Blue Lagoon Marina Open Class Regatta – 30th July 2014

A great regatta again with some fun racing with 14 boats taking part overall.

A mega thank-you to Laycee for taking over as RD at the last minute when some unexpected RL guests arrived for dinner at my place. I only joined the party here as the last race was finishing. Everything went smoothly and fun was had by all. Thanks also to Gwen for laying on the party afterwards 🙂 Thanks to Fabber for the video 🙂

1st race, North Sea Olympic course.

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Well done to Justin for doing so well. Something must be motivating you right now to really perform 😉 Well done to James for his 2nd place. Well done to Lucy for 3rd. Well done to Mel for 4th. Mel is probably our best new sailor as she only started a short while ago. How does she do so well? Practice, Practice, Practice – that’s how. Good sailing buy the rest of the fleet.

2nd race, North Sea Short Loop course.

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This is a really fun course, 3 laps means the boats are screaming around the spectator platform, a great sight. This is really the place to be on Wednesday afternoons in SL.

Well done to Maiti, who sailed really well and took advantage of the handicap to come out on top. Well done to Lucy and Rosie for landing podium positions and well done to all the rest of the sailors.

Photo above: Orca Flotta

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Thursday Patch II racing with the TrYC – 24th July 2014

It has been a busy week for some. Excellent winds, sunny skies and yesterday was just another perfect day in Paradise. Somebody should write a song about that.

We sailed the Trudeau Patchogue II over the North Sea Olympic course and the North Sea Hay 1 course.

Wind was SW 18kts

North Sea Olympic

Race Results:
1: Destiny Wescott ID2772 — 00:21:39
2: Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — 00:22:08
3: Orca Flotta IDTRYC — 00:23:01
4: SteveLL Resident IDJB08 — 00:23:21
5: LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDLUCY — 00:24:07
6: CorSakov Sosa IDPHOP — 00:24:16
7: MaitiYenni Resident IDMY27 — 00:24:43
8: Arvene Price IDRM01 — 00:24:50
9: Arwyn Silverweb ID54 — not Finished

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Lap Times:
Destiny Wescott ID2772 — Start: 00:00:17 — Last lap: 00:21:22
Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — Start: 00:00:13 — Last lap: 00:21:55
Orca Flotta IDTRYC — Start: 00:00:17 — Last lap: 00:22:44
SteveLL Resident IDJB08 — Start: 00:00:09 — Last lap: 00:23:12
LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDLUCY — Start: 00:00:16 — Last lap: 00:23:51
CorSakov Sosa IDPHOP — Start: 00:00:01 — Last lap: 00:24:15
MaitiYenni Resident IDMY27 — Start: 00:00:02 — Last lap: 00:24:41
Arvene Price IDRM01 — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:24:46
Arwyn Silverweb ID54 — Start: 00:00:12 — Last lap: not finished

North Sea Hay 1

Race Results:
1: Destiny Wescott ID2772 — 00:28:53
2: LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDLUCY — 00:30:09
3: Orca Flotta IDTRYC — 00:30:13
4: MaitiYenni Resident IDMY27 — 00:32:51
5: Arvene Price IDRM01 — 00:32:52
6: CorSakov Sosa IDPHOP — 00:35:10
7: Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — not Finished
8: SteveLL Resident IDJB08 — not Finished

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Lap Times:
Destiny Wescott ID2772 — Start: 00:00:11 — Last lap: 00:28:42
LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDLUCY — Start: 00:00:06 — Last lap: 00:30:03
Orca Flotta IDTRYC — Start: 00:00:01 — Last lap: 00:30:12
MaitiYenni Resident IDMY27 — Start: 00:00:10 — Last lap: 00:32:41
Arvene Price IDRM01 — Start: 00:01:54 — Last lap: 00:30:58
CorSakov Sosa IDPHOP — Start: 00:00:03 — Last lap: 00:35:07
Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — Start: 00:00:18 — Last lap: not finished
SteveLL Resident IDJB08 — Start: 00:00:25 — Last lap: not finished

Well done to Destiny for her two 1st places; well done to Kurt and Lucy for the runner-up positions; well done to Orca for her two 3rd places; well done to all the sailors and crew that participated.

Thanks to Fabber for filming our racing. We now have three  stunning films that show of quite nicely the quality and breadth of racing that goes on here in the North Sea. See my profile for all three videos.

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My new house

When I first came to West Isle from the Blue Lagoon Marina, I didn’t have any houses or any form of shelter in my inventory. I didn’t even have any boat with a cabin. So Hawk very kindly set out one of his houses that I have used until now.

I felt the need to stretch a little and change a few things. So I set out to look for a new house. I had an idea on one, but Laycee and Delight took me off to go look at one in Sailors Cove. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be exactly thine one I had been looking at from Tiki Tattoo.

