Update V0.9009 – Catamarans are now playable in Sailaway!

Hello Pioneers!

We’re pleased to be able to share the first new boat to be added to Sailaway.

Starting today, you can take to the seas in style with the new Catamaran. Modelled perfectly on it’s real world counterpart, the Catamaran features the iconic double hull design for extra stability in the toughest waters.

Put the new boat to the test in a race or just see how far you can travel, don’t forget to share your screenshots and stats with us too!

This update also marks the point at which the game is no loner playable outside of Steam. If you still haven’t moved your account across, here’s a handy guide to help you: https://www.sailawaysimulator.com/steam/

We hope you enjoy the new Sailaway Catamaran!

Happy sailing,

The Sailaway Team

Update V.0.9008 – Surfing waves and wind shadows

Hello Pioneers,

In this weeks update we have rolled out some exciting improvements around sailing itself which will give sailors more to think about when racing in this weekends events!
In case you missed the announcement, here are this weekend’s races: https://www.sailawaysimulator.com/2017/06/07/weekend-races-race-around-beautiful-island-bermuda-18-hour-long-race/

Patch V.0.9008

New Features

Surfing Waves
Waves can now be used to increase (and decrease) your boats speed! Your boats speed is now affected by the size of the waves so you are able to ‘surf’ down waves to gain more momentum.

Wind Shadow
We have added wind shadow to Sailaway so smart sailors can use this to steal wind from others to get the advantage, this is an important feature of real world sailing so we are excited to see it being used in the game.

Players will be aware they are being affected by this technique by the relevant dials going from their normal colour to orange, and then red when it is at its strongest.

Ongoing Race Leaderboard
During a race there is now a leaderboard that displays current positions so you can see how you are doing compared to others in the race.

Other Additions

  • Your local time is now shown.
  • A persistent chat channel has been added for challenges which should help communication during the long challenges like the ‘Bering Hardship’.

Fixes
Thanks to the logs that many of you sent in regarding the crashes you experienced in last weekends races we believe we have fixed the memory error that was causing them.

If anyone still experiences a crash after this update could you please send us your log file, you can find this by following these instructions:

Where possible, please send an output log from Sailaway immediately after an error occurs, and before you reload Sailaway to play again. Otherwise, the error log will get overwritten and will not have the error information to help us find the source of your problem.

Here’s how to do this on PC:

  • Right click on Sailaway from your Steam Library
  • Select Properties from the drop down menu
  • Select Local Files tab and click on “Browse Local Files…”
  • Open the Sailaway_Data folder and locate the text file called “output_log.txt”

…and on Mac:

  • Open a Finder window
  • On the Menu bar, go to Go > Go to Folder
  • In the dialog that comes up, put in “~/Library/Logs/Unity/” and click Go
  • Locate the “Player.log” file in that folder

Please send this log file to [email protected] and let us know what was happening on-screen when you crashed.
Thanks for the continued support!

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.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

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

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


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


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


Update V.0.9003 – Hot fix plus some fixes

Hello Pioneers!

We are aware that new users are currently having problems starting the game, this was down to an issue with the login screen that we have found and fixed.

This means we are rolling out v.0.9003 a little earlier than we would like but we need to get this fixed so here is what this build contains:

Login fix for new users (sorry again!)

  • Fix for the sailing underwater bug that some Intel users receive.
  • Some extra graphics resolution fixes
  • Added extra mouse invert options
  • Added hot keys for map zoom (+ and -)
  • Added hot keys for swapping lines (Q and E)
  • Added hot key to show/hide UI (Ctrl + Shift + U)

Apologies to the new Sailaway players, this is not how we wanted our first impression to be!

Version 0.9.003 is available to download via Steam and your account page on this website (My Account – > My Products)

Thanks,

The Sailaway Team


Update V.0.9002 – A big thankyou and some bug fixes

Hello Pioneers!

The whole team has been thrilled with the response Sailaway has had so far, thank-you so much for joining us on this journey we really do appreciate all the feedback so far.

As you can imagine launching an online sailing simulator of this scale is no small feat and it would appear our server is taking quite a beating so we have had to optimise some things to reduce the strain a bit. The downside of this work is that the client size for the game is about to grow (to about 8 GB) as we have packaged up a certain amount of the map data and included it with the game. This will reduce some of the server load.

This update is rolling out now and it also fixes the following issues:
  • Fix for the resolution issue some people are experiencing, we hope anyway as we don’t have it our end to be able to confirm. Please let us know in the thread where this bug is reported if this is still an issue for you.
  • Fix for certain characters not displaying correctly in non-English languages, there might still be a few rouge ones left to catch though!

We are working through all the bug reports and feedback and will get things fixed up as soon as we can.

Note: The update is live for all users.
Thanks!

The Sailaway Team