eSailing has been hugely successful during the COVID-19 lockdown and has kept racing going for so many individuals and clubs around the UK. As restrictions are eased, we are sure that eSailing will continue to be a fantastic way to have some off-the-water fun with friends and fellow club members on the virtual race courses.
Throughout these challenging
times, clubs, classes, training centres and groups up and down the country have been organising successful virtual racing with their members and customers whilst adhering to
the Government guidelines. Now that lockdown restrictions are starting to be relaxed and we can get back on the water, don't forget you can still engage members and customers with eSailing and virtual racing as a great way to connect off the water and socialise.
Organising private custom races
if you wish to organise races for your members, clients, squads, friends or other groups you need will need to subscribe
to a VIP pass so you can set up private 'custom' races, only one pass is required. This will cost €9.99 for a month and allows you to run unlimited races for up to 20 people at a time. Once you have your VIP pass, then please see World Sailing's easy guide to hosting private races. There is also another guide to getting started here.
Keeping safe online
We hope and trust that everyone will enjoy eSailing with
Virtual Regatta safely and responsibly, treating other competitors of all ages
with respect. If a young person aged under 18 feels uncomfortable or
intimidated by any message received via Virtual Regatta, they can find useful
contact details, advice and information here.
Advice for clubs on keeping young people safe online is available
in our Club
Guide to Social Media Use.
How to purchase the VIP pass
You’ll need to visit the Virtual
Regatta website or download the app and create a user profile.
You will then need to take the following steps:-
1. Go to
the game store by clicking on the basket in the top right of the home
the 1 Month VIP Membership subscription.
your choice by tapping the green button, then proceed to payment.
Note: The subscription
automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before
the end of the current period.
Take a look at our simple guide to getting started with eSailing:
Coaching and Top Tips videos
Take a look at these top tip videos so you can hone your eSailing skills on the virtual race course.
RYA Sailability eSailing Multiclass Regatta 2020
RYA Sailability is pleased to announce that the RYA Sailablilty eSailing Multiclass Regatta will take place from the 13th July 2020 with the qualifying rounds and then the Final will take place Saturday 1st August.
Who can participate: Members of Sailability Accredited Sites or Training Centres e.g. sailors, volunteers, paid workforce.
What to expect: Participants can expect to take part in a minimum of one qualifying event which will consist of three back to back races. Depending on the amount of entries and qualifiers, a top percentage of sailors in each qualifier will be entered into the Final. Subject to entries we might hold Gold, Silver and Bronze Finals. Upon registering for the event, participants will be split into qualifiers by the Sailability Team and contacted to inform them when their race will be held.
Registration: This is now closed. The deadline for registration was Friday 3rd July 2020.
Notice of Race: Please find the notice of race here.
Final: The final will take place on Saturday 1st August 2020. This will be live streamed on RYA YouTube and RYA and Sailability Facebook channels.
Please send any questions to eSailing@rya.org.uk
2020 eSailng Nations Cup - a Nation v Nation knockout challenge
World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, have launched the eSailing Nations Cup 2020, a nation versus nation knockout challenge to crown the best eSailing nation in the world.
Open to nations who have registered for an eSailing National Championship, the eSailing Nations Cup will see national teams of ten participate in mass fleet races and then an initial knockout round before advancing to Quarter and Semi-Finals. The top two teams will meet in a live streamed Final the week commencing 2 November 2020 with the winning team crowned the eSailing Nations Cup Champion and recognised as the best eSailing country in the world.
The RYA can now confirm that it has finalised the 2020 RYA eSailing Nation’s Cup GBR Team selection criteria and over the coming months will be looking to select a team of highly skilled and talented eSailors in the line with the criteria detailed within the Notice of Race. Please find World Sailing' Nations Cup Notice of Race here.
RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships
With eSailing racing proving extremely
popular the RYA decided to introduce the 'RYA eSailing Spring Club
Championship' which allowed competitors the chance to compete for the
title of not only RYA eSailing Regional Spring Club Champion but also RYA eSailing
Spring Club National Champion.
Clubs ran their own
Club Championships and the winners from these went forward to a Regional Final. The
top competitor from each RYA Region took part in the Final which took place on Saturday 30th May 2020.
We'd like to congratulate Alasdair Ireland,
representing the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club who sailed his way to the
top of the leader board and the title of RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship
Thank you to Musto, the official clothing supplier to the British Sailing Team for supplying fantastic prizes to our Regional and National Champions.
You can watch all the action from Saturdays final here:
RYA eSailing Spring Class Championships
popularity of the eSailing Spring Club Championships, the RYA decided
to introduce the 'RYA eSailing Spring Class Championships'.
33 classes took part with 740 competitors. The semi finals took place on the 13 June and the final of the RYA eSailing Class Championships will be held on
Saturday 20 June 2020. This will be live streamed through the RYA YouTube and Facebook page from 9.30am on Saturday morning.
Sailing Instructions, Notice of Race and Guidance:
Please find sailing instructions and Notice of Race here. Please find the RYA eSailing Spring Class Championships Guidance here.
It is worth classes familiarising with World Sailing Racing Rules of eSailing here. Please find a guide to holding private 'custom' races here.
Please send any questions to eSailing@rya.org.uk
eSailing GBR National Championships
The RYA are pleased to be partnering once again with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, for the GBR eSailing National Championship 2020. The free-to-play online game provides players with the opportunity to race against friends, fellow sailors and real-world Olympic Champions.
The eSailing season was launched on the 29th Febrauary at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace and runs until the 01 September 2020.
All players from the United Kingdom will automatically be entered into the exclusive GBR eSailing National Championship, racing the same challenges, seasons and playoffs as the eSailing World Championship and ranking both nationally and globally.
The final of the GBR National Championships will take place on Saturday 19th September 2020 with the top ranking British eSailors will battle it out to win the title of the 2020 GBR eSailing National Champion. This event will be streamed live.
Could you be crowned champion? Simply visit www.virtualregatta.com or download the ‘Virtual Regatta Inshore’ App from the App Store or Google Play. The top ten ranked GBR eSailors will automatically qualify for the eSailing World Championship Finals Playoff taking place in early September, with the top eight advancing to the 2020 eSailing World Championship Final.
Governed by the World Sailing Virtual Rules of Sailing, the eSailing World Championship closely matches the real-world rules and formats that govern on-the-water racing. The in-game ‘Sailing School’ provides a clear explanation of the sport and a new and effective learning tool to familiarise players with the strategies, tactics and terminology of sailing.
Certified Player Status
See if you qualify to become a Virtual Regatta Certified Sailor. There are many benefits of becoming a certified player - please see criteria here to apply to become a certified player