SailX Announces Virtual Sailing World Championship
Published: Thursday, 17 March 2016
The multiplayer online racing simulation SailX has announced the Virtual Sailing World Championship 2016 (Apr 4 - May 8).
Enabling sailors from all over the world the chance to race against each other in real-time, SailX is used by beginners through to the world’s best sailors and coaches who use it to train and teach the strategies and tactics of inshore sailboat racing.
The championship will conclude after five weeks with a single regatta between the top 30.
Entry is fully-open and free and importantly, scoring ramps up as the competition progresses, giving new players plenty of time to get up to speed.
This is the second edition of a very successful regatta format. Last year's event (the first-ever Virtual Sailing World Championship) featured competitors from 60 countries worldwide racing 204 official regattas, 1,294 races and 138,672 boat starts in over 32,000 hours of racing.
"SailX has tremendously improved my ability to think in terms of strategy around the course and tactics in the presence of other boats,” says 2015 Champion Bob Christensen. “Possibly the more important thing to me, it has improved my ability to anticipate situations as each real life race progresses. I am looking forward to bringing the tremendous amount that I have learned over these past months to bear on my real life racing.”
While it’s no substitute for real sailing, SailX is a credible and highly competitive testing ground for the racing sailor.