Tuesday, March 26, 2013
With the first week (of six) now complete we can report that 35 Canadians have already joined 350+ international virtual sailors in the Virtual Sailing Canadian National Championships on the online racing simulator, SailX.com.
Since the regatta started, a total of 415 competitors have raced for a total of 62,008 minutes – that’s an incredible 43 days of virtual sailing in just 8 days! Over this time the regatta race area has seen nearly 4,000 finishes and over 5,300 RRS rule breaches between practicing and racing.
Given this level of intensity only one Canadian sailor, ‘KC6’, is ranked in the top-10 overall - lying in 6th position overall at last count. It’s fair to say that this is a new tool for most Canadian sailors (and hence a baptism of fire) but with five weeks to go in this free-to play regatta, and 100% of points still up for grabs, there is plenty of time for more Canadians to join the fight!
Racing will take place in three x 2 week-long phases and we are now in the middle of Phase 1 which ends on Sunday 31st March. Users only need to take part in three regattas per phase to get a full score, and with four regattas held every day (at 2100, 0000, 0300 and 0600 GMT) this means users have plenty of opportunity to find a time that suits them.
To further help new users get up to speed, Phase 1 scores will be weighted x1 - in comparison to x3 for Phase 2 and x9 in Phase 3:
“We have deliberately weighted the later phases and more heavily to give users who are new to SailX plenty of time to learn the ropes before things get serious. This is just the beginning – based on experience of similar regattas we have run in the UK and US over the past months we expect to see the number of participants growing all the way through to the end” says Amando Estela, SailX founder.
For those not familiar with SailX.com: SailX is an online environment that enables sailors from all over the world to race one-design boats against each other in accordance with the racing rules of sailing. SailX uses skills-matching to race sailors of similar standards against each other. This means SailX is (at the same time) both a fun and addictive game for beginners right the way through to an advanced racing and training tool for Olympians, World Champions and top-level sailors worldwide. The same diversity applies to the range of user ages. Last week saw the conclusion of the American Championships with the podium occupied by a 14yr old an 18yr old and a 40 year old! There is nothing like a mental game to level the playing field!
“Every year more and more people realise that it’s important to spend some time training their mental game as much as they train their physical game - and SailX gives them this opportunity”, says Amando. “It seems as attention shifts to the summer’s sailing young and old alike are using SailX for some great last-minute training. Some sailors who miss this opportunity are in for a shock!”
To take part in this regatta just click HERE (http://www.sailx.com/sailcanada)
SailX is free-to-play.