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2011 ACA Trophy Awards

by Jane Fossett and Amythest Wingtips

After two months of hard-fought sailing under difficult conditions, this past weekend the 2011 ACA Trophy Regatta came to an official close with an Awards Ceremony at Hollywood Bowl.

In the off-chance you spent the last three months in Nepal brushing up on transcendental meditation, here’s a recap of the ACA Trophy Promo video that will get you up to speed on the event:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Well now it’s over, and an enthusiatic crowd of threescore sailors came to Hollywood on Saturday to celebrate the Race, all the Competitors, and to shower particular praise on the ultimate Winning Skippers!

LDeWell Hawker and Quirky Torok organized the event and ran Saturday’s show. They began by extolling kudos and heeping awards on division winners Joro Aya (Intermediate Trophy) and Ox Seetan (ACA Lite Trophy)!

They then focused on the Elite Division Finalists, the top four winners of the entire, two-month Regatta.

The ACA Elite Third and Fourth prizes went to Miwha Masala and Silber Sands for a truly glorious bracket of Matches; you can read the details of their Petit Final Match event here.

The Top Two spots in the Elite Division were decided on July 24, the Regatta’s final race day. It was an ultimate Match duel that pit Bolt Bashly against KazumaHs Destiny for the top prize: the ACA Trophy. When the salt-spray cleared that day, Bolt sailed away with the Trophy in hand. How he won that final series proved a true tale of sailing derring-do, a confrontation for the nautical history books.

MarkTwain White filmed the Kaz-Bolt Match series, and his rendition is a true tribute to the excellence of the final competitors.  It reveals MTW’s remarkable skill and effort, and the movie ranks among the best virtual sailing videos of all-time. Go watch it a few dozen times times, take notes, grab yourself a copy, then tell your friends to watch, and cherish it always. 🙂

Oh, by the way: Make sure you thank MTW too. 🙂

Bolt and Kaz Battle for Cup Kudos

The Final Match shoot-out took place in Blake Sea, with Starboards Yacht Club hosting. Quirky Torok coordinated the complex event, while LDeWell Hawker kept strict control over all facets of racing, to ensure fairness and consistency.

Actually, the Regatta format ended up pretty simple; the best things usually are.

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The first skipper to win three races on Sunday would win the Regatta, and the ruleset was strict:  No recourse was given for crashes or sim-server problems. This was a no-whining final fight, a do-or-die duel of Destiny. (No pun intended, Kaz!) 🙂

With so much at stake, it’s worth commenting that Bolt Bashly had some difficulty finding his groove in the early flights. In fact, he lost the initial two races against Kaz pretty badly. In the First Race, Bolt missed the last gate and was scored DSQ. Then in the Second Race, Bolt crashed offline while approaching the Finish line. As the Third Race began, KazumaHs Destiny had  racked-up two wins.  With 2-0 on the scoreboard, it looked like Kaz was in the catbird seat, and on a roll to win the Regatta.

Bolt was in a bad spot; to stay alive he needed to belly-up and pull off three race-wins in a row. One loss and Bolt would Bottom-Out.

That must have seemed a daunting challenge, but in sail racing,  we all know it ain’t over till the Fat Lady sings. Bolt was far from Bashed. Although Kaz is a terrific sailor, Bolt was game-to-go, and the wise bets were on his side. Here’s why:

A One Minute Match Mantra

Over the past few months, Hawk worked tirelessly to teach sailors the details of Match Race Strategy; He’s posted videos, interactive slide shows, and offered many practical training classes. So if you want to win a one-on-one Match, make sure you talk to Hawk and attend his sessions over in Fruit Islands! The classes are great fun, and even if you don’t race, Hawk’s help will make you a much better sailor and give you a lot of new jokes.

But if you don’t have time for the Advanced Course, don’t worry.  The tricks to win Match Racing are actually pretty simple, and we saw them play out in the Finals.

When it comes down to it, there are really only two guiding principles necessary to win:

Rule 1. Win the Start.
Rule 2. Never let Anyone Pass You. 

Some of us think everything after that is irrelevant. 🙂

Forget about the race course. Focus only on what happens BEFORE you cross the line. If you can’t win the Start, your Match racing future is limited, since a skipper that crosses the Startline first has a huge advantage on any standard, windward-leeward course.

You want proof? Well… That principle proved Dogma in the ACA Trophy Finals… Let’s take a quick look.

Race #1

In Race #1 of the Finals, Bolt lost. Worse, it looked like he did something truly, incredibly stupid: Bolt forgot to go through the final course gate. How dumb can you get?

But wait a second though, and look again. Actually, Bolt won the Race #1 Start hands-down against Kaz.

That was a true eye-opener; it’s not easy to beat Kaz. Kaz is a Great Sailor, and he earned his spot in the Finals by defeating each-and-every skipper that dared match skill against him. Geez, Kaz even beat Miwha Masala. Many think Miwha is the all-time best ACA skipper in the whole SL fleet.

