Flying Fizz at the 2021 Summer Sailstice

At the 2021 Summer Sailstice exposition in Second Life with the Flying Fizz 6M

The previous Summer Sailstice I had a small booth with the Flying Fizz 3.0 8 and a series of scripts and tools, for 2021 I had a larger spot reserved. Since Giulia is away to real life for the summer (yes, that exists still after over a year of COVID-19…) there is no Fizz 6M for sale yet, but the prototype looks great with Bianca’s paintjob on it.

Besides the Fizz 6M prototype, there is still the current boat here and information on racing it and some Fizz Cup history

I also included a corner with a small part on the Flying Fizz World Cup history. It features both sailors who won the cup twice and MarkTwain White’s video’s of the 2009 and 2010 Fizz Cups.

And of course, you can find info on where to get a Flying Fizz and where to race it.

An old friend returned

The other day I logged in and I saw an instant message from an old friend. I didn’t actually expect her to be online, but I replied and she turned out to be in-world. So, well, what do old friends do? We met up at the docks, at Tradewinds, where this week we still have HotLaps going on.

On the docks with Silber

Silber Sands is kind of the person to envy for me, as she did twice what I never succeeded in: winning the Flying Fizz Worldcup. Next to organising the 2013 cup, she won the 2012 and 2014 editions herself. And yes, Silber was also elected SLSA Sailor of the Year before. it’s obvious why: she had done a lot for the community.

She told me she had been away too long. I agreed. I hope we will soon be sailing together, either in the same boat or as competitors in a race…

The Sjogin

I knew Lalia, who is also helping Giulia with the new Flying Fizz project, had been working on a boat of her own for a while. She had asked me for some reference before, open sourced scripts from various makers, and sometimes I heard something about the sailboat project from others.

Two weeks ago she IM’ed me and I heard that she had it on Marketplace. I suggested that we should have a formal launch of it at Tradewinds: sailors like that sort of thing. Lalia decided to present her new boat, the ‘Sjogin’, last night, at the Friday 1PM Tradewinds Cruise. The 90 minutes demo would make it easy for anyone who wanted to join the cruise in her new sailboat.

4 Sjogins sailing down The Channel at the Tradewinds Cruise

The Sjogin is a lovely little cruiser, a wooden boat with a cosy cabin. It is inspired by a boat that exists in RL and was built in New Jersey in the USA. I must say I enjoyed the sounds as I sailed it last night. There is an extensive manual, in several languages and items like the tiller can be configured. It can be set to inverted or non-inverted mode. And amongst other things also the inertia of the boat when steering can be changed. The sailing engine is scripted by Lalia herself. She mentions having studied the codes for Bwind, the Fizz and Dora Gustafson’s sailing engine amongst others.

I haven’t tried most of the functions yet, as I quickly figured out she will listen to the main commands that are also used in bwind boats if you want to start her quickly and get going. I am not sure yet if anyone is planning to race the Sjogin. My impression is that it is primarily meant as a nice cruiser. But you never know, once someone likes it enough, those crazy sailors in SL may suddenly start race it.

Sjogins coming in at the Tradewinds Cruise afterparty

If you want to buy or try the Sjogin, you can find a vendor and a demo at Tradewinds Yacht Club, or you can buy it from Marketplace. There is a demo on Marketplace too.

Sailing legends: Tracy Edwards

A couple of months ago already I saw the documentary ‘Maiden’, about the eponymous boat that finished the 1989-90 Whitbread Around The World Race, with an all-female crew. The boat was skippered by Tracy Edwards, former school dropout turned navigator. Maiden actually had quite the bunch of high-level female sailors aboard. Yet no one expected them to finish the race.
Maiden finished the Whitbread second in her class, winning 2 stages in the race, including an epic Punta de Este to Fremantle run through the Southern Ocean.

In this interview Tracy reflects back on the race, 30 years later.

Two pink sharks at the docks

I did some painting with the Fizz 6M prototype and now there are 2 pink sharks docked at Tradewinds Yacht Club. I still need to redo the texture I think and make it work better. It took me too much adjusting now. But hey, it’s there, now I can do some testing on the boat…

My old Fizz 3.0 8 is now accompanied by the Fizz 6M prototype at the TYC docks

An interview with Giulia

Out in the first Fizz 6M prototype yesterday at the TYC cruise

While half of SL is raving about ocean racers and other stuff that won’t fit on the grid or can’t be raced there realistically but is just big and fast (preferably both), Giulia and Lalia are scripting the prototype of the Fying Fizz 6M, the successor to the Fizz 3.0. I hope it wil attract some more people to actual tactical sailing in our virtual world.

