The first Swiss eSailing Champion has been crowned at Windweek in Brunnen, Switzerland.
The victory went to Arnaud Simonet aka Stripes from Münchenstein with Oliver Weber, aka Nessie’ and Arno Schneider, aka Konfluentia Helvetiæ following in second and third.
Seven finalists from all over Switzerland competed live in Brunnen (SZ) at an exciting event in front of Windweek visitors.
With its strong attendance, the Brunnen Windweek offered the best imaginable stage for the final, presented by Aon, Swiss Sailing partner. The virtual water plan of the Swiss eSailing Championship was located in Marseille, where the sailing area of the 2024 Olympic Games will be located.
The final was sailed using J70s which was anything but a coincidence as the Swiss J70 Championship was taking place on Lake Thun.
The seven finalists first competed in six qualifying rounds. After these six races, the journey came to a halt for Jan Lauper, aka SUI90, as the top six advance to the Medal Race.
The national title of eSailing was to awarded to the winner of the Medall race in a winner takes all format.
Stripes took the victory and as a result was crowned Swiss eSailing Champion.
Stripes, 50-years-old, is a professional navigator in real world sailing and expertly converted his skills in the digital setting. “I grew up in a family of sailors and I have a license to sail on the high seas in addition to the inland navigation,” commented Stripes.
Simonet chose the name “Stripes” because it was that of his last boat, an X-99, and said he enjoyed the sporting and fair play aspect during the final, “I found it nice to finally know the people behind these anonymous boats. Others could have also earned this victory.”
Runner-up Nessie is also a real-life navigator. He coaches the juniors of Segelclub Stäfa. He said, “I hope my second place can help motivate my juniors to participate in the Swiss eSailing Championship again next year.”
Schneider (Konfluentia Helvetiæ) is a passionate about orienteering and has no expert sailing knowledge but mastered the gameplay to fight amongst the best. “It was really interesting to finally discover the faces of other players, who we normally know only by a nickname, in other words their player name,” he concluded.
The new format has been well received by both participants and partners. A member of Aon’s management, Cyril Sennhauser, was also on hand and greatly appreciated the event, “As the world leader in risk and insurance management, we are always very attracted by new trends. The theme of eSport is a social trend with a great future. And since we are already a sponsor partner of Swiss Sailing, it seemed obvious to us to also be involved in sailing in the field of eSports.”