eSail4VR for Virtual Regatta is available on all four stores

Cross-platform applicationeSail4VR dedicated to routing for Virtual Regatta, about I wrote a few days ago (¹), is available for download on online storesMac App Store (macOS), App Store (iOS/iPadOS), Google Play, Windows Store (Soon activated). Just in time for the Route du Rhum!

To know everything in one click on this revolutionary application, It's on its website to install in your favorites. The application also has its FaceBook page, and its FaceBook Users Group. Read more …

eSail4VR The cross-platform revolution

In a few days will be released the new application for Virtual Regatta eSail4VR. Developed jointly by Olivier Bouyssou (Weather4D) and Henri Laurent (SailGrib), Currently in intensive beta testing, The application will be available for the mythical race : the Route du Rhum. The real revolution lies in the fact that it works on all media ! Read more …

Routing : from game to reality (continue)

Friday 13 November will not be a lucky day for the Vendée Globe skippers 2020 (¹). They will have to negotiate the meeting with the tropical storm "Theta" which crosses their course with average winds which can reach the 40 knots and strong gusts. Especially the sea will be to fear because, strongly crossed when passing the low pressure center, the waves may exceed the 6 meters and surge chaotically. Read more …

Routing : from game to reality

On the second day of racing in this Vendée Globe 2020, we can say that the weather conditions that the skippers will experience on the descent to the Doldrums will be particularly tough. After a departure by a young lady, a first not very active cold front which passed without a hitch, the loners will cross a second much more violent front in the night and morning from Tuesday to Wednesday, for the group going to the West, and in the evening for the group spent between the DST (¹) la France.

But these conditions to come are quite different for Virtual Regatta players andfor sailors… Read more …

Weather4D embarks on the Vendée Globe 2020 [Break News]

No, This is not a joke ! Weather4D embark with SailGrib on the Vendée Globe 2020 with Virtual Regatta. The two friends Henri and Olivier have jointly developed a routing module directly integrated into the game.

Philippe Guigné, the creator of the online game Virtual Regatta, explains in an interview with Voiles & Voiliers :

"… we want the virtual Vendée Globe to be aimed at the general public and it is therefore logical that we help neophytes by providing new tools. So, for this edition we are offering a routing assistance system, directly integrated into the game, in partnership with SailGrib and Weather4D. These routings will first be simplified so that everyone can use them. In a second time, we will set up more elaborate routings that will allow us to determine long-term strategies…"

A new evolution for the two leaders in navigation applications, weather and routing on mobile devices, which should allow them to popularize their applications to a large audience, and perhaps spark vocations among the large number of players who have never been on the water before.

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VMG / VMC – for Dummies

Navigation applications are full of acronyms. This coded and cryptic language was originally developed for electronic navigation instruments, GPS mapping and other chartplotters. These acronyms, in the form of three letters most often, are the contraction of terms defining specific navigation data and according functions. This facilitates on-screen display taking few space. While some of these acronyms are relatively well assimilated by the boater, as SOG for Speed ​​Over Ground (SOG), you can quickly access subtleties that are not always mastered as COG for Course Over Ground, meaning "route runned on the ground", that the word "Course" in English can mean "Route" or "Heading" according to the context. Read more …