Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is again partnering with – this time to allow armchair sailors everywhere to take part in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race, starting on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 16.

Sailonline is a non-profit, non-commercial sail-racing navigation simulation run entirely by volunteers. All races are free and each Soler (one who sails on Sailonline) gets exactly the same boat. The challenge is navigating through the weather. Sailonline uses almost real-time weather downloaded from NOAA and the boat physics are considered to be the most life-like of any online simulation.

Rhkyc And The Virtual Rolex China Sea Race

For the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race, Sailonline is using the polar diagram of a TP52 and will race against the local TP52 FfreeFire owned and skippered by Sam Chan.

To add to the realism, overlays the Yellowbrick tracker of the real fleet onto the virtual screen, so armchair navigators can see how they are faring against the entire fleet.

Whether you are a seasoned old salt or a newbie all are welcome, and there is always someone willing to help with questions in the online race chat.