At Chaos Sailing Club, tomorrow at noon SL Time (Pacific Daylight Time) there will be races in the brand new Flying Fifteen keelboat, made by Jero Ramo. The boat is Fizz-based and well… being a keelboat… won’t capsize as easily as the Fizz.
The boat will be available at the startline*, but can also be obtained at Tradewinds Yacht Club, Chaos Sailing Club in Foresta and at Marketplace. The boat is free, so anyone who wishes to race can get one easily.
The race is Sponsored by Dutch, of The Mesh Shop, who will provide the regatta winner with a boat, free of choice, from his shop.
*The notecard supplied to me didn’t provide me with a SLURL to the startline…
Most people will know I like sailing dinghies most of all. The reasons are simple: I like to do stuff on my own, at least for a part of the time. And I don’t think racing some big multi-person ship on my own in Second Life makes any sense. (Nor does racing anything else than the Flying Fizz, but that’s another story.)
I just saw the last medal race ever in the Finn class at the Olympics. After Tokyo 2020 this classic dinghy is done for: it’s deemed only suited for men, as, especially due to it’s larger sail area, it is a boat for the heavy and muscular. What boat is left for the heavy sailors is not a question that was asked.
The Finn has become a classic at the Olympics. Sailed by great athletes like Paul Elvstrøm and Ben Ainslie, it has meant a great deal for sailing as a modern sport. For Danish sailing legend Elvstrøm it became a vehicle to develop new tools, new sails, but also new sailing tactics in. Ben Ainslie and many others used it as a step up to ocean racing or the America’s Cup.
So, now it’s byebye for this classic dinghy at the Olympics
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liv Leigh is commodore of Tradewinds Yacht Club, a sailing club in the virtual world of secondlife. This blog, infrequently updated at random intervals, collects some of her ideas, her article sketches and ramblings on what is going on in the world of Secondlife Sailing.