Sailaway - The Sailing Simulator brings all the world's oceans to the comfort of your PC or Mac for you to experience the ultimate in online virtual sailing!
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Release Date:
Apr 25, 2017

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

**Sailaway is an online only game and is currently under continuous development so do expect bugs and server bumps along the way. Please only purchase the Early Access version of Sailaway if you want to be a part of making this the best sailing simulation around.**

Sailaway is a huge game in many different ways, from the immense scale of the world's oceans to the infrastructure needed to actually keep the game and features online. We are keen to ensure the game is as complete and stable as possible before we class it as ready for general sale.

Early Access is ideal for a game of Sailaway’s scale when the development team is small, this means the community will play a large role in helping to shape what the game ultimately becomes and ensures it gets the features that matter the most.

There will be bugs (which we will fix) and there will be server issues (which we will resolve) but by the end of early access period we hope to have created the ultimate sailing simulation that all can enjoy!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This all depends on the features and changes suggested by our players but we are currently looking at around 9 months or so.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Content will be the main improvement between now and the full version of Sailaway, we will be looking to expand the game in the following ways:

  • More boats
  • More tutorials
  • More challenges
  • More Events
  • Improved ingame community features
  • Improved world detail
  • Improved heightmap data for oceans

Community feedback will also help shape the final games features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The heart of Sailaway is complete and ready to play, players can sail almost anywhere in the world on a selection of different boats either alone or with friends. We fully expect there to be bumps along the way as this is still a game in development but we will be working as hard as we can to get any issues resolved as fast as reasonably possible.

Here is what you can currently expect to find in Sailaway Early Access:

  • 5 Boats – 38′ Cruiser, Mini-Transat, 52′ Classic Yacht, 52′ Cruising Catamaran, 50′ Performance Cruiser
  • Accurately modelled sails and controls
  • All the oceans of the world to sail on in real time
  • Sail online with friends - on the same boat or alongside each other
  • Real-time local, group and global chat
  • Global sailing invites - easy to find new friends to sail with!
  • Real Weather - accurately modelled weather from real world data
  • Real Waves - accurately modelled waves based on location
  • Real Water - accurately modelled water color based on location
  • Real Sky - accurately modelled day & night sky
  • Interactive world map - to plot and manage your voyages
  • A small selection of tutorials
  • A small selection of challenges

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We currently have no plans on raising the price after we exit early access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“With a small team working on the game community involvement is going to be important to ensure we can get make Sailaway the best sailing simulation available.
We know Sailing is enjoyed by many different types of people in many different ways and we understand that our players will be the same. We will be keeping a close eye on your feedback so we can adjust development plans accordingly.

We will be actively involved in speaking to the community via the Steam forums and the forums available on our own website and will be making sure we do regular game updates to show development is ongoing.

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February 20

Sailaway is leaving early access next week!

Hello Pioneers!

We're excited to announce that Sailaway: The Sailing Simulator, will leave Early Access on February 27th - that's this time next week!

The short run in Early Access allowed for major additions to be tested, balanced and tweaked before official launch and your help has been instrumental in this. Thank you all for the input and support!

During Early Access we have implemented a variety of new boats including a Nordic Folkboat, a 50-foot Performance Cruiser and even a Catamaran. Captains are also now able to customise their boats and create their own liveries in Steam Workshop, share their location between players, utilise private group chat and persistent crew chat and track their success with Steam Achievements.

We've also been working hard on some of the most requested features: Land textures and landmarks. Here is an early look:

For those of you wondering what we'd implemented during Early Access...

Here is the BIG list of changes to Sailaway during Early Access

New Boats
  • Addition of Nordic Folkboat
  • Addition of 50ft Performance Cruiser
  • Addition of Catamaran

Boat Customisation
  • Workshop access for players to create their own liveries
  • Livery customisation packs

Multiplayer Features
  • Fixes to the multicrew system
  • Addition of player created races
  • Addition of private chat groups and persistent crew chat
  • Location sharing between players
  • Addition of player information on boats
  • Performance improvements to allow large numbers of boats without crashes
  • Race Teams - Players can create and run their own teams for races.
  • Player badges for race completion

Sailing and navigation
  • Navigational lights added to the boats
  • More buoys, lighthouses and markers
  • Wave surfing simulation
  • Wind shadow simulation
  • Voyage management
  • Day/night indicator added to the map
  • Continuous improvements to ocean height map data
  • Extra visibility (actual numbers) of what the simulation is simulating.

Environmental Improvements
  • More ambient sounds
  • Increased real-time weather accuracy
  • Wildlife added to the oceans - Birds, Dolphins, Whales
  • Horizon improvements
  • Gameplay music and new audio
  • Improvements to visual elements such as shading and textures
  • Improvements to US map data

  • Addition of extra Hotkeys
  • Addition of controller support
  • Ability to view sails while accessing trim options
  • New tutorials
  • Addition of Japanese language options

  • Addition of Steam achievements
  • Improved player statistic tracking on profiles

Development will continue after we end our Early Access period as we are committed to making Sailaway the best Sailing Simulator it can be.

Let us know what you think in the comments and come join us on Twitter or Facebook for updates!

Happy Sailing,
The Sailaway Team
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February 16

Weekend Races - Sail the waters between America and Russia

Hello Pioneers,

Here are this weekend's races!

Diomede Islands Long Race
Saturday 17th February - 18:00 UTC / 19:00 CET / 11:00 PDT / (Sunday 18th) 03:00 JST
Est Distance: 110 NM
Est Time: 22 hours
Weather report: 🌦️ More detail

We're going back and forth between America and Russia via the Diomede Islands, watch out for the late storm winds!

