The Sailor’s Game™ is an exciting, educational & entertaining canvas play that challenges a player's knowledge, skills & tactical ability in a very competitive, around the world sailboat race circumnavigating the continent of Antarctica. The Sailor’s Game™ presents a serious contest of judgment, strategy & world knowledge that will challenge the “Old Salts” & educate “New Hands” presenting 2,160 Questions in 6 categories. Great for armchair sailor’s and non-sailor’s too with a base of world knowledge. The Sailor’s Game™ may be played by 2 to 5 individuals and/or teams. The game design encourages interaction among players with similar as well as different levels of seamanship, general world knowledge, history, skills and general life experiences as well.
The Sailor’s Game™ is a competitive “Race Around the World”, circumnavigating the continent of Antarctica, sailing through the Southern Ocean.
A BRIEF HISTORY: The Sailor’s Game™ was originally designed by Rod Stephens with friends and associates. Rod Stephens, brother of Olin Stephens of the world renown naval architect firm, Sparkman & Stephens, was a noted world class naval architect, author and accomplished sailor.
The original The Sailor’s Game™ has been long out of production - since 1986. The original "all cardboard' game set sold for $60.00 list price up until 1986, available in chandlery's, yacht clubs and boating supply stores. The original game set was also produced in German language.
A group of lifelong sailor’s that work in whale research, scientific marine instrument design, marine research in whales and dolphin communications and ocean conservation, saw the game set as something that needed to “come back” - and, be better, redesigned and meet the requirements to make the game set a “very high quality”, vessel based product, and be a tough product that would last a lifetime and stow well aboard any vessel. And of course, stow well at home too.
So, the process began to bring a newly redesigned version of The Sailor’s Game™ back into production, which has taken several years, as it was done as side work by very busy people. Here’s what we changed to build a superior quality game set and meet mold, mildew resistant and waterproof standards, we felt this beautiful and timeless game title deserves.
THE CARDBOARD BOX IS GONE. It has been replaced with a heavy duty, clear poly chart tube using RED and GREEN vinyl “Running Caps” for air tight & waterproof stowage of the complete game set. It measures 3 inches in diameter and is 24 inches long. Shown here with the shipping box (4"x 4" x 25"). Total shipping weight is just under 4lbs. (it is packed completely full, no room to spare)
THE CARDBOARD GAME BOARD IS GONE; The new “challenge canvas” was created from scratch, using the original icons and verbiage, all digitally remastered, cleaned to a hi-res finish for production. The new “challenge canvas” artwork was mastered using several applications to arrive at a beautiful art piece for printing. The original cartoonish center art, depicting Earth, was replaced with an agronomic view of Earth as seen in a satellite photo image view from space, with the North Pole in the center. The 5 rows of diamond shaped “challenge canvas” “WAVES” are distributed 360º in 2, 20 point, 5 ring stars at 18º of separation with inside and outside points to comprise a total of 40 columns of 5 rows of “WAVES” at 9º of separation between them. There are 200 “WAVES”.
We added numbers to all columns of the “WAVES” to enable a race, to be stopped, logged and “continued in the next port of call”, as a race challenge, could take place over a long period of time. The new “challenge canvas” is printed using an eco solvent dye process on “Old World Sailcloth” type material and is not only a beautiful piece of artwork, it’s WATERPROOF, tough and cleans easily. The new “challenge canvas” is designed to roll up and stow nicely in the clear poly chart tube and rolls out and relaxes for a race challenge, quite well. The new “challenge canvas” measures 2 Feet LOA with a 2 Foot Beam. (24" x 24") ￼ THE RACING YACHTS; The original “Racing Yachts” , were 2” solid cast, pewter, designed after 5 Sparkman & Stephens yacht designs. The original castings were not quite the quality we were seeking, so we enlisted the talents of a top jeweler/engraver in San Francisco, to clean the lines, sails, hulls and rebuild the keels of an original un-used set and re-engrave the numbers on the sails; 1 ~ 5. These new masters were used to make new molds for casting the new S&S “Racing Yachts”
We then looked at polished NICKEL as opposed the original pewter castings and decided to make the extra expenditure for the polished NICKEL design. They are literally beautiful (and heavy) and we feel they make up the perfect mate to wonderful, high quality set that will last a lifetime. Each of the “Racing Yachts” come in their own black velvet drawstring jewelry bag for protection. As with newly minted coins as “Proofs”, the “Racing Yachts” are packed poly wrapped, un-touched by human hands. After completing the development process and starting the manufacturing process, we built a limited number of game sets for distribution and began to prepare marketing plans. We came up with the idea to have sample racing yachts made in polished BRONZE, for the "CLASSIC VESSEL" look. Although more expensive to make, the results were very beautiful racing yachts, so we have added an option for polished BRONZE games sets.
