Yeah I grabbed the 14 day trial and have been playing it.
I've learnt that at least half my mates have no idea how sailing works but they got there eventually. Doesn't matter though, the game suffers from a serious lack of content and I think it'll become a title I quickly leave behind.
The game does have some serious promise, but it's quickly dragged down by the poor performance we have all been getting on there, pings are completely unstable and even when it's not spiking it's still a rather high number. I am on adsl2 and a couple of my mates with very good 100mbit connections that typically get <10ms on aussie servers are sitting around the same as me in this game around 80ms or so, regardless of connection, we were all getting ping spikes up to 500ms then back down to 80ms. This process becomes very annoying as it happens often and when it did happen, you would warp around the boat a bit.
The gameplay does get rather dull when you just keep running the same missions over and over again. Doesn't seem much point to continue collecting gold as all that we could see to purchase with it, was cosmetics. Might be a different story if you could work your way up to better boats or weapons. Currently I can't see value in this game, especially at the AUD pricing of $100