Sailing simulator offers valuable training

eSail Sailing Simulator eSail Sailing Simulator offers a choice of 20 tutorials. Credit: eSail

A new sailing simulator has been launched with the ability to teach users how to sail a 36' sailing yacht, explore the sea around a collection of islands and take part in challenges and races.

eSail Sailing Simulator has been designed to fill the gap between theory and practical training and will teach beginners basics including raising the sails, tacking, gybing, reefing, mooring and anchoring. The more expert sailor can use the Quick Start tutorial then tackle challenges including collision avoidance and passage planning.

Developed by VR Active director Chris Baldwin, eSail is the only simulator to include a 'paper' chart module which enables a course to be plotted using dividers and other charting tools.

There is a choice of 20 tutorials including a complete sailing course. Skills such as reefing, mooring, charting and anchoring are featured together with more in-depth tutorials on sail twist and sail depth. The simulator can additionally be used in sailing classes by qualified instructors.

In 'Live Sailing' mode users are subject to continually changing weather and sea conditions as they sail around the simulator’s islands. Learners can also save their position to continue their journey another time.

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