Sailaway simulates world-wide ocean sailing and cruising. And since the earth is a very big place, crossing the Atlantic or Pacific may take you months. Of course we don't expect you to sit behind your computer screen all that time. When you are not online, the boat will continue on it's voyage and keep you posted of any changes.
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You will need to raise sails, pull the winches, set reefs, adjust the sheets, outhaul, downhaul, traveler, vang, backstay, etc. Every control that is on a real sailboat is also present on your virtual sailboat in Sailaway. And each of these control lines operates and behaves exactly as on a real boat. For novice sailors this may be a bit difficult, but you can always ask the computer to help you.
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New sailors can learn the basics, novice sailors can learn about sailtrim and experienced sailors can increase their skills. But most of all, everyone can have fun. Sailaway has interactive tutorials, automated aids, tips and suggestions and realistic behavior of the boat and the sails.
You navigate on an interactive map that can zoom from world scale to small coves, displaying deep and shallow area's, rocks, buoys, lights and everything you need for a safe journey.
We want you to have a good time in Sailaway, so you can invite friends to sail along with you and help you trim the sails. Or you can sail together in your own boats and add a bit of competition.
Our ancestors navigated by the stars. This is why we made sure the positions of the sun, moon, planets and stars are all correct. There is even a handy feature that highlights the constellations. But this is Sailaway, everything is a realistic as possible, so if the sky happens to be cloudy, there will be nothing to see but blackness.
The clouds, wind, fog, rain and snow are all simulated according to the real weather as provided by NOAA. This means you can use actual weather predictions from your favorite weather service to plan your journey.
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Your boat will spend a lot of time at sea with nothing to see but ocean and sky. This is why we've tried to make the water as realistic as possible. Pure water is blue. It becomes turquoise green or dark green due to tiny algae. Rivers often carry small mud particles that make the water brownish. Shallow water has a completely different color that deep water. And lastly the color of the sky and the angle of the sun have an even bigger influence on the color of the water. Sailaway takes all these factors into account before it renders a single drop of water and tries to get the color and behavior exactly right.
The North Sea has different waves than the Atlantic Ocean and those waves are in turn different from the South Pacific. Sailaway simulates the waves as accurate as possible, taking the history of wind direction and wind speed into account, as well as current, water depth and nearby islands or shallow areas.
Alas, sailing is not all white beaches, clear skies and Brooke Shields waiting for you with a lobster and coconut dinner. There is cold, rain, fog, dampness, spray, snow, fatigue, nausea and what not. Luckily, Sailaway won't go as far as making you sick, but we do try to simulate all the wetness wherever we can. There is of course fog, rain and snow, but also spray coming from the bow when you plunge into a wave, there are water drops on the camera lens and the surface of the boat gets wet as well.
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