Some good ideas to keep you warm this winter. Here are some sailing simulators I play around with
when I am at work
when it's below zero out side, or otherwise nasty.
: Virtual Sailor 7
I keep coming back to this one. Graphics are not as spectacular as Virtual Skipper, but it is very relaxing.
: Virtual Skipper 5
Even Virtual Skipper 4 - a real power simulator. Pure regatta, so don't go expecting long cruises around the danish fjords like in Virtual Sailor. This is an excellent
program to practice your regatta starts and keep fresh with strategies during the winter. You can play over the internet against others that you invite to your regatta too
: Virtual Regatta
This is a huge success in France. It is not a true "simulator" of sorts, but it's still fun
You 'take part' in real regattas, sailing against others. Not really sailing, but kinda neat.
* http://www.sailsimulator.com/ Sail Simulator
Looks promising. I have not tried the latest version (5), but the older version was pretty good. Not as intuitive as the others though.
* Posy Yacht Design
has a bunch at http://www.poseysail.com/
They are so ugly their mother would not even love them, but they have the advantage being more technical than the others. Good for training I suppose, but really hard to look at after a while.
But when all is said and done: I practice regatta strategy on Virtual Skipper, and I zone out and relax with Virtual Sailor.In most of the games, you are able to select your boat type, and you can usually always find one that comes close to yours. If not, you can even design your own under Virtual Sailor.