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Published 12:00am on 20 Apr 2020

As an alternative to on the water sailing, Redesmere sailors have taken to the world of Virtual Sailing - it may not be a first choice of activity for those who choose the 'outdoors', but it is a great option in the current difficult circumstances...

The RYA and World Sailing have partnered with 'Virtual Regatta' to offer an online game that provides players with an opportunity to race against friends, fellow sailors and real-world Olympic champions. Like normal Club sailing, the opportunities are wide, including general online racing, single-Club events, inter-Club challenges, and RYA led regional and national championships and a World Championship - open to all-comers.

Redesmere is currently running have three regular events,

  • Virtual Ladies That Launch, Monday evenings, 7pm-8pm - Informal virtual sailing races, particularly focussed on women at the Club (sailors or otherwise), with the option for real-time discussions using WhatsApp or Zoom.
  • Virtual RC Sailing, Tuesday mornings, 11am -12noon - Virtual sailing races for anyone with time in the morning, not just RC sailors, with the option for real-time discussions using WhatsApp.
  • Virtual Wednesday Evenings, from 22nd April, 7:00pm - A virtual sailing series, with normal RSC race points scoring, in lieu of our regular Spring Midweek Series. WhatsApp and/or Zoom will be available for real-time 'engagement'.

If you would like to know more about Virtual Sailing, or even 'wet-water' sailing, at the Club please Contact Us

How to Discover Virtual Sailing

For those who haven't looked at virtual sailing yet, the most popular format is Virtual Regatta (VR) - this is supported by both the RYA and World Sailing - and it's free!

It's very easy to get started in VR and there are several sources of information on getting started,

Governed by the World Sailing Virtual Rules of Sailing, the game closely matches the real-world rules and formats that govern on-the-water racing; it's a great way to learn the basics of sail racing without getting wet. 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.

For the most competitive of us, the top ten ranking British eSailors will both take part in a Live Final event in September, where the 2020 GBR eSailing National Champion will be crowned, and qualify for the eSailing World Championship Finals Playoff.

So why not give it a go, simply visit or download the 'Virtual Regatta Inshore' App from the App Store or Google Play; it might start as a fun distraction, but, who knows, you might be the next eSailing World Champion..

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