Hatzfed sent me a floor-plan and with that I figured where it would go.

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So I set about clearing the old house off the plot. I can’t terraform , but I had a good idea of what I wanted, do I set out some measuring poles hoping Hawk would come online.

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Isis came along before him and did the job whilst I was out running the Patch II races. So now it was flat.

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With the guidance of Justin, Delight and Rhodus, I rezzed the house. Why is it a little stressful doing that?

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It came up fine and  after a few slight adjustments, I saved the position.  A few modifications to the dock was required and poor Hawk had to come and redo my security as I deleted the orb thingy in my hast to delete the old house. Here you see the security perimeter being defined. Isnt it a shame we have to do this in our pixelated world, but just yesterday when Laycee and I were laying out the plan, some griefer came on to the island and launched some mega rez thing. She was promptly kicked off and banned from the entire North Sea estate.

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Here all is finished. Looking good. Some pretty pics:

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And at night with the lights on and the fireflies out:

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Dolphin Moth – Trials

I  picked up a demo of the Dolphin Moth with Laycee and Pat the other day.

Looking good in my little harbour

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It really is a fun boat to sail, I managed to get to 25.5 Kts.

speed

Here below I am doing some high speed runs on a 18 kt wind.

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So after the speed runs, I tested the boat on the North Sea Olympic course, and yes, the idea is to see what sort of handicap the boat will have 🙂

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And if you are interested, using the data from 2 runs of 8:39 and 8:53 (18Kt SW wind), the handicap is 1.44 🙂

If anyone else can give more data on the same wind, then please let me know.

Look forward to the finished version. I’ll be sending Peach a few of my thoughts on the boat.

Blue Lagoon Marina Open Class Regatta – 23rd July 2014

We had a wonderful Open Class Regatta yesterday with 16 boats taking part overall.

What a stunning sight to see them all sailing together.

We have been using the Handicap system for some time now (based on the Hotlaps courses around SL) and for this race, I have applied the new North Sea Handicaps based on previous race results in these waters.

So for the first race, we sailed the North Sea Olympic course. We had 15 boats race and 15 boats finished. A good result from all.

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Well done to Destiny, our winner; Kurt the runner-up; and Justin for coming 3rd. Well done to all sailors for sailing a good race with no major incidents.

Our second race was interesting. It was  3-laps of the North Sea Short Loop course (link to chart). This was so cool as the racers were going around the spectator platform each lap. It made for some exciting viewing.

To calculate the handicap-corrected times, I have added the 3 lap times (in black below) and multiplied the total to the handicap value for each boat. The handicap time (Corrected total lap time) in red has nothing to do with the start time or the overall time (in grey).

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Well done again to Destiny, our winner; Anu the runner-up; and again Justin for coming 3rd. Well done to all the rest.

We had a few crashes, one withdrawal, and Maiti did not start.

Thanks very much to my best friend Laycee who helped with organisation and judging at various buoys.

As RD, I had to return 4 boats during the racing yesterday. I really don’t like doing this, but sometimes it has to be done. 2 were random people who were out sailing in the waters. One guy sailed directly into the start – he didn’t have time to get out the way – and I apologised a few times for taking such drastic action. He was fine with it though. The second was a lady who I warned a few times, but she still sailed into oncoming racing boats, trying to squeeze past. She may have seen them, but some of the racers are concentrating on the race and don’t expect another boat to come head-on towards them. The third and forth deletion was one of our sailors, who for some reason decided in both races to turn 180° when finishing into other boats coming behind. I’ll have a chat with this sailor to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

A video of the event. Thanks to Fabber (fabber resident) for shooting and editing this. I know how much work goes into making a film like this and I really appreciate it.

Some photos of our spectator platform and of the racing. Gwen did a spectacular job again in setting up the bar and the lighting. Thanks to her for that.

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Popi Update – Water displacement

A problem with thin-skinned boats like the Popi is that SL water comes in up to the sea level. On bigger boats with a thick hull, you don’t notice this.

You see the problem here:

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My boat doesn’t take on that much water 🙂

The solution is to add a water-displacement layer that turns SL seawater transparent. This is an invisible prim with a special magic texture added to it. Mine looks like a trampoline skin bent inwards (if you could see it). Unfortunately it turns a lot of things transparent too, like avatar feet.

So with my standard skipper pose, this was the result:

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The solution was to make another pose with the feet up a little – here I have them resting on the bulkhead. Now I understand why some boats like the Patch II have skipper and crew poses with the legs and feet up.

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Happy with the result. Thanks to Qyv for pointing me in the right direction on this subject.