But Sportsfans? Even though Bolt lost Race #1… he actually, decisively beat Kaz across that Race #1 Start line.

You may have your own ideas about Race #1, but Jane and Amy think Bolt was focused on just one thing: winning that initial  prestart duel and seizing the Start. Well, he decisively nailed it, grabbing a strong lead lead as he crossed the line in front of Kaz.  Bolt then jealously guarded his position, never giving up his lead as he rounded the course.

Unfortunately, it looks like Bolt was so focused on the “Two Basic Rules” listed above that he ultimately forgot the Third Rule of Racing. Bolt missed the final race mark and ended up DSQ.

Rule #3 is well-known to all sail-racers, but it’s usually left unspoken and it’s not in the ISAF Race Rules, either. Here it is:

Rule 3. Don’t F*ck Up. 🙂

Bolt broke Rule #3 in the First Race. That was maybe a minor embarrassment, but hey, no big deal.  Bolt wasn’t emulating Lindsay Lohan, and wasn’t planning to be a repeat offender. You could Bet the Bank that Bolt was not going to make that mistake again. 🙂

Race #2

Race #2 actually turned out to be a replay of the First test. Bolt had his eyes glued on the the Start, and he played Kaz hard for a singular goal. Bolt’s mission was to make it across the line First.

Well, with intense determination he succeeded. Bolt crossed ahead of Kaz and grabbed clean air.

Once over the line in the lead, Bolt held all the cards. If you clock the two boats in any race, Kaz and Bolt turned out very closely matched for both speed and technical prowess. That made the Start advantage truly crucial, and in Race #2 it let Bolt hold his lead on every leg as he roared around the course.

Unfortunately, Bolt crashed just prior to the Finish. Since Kaz was glued to Bolt’s tail at every move and only seconds astern, Kaz easily grabbed the lead and cruised to his second straight win in the series!

Race #3

OKOK; Kaz was now leading 2-0. He only needed one additional win to capture the whole Regatta. Race #3 was truly a do-or-die moment for Bolt Bashly.  MarkTwain White saw it too, and expressed empathy over Bolt’s sorry predicament:

“Bolt must feel snake-bit after leading the first two races into the final seconds, only to lose.”

Well, after watching these races for five years, I’m convinced the outcomes are not determined by snakes, luck, or even destiny. (I’m sure MTW would agree, and if you have doubts, go look at the Destiny video in the article on Kaz and Takabou from last year 🙂 ).

However, MTW was surely correct: Bolt needed to win three straight races to beat Kaz, and capture the ACA Trophy. Bolt was nearly out, and now he had no margin of error. Kaz had the skill, nerve, and experience to hold the line, and he could smell victory.

A hush went over the crowd at the start of Race #3, as all eyes fell on the two champion contenders. Jane kept thinking of the legendary sailor Erik the Red, who once commented, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Bolt seemingly took those words to heart. He stuck to his elemental strategy: Win the Start.

If anything, it looked like Bolt doubled-down in Race #3. Go review the prestart in MTW’s video for that race. The last few seconds begin around 11:30 min. It shows Bolt dramatically cutting Kaz off at the Committee Boat, in a remarkable display of classic Leeward tactics. Wow!

Here are four snaps of that start from a different angle (taken by Jane):

If you’re a sailor, the sequence is pretty clear. The first image above shows Bolt parallel with Kaz  at the west end of the line, with only four seconds on the countdown clock. Bolt is leeward, and he has Right-Of-Way. Kaz is frozen; he has no room to pass between Bolt and the Committee Boat.

The next three images show how it plays out. Bolt plays his leeward card, cutting the line first on Starboard tack. Kaz is forced to come about. He crosses the line several seconds later on Port tack, with far less momentum.

Bolt decisively won Race #3 right there at the Start.

Race #4

Race #4 turned out to be a replay. Both skippers flaunted skill and swagger in the prestart, but Bolt timed his final tack well. He broke free from Kaz and crossed the Start line several seconds in front.

Bolt then never looked back. Bolt won Race #4, tying it all up. Bolt and Kaz had each won two Races.

Race #5

After nearly three months of ACA Trophy events and after four Finals races, for such great sailors, an even match score down to the wire seemed both exciting and appropriate.  The two Finalists had closely matched abilities, and everything would depend on a single tie-breaking Match.

The Race #5 Prestart was an epic duel of two great champions. Kaz and Bolt traded nonstop punches as the clocked ticked down, and the Start struggle proved an even match until the final seconds.

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Bolt then Burst across the line, scoring his Fifth Straight Start Win in the Finals series. Once they were across the startline, Kaz bravely fought against Bolt, sailing with skill and endurance. For such expert skippers, however, the Start advantage proved decisive, and it allowed  Bolt Bashly to sail across the Finish, and into the History Books…  as the ACA 2011 Trophy Winner.

The 2011 ACA Trophy Regatta was a truly fantastic competition that paid ultimate homage to many weeks… and months… of work by Quirky, Hawk, and over three dozen incredible sailors!

