Update V.0.9007 – New Voyage Management Options!

Hello Pioneers!

Here are this week’s patch notes. The main focus of this patch, as the title suggests, is voyage management. Do let us know what you think of the new features! You can see the full list of changes in the patch notes below.

Also, a quick thank you to everyone who has taken part in our weekend races so far! There will be more announced tomorrow.

Thanks to Kiwi Mace for the Koh Samui Long Race footage below!

Patch V.0.9007

New Features
New Voyage Management

  • You can now manually toggle waypoints as complete on a voyage by clicking the little dot that appears next to them.
  • You can lock your laid out voyage on the map so that it can’t be accidentally dragged when scrolling the map
  • Voyages can now be saved to the new voyages menu that allows you store and manage your trips.

Here’s a look a the new voyage buttons on the map:

Other Additions

  • A new tutorial called Telltales – This tutorial explains what the “little flapping things”on your sail are for.
  • Players can now view their sails while trimming by using the Q/E keys to cycle through the lines and then adjusting them with the W/S keys

Improvements

  • Improved visibility when adjusting sail trim

Fixes

  • Tactical view is back.
  • Improved Japanese text size in places it was super small
  • Fixed issue with v-sync disabling when Sailaway lost focus

If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Thanks for the continued support!

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

Weekend Races – Explore the magical islands around Koh Samui, Thailand, and earn a race completion badge!

Hello Pioneers!

Here are this weekend’s races! These races will appear in the main menu when you launch Sailaway.

We’re trialling different time zones and locations to include as many of our players as possible. There will be more added soon! Also you may have noticed that you can now earn badges for races completed – the first of the long race badges can be earned this weekend.

Remember, if you don’t want to sail alone, you can look for a crew in the Multiplayer Forum, there are plenty of sailors looking for crew members or boats to sail with. Perhaps some of you more experienced sailors could team up with newbies and spread the knowledge?

 

Long Races

 

Koh Samui Islands Long Race

Saturday 27th May – 03:00 BST /19:00 (Friday 26th) PDT / 04:00 CEST
Est. Race Distance: 140NM
Est. Race Time: 23 hours
Boat: Sailaway Cruiser
Weather report: ⛅ https://on.windy.com/31da

Race around the magical islands around Koh Samui, Thailand. There’s a Regatta there this weekend in the real world so pop over if you’re nearby!
Badge:

 

Short Races

 

Koh Samui Short Race

Sunday 28th May – 05:00 BST / 21:00 PDT (Sat 21st) / 06:00 CEST / 13:00 JST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: ⛅ https://on.windy.com/3199

Join the fun at the Thai island of Ko Samui. There is a Regatta there this weekend so if you’re in the area why no pop over!

Constanta Short Race

Sunday 28th May – 13:00 BST / 05:00 PDT / 14:00 CEST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: ☀️ https://on.windy.com/31ad

Take on the competition in the Black Sea, near the Romanian city of Constanta.

St Kitts Short Race

Sunday 28th May – 21:00 BST / 13:00 PDT / 22:00 CEST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: 🌦️ https://on.windy.com/31bv

Have a rum old time in the Caribbean, off the coast of St Kitts and Nevis.

Share your progress on Twitter and Facebook, and the Steam Forums – we’d love to hear what you think and how you got on!

 

Enjoy and safe sailing!

The Sailaway Team

Update V.0.9006 – Improvements to the community features!

Hello Pioneers!

This week’s patch not only brings in Japanese language support but focuses on improving community features such as leader boards, chat and groups.

You can see the full list of changes in the patch notes below:

Patch V.0.9006

New features

  • Japanese Language is now a language option in Sailaway!
  • Added private/invite only groups so you can chat with your friends and invite them to your crew.
  • Added a function to invite someone to your private group (also to public groups but only the owner can do that)
  • You can now show your location to other sailors by typing \pos in the chat window. Your location will appear on the map.
  • Added persistent crew chat

Improvements

  • Chat has been expanded with the ability to show off any badges you have received from completing challenges. In your profile you will notice a badge tab that allows you to customise what badge appears next to your name in chat, and will appear on your boat.
  • Sailaway will now inform all players via chat that a race is about to start
  • After reports of bad behaviour in the chat channel we have implemented a stronger swear filter. This has also been applied to boat naming and usernames. If you are repeatedly triggering the swear filter, you will be subject to a chat channel ban and the length of this ban will be increased with the number of violations.
  • Leaderboards are now shown in-game for past races plus challenges that have them.

Fixes

  • Fixed chat focus being lost when the helping hand is working.

Thanks for the continued support!

Happy Sailing,
The Sailaway Team

 


The Sailaway transition to Steam has begun

Hello Pioneers,

With today’s game update we have begun the transition previously mentioned to move all Sailaway players over to Steam.

