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The latest Irish Sailing eSailing National Championship leaderboard reveals the top 10 qualifiers for the Nations Cup playoffs — and the challengers nipping at their heels for the coveted national title.
Irish Sailing’s first eChampionships were launched in early April, and since then 960 Irish players have signed up.
The top 10 ranked Irish sailors on 1 September 2020 will automatically represent Ireland at the eSailing World Championship Finals Playoff which will take place later this month.
Making up the rest of the top 10 are Mick Farrell, Paul McLaughlin, Graeme Grant, Andrew Baker, Tom Fox and Ronan Downing.
But it’s the top 20 who will now fight for the position of Irish eSailing National Champion.
The rest of the table in hunt for the national title comprises Ryan Seaton, Colin O’Sullivan, Chris Raymond, Shane Hughes, Max Tipp-McKnight, Cian Mollen, Atlee Kohl, James O’Connor, Michael Lynch and Daniel Raymond.
Playoffs for the domestic championship will be held on Tuesdays 3 and 10 November, with three races each, organised by Emmett Dalton of Howth Yacht Club. The first night will be raced in virtual J70s, followed by 49ers.
Irish Sailing says it wants to encourage as many people as possible to get sailing — with eSailing just one more aspect of this.
“We hope that by engaging with a brand new audience of eSailors, we’ll be able to convert them to real life sailors in the future,” the governing body added.
The game is free to play online or via app — and with the launch of the Irish version, local players can register as Irish and aim for the top of a new national leaderboard.
Carlingford Lough YC hasn’t been idle during the lockdown as members have enjoyed a Virtual Regatta, starting in early April, thanks to the RYA who arranged for sailing clubs to have a free subscription. To date, the club has had 165 races, 11 series of 15 races each.
CLYC is situated at Killowen on the northern shore of the dramatic sea lough straddling the border on the east coast, with Slieve Martin as a backdrop and the Cooley Mountains opposite, giving a broad expanse of water for water sports. For excitement within the lough mini-tornadoes or ‘kettles’ form during strong south-westerlies when squalls funnel down from the 600m high Slieve Foye in Co Louth.
Replacing all this activity on the water has been the racing in the Virtual Regatta which takes place every Wednesday and Sunday and all competitors join on a simultaneous Zoom session. This helps as everybody knows what is going on, rather than hanging around the start line wondering where everybody else is. It also allows hailing such as “starboard”, “you tack” and other polite exclamations! This is still going strong and although the dinghies are now sailing and dinghy courses continuing, normal racing has not yet resumed, although efforts are being made to have the cruisers racing on Saturdays.
Fourteen competitors and others from various parts of the globe including Ireland, North and South, England and Spain have taken part and there has been racing in Denmark, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany, US, Spain, UK, and Australia. The class of boat is normally the J/70, but this has varied from time to time.
After 11 series overall leader is Typhoon 26 with 125 points, with Sulky Sue second on 126 points, followed by Far Niente (225 pts) and Legless (284 pts).
Kieran Cranley from CLYC says “
If you wish to join in email [email protected]yc.info and we can give you instructions about how the Zoom sessions and Virtual Regatta are organised. The craic is good, and the excitement is truly amazing!”
The other sailors came from right across the regional and home countries. Instead of taking to the water, this time they logged on to compete against their fellow racers virtually, in a series of five races with two discards.
With live commentary from Yachts & Yachting’s Mark Jardine and RYA Pathway coach Johnny McGovern, who himself competed in the eSailing Lockdown Cup and was part of the winning ‘Splashes’ team, racing was extremely tight throughout the championship final.
A total of 2,932 sailors, from 178 different clubs from across the RYA regions and the home countries, took part in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship, competing in club and regional championships before whittling down to just 10 finalists.
RYA Northern Ireland’s chief operating officer Richard Honeyford said: “eSailing has been a fantastic way for our sailors to keep in touch and continue developing their race skills over the last few months while we were unable to get out on the water.
“Luke put in an impressive performance and we are delighted with his success.”
If you missed the action, you can still catch it on the RYA YouTube channel.
Next on the RYA’s eSailing calendar is the Spring Class Championship. For more visit www.rya.org.uk/go/esailing
Since the RYA announced the launch of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship at the start of April this year, thousands of club sailors have been taking their tactics and strategies onto the virtual waters in an attempt to represent their club in the national final.
Getting through to the final not only means beating your fellow club members in a club championship, but it also means beating other local club champions within your RYA Region, which is no easy feat.
Around 80 sailors competed in their own club championships and 8 club champions then competed in the NI final on Saturday 16th May.
Newcastle Yacht Club sailor Luke McIlwaine showed his eSailing skills with 3 bullets and was crowned NI eSailing champion.
Luke comments: “There is definitely no lack of Virtual Regatta races to take part in; particularly involvement in the regular races that can be played every day has been excellent.
He continues: “These races have such a high skill level from all sailors and they are the perfect practice ground. After a really close regional final, with some tight racing, I am expecting the final to be very competitive. I am very pleased to represent NI in the final and I am looking forward to carb-loading on Friday night!”
