Here at Sail On Board, we want everyone to experience a rising sun on an open ocean; the feel of the wind of your face and the taste of salt spray on your lips … but we know this isn’t possible for everyone.
So, if you can’t make it out to sea, there is an alternative way to take part with online virtual racing – or ocean couch sailing, as we like to call it.
What is Virtual TALL SHIP Racing?
Virtual racing simulators are online games that let you experience the thrill of an epic race from the comfort of home, and anywhere else you have an internet connection. You are able to pit your skills against a large online community of fellow racers, all trying to master the powers of the elements and cross the finish line first.
Races play out in real time alongside their real life counterparts, following the exact same race routes and waypoints. You’ll also have realistic weather conditions for the race, giving you the chance to learn how to take advantage of wind speeds and directions to take you to the front of the fleet!
This is more than a simple PlayStation game though, there’s a huge amount to learn from taking your digital ship out on to the waters and taking part in a race. The functions that virtual racing lets you perform when commanding your ship are vast and encompass all the finesse and detail required when at the helm of a real ship.
Over here at Sail On Board we’ve teamed up with a virtual racing simulator, Sailonline to help you to sail in our events without even stepping out of your front door .
One of the best parts about the virtual nature of Sailonline is that it allows more flexibility for beginners, with a hugely increased margin for error and experimentation. If you’ve ever fancied being the Captain of ship, calling the shots and guiding your own vessel through the sea you can right here.
Has the idea of virtual racing along with the fleet inspired you to head out to sea in real life? Head over to our events page to find out more about the Tall Ships Races and Regattas or take a look at our Find Your Adventure page to see which vessel and voyage is right for you.
You can book your place directly with a participating vessel, or if you’d like some help, simply email our friendly team on firstname.lastname@example.org who can make recommendations, answer questions and process your booking for you.