On March 24, sailors from all parts of the grid converged on Fruit Islands Estate to celebrate the opening of SL Coast Guard’s new Terranova Station in Bullace. Captain Xi Larnia brought the ceremony to order, addressing the massive crowd that spread over (and overloaded) two sims.
Xi Larnia: “I imagine I should start this with the usual pleasantries….. So, I would like to thank everyone for coming to what has to be a first for both Fruit Islands and the SLCG. A party to open a brand new station!
Thanks especially go to Brenda and Elbag, for we could not have done it without their generosity in giving us free reign over this beautiful sim. Their only constrant: it had to blend in with what they had done so far.”
Elbag Gable: “And it does that beautifully.”
Xi Larnia: “I would also like to thank Admiral Tig for the opportunity to build this station… but enough of that! We are here to open a new station and hopefully usher in a new chapter in the Fruit Islands history of sailing.
To do that…. I need to introduce a few people.
The first is the station’s new commander: Commander Lanelle Saunders!“
Lanelle Saunders: “Thank you Captain.
Hello and thank you all for coming. I apologize for the seating capacity, but thank you for your patience and cooperation.
First, I would like to thank Equinox Pinion and Dennis Lagan for having us here in the amazing Fruit Islands. Their vision and enterprise in setting up and maintaining this wonderful estate provide their residents and guests with a truly remarkable area to live and enjoy.
I would also like to thank Elbag Gable and Brenda Hoisin for donating this beautiful setting for our newest station. Some of you may not know that Elbag also donates the land in Knaptrackicon for Station Danshire.
He saved the channel there, keeping it open and made it available for all SL boaters to have access from Nautilus City into the Dire Strait area.
Elbag’s passion for sailing made the vision for this station possible, and we will do our best to help promote and assist sailing events here in the Fruit Islands.”
Lizzo Dreamscape shouts: Three Cheers for Dennis, Equi and Elbag!
Elbag Gable: <— blushes a bit
Lanelle Saunders: Captain Xi Larnia is also instrumental in the idea, design and implementation of this station. She initially approached Elbag about having a station here to help with SL sailing.
Elbag Gable: Bravo Xi
Lanelle Saunders: “Captain Larnia also designed the building from plans of an open air home in South America; I look forward to her supportive friendship and our work together here.
Several of our own from the SL Coast Guard have been involved within the Fruit Islands. From R J Kikuchiyo designing and building Mango Yacht Club to Niki Writer, who offered her talents with many things, including the design of the Fruit Islands logo which is included with our station colors.
We, as SLCG, look forward to a long and meaningful stay with all of you in Fruit Islands.”
Elbag Gable: “Well said, Bravo!”
Lanelle Saunders: “I would like to introduce our station Executive Officer, Sarandel Llewellyn. Sara, would you please join me at the podium?”
Elbag Gable: “Hurrah, Sara!”
Lanelle Saunders: “Admiral, may we present you with Station Terranova’s plaque and colors for your approval?”
Lanelle Saunders salutes
Lanelle Saunders: “SEMPER PARATUS”
Tig Spijkers: “Just a few words…
Good Evening Ladies, Gentlemen, Fellow Guardians and Sailors. I am known to keep my speeches short and I wont disappoint you today; I will only say a few words. I know you all want to get down and party 🙂
Recently a new recruit thanked me for “hiring” him, but my answer was most probably not what he was expecting:
“We do not hire, we volunteer to serve the residents of Second Life.”
Through history, men and women have put on a uniform to serve their country and it’s residents. The SL Coast Guard stand humble before you to serve and aide the residents of the Fruit Islands in fulfilling their dreams.”
Elbag Gable: “Well said.”
Tig Spijkers: “It is in this deeper meaning we carry the legacy of those that served before us, and we pledge to continue our traditions and service to the residents now here before me.
Commander Saunders, by order of the SL Coast Guard Command I hereby authorize the commission of Station TerraNova in service of the SL Coast Guard!”
Tig Spijkers salutes.
Tig Spijkers: “SEMPER PARATUS”
Lanelle Saunders salutes.