Category Archives: sailing

Addictive: Volvo Ocean Race Game

Puma Ocean Racing

Friends and I are having an inordinate amount of fun playing a virtual sailing race these last few days. Great little flash app lets armchair sailors race along through the same course and weather as the round the world Volvo Ocean Race. Leg one is from the Mediterranean to Cape Town. As a game it’s fun, it’s social and the sailing characteristics of the boats is even reasonably realistic. As a business model the game is pretty clever too, it greatly helps to promote the real race and it’s sponsors and keep fans engaged (engrossed really) for days/weeks on end as the game progresses. The developers also make money by selling small premium features like specialized sails and such.

The virtual race is just like as pictured above (current race leaders Puma Ocean Racing) but with fewer crashing waves of salt water down your pants. And you don’t have to eat freeze dried food for four months. Unless you really want to try and simulate these aspects at home.

So far there are about 20,000 other virtual sailors playing from around the world (a huge hit considering this is sailing we are talking about). New sailors can join in the race any time, you’ll be dropped in the middle of the pack. Recommended. =)

Flash applications have come a long way baby.

My boat is “Spork”, add me to your in-game buddy list.

link: volvo ocean race game

And then somebody remembered that the oceans are full of free wind

On the theme of ‘Old media don’t die. They just pine for the Fjords.’

sailing ship

French vineyard owners are returning to a slower pace of life by starting to export their wine by sailing boat – a method last used in the 1800s – to reduce their carbon footprint.

This month 60,000 bottles from Languedoc will be shipped to Ireland in a 19th-century barque, saving 22,680kg of carbon.

Further voyages to Bristol and Manchester in England and even to Canada are planned soon afterwards.

The French, always fond of doing things the difficult way, have a wonderful idea here. Sure one ship doesn’t mean Al Gore can take a holiday, but it’s a great gesture. And a perfect fit for the cargo. In marketing parlance, wine is a high value and highly subjective experience good. In regular terms, how much you will pay for a bottle, and your perception of how good it tastes, is strongly correlated to how much of it’s story you are ready to believe in.

Pictured: The Barque, manufactured at the pinnacle of Victorian Era sailing technology.

LINK: French send wine by sailboat

UPDATE: grammar edits and Baker also point this out, another (high tech) startup based on this same low tech idea, kyte surfing containers ships Link