We will be adding a Steam key to all existing accounts that have previously purchased Sailaway via this site and you will be able to find this in the My Products page of your account. Should you not see your Steam key here please contact the support team via the contact page and we will help.

For players that have never used Steam before you can find a guide on using it here: https://www.sailawaysimulator.com/steam/
T
his guide will explain how to install the Steam client, how to create a Steam account and how to redeem your Steam key.

Progress will be carried over to your Steam account, when you first login to the Steam version of the game you will see this screen:

Existing players need to use the login panel on the right hand side as this will link your current account progress with your Steam account.

If anyone encounters any issues with this process please get in contact with the support team and we will do our best to get any issues resolved as fast as we can.

Thanks,

The Sailaway Team


Weekend Races – Challenge yourself in the 32 hour race to Eureka or try one of these three short races

Hello Pioneers!

Here are this weekend’s races, complete with weather and wind forecasts! These races will appear in the main menu when you launch Sailaway.

Remember, if you don’t want to sail alone, you can look for a crew in the Multiplayer Forum, there are plenty of sailors looking for crew members or boats to sail with. Perhaps some of you more experienced sailors could team up with newbies and spread the knowledge?

 


Long Races

 

Eureka Long Race

Saturday 20th May – 19:00 BST /11:00 PDT / 20:00 CEST
Est. Race Distance: 195NM
Est. Race Time: 32 hours
Boat: Sailaway Cruiser
Weather report: ⛈️ https://on.windy.com/2at4

Race from San Francisco to the City of Eureka. There’s meant to be a big storm so pack your waterproofs!

 

Short Races

 

Okinawa Short Race

Sunday 21st May – 05:00 BST / 21:00 PDT (Sat 21st) / 06:00 CEST / 13:00 JST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: ⛅ https://on.windy.com/2art

Sail your hardest off the shore of Okinawa.

Linosa Island Short Race

Sunday 21st May – 13:00 BST / 05:00 PDT / 14:00 CEST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: ☀️ https://on.windy.com/2arr

Enjoy the Mediterranean sun near the beautiful island of Linosa.

Havana Short Race

Sunday 21st May – 21:00 BST / 13:00 PDT / 22:00 CEST
Est. Race Distance: 4NM
Est. Race Time: 30mins
Boat: Mini Transat
Weather report: 🌤️ https://on.windy.com/2arl

Take on your friends off the coast of Cuba.

Share your progress on Twitter and Facebook, and the Steam Forums – we’d love to hear what you think and how you got on!

Enjoy and safe sailing!

The Sailaway Team

Moving Sailaway to Steam

Hello Pioneers,

When we first decided to put Sailaway on sale we made the decision to both support the game via Steam and direct through a stand-alone installer so that we could cater for all potential customer types we might receive in the sailing and gaming world alike.

In theory this was a good plan but it has become apparent over the last couple of weeks that creating 2x PC and 2x Mac versions with every new release is both a lot of work and more importantly a slow process for anyone not on the Steam version.

Non-Steam users are all well aware of the frustration of having to download 3GB(PC)/8GB(MAC) versions each time we release a new version of the game, this current system is unwieldy for players and ourselves.  

Steam users however typically get automatic small updates of maybe a couple of megabytes due to how it only updates changed files, this is much faster for everyone involved and allows us to fix issues critical issues much faster.

So what does this mean? Well, after much discussion we have decided that it makes good sense to ask all players to move over to the Steam version of the game so that we can support and update everyone equally under one version of the game.

This means anyone that has so far purchased the non-Steam version of the game will be provided with a Steam key that will allow them to add the game to their Steam account and we are working to ensure that any current progress will be carried over once you start the game via Steam.

We need a bit of time to get all of this in place but thought you should know these plans ahead of time.

Steam has many great features outside of faster automatic updates, it also supports various community features such as sharing of screenshots, guides and has integrated forums that are all accessible while playing the game, if you haven’t taken a look already it is worth having a look at the Sailaway hub: http://steamcommunity.com/app/552920.

For any users who do not know what Steam is we would suggest you check it out at: http://store.steampowered.com/about/ and even maybe make a free account while you are there in preparation.  We will be providing a step-by-step guide on how you do this later so don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense to you right now.

As always your feedback is welcome, we know this could be a big change for some people so please do comment below with any thoughts.

Thanks,

The Sailaway Team


Patch V.0.9005 is now live!

Hello Pioneers!

We have a mixture of bug fixes and improvements for you this week. After taking part in the Back to Robinson’s Island race last week, we noticed that there were a couple of racing features that we could add to make it more fun to sail with a crew! Let us know what you think of these changes in the forums.

