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Our #1 Rated Sailing App Has Been Updated!

We also just released our NEW Catamaran Challenge App!

Learn to pilot a catamaran and explore the virtual sea!

A cutting-edge gaming app designed as a fun learning aid to help illustrate the principles of sailing in a rich interactive and entertaining format. Ideal for those students studying for their ASA 101 certification. Or for any old salt looking for a challenge without getting wet!

  • Five Star Rating

    Great app for young & old to learn the mechanics of sailing...

    review by David Dear – Oct 10, 2017

  • Five Star Rating

    Really helps you to visualize various points of sail...

    review by PTnCT – Oct 5, 2017

  • Five Star Rating

    Very good learning tool!

    review by Von Allan – Oct 21, 2017

  • Five Star Rating

    Think I am hooked and ready to go play on the real water!

    review by whypanic88 – Oct 7, 2017

The latest version of ASA's Sailing Challenge App features:

New Boats! Dolphins! New Awards! And More!

Sailing Challenge Cruising Boat

In addition to the day sailor you can now take the helm of a cruising monohull!

Benteau’s Oceanis 35.1 combines performance and comfort at sea. Featuring twin rudders, a mast positioned further aft, and optimized sail plans, the hull offers incredible stability underway - have fun sailing her!

Sailing Challenge Beach Catamaran

Try something a little different and take the helm of beach catamaran!

Multihulls have been around for thousands of years, but the beach cat is a relatively new twist that’s all about being fast and fun!

Sailing Challenge Dolphin

Enjoy watching the wildlife while you’re learning to sail!

Dolphins are intelligent, friendly mammals that love to play with sailboats. You can now go sailing with a pod of dolphins that will chase you around the course!

Sailing Challenge Awards

New awards that will challenge you to learn more and sail faster!

Think you know your points of sail? Can you complete the points of sail test without making any mistakes AND do it in less than 45 seconds? It’s harder than you think!


Get ready to experience Sailing Challenge like you never have before - on the large screen of your desktop computer!
Now the Sailing Challenge App is available on more devices. Whether you want to sail on your iPhone while waiting in line at the post office, or on your Android tablet on the commuter train, or on your Windows laptop while flying somewhere exotic, or even just your iMac at home - Sailing Challenge is available for your enjoyment in all these places and more!

Sailing Challenge Devices
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Learn To Be A Better Sailor!

Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in the digital education field with ASA’s experience in teaching sailing to create a game that allows players to climb aboard, take control of the tiller in one hand and the mainsheet in the other, and sail off on a virtual sea of fun.

Points of Sail

To become a sailor you need to understand the points of sail - the orientation of the boat relative to the wind. This module first teaches you the points of sail before testing your knowledge with a fun game. If you think you're already a master then try our challenge mode!

Apparent Wind

This module illustrates apparent wind - the combination of true wind and the wind effect of motion as felt aboard a moving sailboat. Players are able to turn the boat onto different points of sail, as well as adjust the speed of the wind, in order to see the changes in apparent wind.


Everytime the boat's angle to the wind changes, the sail trim should change too. In this module the player learns how to trim the sail for maximum efficiency on the different points of sail.

Tacking & Jibing

To reach a destination directly upwind you have to sail a zig zag course. This module teaches the player how to tack back and forth in order to achieve that goal. The second half of the module deals with jibing.

Right of Way

The rules that apply on the high seas are the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). This module introduces some common scenarios encountered when sailing.


Approaching a dock under sail can be one of the most intimidating parts of learning to sail. In this module players can experience different docking scenarios and understand the principles involved so they can dock perfectly every time!

You can then put it all together by racing the clock in the Sailing module >!

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5 Exciting & Challenging Sailing Levels...

Marina Tour

Marina Tour

The classic (and very popular) Marina Tour course takes you on a sailing adventure as you sail into the marina and back out again! With some technical upwind sailing that takes you close to the beach, as well as challenging downwind sailing that tests your knowledge of VMG!

BVI Tour

Explore the tropical waters of the British Virgin Islands. Discover landmarks like the Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock & dream about your next bareboat charter! This is also a great course to take the Beach Catamaran out for a sail!

Tacking Master Course

Tacking a sailboat is slow! Navigate around the docks and mooring fields on this course while trying to minimize the number of tacks needed to get to the finish!

Night Sailing Course

Are you ready to sail at night? Follow the lighted navigation buoys into the harbor - remember “red right returning”! Then round the buoy and sail back to the same place you started!

Island Tour

Island Tour

Explore the tropical waters of the BVI course. Discover landmarks like the Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock & dream about your next bareboat charter!

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Earn Awards

You can now earn awards by completing each learning module and sailing course!
Are you good enough to collect all the awards? It's harder than you think, and just like real sailing, it'll take some practice!

Make No Mistakes

You've got to be perfect to earn awards on the learning modules! No mistakes!

Beat The Clock

Don't let the timer run out... you've got to get the right answer and you've got to get it quick!

Pick Up Stars

On the sailing courses you're going to have to explore every nook and cranny to find the stars hidden around the course!

Gameplay Features To Make Sailing More Fun

Tiller vs Wheel

Choose to drive your boat with a tiller or a wheel! If you're a veteran of Sailing Challenge you're going to have fun relearning how to sail with a tiller - it's harder than you think!

Camera Controls

Change the camera angle while you're sailing. Zoom out to see the big picture, or rotate the camera to check your tacking angles.

Challenge Your Friends

Nothing like a little something to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone! Post your fastest sailing times on social media and challenge your friends to see if they can beat your fastest time!

Amazing Sailing Realism...

Multiple Sails

The sails on all the boats include a main sail and a jib that behave realistically depending on the angle of the wind.

Accurate Polars

The behavior of the boats are based on real world polars. Maximize your efficiency by trimming your sails and see how fast the boat can go!

Realistic Boat Wake

Just like a real boat, as soon as you start to move, the boat puts out a realistic wake enhancing the sense of speed. Now all you need to do is play in front of a fan so you can feel the wind!

Use Your Sailing Skills & Race Against The Clock

The Sailing Challenge App includes a Sailing module with five sailing courses.

Use the skills you've learned in the game and navigate your way around the course in record time!

“This is not just a game, it is a brand new way to learn and retain the fundamentals of sailing.”

Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board

Sailing Challenge - Marina Tour
Navigate your way into the marine before turning around and sailing back out. Look out for the rocky break walls and sandy beaches.
Marina Tour Leaderboard
Time Name
1m 36s George Matus
Aspiring Sailor
1m 37s Tom Hartogs
Racing La Vagabonde!
1m 38s Daniel Moreira
Charter Cook
1m 41s Jordan Collinet
Learning the Lines
1m 42s Robert Pogue
Rail Meat
1m 42s Peter Isler
Two Time America's Cup Winner
1m 43s Courtney Stone
Sailing Enthusiast
1m 44s Patrick Sullivan
1m 45s Layne Zuelke
Captain SV Gambit
1m 46s Scotty Dickson
Match Racing Champion

Submit Your Time

The Story Behind The Sailing Challenge App

For help creating the Sailing Challenge App, ASA turned to longtime sailing enthusiast, visionary and founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell worked with ASA to develop this breakthrough educational video sailing game, using a teaching technique Bushnell refers to as “gamefication”. He says, “ASA’s Sailing Challenge combines video gaming technology and educational software, incorporating real brain science in a way that will fundamentally change how people learn how to sail.

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