Congratulations to Bolt, Kaz, and all the fantastic skippers; but lets also raise Mega Kudos for Quirky, Hawk, Elbag, SYC, Fruit Islands and the ACA Group for such a Great Effort!


Bolt Bashly takes ACA Trophy in Five Matches

by Jane Fossett and Amythest Wingtips

Today, in a remarkably display of sheer tenacity and raw sailing skill, Bolt Bashly sailed away with the 2011 ACA Elite Trophy.

Way back in May, thirty-five sailors signed-on for a two month ordeal of elimination contests that would determine the best ACA 3.0 skipper in Second Life. After a long haul that tested the mettle of SLSailing’s Best of the Best, on July 24 only two skippers remained standing, undefeated:

KazumaHs Destiny and Bolt Bashly.

Today they met in Blake Sea for an Ultimate Match Duel to decide the 2011 Trophy Crown. As each match progressed this morning, it became obvious these two skippers were true champions and deserved their finalist status. Kaz and Bolt were closely matched technically, and sailed each flight with near-identical boat speed and flawless mark-rounding finesse.  It’s therefore no surprise that the competition sequence went the full limit. After four completed Matches, Kaz and Bolt ended up tied, 2-2.

Everything came down to Race #5.

Amy and Jane will fill you in with all the race play-by-play later this week, but here’s the bottom line. With such evenly matched, experienced skippers sailing a no-frills, windward-leeward Match course, everything depended on winning the Start, and that’s where Bolt Bashly excelled.

Today, Bolt Bashly owned the Startline. He won all five Starts, including the crucial Race #5. Kaz put up an epic contest in the final test, but Bolt struggled free and blew over the Raceline first, gaining a tiny, few-second advantage.

These two skippers were far too good to give up a lead, however small, and today Bolt proved that in spades. Bolt won the decisive fifth contest with pretty much the same hair’s breadth lead over Kaz that he held from the very start. Today two great sailors showed us all how it’s done. 🙂

Huge Kudos to Bolt and Kaz for their fantastic contest today.
It was full of the very best SL Sailing has to offer!

And everyone else, please remember the 2011 ACA Awards Ceremony is scheduled for next weekend. Hold those dates open;  Quirky Torok will update us all with the details!

EndGame: Bolt and Kaz Sail for ACA Crown

Are you ready?
After many weeks of heroic sailing,
Only two incredible sailors remain standing.

It’s down to a final, intrepid duo:

Bolt Bashly vs. KazumaHs Destiny

They sailed to victory against multiple challengers,
proving their mettle against a massive fleet
composed of the best IACC racers in all Second Life.

Now it’s Time for the Final Face-off.
It all ends on Sunday.

Two months of ACA Trophy racing
will conclude with a Final Match Event;
An ultimate do-or-die shoot-out in Blake Sea.
Here we go:

2011 ACA Regatta Finals
Starboards Yacht Club, BLAKE SEA
July 24 9:00AM


Miwha Magic

The 2011 ACA Trophy will come to a close in the next two weeks. Before that happens, I wanted to give a few well-deserved accolades for the sailors and organizers of the event. Let me begin with a big shout-out for the wondrous sailing of Miwha Masala!

Although it’s difficult to compare different boat designs and regatta formats, it’s definately not hard ranking Miwha’s sailing skill and her love for racing! In multiple sailing events over the past two years, Miwha had a spot reserved on the winner’s platform. She can sail pretty much anything that floats, and deserves a medal as Outstanding Sailing Diva of 2010-2011. 🙂

In case you have any doubt about that, I think her performance in the 2011 ACA Trophy Regatta proves my point.

Those gifted people with large brains reading this article may recall that two months ago the ACA Regatta began with a First Round Qualifying Elimination based on solo, time-trials. The fastest skippers in that contest then advanced into the Second Round.

Well, in that gritty tour de force numbers-game, Miwha Masala immediately bounced to the top. She was unbeatable sailing solo, and each of her First Round Qualifying Laps testified to her flawless sailing skill and her masterful addiction to speed.  Miwha quickly earned a mythic reputation as the fleet’s most Fast and Furious contender.

To her enduring credit, Miwha was also an essential resource for other racers, graciously sharing strategic tips with any who asked. Here’s my favorite picture from the ACA Trophy first week, showing Miwha and Taka hanging out at the Fruit Islands raceline. 🙂

When the Round #1 speed trials finished, I guess it was no surprise that Miwha stood alone at the head of the fleet. She owned the fastest laptimes of any sailor on the course, earning a well-deserved #1 Regatta Rank.  At the June 6 Award Ceremony in Eden, Miwha walked away with the Top Prize for the best performance of any ACA competitor.

(Oh! Huge kudos to Elbag, Quirky, and Hawk for the Awards Event!)

