A cutting-edge gaming app designed as a fun learning aid to help illustrate the principles of sailing in a rich interactive and entertaining format. Ideal for those students studying for their ASA 101 certification. Or for any old salt looking for a challenge without getting wet!
Great app for young & old to learn the mechanics of sailing…
review by David Dear – Oct 10, 2017
Really helps you to visualize various points of sail…
review by PTnCT – Oct 5, 2017
Very good learning tool!
review by Von Allan – Oct 21, 2017
Think I am hooked and ready to go play on the real water!
review by whypanic88 – Oct 7, 2017
Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in the digital education field with ASA’s experience in teaching sailing to create a game that allows players to climb aboard, take control of the tiller in one hand and the mainsheet in the other, and sail off on a virtual sea of fun.
Points of Sail
To become a sailor you need to understand the points of sail – the orientation of the boat relative to the wind. This module first teaches you the points of sail before testing your knowledge with a fun game. If you think you’re already a master then try our challenge mode!
This module illustrates apparent wind – the combination of true wind and the wind effect of motion as felt aboard a moving sailboat. Players are able to turn the boat onto different points of sail, as well as adjust the speed of the wind, in order to see the changes in apparent wind.
Everytime the boat’s angle to the wind changes, the sail trim should change too. In this module the player learns how to trim the sail for maximum efficiency on the different points of sail.
Tacking & Jibing
To reach a destination directly upwind you have to sail a zig zag course. This module teaches the player how to tack back and forth in order to achieve that goal. The second half of the module deals with jibing.
Right of Way
The rules that apply on the high seas are the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). This module introduces some common scenarios encountered when sailing.
Approaching a dock under sail can be one of the most intimidating parts of learning to sail. In this module players can experience different docking scenarios and understand the principles involved so they can dock perfectly every time!
The classic (and very popular) Marina Tour course takes you on a sailing adventure as you sail into the marina and back out again! With some technical upwind sailing that takes you close to the beach, as well as challenging downwind sailing that tests your knowledge of VMG!
Explore the tropical waters of the British Virgin Islands. Discover landmarks like the Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock & dream about your next bareboat charter! This is also a great course to take the Beach Catamaran out for a sail!
Tacking Master Course
Tacking a sailboat is slow! Navigate around the docks and mooring fields on this course while trying to minimize the number of tacks needed to get to the finish!
Night Sailing Course
Are you ready to sail at night? Follow the lighted navigation buoys into the harbor – remember “red right returning”! Then round the buoy and sail back to the same place you started!
Explore the tropical waters of the BVI course. Discover landmarks like the Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock & dream about your next bareboat charter!
Make No Mistakes
You’ve got to be perfect to earn awards on the learning modules! No mistakes!
Beat The Clock
Don’t let the timer run out… you’ve got to get the right answer and you’ve got to get it quick!
Pick Up Stars
On the sailing courses you’re going to have to explore every nook and cranny to find the stars hidden around the course!
Tiller vs Wheel
Choose to drive your boat with a tiller or a wheel! If you’re a veteran of Sailing Challenge you’re going to have fun relearning how to sail with a tiller – it’s harder than you think!
Change the camera angle while you’re sailing. Zoom out to see the big picture, or rotate the camera to check your tacking angles.
Challenge Your Friends
Nothing like a little something to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone! Post your fastest sailing times on social media and challenge your friends to see if they can beat your fastest time!
The sails on all the boats include a main sail and a jib that behave realistically depending on the angle of the wind.
The behavior of the boats are based on real world polars. Maximize your efficiency by trimming your sails and see how fast the boat can go!
Realistic Boat Wake
Just like a real boat, as soon as you start to move, the boat puts out a realistic wake enhancing the sense of speed. Now all you need to do is play in front of a fan so you can feel the wind!
|Marina Tour Leaderboard|
|1m 36s||George Matus
|1m 37s||Tom Hartogs
Racing La Vagabonde!
|1m 38s||Daniel Moreira
|1m 41s||Jordan Collinet
Learning the Lines
|1m 42s||Robert Pogue
|1m 42s||Peter Isler
Two Time America's Cup Winner
|1m 43s||Courtney Stone
|1m 44s||Patrick Sullivan
|1m 45s||Layne Zuelke
Captain SV Gambit
|1m 46s||Scotty Dickson
Match Racing Champion
For help creating the Sailing Challenge App, ASA turned to longtime sailing enthusiast, visionary and founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell worked with ASA to develop this breakthrough educational video sailing game, using a teaching technique Bushnell refers to as “gamefication”. He says, “ASA’s Sailing Challenge combines video gaming technology and educational software, incorporating real brain science in a way that will fundamentally change how people learn how to sail.”