I have been interested in sailing since I learned to sail in college. I believe that a lot can be learned about sailing via virtual reality especially by those not near bodies of water that can be sailed as well as honing one's skills during the winter. There are also many times when one can't get to their boat but can spend time in VR space training.
I learned to sail at 19 in a Tech Dinghy. Later, after a wife and three kids we got a Prindle cat and all the kids learned to sail. Now I am a desktop cruiser and maintain the AdventuresOnBoats.com website.