I went to get a haircut yesterday. 'Little Sean' the barber, who knows I sail, announced that he was "doing the Volvo Ocean Race".
Suitable impressed, I asked him when it was leaving, only to be told that he's an online competitor in a virtual version of the race.
Check out the link http://www.volvooceanracegame.org/home.php there are over 100,000 competitors sailing virtual yachts around the virtual world.
If you read Tillerman http://propercourse.blogspot.com/ who's Laser sailing exploits include trying to sail more than 100 days during 2008, a virtual Laser event might be just the thing,or maybe not.