Virtual Sailing

July 2016
Over the last years, VOR have offered a Virtual Sailing Game to sail alongside your hero's on the real Boats. For the next VOR 2017-2018, we will have to wait till an announcement is made and hope that a better Virtual sailing game will be offered compared to last years.

In the meantime.......................

You can enjoy , familiarize , train yourself and have fun with Virtual Sailing in the Best Virtual Sailing Game on the Web: LiveSkipper.(LS) 

LiveSkipper uses actual weather patterns from the NOAA database that are refreshed 4 times per day,which allows an even playing field for sailors all over the World.

LiveSkipper is Free to sail and offers all features like different type of sails, autosails, autopilot, Waypoints, Route scheduler for programmed sailing and heading changes, and a good number of navigation tools; where other games often ask you to pay for.

Why wait, registration is simple and free, choose your own Boat name and try it out in the run-up to your Next VORG Virtual Sailing adventure, I am sure you will enjoy it. A good manual is available in the LiveSkipper Wiki. ; in 3 languages.

Other Virtual Sailing Players
- Virtual Loup de Mer (VLM)
VLM(Virtual Loup de Mer)  is a detailed Virtual Sailing player, but had a simple but not user-friendly interface. The Boat has one sail only, so strategy has to come from heading changes only. It has features like TWA lock, tracking, forward course, weather forecasts, auto optimization to target point WP.
The Best story is, that VLM is in the process of upgrading its UI, and the outcome is a far , far better and easier to play virtual sailing boat. 
VLM new interface,
VLM has some external tools, that add extra features including a router to advice you the best route to sail, like QtVlm.
- Sailonline (SOL)
Sailonline is a nice virtual sailing game with regular sailing races. For me it misses the accuracy that I find in LiveSkipper. 

-Virtual Regatta
Virtual Regatta, was last VOR versions virtual sailing player. It claims to be the largest virtual sailing platform on the web. It does not offer the same accuracy in navigation as LiveSkipper does. I find it rather commercial oriented , you really have to pay for all navigational tools to compete well where other platforms give a lot of these tools for free and VR is very much favoring towards the French sailors. A major set-back for non-european sailors is the only twice a day update of wind date, which favors the European sailors drastically.
This is a rather new Sailing Boat virtualization. It is program you have to download and install on your computer, table or phone and can be purchased from its Website: SailAway.  
I tried it out and find it difficult to navigate, for sure if you want to sail around the clock  with poor scheduling options; be at the helm to enjoy SailAway.

SailAway screenshot, most panels are collapsed

Sailaway, gives real life sailing experience, with a lot of manual handling to make the boat sailing and many options for trimming the different sails. You have to pull the hallyard to hoist the sails, pull the sheets to tighten the sails, etc. The sails have teller tails, to help you in trimming the sails in optimum performance. Luckily Sailaway, offers also assistance for optimal sail settings. It has less options for sailing races in big fleets, but that may still come.