eSail has now been updated to Version 1.4.2. This update has a minor fix to prevent reefing lines becoming jammed.
Meanwhile work on opening up new sailing areas to the North of Shearwater Island is progressing well and we should start testing next week. Internal testing and Beta testing will take several weeks and of course Beta testers will be the first to get the new POIs!
This new update has been created to improve reefing performance. In the current release it can be difficult to get the mainsail tight when it is being held down by the reefing lines, which can cause problems with the Reefing tutorial in particular.
I would very much appreciate feedback - please report any issues or confirm the improvement (hopefully!)
Thank you to steveelliott4646 for reporting the issue.
P.S. If you have a moment please visit this video by Gregory Ball - a fellow eSailor who has created this beautiful atmospheric music and video of Dawn at Shearwater Bay
We are pleased to announce that today we have taken eSail out of Early Access and published it as a full release. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed with their feedback and ideas to get us to this point.
So what now? Well the good news is the development does not stop here. We have lots more planned with a new sailing area coming next. That will be followed by some exciting new sailing features coming in the second half of the year.
We look forward to the next chapter in the eSail story!
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.
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.