World Sailing, the World Sailing Trust, and Virtual Regatta have partnered for the launch of the World Sailing Trust Challenge ‘Race for Change’ within the forthcoming Vendée Globe eSailing race.
The challenge, the first of its kind, will be held on Virtual Regatta Offshore for the duration of the real-life race, with Virtual Regatta pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Trust to support safeguarding the planet and the future of the sport.
The World Sailing Trust, set up by World Sailing to catalyze change, has three broad areas of work which aim to support the development of sailing and protect the waters our sport depends on. To find out more about the Trust and opportunities to support, click here.
“The Vendée Globe is an incredible race, and I can say that as I’ve done it!” said Dee Caffari MBE, Chair of the World Sailing Trust. “It’s great that we can all vicariously take part through the Virtual Regatta version of this race.
“I’m all the more delighted that we at the World Sailing Trust are working together with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta on the ‘Race for Change’. We are looking forward to seeing people competing virtually in our custom boat.
“The race in Virtual Regatta allows you to compete against the actual sailors; it’s a great way to test your tactics in the real wind conditions up against the professional sailors. So, fair winds, and I’ll see you on the racecourse.”
The race starts on November 8 at the same time as the real-life Vendée Globe race start, but players can login now.
The password to enter the race is ‘WST2020’. Using this will grant you access to a custom branded World Sailing Trust and World Sailing boat.
Details on how to enter are provided here:
In addition, there are prizes up for grabs from World Sailing and their partners. Virtual Regatta are offering a year-long VIP pass subscription for select achievements in the game. In addition to the bespoke boat you will receive, Virtual Regatta are giving a limited number of full packs to the first 50 participants. This full pack provides loads of added features in the game to enhance the racing experience and is a must-have for all eSailors looking to aim for the podium.
The Vendée Globe is the only sailing race round the world that’s solo, non-stop, and without assistance, and it is all systems go for the 9th edition on November 8, 2020. Beginning in 1989 with 13 entries, the start line on November 8th has 33 skippers set to take off from Les Sables d’Olonne, France.
The development of the IMOCA Class toward foiling will see these boats hurl themselves around the world, teetering on carbon skates through inhospitable regions, chasing the record set in 2016-17 by Armel le Cléac’h of 74:03:35:46.
1989-90: 13 boats at the start
1992-93: 15 boats
1996-97: 15 boats
2000-01: 24 boats
2004-05: 20 boats
2008-2009: 30 boats
2012-2013: 20 boats
2016-2017: 29 boats
2020-2021: 33 boats
Fabrice AMEDEO (FRA): NEWREST – ART & FENÊTRES
Romain ATTANASIO (FRA): PURE – BEST WESTERN
Alexia BARRIER (FRA): TSE – 4MYPLANET
Yannick BESTAVEN (FRA): MAÎTRE COQ IV
Jérémie BEYOU (FRA): CHARAL
Arnaud BOISSIÈRES (FRA): LA MIE CÂLINE – ARTISANS ARTIPÔLE
Louis BURTON (FRA): BUREAU VALLÉE 2
Didac COSTA (ESP): ONE PLANET ONE OCEAN
Manuel COUSIN (FRA): GROUPE SÉTIN
Clarisse CREMER (FRA): BANQUE POPULAIRE X
Charlie DALIN (FRA): APIVIA
Samantha DAVIES (GBR): INITIATIVES-CŒUR
Sébastien DESTREMAU (AUS/FRA): MERCI
Benjamin DUTREUX (FRA): OMIA – WATER FAMILY
Kevin ESCOFFIER (FRA): PRB
Clément GIRAUD (FRA): COMPAGNIE DU LIT / JILITI
Pip HARE (GBR): MEDALLIA
Boris HERRMANN (GER): SEA EXPLORER – YACHT CLUB DE MONACO
Ari HUUSELA (FIN): STARK
Isabelle JOSCHKE (FRA/FRA): MACSF
Jean LE CAM (FRA): YES WE CAM !
Stéphane LE DIRAISON (FRA): TIME FOR OCEANS
Miranda MERRON (GBR): CAMPAGNE DE FRANCE
Giancarlo PEDOTE (ITA): PRYSMIAN GROUP
Alan ROURA (SUI): LA FABRIQUE
Thomas RUYANT (FRA): LINKEDOUT
Damien SEGUIN (FRA): GROUPE APICIL
Kojiro SHIRAISHI (JPN): DMG MORI
Sébastien SIMON (FRA): ARKEA – PAPREC
Maxime SOREL (FRA): V AND B – MAYENNE
Alex THOMSON (GBR): HUGO BOSS
Armel TRIPON (FRA): L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE
Nicolas TROUSSEL (FRA): CORUM L’ÉPARGNE
Published on October 29th, 2020