However, in mid-June the competition fleet entered the ACA Trophy Second Round. Round #2 used a Match Race format where contestants sailed against each other head-to-head. That required a new level of intensity; sailors had to prove they had the motivation, the skill and the sheer audacity to outsail their friends… (I mean “their competition.”) 🙂

Well, that Second Round saw a surprising upset; KazumaHs Destiny beat the odds, and outsailed Miwha Masala.

Kaz is a pretty great sailor, but on the day he matched against Miwha, Kaz stepped up his sailing proficiency to a whole new level. He beat Miwha with a pretty thrilling display of tactical prowess and cool-headed racing skill.

That doesn’t happen often, and it takes real magic to beat Miwha. Well, Kaz was the true sorcerer in Round #2. 🙂 When he trumped Miwha, Kaz earned the right to compete for the the Elite Division Top Prize, and I’ll have a lot more to say about that later. Today my focus is on Miwha. 🙂

New spectators  who saw that race might have gotten the wrong impression. Some may have concluded “Miwha was done,” or perhaps Miwha didn’t have what television pundits call “The Fire in the Belly” necessary to win. 🙂

Well, they obviously don’t know Miwha Masala. Miwha had the true heart to accept her defeat with consummate grace; she was full of praise for Kaz. But Miwha was far, far from out… 🙂

She came back the next week, waging a full steam campaign to capture the ACA Elite Division Petite Trophy (a.k.a., The 2011 ACA Elite Third Place). Miwha was ablaze with force, focus, and untarnished determination.

If you watched any of the ACA Trophy events, you also know that the “second-tier shoot-out for third place” was actually full of First-Ranked Sailors. Miwha needed to show she could fight her way to the front against battle-pr0ven, worthy opponents.

Miwha Trumps Taka

June 11 at 9:00am Miwha rezzed in Fruit Islands to matched-up against a grid-wide sailing expert. She faced Takabou Destiny, her good friend, and a truly wondrously-skilled ACA racer. Both Miwha and Taka were game-to-go that morning, and their match sequence took off exactly on time: Race Director LDeWell Hawker had this regatta under control, and he was ably backed-up by Qyv Inshan. 🙂

OKOK, as I mentioned, in this boat, on this course, Miwha was already the high mark from Round #1. However, in her match against Taka, Miwha had something to prove, and that day she set a new, ultimate standard. 🙂

Takabou Destiny was a worthy opponent. He is one of a small handful of truly incredible sailors in SL, and he can beat most other skippers any time, in any boat, on any course. 🙂 However, on June 11 Miwha proved an impenetrable roadblock. Kaz had beaten her a few days earlier, and Miwha absolutely would not let that happen again. On June 11, she didn’t. 🙂

Miwha stole the Starts, and then she relentlessly gained ground as she completed the course, despite strong resistance from Takabou in each flight.

Match Starts

I think all sailors agree that the “Start” is very important in sail-racing. Some might even argue that “Winning the Start” is Everything in a race, and that’s particularly true in Matches.

The ACA Match Rounds in Fruit Islands strongly demonstrated that point. Any skipper that could win advantage in Time and Position at the Start held the true Quantum of Victory. If you can win the start, you should win the race.

Well, on June 11 it was pretty undeniable that Miwha took on the best Takabou could offer, but she won the Starts by a full 11 seconds (R#1) and 09 seconds (R#2)! Woots; once she captured the Start and saw clear water, Miwha relentlessly widened her lead. She never faltered, and Taka never caught an opening he could exploit. Here’s a slightly modified version of Hawk’s Judging video from the first race:

Watch the above video carefully. If you ever need to match race Takabou, let me quote Wednesday Addams‘ advice: Be afraid, be Very Afraid.” 🙂 Taka played it excellently, and pushed Miwha far southwest of the line before the Start gun. The above video shows Miwha unintimidated; she ducked below his stern, and then broke for free water tacking back to the line. GRIN, she never looked back.

After two decisive tests that went in Miwha’s favor, Takabou accepted his defeat with rather great nobility. His love of sailing and his confidence in his skill is pretty obvious, and he certainly deserves huge praise.

You probably know what I think already: Tak’s a fantastic sailor, with the skill and determination to beat nearly any sailor, any day, in SL. However, he also knew June 11 belonged to Miwha. He put up a great fight, but accepted the result as Miwha proved her rank, flawlessly rounding the course in unbeatable style. Here are the numbers for their races below.

Miwha v Taka, Race #1
1: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:08:53
2: takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — 00:09:16
Lap Times:
Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:03  —  Last lap: 00:08:50
takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — Start: 00:00:14  —  Last lap: 00:09:02

Miwha v Taka, Race #2
1: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:09:04
2: takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — 00:09:29
Lap Times:
Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:09  —  Last lap: 00:08:55
takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — Start: 00:00:18  —  Last lap: 00:09:11

Miwha v Silber

After the victory above, Miwha had one more hurdle before she could claim the ACA Trophy Elite Third Place; there was still had one more Match to win.