We now offer these two sets: "Standard Edition in Polished NICKEL" racing yachts and "Classic Edition in Polished BRONZE" racing yachts. ￼ ￼ Standard Edition in Polished NICKEL (above) ￼ Classic Edition in Polished BRONZE (above)
THE GAME CARDS; The 360 card set of game cards, presenting 2,160 Questions & (2,160) Answers, are very close to the originals, with little change in the Questions & Answers, only to reflect removal of outdated content and addition some new to-date content, as well as the “Basic Knots to Know” questions and new “penalties & hazards” that make the the race even more “challenging and risky”, even to the best of sailor’s. The new cards shape has changed, making them a little longer and not quite as tall, allowing a nice fit in the chart tube, along with everything else. The game cards are printed on poly coated, mildew resistant 100lb. card stock. Questions on the face, Answers on the back. By category as they relate to the “WAVE” icon for a particular forward move in the race. ￼
BASIC KNOTS TO KNOW; With the addition of the possibility of a question being drawn that requires a player to “tie a specific knot”, the game set includes 2, 24” lengths of SAMSON XLS Yacht Braid, and a 6” wood tie railing w/ mooring cleat with a “Know Your Basic Knots” reference plate for judging correctness by the other racers. The 6 Basic Knots are depicted graphically on the 2 sided waterproof "Basic Knots to Know" sheet. ￼
THE INFORMATION & RULES OF PLAY; The 6 page “Information and Rules of Play”, 2 Page “Review of the Rules”, 2 Page "Basic Knots to Know” and the 2 sided "Game Log" are printed on iGage™ waterproof map making, 10mil media and are tough, tear-resistant and fully waterproof as well. ￼ The Sailor's Game is an excellent addition to any yacht, power or sail, large or small and great to have at home as well.
The Sailor's Game is a major hit at Yacht Clubs and with Armchair Sailor's too. And, The Sailor's Game presents questions based on world history and general knowledge, allowing for great enjoyment of play by non-sailor's as well. The Sailor's Game makes for an impressive gift, that will greatly surprise any recipient.
"WHAT'S IN THE TUBE” The Sailor’s Game Standard NICKEL Edition or Classic BRONZE Edition contains: a 24” by 24” (609mm x 609mm) waterproof, full colour challenge canvas printed on “Old World Sailcloth”, Five, 2” Tall, Solid cast polished NICKEL or BRONZE, Sparkman & Stephens Racing Yachts, each in a black velvet jewelry pouch, a 360 Game Card Set presenting 2,160 Questions (and 2,160 Answers), Two, 24” SAMSON XLS Yacht Braid lengths, a 6” wood tie railing w/ mooring cleat, Waterproof/tear resistant “Information & Rules of Play”, “Rules in Review”, “Basic Knots to Know” and “Log Book” sheets, all housed in a clear, poly chart tube with vinyl “Port & Starboard Running Caps” Designed to last, a lifetime . . . . . . . . *** The Sailor’s Game™ ships in a 4” by 4” by 25” Box and Weighs just under 4 Pounds
NOTES FROM THE PRODUCERS: The Sailor’s Game STANDARD EDITION full game set features Polished NICKEL Sparkman & Stephens Racing Yachts. The Sailor’s Game CLASSIC EDITION full game set features Polished BRONZE Sparkman & Stephens Racing Yachts. All other contents of The Sailor's Game are identical, in both editions.
The Sailor's Game is NOT inexpensive to produce. We did not choose to use cheap materials or cut costs by using lower quality materials or production processes. The Sailor's Game has been produced to highest possible standards and presents a quality product that will last a lifetime and certainly qualifies as a collectors item.
Additionally, the massive base of questions at 2,160, provides for a wide spectrum of knowledge bases for all players to participate in a sail race challenge that will educate as well as test, whits, general knowledge, the build of strategies and beyond, not to mention friendships and relationships. (makes for a very unique gift too . . . . . )
The Sailor's Game IS NOT an APP. Nor a video game, nor has it been designed to be. The Sailor's Game is designed for people to be "together" in one place, at one time, together in a fun, social and entertaining atmosphere. Something that seems to be a bit lost in our today's modern society. We think it's a good idea to "bring people together" again . . . . . what a novel idea.
HAND MADE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA _/)_
Risks and challenges
Regarding Risks & Challenges. We launched a campaign previously, to help with the cost of completing and launching The Sailor's Game worldwide in a timely fashion. Although the interest was very high, we made several mistakes. We were new to crowd funding and basically still are, but, lessons were learned.
Our financial goal was set to high and the Rewards amount to low. The finishing time for prototypes, mold making, graphics completion and production process time, probably played a small part as well. But, we knew, successful or unsuccessful, we were going to finish The Sailor's Game and take it to market worldwide, as it is nothing less than a "Legendary" and timeless piece of work.
So, over the past year plus with massive time spent and more money too, we finished it, built inventory and are now world market ready-to-ship - as well, to build more sets.
Now, with inventory ready to ship, we have set our Rewards goal at a very low minimum.
The Sailor's Game is "done". and READY TO GO. The Rewards amounts reflect The Sailor's Game at below the wholesale pricing that will be offered to dealer interests and has the shipping cost added, to a degree. Some of the points of the world will cost a little more, and we are aware of this and will absorb that cost. Shipping is worldwide - via USPS Priority Express, International EMS or DHL/FED EX, depending on the recipients country/location.
Lastly, 100% of all funds received from the sale of The Sailor's Game benefit of The Whale Research Institute to support continuing efforts in marine research instrument design, engineering, builds, deployment and operations, Ocean conservation efforts and the open sharing and distribution of research materials to educational institutions and the general public, worldwide, at no cost to anyone.
Please visit our website to learn more. www.whaleresearchinstitute.org
Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy The Sailor's Game as much as we do. We're honored to be the producers of this wonderful work.
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