World Sailing, supported by leading digital sailing platform Virtual Regatta, will kick off the eSailing Nations Cup 2021 – a nation-versus-nation knockout challenge to crown the best eSailing nation in the world – this Sunday, September 12.
The eSailing Nations Cup begins with exciting ranking races to establish the 2021 races.
Sunday also marks the start of the final season of the 2021 eSailing World Championship, kicking off on January 21 – a race to win this year’s title and a $10,000 prize.
“This Sunday is going to be big – we’ll see the world’s best eSailors represent their national teams in the 2021 eSailing Nations Cup as well as compete as individuals in the eSailing World Championship,” said Scott Over, Commercial Director. of World Sailing.
“In 2020, we saw huge excitement around the eSailing Nations Cup, with teams finally having the opportunity to compete together under one flag against the best in the world. This is a true team competition that requires in-depth skills, an ability to train together and knowledge of other nations. eSailors competing over the next two months will have spent a lot of time training to represent their nation – now they have the opportunity to show pride on the world stage.”
The eSailing Nations Cup is exclusively open to nations that have registered for an eSailing National Championship this year and will see national teams of ten compete in mass fleet races with knockout rounds, before qualifying for quarters and semi-finals.
The top two teams will meet in a live-streamed final on November 6, with the winning team being crowned eSailing Nations Cup champions and recognized as the best eSailing country in the world.
Great Britain and Spain faced off in the inaugural 2020 eSailing Nations Cup Final, with Great Britain claiming the first-ever win with a 6-3 performance. This year, Great Britain and Spain both have four players returning for a second year. Will their experience pay off in the 2021 competition?
2020 UK captain Mike O’Donovan (@Deja Vu) returns as captain for 2021, alongside 2020 teammates Cavan Fyans (@ACF), Donnie Gillies (@Donnie Gillies) and Alasdair Ireland (@speedy_1). Spanish Olympic bronze medalist and 2020 eSailing World Champion, Joan Cardona (@Joan Cardona) was the first of the team again this year, joined by Miguel Cruz (@Cruzolator), Raúl Sánchez (@CNS Rausanlag) and Ramón Parejo (@Ramon Parejo SNC).
Other notable players include 2020 Japanese National eSailing Champion Toshiki Kogure (@K-GR) and Natsuki Matsuura (@Vegas) as captain for 2021. Also keep an eye out for Dane Lukas Mohr (@Lukas Mohr) , 2019 and 2020 Danish national eSailing champion who was the captain of the eSailing Nations Cup team in 2020 and now 2021.
A total of 14 nations have already been confirmed to play each other in 2021. Great Britain will defend their title against Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
“The eSailing Nations Cup has quickly become the focal point of the eSailing calendar,” said Philippe Guigne, CEO of Virtual Regatta. “When developing the game, it was competitions such as the eSailing World Championship and the eSailing Nations Cup that I hoped would showcase everything that makes eSailing so amazing. of competition, communities and the annual pinnacle of performance in a fair environment was our goal. This year will give these top eSailing nations the opportunity to once again battle to become number one in the world with many eSailors who are looking to build on their experiences in 2020 and improve their game.”
eSailing Nations Cup Schedule
The ranking races for the eSailing Nations Cup will take place on Sunday September 12, with the heats starting on Monday September 13. The quarter-final will take place from October 16-27 and the semi-final from October 30-31. A third-place playoff will decide the third-best eSailing nation in the world on Wednesday November 3, before the final on Saturday November 6.
How to play
Join a community of thousands of people participating in the world’s most important sailing races at the cutting edge of sailing simulation – in real time and under real conditions: https://esailing-wc.com
Games can be played on desktop and via iOS and Android devices:
Office – https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/index_vrinshore.php
iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtual-regatta-inshore/id1182301199?mt=8
android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.virtualregatta.inshore&hl=fr