'Sailstream - You are the producer' as this new digital communication platform is called will allow spectators in Kerteminde to watch the racing on giant screens ashore and give a global audience the opportunity to watch live action on their computer screens.
The concept is the brainchild of the organisers in cooperation with Zenitel and TracTrac. The idea behind the concept is a combination of GPS-tracking, live streaming and course commentary, which should make the spectator experience exceptionally exciting.
"This game changing technology lets the spectator choose which video stream he or she wishes to watch, hence the tag line 'You Are The Producer' " says Jacob Møhl from Sail Event Kerteminde who is co-responsible for the PR & Media Relations for the 2010 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships and has worked on this innovative idea with Zenitel. "Both the tracking technology and live video images will be seen on the same web page"
The core of the concept is that three or more video cameras can move independently from point to point on the race track, transmitting directly from the water to the Internet. So you can watch the start, mark roundings and slalom sections of the course before taking in the finish as well.
The spectator in front of the screen can choose for himself or herself which camera angle he or she prefers and thanks to the GPS tracking can easily follow what part of the course the action is coming from.
This flexible combination of video, tracking and live commentary is set to provide both the experienced sailing freak and the completely novice sailing spectator, with a ground-breaking experience.
"It's fantastic for the RS:X Class to be so closely involved in this cutting edge development which will bring Olympic sailing closer to a global audience than ever before" said Mike Dempsey, RS:X Class president
"We have been working hard to develop our online media presence for three years. Now with 'Sailstream', we're moving on to cloud servers to handle the expected traffic"
The city of Kerteminde, anxious to brand itself as the world's most cozy Lilliputian sailing city will be dressed for the RS:X World Championships. It has officially named the week 'World Water Week' and will stage a lot of water related side-activities.