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 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:

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: and

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: (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:

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)”

Gulls Wing Sailing Club Fabulous Fizz October 2020

I have just saved up all race results for the month of October to post them now, with some pictures…

Joanna Gackt with her Flying Fizz in the pretty paintjob she has prepared for it

Sunday 4 October 2020:

October started with a good day for pink boats. Liv won all 3 races on 4/10/2020

Race 1:
1: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:05:19

2: hii2newsplus Writer ID740HW — 00:06:02
3: SteveLL Resident ID008SR — 00:06:21
DNF: RonR Resident ID420RR — not Finished

Lap Times:
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:00 — Last lap: 00:05:19
hii2newsplus Writer ID740HW — Start: 00:00:30 — Last lap: 00:05:32
SteveLL Resident ID008SR — Start: 00:00:21 — Last lap: 00:06:00
RonR Resident ID420RR — Start: 00:02:54 — Last lap: not finished

Race 2:
1: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:12:21

2: hii2newsplus Writer ID740HW — 00:12:36
3: SteveLL Resident ID008SR — 00:14:24
DNF: RonR Resident ID420RR — not Finished

Lap Times:
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:12 — Last lap: 00:12:09
hii2newsplus Writer ID740HW — Start: 00:00:10 — Last lap: 00:12:26
SteveLL Resident ID008SR — Start: 00:00:05 — Last lap: 00:14:19
RonR Resident ID420RR — Start: 00:03:50 — Last lap: not finished

Race 3:
1: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:09:47

2: SteveLL Resident ID008SR — 00:11:15
DNF: hii2newsplus Writer ID740HW — not Finished

Lap Times:
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:03 — Last lap: 00:09:44
SteveLL Resident ID008SR — Start: 00:00:16 — Last lap: 00:10:59
hii2newsplus Writer ID740HW — Start: 00:00:06 — Last lap: not finished

A succesful port start, with favourable wind for boats on port lead to a huge lead for the pink shark in Race 1.

Sunday 11 October 2020

On 11 october everything was different again: Giulia (Sandra.Absent) came back after a long absence and won 2 races. Hii, who has worked hard on sharp starts from starboard in recent months, won the other race. Races are held for a while on the alternative line in Crossworlds Sound

Giulia showed she didn’t loose any skill in the months she has been away

Race 1:
1: Sandra Absent ID033SA — 00:06:04

2: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:06:22
DNF: hii2newsplus Writer ID614HW — not Finished

Lap Times:
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:00:01 — Last lap: 00:06:03
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:06:18
hii2newsplus Writer ID614HW — Start: 00:00:00 — Last lap: not finished

Race 2:
1: hii2newsplus Writer ID949HW — 00:12:58

2: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:13:18
3: Sandra Absent ID033SA — 00:13:32

Lap Times:
hii2newsplus Writer ID949HW — Start: 00:00:05 — Last lap: 00:12:53
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:15 — Last lap: 00:13:03
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:13:28

Race 3:
1: Sandra Absent ID033SA — 00:12:28

2: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:12:48
3: hii2newsplus Writer ID949HW — 00:13:05

Lap Times:
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:00:06 — Last lap: 00:12:22
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:18 — Last lap: 00:12:30
hii2newsplus Writer ID949HW — Start: 00:00:13 — Last lap: 00:12:52

Sunday 18 October 2020

On 18 October Liv took on the race director role. Giulia, Hii and Paul divided the 3 races like a birthday cake: each took their piece. Justin (SteveLL.Resident) was disturbed by RL causing lag and had to withdraw.

The whole fleet at the top marker in race 1

Race 1:
1: xPaulx Paine ID022XP — 00:07:13

2: Sandra Absent ID033SA — 00:07:44
3: SteveLL Resident ID008SR — 00:11:14
DNF: hii2newsplus Writer ID483HW — not Finished

Lap Times:
xPaulx Paine ID022XP — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:07:09
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:07:40
SteveLL Resident ID008SR — Start: 00:00:08 — Last lap: 00:11:06
hii2newsplus Writer ID483HW — Start: 00:00:02 — Last lap: not finished

Race 2:
1: hii2newsplus Writer ID359HW — 00:12:50

2: Sandra Absent ID033SA — 00:13:18
3: xPaulx Paine ID022XP — 00:13:45
DNF: SteveLL Resident ID008SR — not Finished

