Tacticat,a small internet application allows racing boats around the buoys against other sailors or robots. It is free, and created and supported by cat sailors.
Unlike other very good sailing simulators, Tacticat is focused on Tactics and Rules . And has no nice graphics.
Regatas are open 24x7 and sailors for all over the world meet to race standard fleet races, team races or match races.
If you want to give it a try:
- Please read the read-me first and the FAQ before sailing.
- Try the training and starts fields to get the feeling of the boat.
Remember that you are not steering the boat. Just giving orders by radio to the skipper.
User interface has been kept to minimum.
- Enter to tack and gybe
- UP and DOWN arrows to luff and bear off
- And the most important Key: The space bar to ask the skipper to steer closehauled or broadreach according to the telltales.
We just opened an AUS server to give Oz sailors a better response time.
Many of you have already tried Tacticat [http://www.tacticat.com] and some are actively participating on the on-line regattas and events.
In the last months we've added new boat types (skiffs and keelboats), team and match races and tools to replay and analyze a race.
UK sailing community has become the first by number of sailors (not yet on the rakings, still dominated by USA and CAN )
The next months we're hosting some important events:
- National championships (UK, USA, CAN, AUS, ...), a Velocitek SC-1 unit for each winner.
- Team league
- Match Racing masters.
You're welcome to try. Tacticat is a free-for-sailors technical tool (and also an on-line game). Only requirements: to have an Internet Connection and Java installed in your computer (go to www.java.com to install if you don't have it).
Good topic to learn.
I thought it was just me and spent an hour just surfing the site and left more confused than ever. I believe tacktics are best learnt out on the wet stuff.