Presentation of challenging and ambitious sailing projects at boot 2019
In the Sailing Center of boot Düsseldorf, drop-outs and adventurers report on their experiences and future plans in exciting and picture-rich presentations.
There hardly seems to be an undertaking that is daring enough. In the name of research, environment, climate and personal ambition; the motivations of expedition leaders and extreme sailors talking at boot 2019 overwhelm most people's imagination. World circumnavigator Burghard Pieske, total drop-out Wolfgang Clemens, the charismatic married couple Heide and Erich Wilts and the extreme sailor Norbert Sedlacek are among the high-profile guests who will inspire visitors at the Sailing Center with their impressive stories.
World circumnavigator Burghard Pieske has already experienced and documented 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 remote Easter Islands in the southeast Pacific, goes beyond imagination: the eleven-metre-long outrigger boat is equipped as it was 3,000 years ago and had to struggle with some troubles over the 2,500 miles, of which Pieske knows how to report impressively.
In addition, Burghard Pieske is also socially committed. With his project "Euro-Viking - sailing instead of drinking" he has been working with socially excluded young people for more than ten years to put their attitudes to the test. "They experience a world of values that is not imposed or debated, but 'experienced' in the truest sense of the word. In the beginning there is performance - in the end there is responsibility," says Pieske about the project.
Wolfgang Clemens alias Gangerl is a total drop-out. In 12 years he built his own sailing yacht, sold his possessions and became an adventure addict. 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. Gangerl lived two years in the Caribbean, six years in the South Seas, roamed the islands of Micronesia and sailed three times to New Zealand and Australia. With over 100.000 nautical miles sailed and over 6.000 dives under his belt Wolfgang Clemens knows some interesting stories to tell, of storms, thefts, diseases or pirates.
Expeditions & Extremes
Heide and Erich Wilts
Since 1990 Heide and Erich Wilts have been sailing the world's oceans. Again and again they are drawn to the waters of Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen and the Aleutian Islands on their long and often adventurous holiday trips with their yacht "Freydis". In the year 2018 they sailed around Disko Island and along the coast of Greenland and brought along fascinating impressions and experiences from this trip into the ice, to share them with the visitors of the fair in a visually stunning way.
Transatlantic into the sun
After spending the winter in Isafjördur in the northwest of Iceland, the "Freydis" will leave for Portugal in 2019. Via the Westman Islands (in the south of Iceland) the route leads Heide and Erich Wilts to the Faroe Islands, the Outer Hebrides and via the Irish Sea to the Scilly Islands and finally to the island of Ouessant (Ushant). From there it will go on to Spain and Portugal, where Lisbon is the destination of the trip. A journey into the sun, from which Heide and Erich Wilts report perhaps on the next boot in 2020.
In 2018 his big tour through the Northwest Passage and around Cape Horn through all the oceans of the world was supposed to start as part of the "Ant-Arctic-Lab" project. But technical challenges forced the Vienna-born Norbert Sedlacek, who as an experienced extreme sailor has already participated twice in the famous Vendée Globe, to give up after a few days. In July 2019, Sedlacek will now start the 2nd attempt of the "Ant-Arctic-Lab" project. He has to cover 34,000 nautical miles non-stop and one-handed with a self-developed Open60AAL yacht under the most adverse conditions - an extreme challenge for both him and his equipment.
Sustainability in yacht construction
Developed and designed by Innovation Yachts, the yacht is built entirely from sustainable and recyclable materials. The hull and deck of the boat are made of a volcanic fibre balsa wood sandwich. This mix of materials, combined with environmentally certified matrix systems, results in sustainability, recyclability, health and biological safety and increased technical safety. "Ant-Arctic-Lab" serves to test these new materials with the aim of establishing them in modern yacht building and thus making nature-oriented sailing more sustainable.