Please select your home edition
Edition
CoastWaterSports 2014

Iconic Olympic class regattas launched in Virtual Regatta

by World Sailing 31 Mar 2020 06:07 BST
Iconic Olympic class regattas launched in Virtual Regatta © Virtual Regatta

World Sailing, the International Federation for the sport, and Virtual Regatta, the world-leading digital sailing platform, are launching several iconic Olympic class regattas in the eSailing world.

Regattas around the globe have been cancelled or postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - but eSailors will now be able to compete at some of the world's best-known sailing events online.

These events include:

  • Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
  • Hempel World Cup Series, Genoa
  • Kiel Week
with more expected to be announced in the near future!

eSailors can compete at Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on Virtual Regatta from today (Monday 30 March until 3rd April), at the Hempel World Cup Series, Genoa from 11th - 18th April, and at Kiel Week from 20th - 28th June, while other events will be launched at a later date.

Both World Sailing and Virtual Regatta have worked closely with each regatta to recreate each one as a virtual racecourse, available for eSailors all over the world to take part in.

In the current climate, it's more important than ever for us to feel connected with the rest of the sailing community. Making these world-famous Olympic class events accessible to everyone online gives us the chance to engage sailors of all ages and backgrounds, allowing all involved to continue to share their passion for the sport.

Recently there has been a huge increase in active daily users on Virtual Regatta Inshore, rising from 5,000 at the start of the year to around 18,000-20,000 and peaking at 25,000 this week - it's clear that sailors around the world are getting their fix with eSailing!

At each regatta, the 49er and the Nacra 17 will be available for players to race at virtual replications of these real-life sailing venues.

The first few days of each event launch will consist of challenges. Ranked Medal Races will take place over the final two days, open to all players - no qualification for these races is necessary, but results will count towards World and National rankings for eSailors!

Additionally, Hempel World Cup Series Genoa will qualify as a 'blue challenge,' meaning the opening challenges will also count towards the official eSailing World Championship ranking.

These Medal Races for these challenges will also provide an opportunity for two eSailors (one from the 49er and one from the Nacra) to qualify for the eSailing World Championship Playoffs.This will give eSailors a chance at qualifying to the Live Final, where the 2020 eSailing World Champion will be crowned.

Existing eSailors and new players are invited to compete in these classic regattas for free from today!

The first challenge is available now and can be played on Virtual Regatta Inshore on Desktop - iOS - Android.

Related Articles

World Sailing launches 2021 eSailing Worlds
The race to win this year's title - and a prize of USD $10,000 - officially begins Launched in partnership between World Sailing, the International Federation for the sport, and Virtual Regatta, the world-leading digital sailing platform, this year will be the fourth season following the launch of the inaugural Championship in 2018. Posted on 21 Jan
Jeremy Pudney passes away
International 14 sailors and former World Sailing Council Member World Sailing is sad to report the passing of Jeremy Pudney (GBR), former Council Member and Committee Chairman, at the age of 82 on 14 December 2020. Posted on 8 Jan
Starboard wins 2020 WS Sustainability Award
Four exceptional finalists were shortlisted by an expert judging panel Starboard (THA), the leading manufacturer of Stand Up Paddle boards and windsurf boards, including the iQFOiL, the Paris 2024 Olympic Men's and Women's Windsurfer Equipment, have won the 2020 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. Posted on 10 Dec 2020
11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award: Voting open
2020 finalists showcase the depth of global sustainability initiatives within the marine industry The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to World Sailing's Sustainability Agenda 2030. Posted on 28 Nov 2020
2020 World Sailing Sustainability Award
Four exceptional finalists have been shortlisted Four exceptional finalists have been shortlisted for the 2020 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, showcasing the depth of global sustainability initiatives within the marine industry. Posted on 20 Nov 2020
Waksman inspired by sailing vision at Paris 2024
Offshore Keelboat Event will be the longest-running event at the Olympics The addition of the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event to the slate at Paris 2024 will make it the longest-running event at the Olympic Games. Posted on 16 Nov 2020
Jo Aleh elected Chair of the Athletes' Commission
Olympic gold medallist replaces Yann Rocherieux (FRA) Jo Aleh (NZL), a London 2012 gold and Rio 2016 silver medallist in the Women's 470, has been elected as Chair of World Sailing's Athletes' Commission. Posted on 11 Nov 2020
World Sailing win Sustainability Award
From Global Association of International Sport Federations World Sailing is delighted to have won the inaugural GAISF Sustainability Award, cementing its place as the leader in international sport for its work on sustainability. Posted on 11 Nov 2020
Joan Cardona clinches 2020 eSailing Worlds title
Cardona take the title by a solitary point An exhilarating eSailing World Championship final, contested by nine eSailors over an eight-race series, was won by professional sailor Joan Cardona (ESP). Posted on 8 Nov 2020
World Sailing receive IOC climate action award
At the Virtual International Federation Forum World Sailing is delighted to receive the IOC International Federation Climate Award, awarded on Friday at the Virtual International Federation Forum. Posted on 7 Nov 2020