A new simulation game is coming in with a full head of steam and leaving Early Access on February 27. The game is none other than Sailaway: The Sailing Simulator. You already sail? Great! This game is for you. Do you want to learn how to sail? Fantastic! The game is also for you.
Sailaway can be used to learn to sail or enhance sailing skills, to compete in virtual sailing regattas or to practice for a big journey. The game simulates world-wide ocean sailing and cruising, so long voyages will take literal months and live online in the game's persistent world, with an option for sailors to receive updates via email. Real-time weather data is pulled from NOAA, allowing virtual skippers to plan their voyage based weather predictions around the world.

Every element that is involved on any voyage short or long is presented in handcrafted detail in Sailaway - from the real starry night sky to how wet or damp conditions will affect your boat and your journey. Captains and crew will need to raise sails, pull winches, set reefs, outhaul, downhaul, vang, backstay and more. For novice sailors, there are a series of easy to learn controls that can assist and automate various options.

The team says that the brief period of Early Access allowed the game to be tested, balanced, and tweaked ahead of its official launch. You're going to be looking at the most authentic sailing simulation this side of the Chesapeake Bay. The full list of changes as a result of Early Access can be found via the Sailaway: The Sailing Simulator's Steam page.

Sailaway: The Sailing Simulator will retail for $39.99 (USD). This game is being published by the same company (The Irregular Corporation) that is publishing the upcoming PC Building Simulator. Seems like a pretty legit track record so far.