Since 2 November, the virtual skippers signed up to LiveSkipper, the official game of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, have been competing tirelessly with the real skippers taking part in the race.
Real and virtual, a close-run race!
Congratulations to Caktus, the virtual winner of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe in the Ultime category, who finished the race a little more than 3 hours ahead of the great real performance of Loïc Peyron.
Caktus commented: “Bravo to Loïc Peyron for his great win (but also for having arrived first at buoy 2 in all the virtuals . . . it is normal that we go faster with our GPS at 0.5° spatial resolution, and no coastal effects for us).”
At 3.00pm, 88 virtual skippers in the Ultime category had already reached Pointe-à-Pitre, out of the more than 50 000 virtual skippers signed up for the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.
For the IMOCAs, the race is still in progress! The first virtual arrivals are expected at the end of the week, around Thursday.
“I salute the incredible record of Loïc Peyron and congratulate our player Caktus. The arrival of the real and virtual skippers within a hair’s breadth demonstrates the accuracy of the simulation model and the realism of LiveSkipper,” said Sylvie Clin, Director of BeTomorrow.
When virtual becomes real
Since the start of the race, LiveSkipper has brought together a good number of diverse and varied initiatives to do with sailing, through the LiveSkipper forums but also in “real life”:
– creation of a grant for teams to find real skippers and crew,
– schoolchildren took part in the race as a learning tool to understand sailing,
– a LiveSkipper put on a video performance about the game, full of humour,
– thirty partners and supporters of Pierrick TOLLEMER, who took part in the real race, decided to take part by signing up to LiveSkipper,
– real encounters between players with a shared passion.
A torrent of air tickets for real transatlantic holidays!
Each day since the start of the race and until 16 November, Air Caraïbes organised LiveSkipper/the winning moment: air tickets offered to players who signed up to LiveSkipper. There are already several happy LiveSkipper winners who will have the chance to fly from Paris to Pointe-à-Pitre.
“I am delighted, it is incredible and I didn’t believe it! When I got the mail asking for my details I found it difficult to believe, but now that you have called me I have really taken it in! (. . .) I came to LiveSkipper on the occasion of the Route du Rhum, but this is not my first virtual crossing. I find that LiveSkipper is user friendly and easy to get used to, and it is really enjoyable,” wrote the first winner, Gaël Hazo