World Sailing has unveiled plans to enter into the esports market by forming the first virtual World Sailing Championships.
In partnership with digital sailing platform, Virtual Regatta, the eSailing World Championships will be held every year starting from 2018.
The Championships will see a new set of World Sailing regulations used to allow the Racing Rules of Sailing to be adapted to the virtual world. Inshore regattas will be held through the year with players accumulating points that will establish their standings in the eSailing World Rankings.
Players in the rankings will have the opportunity to qualify for global play offs, and ultimately participation in the live final scheduled to be held in Sarasota, USA in November 2018.