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eSailing- Virtual Regatta

Perfect time to start eSailing - free to play

Now is the perfect time to start eSailing, especially with the temporary closure of so many clubs and centres. It’s a fantastic way to stay in touch and continue racing and practice your racing tactics from your own home. You don’t need to pay to use Virtual Regatta, it’s as simple as visiting the Virtual Regatta 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.

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 with the top ten ranking British eSailors being invited to a Live Final event 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.


eSailing – Virtual Regatta Inshore for clubs, classes and other groups

Throughout these challenging times, we’re aware that clubs, classes and groups up and down the country are undoubtedly thinking of ways to keep their members engaged whilst adhering to the Government guidelines on social distancing. 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.  

Sailing Clubs

In partnership with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the RYA is pleased to announce that Virtual Regatta have kindly offered a free 12 month VIP pass for RYA Affiliated clubs. An email has been sent to our club contacts with information on how to apply to this offer but if your clubs hasn't received this email then please email with your club name and club email address in order to request the pass from Virtual Regatta. The email address you provide must not be a personal email address.

Class Associations and other groups

We have asked about class associations and other stakeholder groups and we are waiting to see if they can expand their offer.   So, in the meantime, if you wish to organise races for your members, squads, friends or other groups you need to subscribe to a VIP pass.  If you are not a sailing club then it will cost €9.99 a month and allows you to run unlimited races for up to 20 people at a time.

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 your credit balance at the top right of the home screen. 

2. Choose the subscription period that suits you best (3 months, 6 months or 1 year). 

3. Confirm your choice by tapping the green button, then proceed to payment.

Your VIP subscription is active regardless of the platform you use to play so it doesn’t matter if you switch from using a laptop, PC or smartphone.


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