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.

Additions to my uniform

I saw AnaVictoria Morales’ model of the HMS Victory in-world a while ago and it got me into reading a little on it’s history. Of course I found information on it’s illustrious commander: Lord Nelson. That man had a uniform which was pretty spectacular for it’s time. Medals and orders not being so common as they are now, he had a bunch of custom-made medals and decorations, some of which are quite stunning.


This got me into making my own uniform for formal occasions in the world of Secondlife Sailing. I bought 2 uniforms for that, created a bicorn with a seashell as a brooch on it and bought golden boots, with high heels on them of course…

Today I added 3 more parts: 3 medals, which are totally out of place on the uniform, but that’s how I like it. You can see how it looks right now. I will add more details soon…

A reaction on the ‘Radar’ incident

I will be brief.

After a weekend out of SL, visiting family, I found a whole lot of drama on the SLSailing forum, on Don’s iSail forum and inworld surrounding Bea Woodget and her using a certain device to monitor a racing event in Blake Sea. Apparently there was even a bunch of Abuse Reports filed against her, which resulted into an official warning by Linden Labs.

While I agree that the use of such a radar/weapon/spy-tool in Blake Sea is a bad idea, I think the reaction overall is over-the-top. Having read beforehand about the planned SLSA World Cup event the devices were attached to, I think it all simply comes down to a bad choice of equipment. There seems to be no other useful application for this tool within the context of SL Sailing. We all know this.

The subject of slandering and reporting a fellow sailor though, is another one. Instead of being simply helpful and getting rid of the item, a number of sailors apparently chose for the more dramatic option. Given the lenghty post on http://isailors.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=28 I have therefore decided the following:

Liv Leigh (and you can read Tradewinds Yacht Club here too) will cease to offer any support to the SLAC World Series from this moment onwards. More information can be obtained at the office. You know where to find me.

Becky’s Baby Sloop II Launch – Friday March 2nd 12PM

Becky’s Baby Sloop II will be launched friday March 2nd at 12PM.

Becca Moulliez will hold a speech on her great follow-up to her favourite free sailboat. There will be live music and we just might decide to all go out into the water in our new sloops!

You’ll find the boat.. and at 12PM on Friday the launch party here:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dex/172/28/25]