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WWSC Virtual Regattas

Published 00:00 on 13 May 2020

On Wednesday evenings at 6pm during lockdown Honorary member and RYA 49erFX Olympic track coach Tom Walker has been running a virtual WWSC Regatta for up to 20 members. Taking part is completely free and only needs access to a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. NB You don't need to download the VR App unless you want to - you can take part just using your web browser. Each Wednesday there are 4 races - each lasting less than 10 minutes - with the best 3 results to count. The characteristics of the boats raced range from the relatively slower Star (Olympic keel-boat without spinnaker) to the high-performance 49er and Nacra-17 (foiling cat) which you get to sail without ever risking a capsize or getting wet!

To see the results click here.

How to access Virtual Regatta

We do recommend you visit the Virtual Regatta Inshore Racing website here before the event so you get the hang of it. If you want, you can register with VR (requires providing your email but otherwise is free) or play as a "Guest". We suggest those trying it out for the first time use the "Guest" option. After selecting one of these options, you will go to a screen that looks like this:

To take a series of fun lessons, just click on "Sailing School" (Red Arrow). When the time comes to take part in the WWSC Regatta, you will need to select "Custom Race" (Orange arrow) and enter the Code that Tom will provide.

If you want to register you do this by clicking in the box with your "Boat No." (see yellow arrow in screenshot below). Registering enables you to name your boat and provide your skipper name instead of taking the name provided by the system and allows you to use this name in other races you join. You can also compete against other people for free (and choose from a wide variety of boats) if you want to practice before the "WWSC-only" event on Wednesday evening.

To join in on Wednesday go to the main Virtual Regatta website here. Please note it takes a few seconds to load but once this happens you will see the screen below:

To join in the WWSC "Custom Races" click on the "Custom race" button (see red arrow in screen shot). Then enter the Custom race code (password) sent to you in the April 20 Newsletter (NB Not provided here for security). Please also sign in to the simultaneous Zoom meeting (details also included in Newsletter) so you can talk to fellow WWSC sailors and get information and tips from Tom.

The RYA Virtual Regatta webpage here also provides lots of useful tips including a series of videos created by top RYA online racers.

Simultaneous Zoom Meeting details

To maintain security, please refer to the Newsletter announcing each Regatta which is sent out to all members a day or so in advance. This will provide the login link which will allow you to speak to other members during the racing.

Last updated 16:58 on 25 May 2021

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