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Blue Lagoon Marina Open Regatta – 24th September 2014

A great regatta again with 15 boats taking part.

Wind was 18 Kts SW

We sailed the North Sea Olympic (long)


Well done to Armano, Anu and Viv as well as the rest of the sailors. Great race. We saw Gwen sail the RiX sailboard for the first time too.

Then we sailed 3 laps of the North Sea Short Loop course


Well done to Anu, Beane and Lucy.

A few notes: Rain didn’t have an ID, but we followed her and placed her accordingly. Her lap times may not have been exactly as shown, but the placing is correct. Qyv sailed the Q-44 which didn’t have a handicap so a final placing an not be calculated. We’ll add the handicap soon.

Thank you to Arya for helping me, to Gwen for the party management and to Robyn for spinning the disks.

The party was so cool we had to kick them out when it got so late!








Blue Lagoon Marina Open Regatta – 3rd September 2014

Wonderful boats out on display before the race. Designs from Rain Inoue (Therrainia Resident) and Rei (Reigen Zeplin).

What a fantastic Regatta !

Slick sailing, fantastic people and great ambiance.

This Open Regatta was perhaps our biggest to date with 20 boats taking part, but at least three of them crewed, perhaps more and a whole lot of speculators coming to watch some of the best sailing in SL.

An excellent race with no crashes. 20 boats of all shapes and size on a course that crosses itself and no crashes, how cool is that!

Race 1 was the North Sea Olympic Course


Race 2 was the 3 laps of the North Sea Short Loop Course


Yours truly messed up in the first running of the second race. I didn’t turn on the multiple laps on the line, so we all set off for 3 laps and after a little while, we realised that race was over when it was obviously not… silly me. So we restarted and did it again. Stopping the 1st race using an unconventional method 🙂

The second time was much better and 3 or 4 sailors who crashed or messed up their camera in the first effort, were happy to try again. We did have 2 DNF unfortunately. It is a really tricky course as the boats are on top of each other around the tight corners.

Well done to all !! Thanks for participating 🙂

Thanks to Gwen for her great party installation. Thanks to Robyn for playing the music for the party. Thanks to Fabber for filming the event. Thanks to Elbag for giving me support during the event.

Photos from ZZ Bottom: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zzbottom/sets/72157646778926877/

Blue Lagoon Marina Open Regatta – 27th August 2014

Yesterday we had another fantastic Blue Lagoon Marina Open Regatta where we raced the North Sea Olympic and the fun North Sea Short Loop course.

We had 20 boats in the first race, 17 in the second. An Excellent turnout and quite a few of the usual suspects weren’t even here (Orca, Roy, Destiny, Kurt, Deni, Laycee, Corsakov, Leon etc.).

Results of Race 1 North Sea Olympic

Results of Race 2 North Sea Short Loop

Well this was interesting. The Takos are certainly flying. Perhaps I’ll add a table for them to just check the handicap 🙂 Well done to Anu and Armano for the great times and for coming first and second respectively in the first race.

Maiti upset the Takos in the second race with her excellent times.  Well done to her. This is handicap racing at its best.

Well done to Saphy and ZZ for racing their very first race in their new yacht!! Saphy did really well as she had been practising a lot recently. ZZ would have done better if she had concentrated more on the race and less on taking the photos 😉 ZZ, we are very grateful for you photos though. See the link to them below.

We had a few other newcomers. Welcome to TigerLilly, Colette, Philip and Wolfie.

I just wish these times and scores could be shown immediately after the race. We have a plan to do this. I’m just looking for a kick-ass web database programmer to implement the plan. I will have a live handicap racing scoreboard up and running sometime folks. Any interested parties, please contact me.

Some interesting info comes out of the scores. We had increased the SC Marlin handicap earlier in the day from 0.74 to 0.90. Thanks to Rosie and Anu for helping with that. Still Saphy did really well for a new racer. I think 0.90 is a good handicap for now. We will monitor it overt the next few months.

