eSailing on Virtual Regatta - free to play
eSailing has been hugely successful during COVID-19 lockdowns 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 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.
Watch here to find out all about getting set up and how to start racing on Virtual Regatta.
Thank you to the RYA for setting up the links with Virtual Regatta. We have been racing each night around 7pm with a series running. It's kept us all racing at a time when we couldn't get out on the water.
It's really great to see so much competition in eSailing in the UK and hopefully we can carry that competition forward into more events throughout the year
Find out how to take part in the eSailing National Championship, ranking ends at midday on 3rd August 2021
Find out how you can take part in the eSailing World Championship
Get your club involved and represent your region this winter.