Yachting probably isn't a sport which many people would consider when it comes to a computer game, but the real sport has seen somewhat of a popularity surge during the past few years, with the likes of Ellen MacArthur helping to boost the awareness of the pastime, and the activities which are usually only experienced by the rich and famous.


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As can be seen from the screenshots on this page, there's some highly impressive water effects, with both realistic wave effects, reflections from light sources including the sun, moon and other boats lights, and water which foams upon hitting rocks - almost enough to make you feel sea sick.

Complex sea physics have been developed to accurately represent those which you'd find in the real locations, and your crew all react like real people carrying out their tasks which include tacking, gibing, accelerating and even overturning your craft.


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Nautical action takes place in several popular Yachting locations, which will see you sailing around the Needles at the Western tip of the Isle of Wight and up the Solent for your own mini-Cowes Week style sailing experience, or head for locations such as the South of France, Porto Cervo off the coast of Italy, Auckland, Sydney, and San Francisco Bay.

If testing your skills in some of the worlds most tricky stretches of water isn't enough then you can use the course editor to make your own. Virtual Skipper 3 isn't just a single player offline experience either, as you can go online to challenge other players over the internet and even take part in regattas, where you can show off your abilities, or simply watch the action taking place.


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Virtual Skipper 3 is due to make a splash on the PC from November 28th, priced at 29.99 and published by Digital Jesters.