drop-out. In 12 years he built a sailing yacht on his own, sold his possessions and became addicted to adventure. With his "Bavaria", the globetrotter has been at home on the world's oceans since 1988 and has visited over 100 countries around the world.
World round-sailor Burghard Pieske has already experienced and captured countless expeditions. His journey with the Proa "Ana-Varu" along the former migration route, from Taiwan off the southeast coast of China, via Guam and Tonga, to the isolated Easter Islands in the southeast Pacific, goes beyond sailing imagination: the eleven-meter-long outrigger boat is equipped as it was 3,000 years ago. The multihull had to struggle with some turbulence over the 2,500 miles.
Heide and Erich Wilts have been sailing the world's oceans since 1990. Again and again, they are attracted on holiday trips with their yacht "Freydis" to the waters of Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen and the Aleutian Islands. In 2018 they sailed around Disko Island and along the coast of Greenland.
Service topics in the Sailing Center
Tips and tricks for all the sailor's needs and around the sailboat can also be expected in 2019. The topics range from weather, rig trim, navigation tips and stress-free sailing to Press Release Sailing Center 2018
foiling. Experts and professionals report on developments and trends from the world of mono- and multihulls.
Further information can be found under the heading "Sailing" on the boot Düsseldorf homepage at www.boot.de and on the Facebook page "Boot Düsseldorf".
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