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Sail World roll-out eSailing World Championship

In early May, the Official digital eSailing World Championship will be launched at the Mid-Year Meeting at World Sailing’s headquarters in London.WS Conference Presentation 2017 -

World Sailing has joined with the leading digital sailing platform, Virtual Regatta, to present a series of digital sailing gaming Challenges and Live Events that will culminate in the final in Sarasota, Florida, USA on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

The digital sailing events were introduced to a rather bemused World Sailing conference last year by World Sailing Chief Commercial Officer Hugh Chambers, in a presentation that was heavy on the revenue that such events can raise, with apparently little World Sailing organisational input.

Moving rather more quickly than it normally does, and without the usual multi-layered meetings and voting decisions, the first event is to be rolled out on the 10 May in London.

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During each Challenge and Live Event, gamers will be able to compete in as many races as they want, for free. These regattas will enable players to accumulate points that will establish their standings in the eSailing World Rankings.

Leading gamers will then advance to the Playoffs to determine who will head to Florida, USA, for the final for the opportunity to be crowned the first ever eSailing World Champion.

World Sailing President Kim Andersen commented: “We’re excited to release the game to the world and inspiring more people to engage with our sport.”

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World Sailing President Kim Andersen, Founder and CEO of Virtual Regatta Philippe Guigné and World Sailing Chief Commercial Officer Hugh Chambers will present the eSailing World Championships with a unique opportunity to become one of the first players of the game afterwards.

Virtual Regatta currently has more than one million active players on its platform and has acquired in excess of 100 million views on Dailymotion.

More than 150 digital competitions have been organised to date with a record 485,000 participants playing in the Vendée Globe.

In addition, Virtual Regatta is the official and exclusive game of major sailing events including the Volvo Ocean Race, Vendée Globe, Extreme Sailing Series and the Star Sailors League.

World Sailing launches virtual World Championships 12 Nov 2017

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