eSailing- Virtual Regatta

Getting Started For Individuals For Clubs, Classes and Other Groups Gameplay and Top Tips RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships GBR National Championships

Perfect time to start eSailing on Virtual Regatta - free to play

Now is the perfect time to start eSailing, especially with the temporary closure of so many clubs and centres and everyone having to stay at home. It’s a fantastic way to stay in touch and continue racing and practice your racing tactics from your own home. 

For individuals 

You don’t need to pay to use Virtual Regatta. It’s as simple as visiting their website from a laptop or PC or downloading the app on a smartphone or iPad and clicking ‘play now’ on either the inshore or offshore game. You can then enter the game and learn how to use it and compete against others all around the world. If you want to compete and keep your score, you’ll need to create a login and a user profile. You also have the option of entering the eSailing World & GBR National Championships.

For clubs, classes, training centres and other groups

Throughout these challenging times, we’re aware that clubs, classes, training centres and groups up and down the country are undoubtedly thinking of ways to keep their members and customers engaged whilst adhering to the Government guidelines and staying at home. Many of you have already been in touch seeking advice on how eSailing might be able to provide some online fun whilst other organised activity may have been cancelled.


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. 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 screen

2. Select the 1 Month VIP Membership subscription.

3. Confirm 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.


Getting Started

Take a look at our simple guide to getting started with eSailing:


Gameplay & Top Tips


RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships

With the racing proving extremely popular the RYA has decided to introduce the 'RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship' that will allow all 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 over the next few weeks.  

Clubs will need to run their own Club Championships, with a maximum of 20 competitors per race which will need to be completed by 30 April 2020.  If Clubs receive more than 20 entries, the RYA will be providing guidance on how clubs can allow all competitors to compete using qualifying rounds and finals.  The guidance will be published here as soon as completed.  

Winners from the Club Championships will go forward to a Regional Final.  The top competitor from each RYA Region will go forward to a National Final. To enter the Club Championships, a representative from a club needs to enter their club’s details here:-

Enter here:

If your club would like to participate in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championships then please register your club here by the 10 April 2020. 

Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race:

Please find sailing instructions and Notice of Race here.

It is worth clubs familiarising themselves with World Sailing Racing Rules of eSailing here.

Please find a guide to holding private 'custom' races here.

Club Champion who has qualified for the Regional Final - details submitted here:

On completion of your eSailing Club Championships, please submit details of your Club Champion here.

Please send any questions to;

GBR eSailing National Championships

eSailing GBR Season winner 2019

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.

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  season will end on 01 September 2020. We are hoping to run a live final with the top ten ranking British eSailors on Saturday 19th September 2020 in Southampton where the 2020 GBR eSailing National Champion will be crowned.

Could you be crowned champion? Simply visit 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.