Fleet has structured a palette of racing training activities for you. Our first offering is online virtual racing practice, using Virtual Regatta Inshore and Google Meet. There will be live coaching. No cost to you – it is all included in your NSC membership. Open to anyone at NSC who is interested in racing.

Connect, learn and have a blast

This is more than just racing; it’s a chance to connect, learn, and have a blast with great people from the NSC community. Whether you’re an experienced racer, a newbie, or just keen to learn, this series is the perfect chance to develop or keep your sailing skills sharp during the off-season. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to sail, socialize, and strategize with fellow NSC members online!

What you need to do

Before your first session, you must create a free account at Virtual Regatta Inshore and take the “Sailing School” there to learn how to use the virtual sailboats. This lets us focus on sailing, not tech support. In fact, if you wish, it’s a good idea to use the VRI website and join others’ races there before our first race so you can get accustomed to it. But not to worry if you don’t!

Two screenshots of Virtual Regatta Inshore website how to get to the sailing school. 1. Click on icon of life ring bottom left; 2. Click on graduate's mortar bord top centre.

We connect on Google Meet to be in touch while we play. Please email the coordinators Dave Gardner and Stephen Kidd for the link. You will need a good internet connection and a computer that’s not too too old.

Once you are in the Google Meet session, we will tell you the code to join our Virtual race.

Racing Practice Objectives

The objectives are to provide an off-season opportunity for NSC racers and volunteers from different fleets to learn/improve their racing strategies and tactics using online, multi-user, internet hosted software that simulates a sailing regatta environment; and encourage interactions between sailors from different fleets at both a social and technical level.


Four Tuesday evenings 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, 2024


Racing is free for participants.

Online virtual racing practice participants will log on to a video conference call so they can be in touch with each other during racing. (You can turn off your camera to save bandwidth and remain in audio contact.)

Participants are encouraged to create an account with a username that includes their real first name so the coach can address them, but a pseudonym is also acceptable for those who prefer that.


5 minutes reviewing and discussing racing strategy and tactics content
50~ minutes actual racing practice
5 minutes debrief

Additional Info

Virtual Racing Training – What You Need (pdf)
Virtual Regatta Inshore – Creating an Account (pdf)
Virtual Regatta Inshore – eSailing Guide (pdf) (See p. 3-5 “Tips Whilst Playing the Game”)

For more information please email the coordinators: Dave Gardner and Stephen Kidd

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