Do you love the ocean so much that you wish you could live on it? Do you dream of life as a mer-person or a Velella velella? If you’ve ever wanted to cross the Atlantic or island-hop under sail in the Pacific, we’ve got the app for you. And you don’t even have to get wet.
Virtual Regatta is a free sailing app that allows you to enter long- and short-distance races in real time, competing against famous sailors — and even your less famous friends — while using the exact same weather information that’s being sent to the boats at sea.
Or if you don’t care about your rankings, you can just play around on race courses that have already finished.
Virtual Regatta will give you all the direction you need ...
... including important safety tips!
And help with your sail changes.
You can pick your own boat, and even sail on as a pirate!
Then cast off your lines and set sail across the ocean.
Sometimes you can see your competition ...
... but most of the time, it feels like you're all alone out there.
You can relax while sailing into a gorgeous sunset ...
... but don't forget to watch your stern for any weather coming up behind you!
Although you can preset your boat to follow a compass course or to steer a certain angle relative to the wind, some virtual sailors don't trust it. They'll set middle-of-the-night alarm clocks to check their progress as they encounter unpredictable winds.
The Hugo Boss boat belongs to one of your real-world British competitors, Alex Thomson.
Even with a broken foil, he came in second during this year's single-handed, round-the-world Vendée Globe race, after 74 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes at sea.
Think you could beat Alex's time in the virtual realm? We're not so sure. He seems pretty comfortable sailing the high seas ...
Fair winds, sailors!