Ibiza Medium Race
Sunday 18th February - 12:00 UTC / 13:00 CET / 05:00 PDT / 21:00 JST
Est Distance: 15 NM
Est Time: 3 hours
Weather report:⛅ More detail

A race around the western edge of the party island

Suzaka Short Race
Sunday 18th February - 04:00 UTC / 05:00 CET / (Saturday 17th) 21:00 PDT / 13:00 JST
Est Distance: 5 NM
Est Time: 50 mins
Weather report: ☁️ More detail

This week we're at the Japanese city of Suzuka.

Remember, if you don’t want to sail alone, you can look for a crew in the Multiplayer Forum, there are plenty of sailors looking for crew members or boats to sail with. Perhaps some of you more experienced sailors could team up with newbies and spread the knowledge?

Share your progress on Twitter and Facebook, and the Steam Forums - we'd love to hear what you think and how you got on!

The Sailaway Team
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About This Game

Have you ever dreamt of sailing along your favourite coastline or amongst the tropical islands of the South Pacific?

Maybe you prefer the challenge of sailing across the Southern Oceans enduring the fiercest storms they have to offer?

Or you just wish to learn to sail but have no access to a boat to do so?

With Sailaway you can do all of these things. Sailaway - The Sailing Simulator brings all the world's oceans to the comfort of your PC or Mac for you to experience the ultimate in online virtual sailing!

In Sailaway, the oceans of the planet have been recreated with unparalleled accuracy; making a trip across the Pacific take months, just as it would on a real boat. With a persistent online world, adjust your settings and your boat will continue to sail even if you aren’t online. Receive updates via email as your boat continues its progress, but don't forget to check in often – with real-time weather data pulled from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conditions can change in just a few hours.

Sailaway gives players the most realistic digital sailing experience to date with in-depth simulations of weather, wind and currents while your boat and it’s sail are modelled to give even the most experienced sailor a work-out. The early difficulty modes will let you sail away while you learn the game and then it truly comes alive when the virtual help is removed and it’s you against the forces of nature. If you’re going to beat your friends then you’ll need to plot your course and constantly monitor your sail’s shape, use any slight advantage to help you arrive first!

Sailaway includes a variety of lovingly created boats for you to sail the world in, these can all be customised in hundreds of combinations using the provided options or by uploading your own textures for that extra something special! With Steam Workshop integration you can then share these designs with other sailors to enjoy.

38′ Cruiser

A 38' cruiser with good performance. With all the trim lines a sailor would desire.


A tiny boat for experienced sailors. It sails like a dinghy and is very fast on a reach. With all the sails and trim lines you'll need.

Caribbean Rose

The beautiful lines and craftsmanship of antique boats are reflected in the Caribbean Rose. Easy to sail, with a long keel.

Cruising Catamaran

The ideal boat for exploring the Pacific Islands. Easy to sail, little heel and solid as a rock.

50' Performance Cruiser

A very fast boat, that could almost pass for a racer. For experienced sailors who know how to push a boat to the limit.

Nordic Folkboat

A small, but fierce boat with lots of character. Ideal for learning how to sail, because it only has a mainsheet and a rudder to control.

The ocean can sometimes feel like a lonely place which is why Sailaway includes plenty of ways to enjoy activities with friends and strangers alike. Real-time global, local and group chat will allow you to communicate freely with other sailors to organise your own voyages or even to just pass on sailing tips!

Invite others to your boat to help tackle the voyage ahead or if you fancy some friendly competition you can invite them along with their boat to sail alongside each other, we make it easy to share the sailing experience with others.

If competitive racing is more your thing then we also have you covered, Sailaway lets you take part in races across the globe! Record your finish times in our online leaderboards and challenge one another for the top spot.

Maybe you have the creativity to design your own races? Sailaway allows all its sailors to create races for others to compete in via its Player Created Races feature.

Sailaway has been designed to accurately simulate the wonders of sailing as realistically as possible, which means all the little details count!

Real Sail Trim

Every control you would expect to find on a real sailboat is here to use in Sailaway, you will be using sheets and trim lines to optimize the shape of your sails and gain every second you can on your journey or race.

Real Weather

The clouds, wind, fog, rain and snow are all simulated according to the real weather as provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This means you can use actual weather predictions from your favorite weather service to plan your journey.

Real Waves

Sailaway simulates the waves accurately, taking the history of wind direction and wind speed into account, as well as current, water depth and nearby islands or shallow areas. The North Sea has different waves than the Atlantic Ocean or South Pacific and each present their own set of challenges.

Real Water

The colour of the water you sail upon is affected by a great many things, from the blue of pure water to the brownish colour of muddy rivers. Sailaway adjusts water colour by depth and other influences before it renders a single drop of water to make it as realistic as possible.

Real Sky

Our ancestors navigated by the stars which 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 just like in the real world if the sky happens to be cloudy there will be nothing to see but darkness.

Real Maps

To aid navigation there is an interactive map that can zoom from world scale to small coves, displaying deep and shallow areas, rocks, buoys, lights and everything you need for a safe journey.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher (64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB of dedicated video RAM or higher; Shader Model 1.1 or higher (Laptop hardware may work but is not supported)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection required to play the game.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB of dedicated video RAM or higher; Shader Model 1.1 or higher (Laptop hardware may work but is not supported)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection required to play the game.
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