SailGP – in partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing, launches eSailGP.
SailGP – in partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport – has entered the esports arena with the launch of eSailGP. A global gaming experience, eSailGP offers an accessible platform for sailors and non-sailors alike to experience the thrill of the world’s fastest sail racing in a virtual environment.
The eF50s are a digital representation of SailGP’s catamarans that made history in August 2019 by crossing the 50-knot barrier – something never previously accomplished in sail racing. Virtually, the eF50s will match the look and performance of the real vessel, capable of breakneck speeds in the 50-knot range (60 mph/100 kph) on courses mirroring those used in SailGP.
eSailGP is integrated into Virtual Regatta Inshore, and is now available to fans globally. eSailGP races are 5-6 minutes in duration with up to 10 players per game. It is free and available to play on computers, and iOS and Android devices.
eSailGP will also become part of the eSailing World Championship, jointly organized by World Sailing and Virtual Regatta. Launched in 2018, the eSailing World Championship is the ultimate virtual battle for world championship glory, featuring an eight-month season culminating with a Live Final and $10,000 prize offered by Virtual Regatta.
Virtual Regatta and eSailGP are made up of Challenges that incorporate several races over a designated time period, up to multiple days. eSailGP will feature two types of Challenges – virtual and live – to coincide with each of SailGP’s real life events. SailGP’s inaugural season will culminate this weekend with the Season 1 Grand Final taking place in the iconic city of Marseille, France.
A series of three virtual challenges of increasing durations open to all players worldwide will take place this week to launch eSailGP. The first live event – 2019 Marseille eSailGP Live – will take place on September 21 in the Marseille SailGP Fan Zone, with the eFinal contested on stage immediately following Saturday racing (approximately 3:50 p.m. CEDT). The eQualifications will take place the same day from 1-3 p.m., and will feature up to 50 players.
SailGP Season 2 – set to kick off in Sydney on February 28-29, 2020 – will feature live events at each of the global sports league’s iconic venues.
2019 Marseille eSailGP Digital Challenges
September 17, 10 a.m. CEDT (24 hours) // 5-race minimum
September 18, 10 am. CEDT (48 hours) // 9-race minimum
September 20, 10 a.m. CEDT – Sept. 22, 2 p.m. CEDT // 14-race minimum
2019 Marseille eSailGP Live
September 21 – eQualification // 1-3 p.m., up to 50 players
September 21 – eFinal // 3:50 p.m., up to 10 players
Live Streaming – Virtual Regatta Dailymotion Channel
Sept. 17 & 18 – 11 a.m. CEDT // Marseille eSailGP Virtual
Sept. 19 & 22 – 1 p.m. CEDT // Marseille eSailGP Virtual
Sept. 20 – 9 p.m. CEDT // Marseille eSailGP Virtual
Sept. 21 – 3:50 p.m. CEDT // Marseille eSailGP Live Final
Sept. 22 – 1 p.m. CEDT // Marseille eSailGP Virtual
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