We will do the same for the Loonetta handicap. I need some experienced sailors with the Loonetta 31 to race the NS Olympic course and send me their times please.

Thanks to Mariane for helping me manage the boats. Thanks to Gwen for laying out the party gear. Thanks to ZZ for the photos.

Some photos from ZZ, here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zzbottom/sets/72157646524251420/

A photo of the boats before the racing. We were discussing textures and of course Rei and Rain had to pull out all their boats. What a wonderful sight in the North Sea sunset. See you next week folks!


Blue Lagoon Marina Open Regatta – 13th August 2014

We had a fun and interesting Open Regatta yesterday. The weather was warm, the sky was clear and waters calm. A fresh SW 18kt wind had all the boats flying along.

There were 3 new boats sailing that we haven’t seen before, the Dolphin Moth, the Quest T-28 and the JG44. The Moth is a speed demon and goes so fast you can hardly see it if you are standing still on the ground. No wonder it was to hard to film. The Moth crossed the line first in both races, but was it first overall…?

Well here we are racing handicap races where the boats are handicapped according to a formula that tires to level the playing field for all. I explain it like this to some folk:

If 3 perfect sailors, on a perfect day race 3 different boats, they make no errors and they all sail a perfect course – they will cross the line at different times because the boats are different – but when the handicap is applied, they will all get exactly the same corrected lap time.

We are not all perfect however and what handicap racing does, is test the sailor on the day. Not how good or bad the boat is.

We have now a handicap for the Dolphin Moth as you see below. This was calculated from 11 courses (North Sea Olympic) sailed by 3 sailors. It has the highest handicap of 1.77. This will, like all other handicaps, be re-evaluated over time.

So for Race 1 we raced the North Sea Olympic Course.


So for Race 2 we raced the North Sea Circle Course.


Well done to Anu for winning both races, first in the Tako and then in the WW OP-60. Well done to Mel and Justing for coming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 1st race. Well done to James and Qyv for coming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 2nd race.

Thanks to Maiti for helping me manage the boats for the races.

Thanks to Gwen for laying on such a wonderful spread for the party.

Here below, we are hanging around the bar before the race. One of the reasons Justin didn’t do so well was that he had one too many whilst chatting up the babes. I’m sure he could have won the race if he was  more sober. Anu and Goku got distracted play Tetris whilst we sat drinking pixelated Piña coladas.



The start of the North Sea Olympic:Snapshot_3735


Mel finishing before half the fleet have done half the course:Snapshot_3738



The after party. Its getting popular, this is the place to be on Wednesday nights:Snapshot_3754



The coast guard entertained us too:Snapshot_3758

Blue Lagoon Marina Open Class Regatta – 6th August 2014

18 boats raced yesterday in a very spectacular series of races. This is certainly a very cool format, lots of fun and quite exciting.

Wind was SW 18 kts.

Race 1 was the North Sea Olympic course


Anu surprised the fleet by screaming around the course in the Flying Tako. Well it certainly flies. It has a stiff handicap so even though she was first over the line in both races, Destiny in her lower handicapped Laser One, won overall in both races.

We see here the handicap system coming into play and allowing different boats to race together. Not perfect, but it is a good means to calculate fair results. The handicap is adjusted every so often, so if a particular boat benefits now, the chances are, its handicap will be adjusted later.

Race 2 was 3-laps of the North Sea Short Loop course


Well done to Destiny, Anu, Kurt & Lucy for your podium positions. Well done to everyone else who sailed.

Good to see some newcomers. If you would like to join in, come along and join the fun. If you need help setting up and learning how it all works, don’t ask 10 minutes before the race – I don’t have time then to explain it all. Ask well in advance (i.e. earlier in the the day) and I’ll show you how its done.


Thanks to Laycee for helping me manage the fleet. Thanks to Gwen for a great party spread. It is quite fun to unwind after racing, I recommend it to everyone.

See photos of the racing on Speedy’s Flickr site here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/speedmaster_bing/


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.


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.


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

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.


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).


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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