Silber Sands had a list of ACA Regatta competition triumphs that equaled Miwha’s. A Final Silber-Miwha Match-up would decide which skipper owned the ACA Trophy Elite Third-Place spot. This was a high level duel, of course. It was so high, the loser would still go home carrying the #4 place award for the whole ACA Elite Regatta. So, this Match was really for Bragging Rights. 🙂

Although I’ve focused on Miwha above, I could just as easily have talked about Silber. As any user with a sailboat in SL already knows, Silber Sands is a great person and super sailor.

She also holds commanding knowledge and race experience across a wide range of one design boats in SL. Equally important, she has wisdom and clear insight over racing strategy and Rules application. Like Miwha, Silber has a gracious, self-effacing style, and she’ll probably deny all my laudatory comments about her here. 🙂

Nonetheless, I think most of us watching the Petit Final matches were not surprised when the final battle came down to a pas-de deux between Miwha and Silber.

OK, I said it before: If you can win the Start, you can win the Race. Well, two of the toughest, most in-your-face sailing duels I’ve ever watched took place between Miwha and Silber in their Final face-offs. It’s true they raced the prestart punch-out with guts and intensity, but they also sailed with remarkable grace, charm, and evident appreciation for each other’s talent. Their Final competition for the #3-#4 Elite Ranking spoke volumes about their understanding of the true fun of SL Sailing, and the wonder of the whole SL Sailor Community.

Watch this; it’s just the last four minutes of the Prestart from Race #1 of the Miwha-Silber Finals:

Often dueling skippers will avoid each other in the last few minutes before a start, trying to prevent a foul. With Hawk’s teaching and the strong hearts of all in this competition fleet, that never happened in the ACA Trophy. The skippers roared in to face each other during the final four minutes of each countdown, and the last matchup of Silber and Miwha demonstrated that in spades.

If you watch the above video frame-by-frame, you’ll see the two skippers used every tool they had available to gain advantage. They skirted the shoreline, islands, committee boats… and made breathtaking last-moment turns trying to fake their opponents.

With one minute to go, both skippers paused as they came to their pre-designed start positions. You can see it in the video, and I’ve captured it below as well.

The top frame shows the boats nearly in irons one minute before the Start, waiting to make a Starboard tack sprint for the raceline. Miwha is Lee and slightly ahead of Silber.

OK, normally Miwha in that spot would have Leeward advantage. She might possibly luff up Silber, and even push her off the racecourse. Maybe.

If you grab a stopwatch, you can time Miwha’s thinking here. 🙂 As I watch that video, I see Miwha realize her wind angle isn’t good enough to force Silber into the buoy. That means Miwha’s advantage is lost and she’s just going to strangle under Silber’s windward shadow as they cross the line.

In the second frame above you see Miwha take a truly gutsy gambit, making a last minute turn to gain better wind angle to hit the line. Silber sees what’s going on, and turns West to cut off Miwha’s juggernaut, but she’s too late. Miwha has the momentum and position needed to grab a strong windward-dominant start on Starboard tack.

Miwha took a chance, and won the Start by only six seconds against Silber’s truly heroic defense. Six seconds at the Start may not sound like much, I admit… but with skippers like Miwha and Silber, and in a well-tuned boat like Caf’s ACA3 3.0, six seconds into clean air will win you a race… anytime. 🙂

Miwha Wins!

Once more, against one of the best skippers in SL, Miwha Masala captured two straight wins to take the Elite #3 slot. Silber sailed away with #4, after a truly world class, bar-raising performance that showed us all ‘how it’s done.’

WOOTS to Miwha, Silber, Taka, and Thank You to all involved in the Petit Finals races… They were quite outstanding. After the sailors finished, I admit it took me at least two minutes to just remember to start breathing again. 🙂

Here’s the Final damage report:

1: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:09:41
2: Silber Sands   ID75SS — 00:09:59
Lap Times:
Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:03  —  Last lap: 00:09:38
Silber Sands   ID75SS — Start: 00:00:09  —  Last lap: 00:09:50

Race Results:
1: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:09:15
2: Silber Sands   ID75SS — 00:09:33
Lap Times:

Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:15  —  Last lap: 00:09:00
Silber Sands   ID75SS — Start: 00:00:22  —  Last lap: 00:09:11

Hot News: Joro Aya and Ox Seetan Win ACA Intermediate and Lite Finals!

Today Quirky Torok and LDeWell Hawker presided over the ACA Trophy Fleet Finals for the Intermediate and Lite Racing Groups.

A large crowd gathered over the racecourse platforms at Starboards Yacht Club and around Blake Sea to cheer on the select group of intrepid skippers that bellied up for today’s final flight shoot-out. God knows, they weren’t disappointed. 🙂  Today’s races were full of excitement and electricity, and there were more than a few moments where sailors made on-the-fly moves that showed sheer tactical brilliance. I write a lot about races and people in SL and RL, and sometimes I write too much. 🙂  Today however there were several moments where I was at a loss for words and ended up grinning and speechless as I watched a whole race fleet use Blake Sea as their personal chessboard…

Joro Aya’s come-from-behind win in today’s Race #4 was not due to mere chance; she showed sheer brilliance against tough competitors, and the strategy employed had Joro’s style written all over it.  I’ll write more about the details later, but today let me just tell you who won, and give you the numbers!