You can see the full list of changes in the patch notes below:

 

Patch V.0.9005

Fixes

  • Fixed chat focus being lost when the helping hand is working.
  • Sun rays are now blocked by land masses.
  • Sun rays should now be a bit less blue.
  • Small fixes to tool tip and waypoint behaviour.
  • Improvements to the map to reduce the white map issue.

 

Improvements

  • Improved buoy crossing detection.
  • When starting a race that allows offline sailing the game will now ask before replacing existing waypoints.
  • UI should now hide when you take a screenshot ingame.
  • Voyage waypoints are now auto-saved quicker.
  • Enhanced the water level computation algorithm which should make the boat less prone to dive underwater in heavy waves.

 

New features

  • Sailaway Dev Team members will show up with green text in the chat.
  • The map now shows all boats in a race regardless of them being online or offline.
  • Players now need to raise sails 5 minutes before the start of a race. This prevents players from cheating and getting a head start.
  • Added a Race chat channel for races, this chat is persistent so you can see what you have missed.
  • You can now mute a person from all channels by clicking the minus sign in their direct channel.

Thanks for the continued support!

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team


Back to Robinson’s Island

We set out the first long distance race in Sailaway as an experiment. To see if people would be engaged enough to undertake a longer event. And to test the program, to see if the waypoint system worked, see if the boats would still perform well when the user went offline and to see if everything else would work ok.

It turned out to be so much more than that. Completing the race took me 35 hours. Halfway after 17 hours I was only fighting Alvaro over 3rd and 4th place with only 3 seconds between us. Nrs 1, 2 and 3 were 10 minutes ahead of us. So close. With identical boats it all comes down to sailtrim and tactics.

Ker2x chose a southerly course upwind to Selkirk island and that turned out to be a wrong choice when the wind turned from South-West to West. It put him in 6th place.

After we rounded Selkirk island and headed back to Robinson’s Island, 2 people took a bold decision and sailed further south. When the wind turn to North-West it brought Guiseppe a solid lead and Ker2x climbed back from 6 to 4th place. Bad luck struck Guiseppe: Only a few hundred meters before the finish line his boat ran aground in the treacherous and shallow waters while he himself was offline. Frank Black, Ezra and Ker2X and sailed passed the poor guy and ended in 1, 2 and 3.

During the race you could taste the friendly competition over the VHF chat. Everyone was joking around, willing to help each other and at the same time very keen to beat everyone. It was so much fun.

 

  1.  1d. 11h. 02m.  Frank Black
  2.  1d. 11h. 05m.  Ezra
  3.  1d. 11h. 34m.  Ker2x
  4.  1d. 12h. 06m. Alvaro
  5.  1d. 12h. 52m.  CocoRhum
  6.  1d. 13h. 20m.  DK1
  7. 1d. 14h. 08m. Groove
  8.  1d. 14h. 10m.  Tsyal
  9. 1d. 14h. 26m. Mr Mustard
  10. 1d. 18h. 39m. Guiseppe Mazei
  11. (not a real) Captain Philyfil
  12. DNF  Skipp
  13. DSQ  Richard Knol

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Update V.0.9004 – More bugs fixed & some improvements!

Hello Pioneers!

What a week!
The feedback has been flooding in since we launched Sailaway last week and it’s hard to keep up with all wonderful ideas you all have, this is exactly why we wanted to release in Early Access.

Post launch work has been mostly about fixing as many bugs as we can but we have also squeezed in some little improvements.

Version 0.9004 is rolling out now and contains:

  • Fixed the issue where individual boat voyages were not loading correctly.
  • Fixed the wrong tool-tips being shown on the options menus.
  • Fixed the issue with the VMG and VMC values being inverted.
  • Fixed some missing localisation strings.
  • Fixed some sounds not being effected by the volume controls.
  • Replaced tutorial about planning voyages to try and make this feature clearer.
  • Removed ‘Start Practice Race’ and ‘Teleport to Start’ buttons from UI when being a member of someones crew.
  • Crew members should now be able to see race buoys on the map and in the world.
  • Improved the handling of multiple crew members using boat controls.
  • Added further Intel based fixes for the ‘underwater bug’.
  • Fixed issues with some Steam users not appearing in the online players list.
  • Muted channels now reappear when selecting them from the dropdown box.
  • Added player info to the boats on the map; hovering over a boat on the map will show the player name, boat name and home port. Clicking on this will show you their profile.
  • We have removed the external dependency we were using for land textures that led to them all turning white. Land textures are now controlled internally by the game while we improve this area of the game.

This update is live now for both Steam and non-Steam versions, Steam will automatically update your version and everyone else can grab the latest game client from the My Products section of your account.

Thanks for the continued support!

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team


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