eSailing on Virtual Regatta - free to play
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.
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, 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 eSailing Winter Club Championship
the success of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship, where 180 clubs put
forward their best eSailors to compete for the regional and national crowns, we are excited to launch the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship on the 21st November at the Affiliated Club Conference.
Clubs across the
country are running a winter series or championship in order to crown their
champion. This sailor will go on to represent the club in a regional final and
hopefully progress to the national final which will be streamed live during the
virtual RYA Dinghy Show on the 27th February 2021.
Once your club has selected their champion please submit their details here to be entered into the regional finals, taking place in mid-February. The deadline for champion entries is 1st February 2021.
Instructions, Notice of Race and Guidance:
find Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race here and you can find the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship Guidance here. You will also find a guide to holding private 'custom' races here.
worth clubs familiarising with World Sailing Virtual Racing Rules of Sailing here.
send any questions to eSailing@rya.org.uk
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.
2020 eSailing Nations Cup - a Nation v Nation knockout challenge
Congratulations to the British team for winning the 2020 eSailing Nations Cup!
World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, launched the eSailing Nations Cup 2020 in July, 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 saw thirteen national teams of ten participate in mass fleet races and then an initial knockout round before advancing to Quarter and Semi-Finals. The initial ranking round took place on Saturday 10th October with the GBR team taking a brilliant second place. This top 3 result saw them straight through to the quarter finals where they took on Germany. Following this win team GBR had a tense battle with the third seed Italian team, winning 5-4 putting them against the favourites, Spain, in the final. After a great start in the earlier races put Great Britain ahead 4-1 it was team captain Deja Vu that won a photo-finish one v one to seal overall victory.
The RYA selected 10 highly skilled and talented eSailors to represent GBR using the World Sailing's 2020 RYA eSailing Nation’s Cup GBR Team selection criteria . You can catch up on all the action on World Sailing's eSailing World Championship Facebook page. Please find World Sailing' Nations Cup Notice of Race here.
Here are the eSailors that represented GBR in the Nations Cup:
|Team Captain Mike O'Donovan - Deja Vu
|| Bryan Davies - Skippafire
|Donnie Gillies - Donnie Gillies
|| Cavan Fyans - ACF
|Alasdair Ireland - speedy_1
|| Phil Manning - Phil Manning
|Douglas Newell - TP52GLAD
|| Issy Waha - isswizz
| Adam McGovern - AdamGP14
|| Hugh Brayshaw - Hugh Brayshaw
|Reserve Megan Pascoe - Megan Pascoe
||Reserve Paul McCombie - Bell Rock
GBR eSailing National Championships 2021
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 2021. The free-to-play online game provides players with the opportunity to race against friends, fellow sailors and real-world Olympic Champions.
The eSailing GBR National Championship sailing season will be launched on the 21st January and the GBR ranking will run for just over seven months ending on the 3rd September 2021. The top 10 ranked eSailors will then qualify for the GBR National Championship Final that will take place on Saturday 18th September 2021 where the National Champion will be crowned.
All players from the United Kingdom will automatically be entered into the GBR eSailing National Championship, racing the same challenges, seasons and playoffs as the eSailing World Championship and ranking both nationally and globally.
The GBR eSailing National Championships 2020 Final
The final of the GBR eSailing National Championship 2020 took place on Saturday 19th September 2020 where the top ranked British eSailors battled it out to win the title of the 2020 GBR eSailing National Champion. Congratulations to Alasdair Ireland (Speedy_1) who has been crowned the GBR eSailing National Champion. A full race report can be found here. The event was streamed live on the RYA YouTube and Facebook channels. You can watch all the action by clicking on link below:
Could you be crowned champion next year? 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 October, with the top eight advancing to the 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