The Intermediate Final

The Intermediate Finalist Fleet included: Jimboo Shelbyville,
Joro Aya, Kurt Calamity, and Naeve Rossini

Intermediate Finals – Race #1:
[09:33]  **  1: joro Aya – +00:14:39
[09:33]  **  2: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:15:50
[09:33]  **  3: Naeve Rossini – +00:17:25
[09:33]  **  Lap Times:
[09:33]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:00
[09:33]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:01
[09:33]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:09
[09:33]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:11
[09:33]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:39
[09:33]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:15:50
[09:33]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 1: +00:17:25

Intermediate Finals – Race #2:
[09:55]  **  1: Kurt Calamity – +00:13:39
[09:55]  **  2: joro Aya – +00:14:52
[09:55]  **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:15:03
[09:55]  **  4: Naeve Rossini – +00:15:04
[09:55]  **  Lap Times:
[09:55]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:01
[09:55]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:04
[09:55]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:11
[09:55]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:15
[09:55]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:13:39
[09:55]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:52

[10:03] Hawk: point standings as of two races…
Joro 3, Curt 5, Jimbo 5 and Naeve 7

Intermediate Finals – Race #3:
[11:13]  **  1: Kurt Calamity – +00:13:39
[11:13]  **  2: joro Aya – +00:13:57
[11:13]  **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:14:42
[11:13]  **  4: Naeve Rossini – +00:14:48
[11:13]  **  Lap Times:
[11:13]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:00
[11:13]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:01
[11:13]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:07
[11:13]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:09
[11:13]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:13:39
[11:13]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:13:57
[11:13]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:14:42
[11:13]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 1: +00:14:48

Intermediate Finals – Race #4:
[11:34] **  1: joro Aya – +00:14:21
[11:34] **  2: Kurt Calamity – +00:14:53
[11:34] **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:14:59
[11:34] **  Lap Times:
[11:34] **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:06
[11:34] **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:16
[11:34] **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:21
[11:34] **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:24
[11:34] **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:21
[11:34] **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:14:53
[11:34] **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:14:59

At the end of the series Kurt and Joro were tied for first-place points, based on their best three of four races (with one “discard”). The ACA Regatta tiebreaker rule then kicked in. It based a boat’s total score on the outcome of all four races, (no discards), and Joro Aya was the clear winner in that full set. However, the need for a tiebreaker shows how close the competition actually was!

The Lite Final

The Lite Finalist Fleet included: Colin Nemeth, Fadamuito Boa, Orca Flotta, and Ox Seetan.

The Lite Finals were electric; the skippers repeatedly showed heart, humor, skill and substance as each fought for the top prize in their division.  In fact, to show how tough the Final races were, all four skippers ended up tied for points as they entered the last round.

However, in that last race, on this final day for Lite combat, Ox Seeton scored a truly commanding win. She repeatedly jockeyed for position and wind control, flaunting a fine level of sailing finesse as she flew across the Blake Sea course.

In addition, the second spot in the Lite division went to Colin Nemeth. It was a well-earned tribute to his dedication, his tenacity and his long-standing sailing determination. 🙂 Nice job, Colin!

[10:23] **  Lite Finals Results:
[10:23] **  1: Orca Flotta – +00:10:13
[10:23] **  Lap Times:
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:08
[10:23] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:09
[10:23] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:01:26
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 1: +00:10:13
[10:23] Long Range: Fadamuito Boa [95m]
[10:23] **  Race Results:
[10:23] **  1: Orca Flotta – +00:10:13
[10:23] **  Lap Times:
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:08
[10:23] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:09
[10:23] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:01:26
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 1: +00:10:13

[10:46] **  Race Results:
[10:46] **  1: Ox Seetan – +00:08:58
[10:46] **  2: Fadamuito Boa – +00:09:34
[10:46] **  3: Colin Nemeth – +00:10:00
[10:46] **  Lap Times:
[10:46] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:01
[10:46] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:02
[10:46] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:00:11
[10:46] **  Fadamuito Boa– lap 0: +00:00:16
[10:46] **  Ox Seetan– lap 1: +00:08:58
[10:46] **  Fadamuito Boa– lap 1: +00:09:34
[10:46] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 1: +00:10:00

[ 11:55]  ** Race Results:
[ 11:55]  ** 1: Ox Seetan – +00:08:54
[ 11:55]  ** 2: Colin Nemeth – +00:09:57
[ 11:55]  ** Lap Times:
[ 11:55]  ** Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:00
[ 11:55]  ** Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:00
[ 11:55]  ** Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:00:14
[ 11:55]  ** Ox Seetan– lap 1: +00:08:54
[ 11:55]  ** Colin Nemeth– lap 1: +00:09:57

ACA Trophy Finals July 10 and 16 !!

