Sail In Festival, concluye en Bilbao la sexta edición.

© Xabier Aldazabal – SAIL IN Festival
El argentino y medallista olimpico Santiago Lange en una de las charlas de Sail In.

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SAIL IN Festival completes its sixth edition with the unanimous recognition of the public and the international community.

- Three exhibitions, two master classes, one clinic, some twenty projections and chats with the national and international guests captivated a large and devoted audience in Getxo, in the Sala BBK and at the Bilbao Maritime Museum.

- Over the five days, Bizkaia hosted the nautical technological and innovation industry as well as leading representatives in sailing culture and the sport itself.

- The media coverage and the resounding rave reviews from industry leaders confirm the success of the SAIL IN journey.

Bilbao, 15th of March, 2019.
SAIL IN closed its sixth edition last Sunday, on the 10th of March, which was characterised by the highly successful public attendance of the different programmed activities. This confirms the exponential growth of this festival, which came about in order to disseminate sailing values and which, over the last few years, has incorporated new activities, generating an ecosystem based around sailing culture and the benchmark nautical industry in the international sector which is unique in the world.
The French sailor, Jean-Luc Van den Heede received the SAIL IN award, a recognition granted by the festival to people of unforgettable prestige. Van den Heede, who is 73 years old, arrived in Bilbao a few weeks after coming first in the Golden Globe Race, a solo round-the-world trip, without stops and with all of the sailing and material constraints of the past which he completed in 211 days, 23 hours and 12 minutes. The French sailor surprised a packed room with some recently downloaded pictures taken from his personal camera which he commentated on live from the stage before his final interview.
The nautical sector professional innovation and technology workshop, SAIL IN PRO, brought together almost one hundred professionals from the industry who explained the sector’s most cutting-edge and relevant cases. The marathon-like workshop saw the participation of Martin Doleček, creator of Windy, the most popular free weather forecasting application in the world, Marc Van Peteghem, from VPLP, on the implementation of sailing in maritime transport, Luc Talbourdet, from Avel Robotics, on “Intelligent foils, sensorisation and mass production”, Carlos Martinez from Torqeedo, world leader in electric mobility solutions for boats orAmy Munro who tackled the topic of “The circular economy in the nautical sector”,as well as, among others, the new proposal of the “Autonomous Boat of the future” from Rob Watson, and topics regarding safety and connectivity on board with Dan Primrose,from Smartsail Systems, or the new biocompositematerialsdeveloped by Norbert Sedlacek, and the participation of national companies such as Tecnalia, Ingeteam, Addimen, Khegal Aeronáutica, Mestral Marine Works, Boat Security, Dokensip, Anemos/Nautatec, D3 Applied Technologies and IFS System.
In said forum, Urtzi Sagarribay, director and cofounder of SAIL IN announced the new “Association for technological development and innovation in nautical sport”, the object of which is to encourage, promote and stimulate the development of an industrial, professional, technological and research industrial fabric.
The inauguration of the cultural section began with a standing ovation from the audience for the Argentinian medallist Santiago Lange, who gave a live presentation of an exciting documentary before handing over to another highlight of the afternoon, the MapfreTeam, with Xabi Fernández, Joan Vila, Antonio Cuervas-Mons and Pablo Arrarte taking to the stage after their historical second place in the Volvo Ocean Race. A regatta in which two of the previous guests, Abby Ehler and Anje-Marijcke Van Boxtel both participated and were presenting the first showing of a beautiful documentary, Team Brunel, concluded by Arno Stols.
The expository section was led by Carlo Borlenghi, who hung an exquisite piece of his prizewinning work in the Bilbao Metro. The annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image and“Plastic Family” shared the Sala BBK.The latter is a work created by Sergio Penzo, founder and creative director of Panthalassa, the Californian artist Rebecca Kudela and Daniela Garreton, showing a family of plastics arriving upon our shores in order to spread awareness about the resounding problem of marine debris.
A new feature of this edition was a workshop in the form of a Clinic, which was held on the 7th of March by Jorge Martínez Doreste and North Sails, which covered the topic of technology and sail trimming at the Pakea de Getxo Sailing School, with a concentrated and crowded audience.
The SAIL IN Films sessions followed on the 8th of March with the presence of the beloved Ministas family, an ocean sailing class that stirs up passions and which was represented by Marta Güemes, Ian Lipinski and Stan Thuret. Then, the premiere of Maiden, became one of the highlights of this edition and led on to SAIL IN Talks in which Vicky Ellis (Director of Magenta Project), Libby Greenhalgh (Magenta Project), Marta Güemes and Maéva Bardi (La course de leur vie), accompanied by Shirley Robertson (CNN)used their strike day to work in support of the participation of women in different areas of sailing.
There’s always room for ocean sailing and the Vendeé Globe at SAIL IN and, on this occasion, Didac Costa (Contra viento y marea, by Guille Cascante)and Eric Bellion (Comme un seul homme), brought some films that showed not only how hard it is to complete a solo round the world voyage, but the process prior to departure. A type of sailing that had nothing to do with the other films which were shown that afternoon, which just goes to show the broad palette of sailing culture… Disko with its ice, George and George and friendship, Sven Yrvind and his subsequent escape out to sea.
There was certainly room for learning, as demonstrated by the capacity of the SAIL IN Class on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th with the participation of over 150 people, registration reaching full capacity in under 24 hours. The only national participant of the last Vendée Globe, Didac Costa, and the engineer and meteorologist Gabriel Pérez, travelled the globe and all of its particularities. Gonzalo Redondo, founder and managing director of D3 Applied Technologies, on his part, gave a masterclass on the evolution of the design of boats with foils from the initial concept to the current America’s Cup.
And, to finish up, the final touch: two lovely films and an encouraging project, Ocean Peak. Along with the films, antagonistic and exquisite, animation featured for the first time at the festival with Age of Sails andthe edition closed with Manry at Sea, undoubtedly one of the feature films that became a talking point this year, and its director Steve Wystrach presented and dedicated live to the Bilbao musician, Kepa Junkera who participated on the soundtrack.

The Basque Government, Bizkaia Council, Bilbao City Council, Getxo City Council, BBK Foundation, Bilbao Maritime Museum, BMW Lurauto Bizkaia and Bilbao Port come together to collaborate with the SAIL IN Festival and SAIL INN PRO, sharing sailing culture with film projections, dialogue with national and international guests, training and education in values and the exhibitions that bring an artistic and informational focus to emblematic spaces of the city of Bilbao as well as with the aim of generating economic development in the area with a professional meeting day.

The SAIL IN Festival began in 2014 as a project to compensate the lack of scenarios to disseminate the past, present and future of sailing in the broadest sense of the word and the values that this discipline entails.

A transverse vision and a direct format that from the first edition has convinced the big names in national and international sailing, naturally turning them into ambassadors for this unique, pioneering initiative.
SAIL INN PRO began in 2018, a professional workshop aiming to connect the main national and international professionals, sharing knowledge and exploring new business models through technology and innovation in the nautical sector. INN PRO stems from the conviction that the nautical sector can come to play an essential role in the economic growth of the country and in generating wealth and employment.

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