Category Archives: Tradewinds Yacht Club

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:

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 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:]

TYC Winterchampionships 2012 – SLSA World Cup 2M

The coming weekend the SLSA World Cup Event in Quest 2M will be held at Tradewinds Yacht Club. This event will also count as TYC Winter Championships 2012. The race will be sailed in the wonderful Quest 2M, a Bwind-based racing keelboat.

The races will be held from the Siracusa line, in the SecondLife Sea known as ‘The Channel’. This line is accessible from Tradewinds Yacht Club:

Information on the subscription procedure can be found here:,1116.msg3841.html

A list of competing teams in the SLSA World Cup is available here:

Balloon trips

The news about Abbotts Aerodrome closing brought me back to my balloon again. Since last year I am in posession of a Terra-Kojima balloon, which is a very nice toy for exploring Second Life.

The balloon can be used to go from one spot to the next. The HUD enables you to choose between several ways of flying it. You can set it’s altitude, direction or speed. But you can also just let it float with SL wind and/or let the altitude be regulated with the burner, which you can open or close. This way you’ll never know where you’ll end up. I found it to be a fun way to discover new spots. Even in your own neighbourhood you may discover that you have hidden gems, just around the corner.

The balloon is even completely customizable. You can alter the textures since it is mod, but it also contains a series of presets, available through a ‘painter HUD’ and the possibility to apply your own logo to it.

And last but not least, for the real die-hards, it offers the possibility to create guided tours around an area, a feature that I have used myself at Tradewinds:

The Terra-Kojima balloon can be found at Abbotts Aerodrome, until it’s closure september 1st: Or at SL Marketplace:

Naturally, if you just want to try it out, you can visit us at Tradewinds and try our tour balloon. If you click the post for it, it will rezz. Sit in and and say ‘AP Start’ to start the tour.. Or ‘help’ for info on how to get around with it otherwise.

Liv Leigh spotters get new facilities

Thanks to Tradewinds Yacht Club’s Tasha Kostolany, fanatic Liv Leigh spotters now can enjoy their own cabin. The simple wooden shed contains some information about Liv Leigh and a couple of warnings for the unknowing. A one metre tall fence offers the needed protection against sudden attacks.

The stand provides some information about Liv Leigh’s usual habitat, the ‘race director’s chair’ and habits (sitting AFK, with or without sign above it’s head). A pair of binoculars is included for a better view, but not necessary as the cabin brings spotters right in the middle of Liv’s territory.

Visitors are kindly requested not to feed the animals, as they might get sick. Visitors are advised to not stand at or lean on the fence as this might result into them becoming food for the wildlife.

The cabin can be visited at Tradewinds Yacht Club: