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Sail the Virtual Seas with James Espey

Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection
Worldwide Olympic Partner

Olympic experience hosted by James

60 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

No matter where you are, we can go sailing together, online!

First, we’ll chat a little about everyone's backgrounds in sailing. If you don't have any experience on the water, don't worry! Happy to teach landlubbers about my sport. Then I'll let you know a little of my background, so you feel comfortable with me at the helm as your host. From competing in the 2012 Olympics to racing big boats offshore, I have a lot of experience on the water. Hopefully, you'll meet my wife too, who's just as capable on the water, if not more so!

Next, we’ll teach you the strategy and tactics of sailboat racing, including what we look for on the racecourse in the water, wind, and clouds. Then we'll have a little activity to show how sailors use wind shifts to their advantage.

Then we'll check out a chaotic race from the London 2012 Olympic Games and explore these concepts in real life.

Please note that our morning sessions are geared toward families, while the evening sessions have more of a happy-hour vibe. Though anyone is free to join at any time!

This Experience is great for team-building or private groups! Get in touch if you want to book a private session for family/friends, your yacht club, youth sailing programme, a corporate booking! Is your group larger than my listed max group size for private groups? Send me a message!
No matter where you are, we can go sailing together, online!

First, we’ll chat a little about everyone's backgrounds in sailing. If you don't have any experience on the water, don't worry! Happy to teach landlubbers about my sport. Then I'll let you know a little of my background, so you feel comfortable with me at the helm as your host. From competing in the 2012 Olympics to racing big boats offshore, I have a lot of experience on th…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    James can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $150.

What to bring

  • 3 small and straight objects of the same size (like toothpicks, matchsticks, baby carrots, or pen caps)
  • 1 arrow- or dart-shaped object (like a fork or a carrot)
  • 3 circular objects (like glasses, bottles, cans, wine corks, cherry tomatoes, or grapes)
  • Once we start watching the race, feel free to eat the food items. Or, if you want to snack on something else like popcorn during the race replay, come on ye! (lil Norn Irish for go ahead!)
From $30
/ person
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Meet your host, James

Olympian · Representing Ireland · Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 23 Reviews
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I'm an Olympian who grew up in Northern Ireland. I competed for Ireland in the sport of sailing.

During the London Games, I raced in the Laser, a one-person dinghy. I'm now professionally big-boat racing and managing racing programs, from classic wooden boats to an extreme foiling boat that broke the world sailing speed record. I'm a licensed yachtmaster based in the San Francisco Bay Area and in London.

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Rated 4.78 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Nanette
June 2020
Excellent presentation. I have a much greater appreciation for competitive sailing. James' passion is contagious, and watching the race footage (with close-ups of individual racers) was amazing.
Andrea
May 2020
This was a really fun experience. James (and Jenny, who,was there too) were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, warm and engaged. I sail only very casually, but my dad, who came on this virtual trip with me, has raced. We both got a lot out of it. The photos and videos were wonderful, and James and Jenny were great at talking about everything from reading the water to strategy and tactics to the competitive sailing scene today. Even if you don't sail, if you like watching races or even movies about sailing (like Maiden), this is a great experience.
This was a really fun experience. James (and Jenny, who,was there too) were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, warm and engaged. I sail only very casually, but my dad, who came on thi…
Laura
May 2020
James and Genny were fantastic. Really knowledgable about competitive sailing and they made the concepts easily understandable. They did a nice job of including and engaging everyone in the group.
Lea
May 2020
What fun!! Hosts were extremely knowledgeable and graciously answered all questions while providing a fluid experience with photos, videos and an interactive element to help us understand sailing strategy & tactics :)
Bea
May 2020
We had a brilliant time on our virtual sail! As newbies to the sport we felt completely welcomed and included. We learnt so much and were left excited to go and sail - as soon as we can! James and Genny are amazingly knowledgable and thoughtful hosts. Definitely recommend this experience!
We had a brilliant time on our virtual sail! As newbies to the sport we felt completely welcomed and included. We learnt so much and were left excited to go and sail - as soon as w…
Sallyann
May 2020
A creative, interesting & informative experience from world experts. The hosts were super articulate and engaging. They shared insights into the strategy of sailing while making the session interactive in a playful way. Very unique & enjoyable!
A creative, interesting & informative experience from world experts. The hosts were super articulate and engaging. They shared insights into the strategy of sailing while making th…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.