Uber Regatta Director LDeWell Hawker announces:

The ACA Trophy Fleet Finals

both ACA 3.0 Intermediates and ACA Lite Fleet

Sunday July 10th at 9am
Starboards Yacht Club.

Followed a week later by the:

ACA Trophy Elite Match Finals

Saturday July 16th at 9am
Starboards Yacht Club.

ACA Trophy: Kaz, Lothor, Bolt and Silber Advance!

Takabou with Lothor in chase

Sailors saw Round Two of the ACA33 Elite Trophy wrap up this week with a series of match competitions.

“Elite” Matches
Thursday June 2nd
6am:   Viciously Llewellyn vs. Silber Sands

Saturday June 4th
6am:   Miwha Masala vs. KazumaHs Destiny

9am:   Lothor Vlodovic vs. takabou Destiny
6pm:   Carmen Foden vs.  Bolt Bashly

Miwha and Kaz

In Thursday’s Round Two opener three days ago, Silber Sands emerged the winner in her initial match-up against Cait (Viciously Llewellyn). However, everyone agreed the sims were awful that morning, and the conditions precluded sailors from truly competing at their level of ability. The problem was a grid-wide issue. Hawk, Quirky, Elbag, Equinox and Dennis worked very hard to optimize the race conditions in Fruit Islands, but some things are even beyond their combined, consummate control. 🙂

Saturday the weather cleared, however; the Fruit Islands races were absolutely great, despite a large crowds of spectators! The matches were exactly what they should be: exciting, head-on confrontations between skippers that tested their skill, determination, and raw courage. Here’s how the numbers played out, along with the first-match prestart videos for each pairing, courtesy of Hawk:

6am:   Miwha Masala vs. KazumaHs Destiny

Match 1
1: KazumaHs Destiny   IDKH32 — 00:09:51
2: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:09:55
Lap Times:
KazumaHs Destiny   IDKH32 — Start: 00:00:20  —  Last lap: 00:09:31
Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:10  —  Last lap: 00:09:45

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Match 2
1: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:09:01
2: KazumaHs Destiny   IDKH32 — 00:09:39[07:11]
Lap Times:
Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:03  —  Last lap: 00:08:58
KazumaHs Destiny   IDKH32 — Start: 00:00:17  —  Last lap: 00:09:22

Match 3
1: KazumaHs Destiny   IDKH32 — 00:09:18
2: Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — 00:09:25[07:37]
Lap Times:
KazumaHs Destiny   IDKH32 — Start: 00:00:01  —  Last lap: 00:09:17
Miwha Masala   IDMM10 — Start: 00:00:12  —  Last lap: 00:09:13

9am:   Lothor Vlodovic vs. takabou Destiny

Match 1
1: takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — 00:09:23
2: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:09:45
Lap Times:
takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — Start: 00:00:08  —  Last lap: 00:09:15
Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — Start: 00:00:01  —  Last lap: 00:09:44

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Match 2
1: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:09:50
2: takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — 00:10:03
Lap Times:
Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — Start: 00:00:16  —  Last lap: 00:09:34
takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — Start: 00:00:22  —  Last lap: 00:09:41

Match 3
1: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:09:34
2: takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — 00:09:48
Lap Times:
Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — Start: 00:00:10  —  Last lap: 00:09:24
takabou Destiny   IDTD21 — Start: 00:00:28  —  Last lap: 00:09:20


6pm:   Carmen Foden vs.  Bolt Bashly

Match 1
1: Bolt Bashly   IDBOLT — 00:09:04
2: Carmen Foden   ID27 — 00:09:29
Lap Times:
Bolt Bashly   IDBOLT — Start: 00:00:07  —  Last lap: 00:08:57
Carmen Foden   ID27 — Start: 00:00:09  —  Last lap: 00:09:20

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Match 2
1: Bolt Bashly   IDBOLT — 00:09:06
2: Carmen Foden   ID27 — 00:09:21
Lap Times:
Bolt Bashly   IDBOLT — Start: 00:00:02  —  Last lap: 00:09:04
Carmen Foden   ID27 — Start: 00:00:13  —  Last lap: 00:09:08


Round Two Winners going to the Finals:

— Silber Sands
— KazumaHs Destiny

— Lothor Vlodovic
— Bolt Bashly

At the end of the match cycle, Hawk announced:

“The Fruit island award for the time trial qualifer for ACA cup will be awarded tomorrow at 11:00am SLT at Eden Victoria sim.  Tunes by Quirky while I get my act together!   Top 8 get gold medals, 9-16 Silver and remaining 8 bronze medals.    Silver Platter to the top three times in the ACA 3.0.    Medals to the the Lite racers for top 3.
“Hope to see you all there…”

The match races on Saturday were truly incredible, and I have much more to say about them, but that needs to wait for another day! If you missed the races, make sure to check your schedule and get there to see the Finals next week; they are going to be pretty wondrous!

