Game manufacturer Virtual Regatta is bringing its online eSailing game to boot Dusseldorf

Do eSports - sports contests between people with the help of computer games - offer significant untapped potential for the sail boat industry? It seems that the eSports trend has now reached the sailing community, with the number of online ’sailing’ gamers growing fast. 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. It suggests gaming could be a potentially significant avenue to introducing sailing and water sports to young people and people without sailing equipment or sailing opportunities.

If in doubt, it might be best to visit The Tech Zone – the new technology section at boot Dusseldorf – in Hall 15, where eight computers will be set up for playing the game online during the trade fair. Anyone who is interested can therefore join in the first boot Düsseldorf Challenge ( 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 be possible to practice on mobile devices:

Google Play Store:

Apple App Store:


The training dates for the three pre-challenges are:

#1 Monday, December 17 to Sunday, December 23 – J/70 class.

#2 Monday, December 31  to Sunday, January 6 – Nacra17 class.

#3 Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13 – Offshore class.


The qualifying rounds are taking place on the following days:

#1 Friday, January 18 to Sunday,January 20

#2 Sunday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 22

#3 Tuesday, January 22 to Thursday, January 24

#4 Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26


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 the 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 January 22. 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.