Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Bermuda to host the 2019 eSailing World Championship Live Final

by Deanna Jevans, World Sailing 26 Oct 2019 06:40 PDT 29 October 2019
Bermuda to host the 2019 eSailing World Championship Live Final © World Sailing

The top eight eSailors will battle it out to be crowned the 2019 eSailing World Champion at the Championship Final on Tuesday 29 October at the Southampton Fairmont Hotel, Bermuda.

The second edition of the eSailing World Championship comes following an extensive series that began in January. Held from 14:00 - 14:30 local time on 29 October, the final will be live streamed across World Sailing's YouTube and Facebook.

Who made the final?

Five different nations will compete at the 2019 eSailing World Championship Final with Australia and the Netherlands represented live for the first time.

The first spot in the final was awarded to HAVUC from Turkey who currently holds 905 points in the worldwide ranking. Joining HAVUC in the 2019 eSailing World Championship Final are:

  • Bart Lambriex (NED)
  • asere (FRA)
  • LaMerNoire (FRA)
  • L1 (FRA)
  • Velista71 (ITA)
  • 1stloser (AUS)
  • SNPJ Luca 56124 (ITA)
At the inaugural eSailing World Championship Final in 2018, L1 of France was crowned the champion in a winner-takes-all final race. He returns to defend the title and comes in as the fifth best player in the world.

LaMerNoire, also from France, was world number one heading into the 2018 Final so will be looking to take the title this year.

2019 will see the youngest ever eSailor qualify for the final. At just 16-years-old Italy's SNPJ Luca 56124 booked his ticket to Bermuda, highlighting how eSailing allows the entire sailing community to compete against each other throughout the season - regardless of age, location and sailing experience.

The intricacies of sailing are perfectly captured on the Virtual Regatta Inshore Game, the leading digital sailing platform that hosts the eSailing World Championship and real life, leading sailors regularly race. Bart Lambriex (NED), world #22 in the 49er, has also qualified. In 2019, the Dutch sailor has raced at Hempel World Cup Series events in Miami and Genoa as well as Kieler Woche. In 2018 he raced at the Aarhus Hempel Sailing World Championships and is touted as a future Olympian.

The 2019 season

Launched on 22 January 2019 at boot Düsseldorf in Germany, the 2019 season has encompassed over 121,000 races, with over 20,000 registered eSailors competing, with the aim of reaching the Finals Playoff to book a place in Bermuda.

Winter, Spring and Summer seasons brought together 100 Graded Digital Challenges lasting between one and five days. At the end of each season, Playoffs were held to decide who would qualify to the Finals Playoff. One hundred qualified from the Winter Season, 150 from Spring and 200 from Summer. Winners of each Digital Challenge automatically qualified with the remaining Finals Playoffs places decided via the eSailing World Championship ranking.

The September Finals Playoff decided who would qualify to the Bermuda Final. The top 1,000 eSailors competed over a two-week period in over 3,000 races. Those with the best scores on the leader board upon its conclusion qualified for a spot in the final and a chance at becoming the 2019 World Champion.

Format

The top eight finalists will complete six preliminary races, in different boats and locations. A seventh race will be held in the live show, held in the Olympic skiff, the 49er, where San Francisco will be the virtual host.

Following this the top six competitors will advance to the double-points final which will be held in F50 boats in Sydney. Whoever comes out on top across the series will be crowned the 2019 Champion.

Alongside the honour of becoming the second eSailing World Champion, the winner will receive a $10,000 USD cheque, provided by Virtual Regatta.

The coveted eSailing World Championship Trophy will then be presented as part of the World Sailing Awards evening, which will take place later that evening.

Related Articles

World Sailing extends partnership with Rolex
Title partner of the World Sailor of the Year Awards World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, is delighted to announce an extension to its longstanding partnership with Rolex. Posted on 31 Oct
World Sailing Trust launch 'Race for Change'
World Sailing Trust Challenge 'Race for Change' World Sailing, the World Sailing Trust and Virtual Regatta are excited to announce the launch of the World Sailing Trust Challenge 'Race for Change' within the forthcoming Vendée Globe eSailing race. Posted on 29 Oct
Olympic offshore event will educate sailing fans
Paris 2024 Olympic Games will capture the imagination of sailing fans around the world American Lush, from Rhode Island, grew up racing dinghies but stepped into the offshore world several years ago, and has chalked up over 40,000 nautical miles offshore over the last six years. Posted on 24 Oct
eSailing Nations Cup Quarter Finals
Eight teams to go head-to-head Earlier this year, World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, launched the eSailing Nations Cup, a nation versus nation knockout challenge to crown the best eSailing nation in the world. Posted on 20 Oct
World Sailing: Election Committee statement
No candidate has receives more than 50% of the votes, a second round of voting will be required 127 Member National Authorities submitted a verified vote to the Independent Scrutineer by the deadline. Two candidates have been dropped after the first round of voting and the two remaining will go into a run-off online vote. Posted on 17 Oct
'Steering the Course' launched for 2021
A women's sailing festival to be held worldwide World Sailing are proud to launch Steering the Course, a women's sailing festival to be held worldwide in 2021. Posted on 12 Oct
Presidential Newsletter: September 2020
Kim Andersen comments on sailing activities picking up worldwide In recent weeks, it has been very encouraging to see that sailing activities are picking up worldwide. Since we started learning about the severeness of COVID-19, our messages about health & safety concerns have gained considerable momentum. Posted on 12 Oct
'World Sailing' call out IOC Vice President
"World Sailing" has issued a statement on the story run earlier in the week "World Sailing" has issued a statement on the story run earlier in the week, by authoritative InSideTheGames website and newsletter over a leaked email concerning the International Olympic Committee's view of two of the WS Presidential candidates Posted on 8 Oct
eSailing World Championship finalists confirmed
820 eSailors fought it out over three different challenges Day 1 saw players tested by the J/70 in Auckland, Day 2 presented a challenge in the eF50 - the virtual version of the high-speed catamaran used in SailGP - in San Francisco, and finally our eSailors had to master a Laser in Marseille on Day 3. Posted on 7 Oct
World Sailing in a 'fragile' financial state
World Sailing's 2019 accounts underline the fragile state of its pre-COVID finances World Sailing's 2019 accounts have been published on the governing body's website, underlining the fragile state of its finances a month or so before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Posted on 5 Oct
C-Tech 2020 Battens 2 728x90 BOTTOMOfficial-Team-Gear-Navy 728x90 BOTTOMRS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - FOOTER