Category Archives: Places

Work begins on the new North Sea Sailing Centre

Work has begun yesterday on theĀ new North Sea Sailing Centre. After some consultation with interested people and local enterprises, we decided to put down a 3D rendition, with some ideas of the project. Working closely with Elbag and some previous Eden architects, we have now a good idea as to the feeling of the structure.

What we will not have here is another marina. What we will have is a sailing and boating centre where people can come and hang out, learn to sail; try out and buy boats and find many resources for the beginner and expert alike; meet sailors and like-minded people.

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The Pier will be the perfect place to watch boat races at Breadnut, with good view of the start/finish line and a couple of the North Eastern buoys of the North Sea. Anyone for a pier party?

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This is work in progress and we expect the build to be complete in the next two weeks.

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SL11B and the boating fraternity (or lack of)

I have some positive and negative comments about the SL11B. I’ll start with the positive so you don’t have to read the negative if you wish.

My friend Kitty who runs the Come Sail With Us group had a nicely decorated stand, free T-shirts an info about the sailing schools.

Go check out Kitty’s stand, a good place to start the tour of the SL11B event. Click here for Landmark. SL11B runs for another 2 days, so get there this weekend.

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The Leeward Cruise Club had a stand with info and some nice yachts on display.Snapshot_3189

Hollywood Sims had a Tugby pool. Nothing much was going on though when I visited.Snapshot_3190

The SL Coast Guard had a wonderful stand. An action scene of a stranded person in the water and a boat and heli rushing to save him. I met two very nice men in uniform – who can resist a nice guy in uniform šŸ™‚Snapshot_3191

They let me take a selfie with them šŸ™‚
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Do I look serious enough to join the Coastguard? I was giggling, I do admit šŸ™‚
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Blake Deeps had a stand with various info on the activities in their area.

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The SL Surfing Association had a stand. I think a standing wave with get-up-and-have-a go might have been more fun and interactive, but it was nice to see them here anyway.Snapshot_3194

 

So that brings me to the end of the positive. I hate being negative, but here-goes…

I must admit that the first I heard about SL11B was when I saw a message somewhere (can’t remember where) that the entries were closed for SL11B application. Why wasn’t there more info out before? Us yachties questioned whether there was a sailing presence at SL11B, but that question was raised only after theĀ Ā entries were closed šŸ˜¦

Anyway, back to the event. It is big and you basically have no idea on where to go and what to see. Most of the stands are not manned so nobody is there to tell you anything (exception being the SL Coast GuardĀ stand).

This below is the Welcome centre apparently. A whole sim of the most unwelcoming building I’ve ever seen. Where to go, what to do, where next? No clue. Empty except for little me…
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The view from the welcome centre – still no clue…
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And a general view of the SL11B – still no clue… A mish-mash of construction, no real theme, no route or logical way of navigating, no real desire to visit the random stands. Building big just makes the stands look confusing, even flying around doesn’t help.
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There was a sim that seemed busy, it had a party on with a sort of techno beat. I wasn’t in the mood and there were no nice guys there anyway so I went home for a sail instead.Snapshot_3198

Perhaps Next year, if there is still a SL, Ā there may be a better presence from us boaties. I for one will try and put together something a little more representative of the yachting and boating activities in SL. What a missed opportunity this year!

 

 

 

Passion Fruit House-boat Rentals

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Interested in living in the Fruit islands, with access to the North Sea sailing forĀ 1100/week?

The Fruit Islands Estate has a new sim offeringĀ House-boat rentals. The sim called Passion FruitĀ is West of Rangpur and SW of that Forest sim (Appleberry). its so new that its not on my World map yet. Landmark.

Jasemin was on hand to show me the place and answer a few questions.

The house-boats go for 1100/week, with 250 prims.

There are 7 in total and 3 are already rented.

To give an reference, Blue Lagoon Marina in Eden rents house-boats forĀ 800/week, with 250 prims. They are always full and there is a waiting list.

Contact Jasmin (loretta.string), pictured below, if you are interested in renting or if you want more info about theĀ Passion Fruit House-boat Rentals.

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