Mooney, J and Saunders, N and Habgood, M and Binns, JR, Multiple Applications of Sailing Simulation, Conference Proceedings SIMTECT 2009, 15 -19 June 2009, Adelaide, pp. 489 - 494. ISBN 0977525767 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]
The world's only ride-on sailing simulator has been produced by the Australian company Virtual Sailing
(YS) for 10 years. Over this period significant research and development has occurred. On-going R&D is
incorporated into new and retro-fitted to old simulators. During this time a number of users have owned and operated
the YS-Laser, YSail-Trainer, VSail-Aeeess and YSail-Researeher simulators showing the way for a variety of uses.
The initial intention of the YSail-Trainer was for fitness training and physiological evaluation of elite athletes. This
has shown promise with four sailors at the recent Olympics using and praising the simulator as a useful tool for
fitness training and tactics and strategy development. The YSail-Researeher has been integrated into the
undergraduate engineering course at the AMC to demonstrate the basic principles of sailing and simulation. As a
rehabilitation tool the YSail-Aeeess simulator has been used to introduce disabled people to sailing and reintroduce
sailors post accident (in Melbourne, Sydney, Miami and Auckland). A recent virtual regatta was organised by YS
with participants from Australia and the USA.
The area showing the greatest numbers of participants is in leaming to sail. Programs have been started within
Australia for pre-teenagers through to university age students to leam to sail for the first time, adding simulation to
the more traditional learning methodologies. The use of simulation in this area shows great promise for increasing
participation and retention rates for the sailing industry as a whole.