Sailaway brings all the world's oceans to the comfort of your PC or Mac for you to experience the most accurate simulation of sailing you can find anywhere!
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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 6 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:

  • 3 Boats - 38' Cruiser, Mini-Transat, 52' Classic Yacht
  • 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.

Website: http://www.sailawaysimulator.com
Blog: http://www.sailawaysimulator.com/blog/
Forum: http://www.sailawaysimulator.com/forums/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailawayworld
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sailawayworld/
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July 12

Update V0.9010 - The first wave of visual updates are now live!

Hello Pioneers,

Work has been ongoing over the last few weeks to start to polish up the visuals of Sailaway, this update starts to introduce some of that work while the rest continues development. It also has a whole bunch of bug fixes!



Improvements:
  • The boat camera is now upright when you orbit around the boat
  • The input fields in the ‘About me’ tab of the user profile have been merged into one field that allows more text.
  • The bow and stern spray particles have been improved
  • The shader for the underwater part of the hull has been improved
  • There is more nuance in the base sky color which makes the sky a deeper blue
  • A new lens flare for the sun and the moon
  • Clouds have more depth
  • Sea foam has been improved and made more random
  • The waves had a straight line of foam at their tips, which is now gone and more realistic
  • The shadow of the boat on the water has been improved
  • The irregular surface of the ocean is now constantly changing and more realistic
  • The normals of the water surface have been tweaked for a more realistic appearance
  • The video settings for Anti-Alias and Depth of Field have been separated

New Features:
  • New livery for the Mini Transat
  • All boats (except the Mini Transat) now have a configurable country flag at the stern
  • You can also place your nation's flag in your sails in any size or shape you like
  • The camera will now automatically focus on what you are looking at (can be switched off in the Video settings)
  • Added a color correction filter that will make a bright day more vivid and will desaturate on cloudy days or at night (can be switched off in the Video settings)
  • The main menu has background music - Until now Sailaway has not had any soundtrack so this menu music is our first chance to get feedback from players on if they would like more music in the game, please let us know!

In addition to these improvements we have also fixed the following issues:
  • Crew members could not see the race buoys or participate in the race chat channel
  • Waves would make sudden jumps or drops every now and then (not 100% fixed yet, but a whole lot better)
  • Terrain beyond sky horizon was dark
  • The boat scale of the boat name on the cruiser was incorrect
  • Moon phases were incorrect
  • The name of the next tutorial was not localized
  • When changing sails in the trim tab the chat box will no longer open
  • The catamaran lines now have their sounds back!
  • Some tutorials had lost their localized text
  • The on-screen water droplets are now back!
  • On lower resolutions you could not scroll to the next page to select boats on the second page (which is why some people could not find the catamaran)
  • Sun lens flare was not always aligned with the sun
  • The shader that painted the boat name had incorrect lighting
  • You could see the water projected on some parts of the hull of the Cruiser and the Caribbean Rose
  • Lighthouses would sometimes appear high in the sky
  • The sea reflection camera had incorrect clear flags which would sometimes cause a part of the sea to have a black reflection
As always If you have a bug you'd like to report, please follow the guide for 'how to report a bug' and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy sailing,
The Sailaway Team

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July 7

Weekend Races - This week's long race has you heading into a storm, be prepared!

Hello Pioneers,

Here are this weekend's races!

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?

Long Race

Andreanof Islands Long Race
Saturday 8th July – 03:00 BST / 04:00 CEST / 19:00 PDT (Friday 7th) / 11:00 JST
Est. Race Distance: 130NM
Est. Race Time: 26 hours
Boat: Sailaway Cruiser
Weather report:☁️ https://on.windy.com/94ql

A big storm is moving south of these islands, watch what the weather is doing and choose when to drop into it.
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Medium Race

Isla Javier Medium Race
Sunday 9th July – 21:00 BST / 22:00 CEST / 13:00 PDT / 05:00 JST
Est. Race Distance: 15NM
Est. Race Time: 3 Hours
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: 🌦️ https://on.windy.com/94ti

Race around the Chilean Island of Javier. The channel to the south of the island may look inviting but it is very shallow - you have been warned!



Short Race

AberdeenShort Race
Sunday 9th July – 13:00 BST / 05:00 PDT / 14:00 CEST / 21:00 JST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: 🌧️ https://on.windy.com/9596

Take on the competition off the coast of Scotland.


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

Enjoy and safe sailing!
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 lets you explore the world's oceans in the comfort of your own home, on PC or Mac, in the most accurate simulation of sailing you can find anywhere!



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!



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.



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 effected 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX®9 compliant video card or greater, 1 GB video RAM or higher, Shader Model 1.1 or higher (Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are 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.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTS 450-class (Intel HD 4000)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection required to play the game.
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