Race on Bombardino or Magic in the Vineyard Race

Virtual Sailing Returns to the Vineyard Race

Bombardino and Magic are not looking for additional crew for the 2015 Vineyard Race but you can still race on your choice of either of these Santa Cruz 52s. Sailonline.org announced that it is partnering with the Stamford Yacht Club to bring the 81st Vineyard Race right to your fingertips (or mouse!).

Stamford Yacht Club has again partnered with Sailonline.org to offer an armchair version of the Vineyard Race.

Stamford Yacht Club has again partnered with Sailonline.org to offer an armchair version of the Vineyard Race.

The free virtual Vineyard Race on Sailonline will run at the same time as the real Race allowing armchair sailors to sail against the actual boats in the Race.

Originally created in the Naval Architecture Department of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden –  Sailonline.org today is probably the most realistic sailing navigation simulator game on the internet, providing a realistic, entertaining and educational platform for those who love the sea and sailing, wherever they may be around the globe.

As a strategy simulator for ocean navigation, Sailonline is free to play and yet challenges both the novice and the expert, letting you sail your boat over oceans around the globe easier than you can imagine. But, as in real life, in order to sail fast and to ultimately win races, it requires full dedication, extensive practice, knowledge and working skills.   There is a full and complete manual on how to sail on Sailonline to guide you, and its community of SOLers (one who sails on Sailonline.org) are always willing to advise and offer assistance.

Bombardino, one of two SC52's in the Vineyard Race, is being used by sailonline.org in the virtual race.

Bombardino, one of two SC52’s in the Vineyard Race, is being used by sailonline.org in the virtual race.

Luckily, too, there are autopilots installed in all boats so that you do not need to steer manually all the time but just as in reality, the more attention you pay to adjusting your course the better you will do.  You are in full sight of the entire virtual fleet, hence, Sailonline lets you race the boats you otherwise would just see from a distance or not at all.

Also, once again for the Vineyard Race, Sailonline is using the polar of a Santa Cruz 52 and will race against the SC52s ‘Bombardino’ and ‘Magic’. At the time of writing, 85 yachts had entered the race.

For the first time in a buddy-up with a major race, Sailonline will be using the high resolution WRF weather model. WRF is a state-of-the-art atmospheric modeling system that is applicable for  many meteorological simulations.

When used in conjuction with a Sailonline virtual race, it introduces the local weather elements that can influence the outcome of a yacht race such as wind shadows produced by islands and katabatic winds coming off coastal mountain slopes. This all adds to the ‘realism’ of the simulation and increases the virtual navigator’s challenge.

The virtual Vineyard Race on Sailonline.org will open for practice soon.  Between now and then Sailonline has other races scheduled and everyone is invited to come and join in so that they will gain the most fun out of the virtual Vineyard Race 2015.

To race, armchair navigators should head to www.sailonline.org

It’s all free.

Real trophies, in the form of Mount Gay Vineyard Race hats, will be awarded to the top three finishers in the virtual race. If you can’t participate in the actual Vineyard Race, consider signing up today for the virtual version.


Can’t sail the Vineyard this year?

CaptureThis year’s Vineyard Race can also be raced online. This means anyone and everyone can race the Vineyard Race (on their computer) live while the race is underway.

Click here to check out how to race the Vineyard Race from your computer. This is the fifth year in a row Sailonline will be conducting a virtual version of the race.

The 2014 Vineyard Race Committee challenges all sailing and non sailing SYC members to a friendly (smack talking, who will beat who, winner takes all…) competition among SYC members (and online racers from all around the world).

Think about it, this should be a blast for everyone, racing real time against each other, in live wind conditions while also racing against the boats that are actually racing on the water and other online racers from around the world.

Sail the Vineyard without getting wet

For those of you who can’t make the Vineyard Race but want to compete you can now do it virtually. Sailonline.org conducts virtual races from all over the world. They’ve agreed to do the Vineyard Race as well. Sign up and good luck. Click here.