In anticipation of the forthcoming Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship which will be held in Dublin Bay in July 2012, the organisers are delighted to announce the ‘Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.’ This is a realistic and challenging virtual sailing competition powered by the award-winning racing and training environment This innovative competition will be open to sailors and other interested parties from all over the world. Results will be categorised by age and the winning individual in the ‘Youth’ classification will be awarded with the “Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships Trophy”.

The virtual racing will begin on Monday 21st May and will take place online 24/7 for the following six weeks finishing just two weeks before the start of the real world event on Sunday 1st July. The Championship will comprise three x two-week stages with points accumulating and increasing rapidly stage by stage such that entrants will still be able to compete even if they enter late.

This unique format follows that of a similar successful event that was held recently in partnership with the RYA in the build-up to the largest dinghy show in the world – the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show. During this competition SailX hosted 14,000 Championship and practice races (involving 173,000 boats race starts and a total of 23,000hrs, or 960 days of user time). And as if that wasn’t enough, users spent even more time watching racing, discussing protests (approx. 200,000 ‘on the water’ incidents resulted in nearly 13,000 protests being filed) and chatting with other racing sailors from all over the world.

Brian Craig, Chairman Dublin Bay 2012, commented saying “This virtual championship will provide us with an exciting and distinctive six-week-long build up to the ISAF Youth Worlds plus some interactive activities during the event itself. The SailX racing environment and social tools will help us bring together the youth sailors from 64 nations who are coming to Dublin in July earlier than normal. It will also help us engage the many thousands of youth sailors from all over the world who, for various reasons, were unable to attend the event. Hopefully we will be able to make them feel part of this great event and give them a feel for the welcome they would receive in Dublin should they manage to make it here another time.”

SailX creator Amando Estela also commented on this regatta saying “It will be fascinating to watch the top youth sailing talent from all over the world battle it out. Of course no simulation could never test all of the skills involved in sailing, but as racing in SailX is carried out in strict accordance with the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing this “Virtual Youth Worlds’ will quickly show us those competitors who really understand racing strategy and rules – both vital areas for success in our sport. More important however, I’m 100% sure that SailX will help every player to emerge ‘hot’ and ready to race in Dublin come July!”

The 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is coming to Ireland for the first time and will take place in Dublin Bay from Thursday 12th – Saturday 21st July. 400 sailors aged 16 – 19 years of age, accompanied by 150 coaches, from 64 nations representing six continents will sail in the Championship. 250 boats (including Laser Radials, 420’s, RS:X’s, SL16’s and 29ers) will be raced by these sailors. 

Let the competition begin!

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