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Great Britain & Spain Go Head-to-Head in Inaugural eSailing Nations Cup Final

4th November 2020
Great Britain & Spain Go Head-to-Head in Inaugural eSailing Nations Cup Final

On Friday 6 November, Great Britain and Spain will go head-to-head in the inaugural eSailing Nations Cup Final starting at 21:00 UTC.

Great Britain captain, Mike O'Donovan, and Spain captain, Carlos Paz, will lead their teams of ten in a best-of-nine race series. Different classes, fleet sizes and racecourses will be used to test the teams’ depth and performance, with the best all-round team claiming the title of best eSailing nation.

The third eSailing World Championship Final will commence at 21:00 UTC on Saturday 7 November. The top eight qualifiers plus the eSailGP champion will compete in a seven-race format, which concludes with a deciding Medal Race.

Both Finals will be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and across World Sailing’s channels.

Scott Over, World Sailing’s Commercial Director, commented, "We are delighted to receive the support of the Olympic Channel to broadcast two huge eSailing events this coming weekend. Participation and engagement within the eSailing community continues to grow.

"We believe we are the first eSport to be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel and their support marks another positive step forward for the global awareness of eSailing."

Philippe Guige, Founder and CEO of Virtual Regatta, World Sailing’s eSailing Partner, commented, "Through our partnership with World Sailing, the global presence of eSailing continues to expand and grow each month. We are excited to be working with World Sailing to bring the eSailing World Championship and Nations Cup Final to the Olympic Channel and showcasing the discipline to their global community of sports fans."

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Esailing & Virtual Sailing information

The concept of e-sailing, or virtual sailing, is based on a computer game sailing challenge that has been around for more than a decade.

The research and development of software over this time means its popularity has taken off to the extent that it has now become a part of the sailing seascape and now allows people to take an 'active part' in some of the most famous regattas across the world such as the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Sydney Hobart, Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and some Olympic venues too, all from the comfort of their armchair.

The most popular model is the 'eSailing World Championship'. It is an annual esports competition, first held in 2018 and officially recognised by World Sailing, the sports governing body.

The eSailing World Championship is a yearly competition for virtual sailors competing on the Virtual Regatta Inshore game.

The contract to run the event was given to a private company, Virtual Regatta that had amassed tens of thousands of sailors playing offshore sailing routing game following major offshore races in real-time.

In April 2020, the company says on its website that it has 35,000 active players and 500,000 regattas sailed.

Virtual Regatta started in 2010 as a small team of passionate designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs gathered around the idea that virtual sailing sports games can mix with real races and real skippers.

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