KazumaHs Destiny

ACA33 Trophy Series Advances

Woots! Here we go; the ACA33 Trophy series is getting in gear for the next rounds! Here’s the schedule for the “Elite group” semifinal matches:

Thursday June 2nd:
6am:  Viciously Llewellyn vs. Silber Sands

Saturday June 4th
6am:   Miwha Masala vs. KazumaHs Destiny
9am:   Lothor Vlodovic vs. takabou Destiny
6pm:   Carmen Foden vs.  Bolt Bashly

The Intermediate Group will sail fleet races on Sunday June 4th between 10am to 2pm. The eight skippers will have two competition groups, seeded by first round rank:

Group 1
Cher Bravin
 Laycee Deed *
Elbag Gable
 Jimboo Shelbyville
* alternate if cannot sail- VitorCr Resident (17th seed)

Group 2
Kurt Calamity
Naeve Rossini
 joro Aya
Bea Woodget

This morning Cait and Silber went head-to-head to kick off the first match in the Semifinal Round. They are both pretty incredible sailors, but poor grid conditions made it hard for them to display their true skills. Silber took the win, after Cait withdrew due to extreme lag in in the Second Match. Here’s Hawk’s summary of the set, and his video of the prestart from each race:

LDeWell Hawker:
“The match between Caity and Silber is over, with the win going to Silber 2 to 0.  In match 1 Caity crashed, and we had a re-start as crash was early in the pre-start.   Match 1 started successfully with Silber taking the start, and lead the entire way with a significant lead by the yellow mark.   At that point it seemed as if…Caity lost control and passed by yellow eventually crashing.   The match was ended, decision to Silber.

Match 2 Started sucessfully with Silber taking the start and gaining a lee foul against Caity. Shortly after Caity retired from the race.”

Match 1 start:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Match 2 start:

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See you on Saturday for the next three Match pairs!

ACA33 Cup Round One: Wind, Wave Issue

If you attended any of the practice rounds or official time-trials for the ACA33 Trophy last week over in Breadnut, you probably noticed it. Several of the race boats seemed unbalanced in the water, with their hulls pitched forward or aft. Miwha Masala has written about this issue too.

To illustrate: Bolt Bashly’s boat is riding bow-up in the pic above, while Naeve Rossini has her stern in the air in the image below.

Hawk noticed this persistent pitch problem too. He also discovered the pitch direction correlated with significant performance differences across the race fleet. As the time trials continued, Hawk made sure the competitors were all sailing equivalent boats, cancelling laps where any boat showed evidence of ‘pitch-poor performance.’

I’ve spoken to Hawk, Quirky, and Caf about the issue, and Miwha discussed it on her blog yesterday. On first review, the problem seems an easy fix. The Qualifying Round WWC settings did not include waves or current, so the Wave function was turned OFF. The boats normally pitch back and forth on the water, riding the waves. With the function turned off, the boats froze into a fixed pitch angle based on the the time they locked race settings. That had a small but significant impact on sail performance.

Hawk is confident this issue did not impact the race results, and the time-trial rankings will stand.

Caf Binder and Quirky Torok are also confident the ACA33 3.0 wind engine is not the issue; its the wave input instruction, and Caf says how that’s handled will be fixed in next update release. 🙂

Here’s his official comment:

Caf Binder: About speed and stern X waves.
Glitch has possible origin in 2 situations:
(a) WWC partially set to NO waves, like wave speed zero but height not, or vice versa.
(b) Garbage from previous wave data at script, like an already rezzed boat getting WWC setter again.

Recommendantion for ACA v3.0:
(a) set both wave speed and heigth to zero
(b) yes, re-rez

Well; that was easy. 🙂 Now I can go back to deal with the other pitch problem I’m having… 🙂

ACA33 Trophy Quals Get Extended

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It’s May 12, and the weather is not cooperating very well. Hawk’s extending the First Round time-trials to make sure all competing boats get a fair shot under comparable conditions. Hopefully it can all get wrapped up in a day or two, once grid conditions stabilize.

Of course this happens in real sailing too; weather can be pretty unpredictable! 🙂

Anyway, here are the latest ‘official’ standings:

ACA 3.0 Results May 11 updated
(* Completed required 2 of 3)
(** Finished trials allotted)

1. Miwha Masala*
2.  Carmen Foden
3.  Viciously Llewellyn*
4.  Lothor Vlodovic*
5.  takabou Destiny *
6.  Silber Sands
7.  Bolt Bashly
8.  KazumaHs Destiny *
9. Cher Bravin *
10.  Kurt Calamity*
11.  Elbag Gable
12.  Joro Aya
13.  Bea Woodget **
14.  Naeve Rossini
15 VitorCr Resident **
15.  Kentrock Messmer
16.  Gunnar Bekkers
17.  Jimboo Shelbyville
18.  Ultralas Moleno **
19.  EmmanuelMara Resident *
20.  don Berithos*
Light Racers
1. Ox Seetan *
2. Fadamuito Boa *
3. Orca Flotta
4. Colin Nemeth **

Go ACA Trophy 2011!