Irish Sailing have teamed up with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, to launch the Irish eSailing National Championship.
‘Virtual Regatta Inshore’ is a free-to-play game available online or as an app, and the Irish leaderboard went live at 10 am this morning.
Individuals can register as an Irish sailor and aim for the top of a new Irish Leader Board which will include members of the Irish Sailing Team including Olympians Annalise Murphy, Ryan Seaton and Finn Lynch.
All Irish registered players are automatically put into the Ireland rankings, and entered into the Irish eSailing National Championship.
The top 10 ranked Irish sailors on 1 September 2020 will automatically represent Ireland at the eSailing World Championship Finals Playoff.
eSailing is reported to be a popular bad-weather alternative and a way of keeping sailors entertained between races at events.
eSailing can also help sailors to practice skills, demonstrate racing tactics or learn weather patterns in some of the most famous sailing venues in the world.
It’s an idea that is already popular in Formula 1 where drivers spend as much time getting to know the twists and turns of a circuit on simulators as they do on the track itself
“We’re delighted to be working with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta to officially launch the Irish eSailing National Championship,” said Irish SDailing CEO Harry Hermon.
“Up until now Irish sailors have only been able to compete in overseas events without an Ireland-only leaderboard, so now it’s time to get recognition for our home-grown eSailors and host our own national event.”
“We know that eSailing is becoming important for our clubs and centres to help keep the social and community ties strong when we can’t get out sailing, so we’re pleased to offer the new eSailing Championship during this lockdown as a bit of a lift for us all.”
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