Lap Times:
hii2newsplus Writer ID359HW — Start: 00:00:12 — Last lap: 00:12:38
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:00:15 — Last lap: 00:13:03
xPaulx Paine ID022XP — Start: 00:00:16 — Last lap: 00:13:29
SteveLL Resident ID008SR — Start: 00:00:32 — Last lap: not finished

Race 3:
1: Sandra Absent ID033SA — 00:11:42

2: hii2newsplus Writer ID359HW — 00:12:07
3: xPaulx Paine ID022XP — 00:12:07

Lap Times:
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:00:14 — Last lap: 00:11:28
hii2newsplus Writer ID359HW — Start: 00:00:08 — Last lap: 00:11:59
xPaulx Paine ID022XP — Start: 00:00:15 — Last lap: 00:11:52

25 October 2020

The last race day in October there were to be only 2 races. The second race was on a course that was so long and caused so much trouble, that one finished it.

Hii AFK’s in style prior to the start of the event

Race 1:
1: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:07:51

2: hii2newsplus Writer ID357HW — 00:08:12
3: xPaulx Paine ID022XP — 00:08:30

Lap Times:
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:03 — Last lap: 00:07:48
hii2newsplus Writer ID357HW — Start: 00:00:05 — Last lap: 00:08:07
xPaulx Paine ID022XP — Start: 00:00:13 — Last lap: 00:08:17

Race 2:
DNF: Liv Leigh ID077LL — 00:17:14
DNF: xPaulx Paine ID022XP — not Finished
DNF: hii2newsplus Writer ID357HW — not Finished
DNF: Sandra Absent ID033SA — not Finished

Lap Times:
Liv Leigh ID077LL — Start: 00:00:03 — Last lap: 00:17:11
xPaulx Paine ID022XP — Start: 00:00:03 — Last lap: not finished
hii2newsplus Writer ID357HW — Start: 00:00:15 — Last lap: not finished
Sandra Absent ID033SA — Start: 00:01:37 — Last lap: not finished

StartLine Version 1.0

It’s been a few weeks since it’s out so I should mention it: we have an open sourced startline in Second Life Sailing again: Lalia’s work on it has completed and version 1.0 is there.
So no more need for borrowing lines from existing yacht clubs and sailors. If you want to start a yacht club or marina you can get your StartLine from Lalia:

And for those who, like me, are concerned about the future of our infrastructure: the source code can be found on GitHub:

The demise of Blake Sea

I have been avoiding Blake Sea for a while now. Maybe it is time to share with you why:

Blake Sea has becoming a parking place. Whether it is megayachts where the only action is either a party on the deck, or a party of more private nature belowdecks, or it is bots used for HUD-games that their owners don’t want to pollute their own land with, Blake Sea is the place to go.

Let me share a ‘weather report’, courtesy of Jessica ‘Conwing’ MacDougal, who does survey flights of grid conditions of Second Life seas for over 2 years now, reporting bad regions and ‘crashing so that you won’t have to’:

All Traffic, this is the Canaries, Advisory: Weather report 7th October 2020. Survey complete as of 06:45 SLT. Canary 1 reports conditions in The Channel south of White Star as Very Good. Conditions in the Blake sea are Severe and currently essentially impassible; I was unable to fly more than 2-3 sims without reaching a problem. Too many bad sims to list.
Nautilus City waters and Bingo Strait are Very Good, with no issues to report.
Canary 2 reports conditions in The Channel North of White Star, between Nautilus and Corsica, are Very Good today. South Corsica is in Very Good state too, with the odd, seemingly random, transient. Tuarua Fiji is not scanned today due to a scheduled restart of the estate..
Trouble tickets have been filed on all bad sims. HitCorp International Meteorological Survey, in association with the Swedish Coast Guard – The Canaries™ We find the lag so that you don’t have to. This message will repeat every 60 seconds on Gridtalkie ch-101-Weather.

Current patrol area:


While this was an extreme day on The Blake and it usually isn’t this bad, chances of Blake Sea performing worse than other sailing areas are high. I simply avoid it when I can.

Region crossings across the grid have improved tremendously. There’s a lot of open water, all over, where you can sail, fly or move around otherwise with your vehicle. I am happy to say that most of these places are functional. Blake Sea though, has collapsed under it’s success and I can’t see how anyone is going to give it back to sailors (and aviators) who actually use it as intended.
While we held large sailing tournament finals in the past in Blake, I consider it mostly useless for that now, especially West and South Blake are unsuited to race in as it is.