Inspired

This old bat felt inspired.

So, she rummaged around a bit in her inventory and dug up a pink Flying Fizz. Set the ID to her 7-year-old 077LL, made sure the teeth on the pink shark beak on the bow were shiny and made the sails pretty again.

Hair in a casual updo and she was ready to go,

The pink shark, once a feared fizz hull, is back!

Naturally the first 2 races in the weekly Fizz Circus (saturday 11AM SLT) went bad due to external problems. Once she got disconnected from her boat at a region crossing and once she lost her camera, but the beginning was there, at least once in a beautiful port start, just a fraction of a second ahead of Fizz Cup winner Silber Sands, both at exactly 00:00…

Of course, she could not keep up with the champion, but it was ok.

The third race came as a surprise. Not so far from the finish, after two laps of sailing she saw the stern of Silber’s fizz again. She was pretty satisfied to find out this also meant she got herself a second place in this last race.

She’ll be back later on ;-)

“Fräulein Fizz” lives up to her reputation

Back in 2009, when I interviewed her for Metaverse Sailing, Silber Sands was still a shy sailor. A newbee, living in a tent at Sailors Cove with her dog, while she competed in the second Flying Fizz World Cup. She did fine in the prestigious event, but was mostly appreciated for her good nature and sporty behaviour.

Those last two characteristics haven’t changed with the years. Even though Silber, after winning the SLSA ‘Sailor of the year’ award once and the 2012 edition of the Fizz Cup, has become a force to be reckoned with in the community. In 2013 she even took over the organisation of the Fizz Cup, which cemented her status as a community leader.

Silber Sands on her way to her second Fizz Cup victory

After last saturday Silber can be named amongst the great champions in Secondlife Sailing. She was already the big favourite and lived up to her reputation by winning her second Fizz Cup finals in great fashion by winning all five of her races. In race four it seemed she might leave some crumbs for the others after a pre-start capsize, but she took full advantage of her sailing skills to overtake all 12 of her opponents again during the race.

This means Silber Sands is now one of only two sailors to win the Fizz Cup twice, the other one of course being Miwha Masala, who hasn’t been seen sailing in the metaverse since september 2012.

Hence, from now on, Silber Sands shall be known as “Fräulein Fizz”.

7th Fizz Cup in Secondlife

Ready at the startline of the 2014 Flying Fizz World Cup, edition number 7. It’s November 29th 2014 and I need another coffee, probably lots of coffee since the event doesn’t start until 4 hours from now.

The Fizz Cup, so this is what it looks like this year…

I can’t believe the 2008 edition is already such a long-time ago. I remember competing in it very well. The suspense, the endless training, the friendships, the drama. The intensity of the event was enormous.

I remember I was in the Quarter finals, where Masahisa Greenwood went on to the semi’s. After training rounds I thought I could beat him, but in the reality of a race, with lag and spectators and the nervousness of competition, things are always different.

I remember helping Bea organise the beautiful 2009 cup, which might be the best-organised SL sailing event ever. The dual-handed 2010 cup and the last one I competed in in 2011. I organised the 2012 edition again and I completely missed the 2013 edition.

Now I am standing here again, with tears in my eyes. Let’s just give a list of the previous champions. They need be mentioned:

2008: Yuu Nakamichi

2009:Kei Cioc

2010 Miwha Masala & Odysseus Yiyuan

2011: Miwha Masala

2012: Silber Sands

2013: Ralf80 Titanium

Some of these racers I haven’t seen in years. I don’t recall when I last saw Yuu Nakamichi, who was a great sailor and someone I always had a difficult relationship with. Or Miwha, who perfected Flying Fizz sailing to the point where she would seem almost unbeatable, I haven’t seen her in 2 years.

The old bat is back!

The old bat is back to racing! And I suppose she’s just as bad as she ever was.

Dutch hosts Nacra races twice a week now at Tradewinds Yacht Club and I decided I would not be much of a ‘commodore’ if I’d not at least show my support once and have a look. Naturally that would include actually unpacking my Nacra catamaran and getting it ready to race.

After ignoring the instructions I was ready!

Enjoying my race win in the Nacra

In race 1 I crashed in pre-start, trying to tack the boat on the point where 4 Secondlife regions come together. I had to relog and watch Dutch, the maker of the Nacra 17, win the race. In race 2 I was lucky though: in my second Nacra-race ever nearly everyone else crashed and I won it! This was despite being over the startline early and having to reround the start marker. Joly, who also had serious problems and was unable to sail at her usual level, was second.
In race 3, there was less chaos and I finished 2nd behind Dutch, just before Joly.

I can feel the adrenaline rushing through my body now. I think I want to race a lot more in 2013 than I did in 2012! The next Nacra race will be at TYC this friday, at 6AM PDT.

Boat show at Tradewinds

Tradewinds Yacht Club hosts a boat show about every other month, throughout the year. The current one is a small one, but it’s not less interesting because of this. Again we see a number of new builds, from rather unknown builders, amidst the production of the big names.

This Leaf sailboat is made by LucyInTheSky afarensis. It’s a sailboat using the famous BBK engine, built by scripter Becca Moulliez.

This boat is well-known in Secondlife Sailing by now: Tradewinds will hold races twice a week now with the new Nacra 17 catamaran: wednesday at 2PM and friday at 6AM.

Also the beautiful cabin yacht RM12 by Rene Underby can be seen at the current boat show at Tradewinds Yacht Club.

This beauty is the Tugboat Danube, by Mikha Efraimsdottir Långstrump

Reason enough to pay a visit to this new show! You can find it at the club’s beautiful cape that peers into the Linden sea known as the Channel: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dex/172/28/25

Where do we go with problems in sailing community these days?

I was flying in a balloon above Blake Sea when this happened:

[glow=red,2,300][2012/11/11 02:39]  Can’t move object ‘TYC Barbarossa Tour balloon’ to
{ 134.488, 248.035, 43.4074 } in region Blake Sea – Turnbuckle because your objects are not allowed on this parcel.[/glow]

In Blake Sea – Turnbuckle, flying in a slow vehicle! :-(

 

This is where the fall of 2 sailing community forums cause an issue. When a thing like this happens, we are suddenly left alone now with our problems. Before we used to be able to get together with a few community leaders and fix this.

Now we’re on our own. That’s where the fighting and bickering got us: nowhere.

Official site for the Flying Fizz World Cup 2012

The official site for the Fizz Cup 2012 will be here: http://fizzcup2012.tumblr.com/
I will try to reblog the posts here to the slboatporn tumblr and add them to the forum here as well.

Due to a terrible network connection I will post the maps for the first weekend of the Fizz Cup later today.