eSail Sailing Simulator is an authentic yacht sailing experience with numerous tutorials, sailing, mooring and anchoring modes, charting, challenges, races, Live Sailing mode, 'Learn Yachting with eSail' training course and more.
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Positive (39) - 92% of the 39 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 27, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“eSail already offers a comprehensive simulation and learning platform for virtual sailing and boat handling with numerous tutorials and challenges.

With the help of the Steam community we can now learn what users really want from this product. Do we add more fun stuff, sail trim, sailing races or technical challenges? Or increase the realism?

We'd love you to be part of shaping this future development - our aim is to make eSail the best sailing simulator on the market!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“About one year, but this will very much depend on the feedback received.”

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

“The full version will probably include extra content such as additional tutorials and challenges and more realism. In addition there will be further navigation tools.

The exact features to be added will be guided by user feedback. Tutorials are very much seen as the core of eSail (rather than a necessary evil!) and already there are enough tutorials to really learn to sail a small yacht.

But we really need to understand how users want to expand their virtual sailing experience. Do you want more technical detail or to do more with the current system such as races, fun stuff and exploring new parts of the world.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All the features in 'About this game' have been implemented although night sailing will be greatly assisted when we add further navigation tools.

It has been Beta tested for several months and is stable but expect some bugs.”

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

“We expect to increase the price but this will be decided at the time.”

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

“We are looking for all types of feedback from feature requests to bug reports. Please do try the simulation and let us know your thoughts.

The feedback from the community will be absolutely critical in shaping the development. We will endeavour to update frequently so you can see how your feedback is helping create the world's best sailing simulator!”
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October 13

New version of eSail for Windows and Mac

Today we have released a new version of eSail Sailing Simulator with new trim controls and 2 new tutorials. There is also a new race - the East Shearwater Drag Race.

A full list of changes can be found here:

eSail v1.3 includes a voice over for the Sail Depth and Sail Trim tutorials by the fantastic Hannah White who in 2015 became the Guinness World Records holder for the fastest crossing of the English Channel in a single-handed dinghy by doing so in 3 hours, 44 minutes and 39 seconds.

NOTE: Thank you to all Beta testers. The Beta challenge have been removed from leaderboards but are still saved on your local machines.

The Mac version is performing well. We have noticed that the mouse scroll is rather fast. In the next update we will give more options to customise all your controls, so this will be improved then.
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September 26

NEW eSail BETA for Windows and Mac

You can now try out and contribute to the latest update of eSail with this new Beta (1.2.2031)!

This version has new trim controls - travellers, outhaul and backstay as well as many other enhancements and bug fixes. There are also 2 new tutorials on Sail Depth and Sail Twist.

The boat handling has also changed a little - for instance we now factor in hull displacement better, so as your speed increases drag increases exponentially. This gives top speeds of around 8 knots which is realistic for this type of boat. For that reason new (sailing) challenge results will go into new leaderboards. Don't worry - your old results will still be available to view! NOTE: The new leaderboards may be cleared when the update goes on general release.

Now you can run eSail on Mac too. As with Windows, controller support is limited (although is being developed rapidly right now for the following update).

You feedback will be really important - especially on the sailing races - making sure we have the boat at the right level against the competition. Please put any comments (positive and negative!) into the new BETA discussion forum.

NOTE 1: splash screen resolution dialog is for testing only - please ignore.
NOTE 2: voice over will be added to new tutorials before full release.
NOTE 3: you can easily change back to the current version if you want to (until full release).

To install the BETA:
1) In your Steam client, right click on eSail Sailing Simulator (in the list on the left). On Mac CTRL click.

2) Click on 'Properties'.

3) Click on the 'BETAS' tab and select 'beta -' from the dropdown list.

4) If you don't see the beta in the list, log out of Steam then back in - this should refresh the list.
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“Quite simply this is the most technically accurate sailing simulator I have experienced. This alone can teach you all the jargon, the procedures and best practices for real life sailing. Excellent A*”
A* – Sim UK

“Have you ever wanted to own a sail boat but could never afford one? Here is your chance to experience awesome world of sailing. Awesome graphics and game play. 1000s of hours of fun!”
Games without Borders

“As well as being a great learning tool, and great reminder for skippers and crew who only get occasional opportunities to sail, it's great fun in its own right and provides the opportunity to get a sailing 'fix' whenever you have a spare 15-20 minutes.”
Practical Boat Owner

About This Game

With eSail you learn how to raise the mainsail, tack, gybe, reef the sails, moor and anchor the boat. It’s not just a sailing game, it’s a fully featured sailing simulation that should leave you with some understanding of how to pilot a real yacht once you master it.

Once you have learnt the ropes you set out into the open waters surrounding the Shearwater Islands and seek out features such as the wreck of the Princess Zara and the Temple of False Hope. You can also take on challenges, such as sailing races, treasure hunts, passage planning and collision avoidance in obstacle courses.


  • Live Sailing mode with continually changing weather and sea conditions.
  • 'Learn Yachting with eSail' - a comprehensive training course with 17 learning modules.
  • 15 challenges including Know Your Boat, Bear Island Race, Little Venice Treasure Hunt (sail through canals), collision avoidance and passage planning exercises.
  • Charting module which enables a course to be plotted using dividers and other charting tools.
  • Night Sailing - using the chart and the lights from buoys and lighthouses to navigate.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or above
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card - NVIDIA GeForce, AMD Radeon etc.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Sierra or above
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Sierra or above
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card
    • Storage: 650 MB available space

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