eSailing via Virtual Regatta
Perfect time to start eSailing on Virtual Regatta - free to play
With many sailing clubs and regattas around the country closed, sailors have been getting their fix by competing against friends and foes on Virtual Regatta. Virtual Regatta is World Sailing's eSailing platform and it is a fantastic way to stay in touch whilst practicing your racing tactics from your own home.
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.
Throughout these challenging times, we’re aware that clubs, classes, training centres and groups up and down the country are undoubtedly thinking of ways to keep their members and customers engaged whilst adhering to the Government guidelines and staying at home. 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.
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. This will cost $14.99 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. Australian Sailing have added another guide to getting started here.
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.
Thanks to the RYA, we have got a few key guides on getting started with eSailing:
Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge
Throughout April and May of this year, members of Australian Sailing affiliated clubs will be competing in a series of virtual regattas to be crowned the inaugural Zhik Australian eSailng National Challenge champion.
Click here to visit the Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge page to find out how you or your club can get involved.