Denmark launch 2021 eSailing National Championship

The Danish Sailing Union launched their eSailing National Championship for 2021 on 1 February.

The race is on for Danish eSailors – the ten best players will qualify directly for the PlayOffs, where 800 eSailors from all over the world will compete for one of the six places at the eSailing World Championship final.

This is the second eSailing National Championship held by Denmark, following the recognition of eSailing as an independent discipline by the Danish Sailing Union in 2019

Christian Lerche, director of the Danish Sailing Union, said, “eSailing is a growing sport, and as an association, we see a unique opportunity to be able to activate even more sailors in our communities through eSports.

“It is obvious for our sailing clubs to use the time during the coronavirus pandemic to introduce eSailing amongst their members, and the launch of our National Championship is a perfect opportunity to get started.”

Before rankings officialy start, the Danish Sailing Union will hold a kick-off event on 4 February at 20:30 local time. Five races are scheduled, with the most talented eSailors progressing to the Medal Race.

The event is a good opportunity to test form prior to the official rankings, believes Lukas Mohr, 2020 Danish eSailing National Champion.

The captain of the Danish team in the 2020 eSailing Nations Cup, and number 38 on the overall world rankings last year, is looking forward to competing on the virtual water again with many other Danish eSailors.

“The World Championship format looks very promising this year, with more focus on the eSailor,” he said.

“Last year, you had to sail every single day until September if you wanted to be at the top of the rankings, where this year it is only a few days a week. In addition, it will also be great to see how the other Danish sailors do in the international competitions that are held during the year.”

In the eSailing World Championship, there is more than just the title at stake. The world’s best eSailor can go home with just over DKK 60,000 in prize money by winning the World Championship title at the end of the year.