RS400 and Laser sailor Luke now goes on to compete in the RYA eSailing Spring Championships. 10 competitors from around the UK will compete on Saturday 30th May to find out who will be the overall eSailing Spring Champion.
McIlwaine will now go on to represent the area at the finals on 30th May. Luke is a software engineer and as well as sailing has a passion for mountaineering.
Luke commented, “small adjustments make a big advantage”.
His prize for this effort is a Musto Dry Tube Bag.
RYANI congratulated the competitors. “We hope you enjoyed it and we are looking forward to seeing more clubs using the eSailing as an opportunity to engage with members and have a bit of fun”. And international yachtsman Mikey Ferguson from Bangor commented “Well done Luke. No catching you after you shot out of the blocks in the first two races”.
In these lockdown days Club eSailing Champions from across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to be named Northern Ireland eSailing Spring Champion and go on to compete in UK National final this month.
Since lockdown measures were put into place, RYA Affiliated clubs have been able to set up and access eSailing with VIP accounts in order to help engage local racing members. 21 clubs across Northern Ireland signed up initially; they have been running multiple racing series with guidance from RYA during April in order to decide their Club Champion.
The NI Championships shall be held on 16th May at 1000, where nominated club champions will compete to be named NI’s eSailing Spring Champion. This person will go on to compete against named champions from each of the other regions and Home Countries across the UK later in the month.
The Championships will be streamed across RYANI’s YouTube Channel for supporters and spectators to follow the action.
RYA Northern Ireland’s Chief Operating Officer Richard Honeyford comments: “The eSailing platform has proved a great success amongst clubs and local sailors who have been unable to get afloat during the current lockdown measures. We are glad to be able to undertake this event and hope that clubs and local sailors will join in on the action. Although it is for a bit of fun, I am sure there will be some serious competition taking place.”
The e Sailing Championships are just one of a number of opportunities being delivered by the RYA to help engage with club members and recreational boaters during this period of lockdown
The National Yacht Club has joined other yacht clubs across reland in launching its own members 'eSailing' League.
Series One of the NYC League will comprise five races every Thursday evening for the next four weeks using the ‘Virtual Regatta Inshore’ platform.
The Virtual Regatta platform allows you to race people from across the world and even get yourself an Irish Sailing ranking!
As regular Afloat readers will know, Aat the neighbouring Dun Laoghaire Harbour Royal Irish Yacht Club, Enda O'Coineen got the RIYC Virtual league underway on Saturday.
A racing tips video (get practising!) is here:
Irish Sailing has 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 at 10 am this morning we launched the Irish eSailing National Championship on it. You can now register as an Irish sailor and aim for the top of a new Irish Leader Board. You can play against friends, fellow sailors and members of the Irish Sailing Team including Olympians Annalise Murphy, Ryan Seaton and Finn Lynch. All Irish registered players will be 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.
During this current lockdown, Irish Sailing are looking ahead to the future, and want to encourage as many people as possible to get sailing – first in the virtual world, and then in the real world when things go back to normal. We want to use eSailing as a way of engaging with a brand new audience and introduce them to the joys of sailing.
Already we know amongst our sailors that eSailing is a popular bad-weather alternative and a great way of keeping sailors entertained between races at events. As Afloat previously reported, 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. We want to now broaden sailing's appeal to an even wider audience.
CEO of Irish Sailing Harry Hermon commented “We’re delighted to be working with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta to officially launch the Irish eSailing National Championship. 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”.
Irish Sailing’s Head Coach Rory Fitzpatrick said “eSailing is the next best thing to real sailing while we’re in lockdown. Anyone can do it - you don’t even have to get wet! Just like in real sailing, you have to understand tactics and the way wind works, and even better is that you get to compete against Olympians and the best sailors in the world. I’m using it at the moment with the Irish Sailing Team, and it’s proving to be another really useful tool in our training”.
We have 10 x VIP passes to give away to the first 10 clubs or classes who register their interest. A VIP allows a club or class to run their own event for a year (each annual pass is worth €120). Please contact Sarah-Louise Rossiter at [email protected]
The 2020 Irish eSailing National Championship is live from 10.00 am on Wednesday 8 April 2020. To get started simply visit the Irish Sailing website or on www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ or download the ‘Virtual Regatta Inshore’ App from the App Store or Google Play.
Professional offshore sailors Sam Davies, Armel Le Cléac’h, Boris Hermann and Jérémie Beyou will join amateur enthusiasts in a virtual sailing race from La Rochelle to Curaçao from today, Monday 23 March.
Online game platform Virtual Regatta will host the esailing event, which kicks off just after 11am Irish time — and has also unlocked VIP status for all registered players who can join the fleet via their web browser, wherever they are in the connected world.
Players can choose from four popular offshore classes — IMOCA, Class 40, Figaro 3 and Ultim — and weather conditions within the game will replicate the real-life conditions of the route across the week-long race.
For more on the virtual race and how to watch or take part, see VirtualRegatta.com