But meanwhile, we are stil having fun. I post regatta results now on the slsailing.app forum, as does Giulia, who setup the site. And oh yes, as that was the title of this blogpost: Giulia was interviewed by Stex Auer. Do read it! You can find the interview here: https://stexauer.medium.com/i-was-born-a-sailor-f4365cfb9b65

Flying Fizz news

There’s a lot happening in the now small Flying Fizz community. The most exciting news is that Giulia is working on a new version, that will eventually replace the current 3.0 8 in races. The 3.0 8 Fizz nearing 10 years of age, this has been long overdue, but that’s what happens when the original maker leaves Second Life.

Finally a Flying Fizz in mesh

Giulia is building the boat in mesh and will script it, with the help of a few others. Meanwhile Bianca has been busy trying new paintjobs for the boat already. I included 2 photo’s with her countries theme. You’ll see the looks will be more like a modern dinghy. We’re all very excited about the project, that will use parts of both the Fizz Building Kit and the Bwind building kit to solve the various problems that meshing the Flying Fizz poses. Still, we hope to get a new version out in spring 2021.

I still owe you a bunch of race results from the GWSC Fabulour Fizz races for November and December 2020. I have posted these on the new SL Sailing Forum that Giulia has created: https://slsailing.app/t/gwsc-fabulous-fizz-november-2020/81 and https://slsailing.app/t/gwsc-fabulous-fizz-december-2020/80

Meanwhile, Giulia has started the Flying Fizz Super Series at the Plum Gut Sailing Center. It has a competition in 3 or 4 quarters and a finals series. The first quarter is already published here: https://fizz-super-series.netlify.app/ (You’ll notice that I won most of these races. I will try give the others a shot too.)

The Tradewinds Autoreturn Disaster

Last week I noticed that a lot of moored boats in our port at Tradewinds Yacht club were gone. That’s nice, as it gives room to new sailors to rezz and moor a sailboat.

Our accidentally cleaned-up port

It’s less nice though that these boats were autoreturned due to a ‘parcel full’ problem. I hate those: I never got why in some cases existing items would be returned from a parcel, while it allows the rezz of some new thing instead.
In this case it caused quite some damage. It’s not so much an issue that my (in)famous chair or the windsetter were returned, the boats in port I could care less about, but there are items in our shop and on the land that were basically irreplaceable.

Looking at the spot where my chair should be, it’s an old gift by my friend Sarah, who left years ago…

Most of the returned items were not set to the land group, but this didn’t apply to all: there were actually things, like Lalia’s platform for the cruise afterparty’s, that were in the land group, yet returned.

The emptied-out boat store

Our boat store was hit badly. There was a whole list of, mainly older, free boats here and a series of other items, sometimes made by creators that left Second Life years ago. These won’t come back. One thing that I noticed immediately, was the WildWind vendor being gone. We were at one point the only spot where a WildWind could be bought. The shop itself is back in Second Life though, it seems, so I might be able to get a vendor again too…
But yeah, all these other items. It will take some time to fill the boat store again.

R.I.P. Triumphal Yacht Club — Thar She Blows!

Last week saw a sudden and sad ending for Triumphal Yacht Club, as the parcel was sold and bought up by an uncooperate land baron. Well… Let’s say this when it comes to renting and rental agencies: I don’t rent a thing and have been happily living on Tradewinds Yacht Club for many years now…

I hope the people from the Triumphal group, like Orca and Bianca and so, will find a great new place to sail. Free Adriatic on Sansara, where Orca and I used to go back in 2008, is still there… We used to call that sea ‘The Adriatic’, Linden Lab later named it ‘Sea of Fables’.

Yes you read right. Triumphal as you know from my blogs over most of the year is gone. Well let me discribe the last days: Saturday:Laured told us after the Bandit 25R race that Trap has an interest to buy Triumphal: Rupali Thakur. 2 or 3 hours later i saw Trap online and asked her […]

R.I.P. Triumphal Yacht Club — Thar She Blows!

Exhibition Match at Sea of Eki

Tonight (and for US folks: this afternoon) the 2020 Free Spirit Cup will come to a conclusion. Without really reaching a conclusion as one of the semifinalists is still missing. Red (redheadjo) has not logged in in months and no one knows how she is doing.

Last week there was a Star race at the Sea of Eki. It was a bit late at night for me to enter, so I watched.

As the Sea of Eki is going to close after 2020, something I only read a short while ago, the exhibition match that ViV organised for tonight might well be the last race for a larger audience that is held there.

She blogged about it here:

https://fscup.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/goodbye-fscup20-hello-fscup21/

1:30pm SLT on Saturday 21 November at the Sea of EKi

If you like to come, bear in mind that the access to Sea of Eki is restricted to group members. Let me quote ViV on how to get in:

“Remember to plan in advance as the Sea of Eki is a private estate with restricted access. As both admins for the Estate are engaged in the exhibtion, once the racing starts, there is no way in for people not “on the list” (A simple Group join opens the door – IM either Vivipezz or Palani Allen inworld for an invite)”