eSailing- Virtual Regatta

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.

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, 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 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:


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.



2020 eSailing 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 has now 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 watch all the action on World Sailing's eSailing World Championship Facebook page.  Please find World Sailing' Nations Cup Notice of Race here.

Here is the list of eSailors representing 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 

Latest news from the Nations Cup

The initial ranking round for the 2020 eSailing Nations Cup took place on Saturday 10th October with the GBR team taking a brilliant second place. This top 3 result sees them straight through to the quarter finals which are due to take place week commencing 19th October. You can catch up on the fleet races via the World Sailing's eSailing World Champion YouTube Channel.





GBR eSailing 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 February at the RYA Dinghy Show and the GBR ranking for the British eSailing National Championship ended on 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 GBR eSailing National Championships Final

The final of the GBR eSailing National Championships 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 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