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Virtual Regatta and The Ocean Race Expand Partnership

By Virtual Regatta Jan 14 06:17 UTC

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Virtual Regatta and The Ocean Race have renewed their partnership for the 2023 World Regatta, which kicks off in Alicante (Spain) on January 15th.

Five high-tech hydrofoil IMOCAs will compete in races around the world, while another six VO65s will compete in the Ocean Race VO65 Sprint Cup by competing in the event’s European leg.

More than 200,000 players are expected to compete in the Virtual Regatta Offshore and Inshore versions of the race, which features 7 IMOCA stages and 3 VO65 Sprint stages on Virtual Regatta Offshore with new features for a virtual experience closer to reality!

“We are delighted to be an official race for the Ocean Race for the fourth time and proud to be associated with one of the world’s most important races and activities dedicated to protecting the oceans,” said Tom Gautier, Head of Virtual Regatta Offshore . “E-Sailing is growing steadily and attracting more and more players. We expect over 200,000 players to participate in Virtual Regatta Offshore and Inshore within the next six months,” he continued.


Special Edition Marked by the Metaverse

2023 will also be the year of the Metaverse for Accenture-backed Virtual Regatta and The Ocean Race. “Metaverse, a new exclusive experience developed by Virtual Regatta and The Ocean Race, will soon allow people to follow physical and virtual races in an all-digital race village. Gamers and enthusiasts will be able to meet, watch physical and digital events, and more A lot,” explains Tom Gautier. “This virtual reality setup will further enhance the fan experience,” he added.


Two Ulysse Nardin watches, full pack and prizes

For this edition of The Ocean Race Virtual, The Ocean Race and Ulysse Nardin decided to showcase their shared commitment to the ocean by launching their first limited-edition, sustainable luxury timepiece: Diver The Ocean Race. As the official timekeeper of real-life and virtual regattas at sea, the independent watchmaker founded in 1846 will present an official race watch to the winning eSkipper of the 2023 virtual regatta at sea.

Another eSkipper who crosses the finish line of the 7 stages of the race will also have a chance to win Diver The Ocean Race in the marshals draw. Throughout the competition, eSkippers will be able to win other prizes such as Helly Hansen products, official partners of The Ocean Race or Virtual Regatta Full Packs as rewards for eKippers’ skills throughout the competition.


stopover e-cup

The Stopover E-Cup will be based on the Virtual Regatta Inshore and include eight IMOCA challenges that take place during Ocean Race stopovers. The winner will qualify for the semi-finals of the eSailing World Championship and receive a prize from The Ocean Race.

The winner of each Virtual Regatta Inshore challenge will qualify for the live finals, which will be broadcast at the Ocean Live Park in Genoa and on social networks in early July. The winner will qualify for the semi-finals of the eSailing World Championship. The top 3 will receive The Ocean Race branded gifts.


Improved performance options for leaderboards

As with every game, those looking to perform even better will have the opportunity to purchase the Full Performance Pack. Both IMOCA and VO65 levels are available, which will allow players to increase their speed and improve their experience.

Please note that buying the full package for one of the courses will give you a 50% discount on the other. Those who purchased the full pack on the first five stages will receive the optional full pack on the sixth leg. Those who purchased the full race offer will become VIP members of Virtual Regatta at the conclusion of The Ocean Race.

For Virtual Regatta Inshore, there will be a match option to gain a tactical advantage for each match of each challenge.

This year’s All-Crew Round the World Yacht Race will be extremely challenging! Join Virtual Regatta and The Ocean Race!





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