Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge
Sailors all around the country will soon be competing to be recognised as the newest champion, with Australian Sailing launching the Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge. Throughout April and May of this year, members of Australian Sailing affiliated clubs will be competing in a series of races on the Virtual Regatta platform to be crowned the inaugural Zhik Australian eSailng National Challenge champion.
Governed by the World Sailing Virtual Rules of Sailing, the Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge closely matches the real-world rules and formats that govern on-the-water racing. The in-game ‘Sailing School’ provides a clear explanation of the sport and a new and effective learning tool to familiarise players with the strategies, tactics and terminology of sailing.
Australian Sailing would like to thank our partners at Zhik for their support of the Australian eSailing National Challenge and for their ongoing support of sailing in Australia.
Here’s how it will work:
Round 1: Club Championships
Clubs around Australia will be invited to host their own Virtual Regatta club championships, with one club champion proceeding to the next stage of the challenge. Clubs who are unable to run a Club Championships or do not have sufficient entries may still forward a Club Champion to Australian Sailing. Club champions must be decided by Monday 18 May. If Clubs receive more than 20 entries, then please see guidance on how clubs can allow all competitors to compete using qualifying rounds and finals.
Round 2: State Championships
Each club champion will then represent their club at one of the Australian Sailing eSailing State Championships across the weekend of 22-24 May. The top two finishers at each State Championship will proceed to the next stage. Where possible, the regattas will be live-streamed on the Australian Sailing state Facebook pages.
Round 3: National Challenge
On Thursday 28 May the sixteen state representatives will compete in the inaugural Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge regatta. Here they will be joined by three members of the Australian Sailing Team, including reigning back-to-back European Laser Champion and Tokyo 2020 representative Matt Wearn. The winner of the regatta will be crowned the Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge champion and be sent a prize pack from our partners at Zhik.
The regatta will be live-streamed, ensuring clubs and states and cheer on their representatives live!