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About Us

The sailing simulator has been developed by a small team with experience in e-learning, sailing and software development. Our goal is to provide high quality simulation based learning and entertainment. Eventually this will lead right through to advanced levels of training.

To bring eSail to market has been a massive project. As well as the technical challenges of simulating a detailed environment and complex physical forces we have also tried to make eSail work on a wide range of equipment – not everyone has the latest multi-cored processor and powerful graphics card!

So there is still a lot of work to do – and we look forward to adding more features throughout 2020 and beyond. We hope that users enjoy eSail and don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal – getting out on the water!

Chris Baldwin

Chris Baldwin

Chris has a background in elearning and over 20 years of software development and marketing experience in the UK and US. Chris started the health & safety elearning and risk management company Cardinus and sold it to THB Group in 2007. Cardinus provides e-learning used by thousands of organisations across the globe to reduce accidents and injury, increase employee productivity and comply with legislation.

Chris began sailing around 2010, taking family sailing holidays each year in Greece and Turkey. When he found that he was forgetting so much in between charters he looked around at sailing simulators to refresh his knowledge, but was dissapointed that those available focussed entirely on racing, and didn’t really help with real life skills.

So after a short break when he wrote two musicals – Spring is Forever (dealing with the early days of the ‘Arab Spring’) and Green Lady (a musical for schools which highlights issues of bullying and tolerance) – Chris returned to his roots and began coding. Three years later eSail was launched on Steam.

Jon Dobbin

Jon Dobbin

Jon started dinghy sailing in Plymouth and Falmouth Harbours at school, then cruising and racing in the Solent at college.

For for several years Jon worked in cancer research then ran a unit studying stroke and brain injuries, and began sailing with the Ocean Youth Trust. At this time he was also instructing cruising and racing and delivering Halberg Rassey, Nijad, and Sweden yachts from Sweden and qualified as Yachtmaster Ocean.

He later started a successful project management and tuition business primarily with Northshore Yachtyards and qualified as a Yachtmaster instructor.

Jon is currently involved in providing sailing tuition and supporting the Ocean Youth Trust.

Keith Colwell

Keith Colwell

Keith trained as a naval architect at Southampton and Sunderland Colleges in the late 1970s. Following a couple of years as a development engineer for a small workboat builder, he was offered the role of Technical Reporter on the magazine Motor Boat and Yachting, before moving on to become Technical Editor (Power) and then Deputy Editor of Practical Boat Owner (PBO) magazine and finally Development Editor of Sailing Today.

After a 22-year career as a staff boating journalist testing boats and equipment, Keith made a career change and joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as a Sea Safety Manager. During his 15 years with the RNLI, Keith trained and managed RNLI Sea Safety and Community Safety volunteers to give advice to yachtsmen, boat users and the general public on how to stay safe when on or by the water. He became a RYA sea survival, powerboat and marine vhf radio instructor/assessor in 2004, while working for the RNLI, and currently works as a freelance instructor.

He is the author of the internationally-published RYA Sea Survival Handbook and the RYA Boat Safety Handbook and continues to write for PBO magazine as their sea safety correspondent.

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