Following the success of last year’s inaugural eSailing World Championship, the RYA are pleased to be partnering with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, to launch the GBR eSailing National Championship at the RYA Dinghy Show (02-03 March 2019).

The free-to-play online game provides players with an opportunity to race against friends, fellow sailors and real-world Olympic champions. 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 inaugural season will end on 01 September 2019 with the top ranking British eSailor crowned the 2019 GBR eSailing National Champion. The top ten British eSailors will automatically qualify for the eSailing World Championship Finals Playoff taking place in early September, with the top eight advancing to the 2019 eSailing World Championship Final in Bermuda.

Aimed at everyone from expert sailors to total novices, the eSailing World Championship is helping to inform, engage and inspire a new community of sailors and sailing fans.

Last year’s eSailing World Championship saw 170,000 unique players from 74 nations battling it out to be crowned eSailing World Champion. Inspired by the excitement of sailing, the game aims to reach both sailors onshore, as well as those without access to sailing equipment.

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.

RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson commented: “We are delighted to be working with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta to deliver the GBR eSailing National Championships. The game provides us with a brilliant opportunity to promote the sport to new audiences, who may not have considered it as an activity before.

“We look forward to hopefully inspiring a new community of all ages and backgrounds to get involved with sailing, get out on the water and discover everything the sport has to offer.”

Could you be crowned champion? Come along to the RYA Dinghy Show to find out more or simply visit www.virtualregatta.com or download the ‘Virtual Regatta Inshore’ App from the App Store or Google Play.

GET TICKETS FOR THE RYA DINGHY SHOW 2019

As well as a full line up of expert talks and coaching sessions, you’ll also discover hundreds of boats from beautiful classics to the very latest in cutting edge design, along with clubs, classes, boat builders, holiday companies and much more at the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki.

There will also be plenty of free activities to inspire and entertain the whole family all weekend!

Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. RYA clubs and large groups can also take advantage of a special discount price of £10.00 when booking six tickets or more. For those wanting a bit more of the action, discounted weekend tickets are available at £15.00 for RYA members and £18.75 for non-members. Don’t forget up to four children go FREE with each paying adult.

You can buy tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

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