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White on Blake

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(JFos, Feb 10 — On February 9, MarkTwain White posted a lengthy opinion on several Blake Sea sailing issues in Second Life. I thought it was worth reposting his comments here on MetaverseSailing as well, for discussion and future reference.)



by MarkTwain White, February 9 2014

What is the Blake Sea and Who is Responsible for Administering it?

The Blake Sea is a body of water that was created by Linden Lab as part of the deal they made with the owners of the United Sailing Sims.


It exists because the LL offered to create it if owners of the USS sims agreed to administer the Blake Sea for the enjoyment of all. There is a group called the Blake Sea Group. It is made up of Lindens and some forty SL residents drawn from the USS yacht clubs to administer racing and boating in the Blake Sea. There are three SL residents that LL has made their primary administrative liaisons with LL and lead administrators in the relationship between LL, the USS, and SL residents. Sudane Erato is the lead administrator between the nine USS owners and LL. MarkTwain White and Nber Medici are the lead administrators of the Blake Sea (our titles in that combined group are “Blake Sea Captain”). Therefore part of the payback to the USS leaders and yacht clubs was and is the existence of the Blake Sea next to their sims which connected the whole operation to the Mainland. To read a more detailed history of how the Blake Sea came to be check out the History of the Blake Sea on the Blake Sea Journal blog (links below).

Why Clubs That Organize Races in the Blake Sea Should Use the Blake Sea Combined Calendar

The Blake Sea grows in popularity every month. When individual boaters follow accepted maritime protocols there is rarely a problem. And for a long time the Clubs of the USS had little problems racing together since we each tended to use the Blake Sea startlines set up close to each club. We have had the Blake Sea combined Calendar (BSCC) for a long time that helped the USS clubs get their various programs scheduled.

However times are changing. Clubs outside the USS are wanting to schedule events in the Blake Sea. This is seen most keenly in the two Interclub Racing programs that have just gotten started over the past month or so. (I will have more to say on Interclub racing later). So it is even more important that these clubs refer to the BSCC and follow the procedures to post race events there as they work in tandem with USS clubs. Last night I sent some protocols that I have asked Gemma Vuckovic add to the BSCC so all clubs can see how to get involved in the BSCC and schedule events that do not compete for time and space in the Blake Sea. I will also post those protocols on the Blake Sea Journal today.

For the sake of easy reading I include those protocols here.

Steps to Post to a Calendar that Appears on the Blake Sea Combined Calendar (BSCC).

1. Create a Google Calendar
2. Contact Gemma Vuckovic to get your calendar added to the BSCC

3. Check the BSCC to make sure there is no other event using the same time and space in the Blake Sea.
4. Arrange use of the line with the yacht clubs nearest the startline to be used so that there is no conflict.
5. Once arrangements are agreed upon to you can post the event in your Google Calendar.
6. Click CREATE
7. Enter name of event in “Untitled Event” window
8.. If ALL DAY box is selected, unselect it.
9. Enter start and end time of event. (Use Pacific Time which equals SL time)
10. In the WHERE window enter the name of the sim with the startline to be used (e.g. Blake Sea – Pacific)
11. In the description window add any additional info that will help people understand the race. (e.g. race start and ends at Arabian line but covers a significant portion of the Blake Sea. SLCG will be providing racecourse security)

Although the BSCC on the surface appears to be just like the SL Sailing Calendar which covered/covers the entire grid, the BSCC is very different. The SL Sailing Calendar sought to inform of sailors across the grid primarily of the TIMES of races. Yes the location was included however almost never was there a need in that calendar to deal with the reservation of SPACE. Nearly every club had at least one race line and some had more than one. There was no need to make sure the line in question would not be used by another club in terms of TIME and SPACE. Obviously both time and space are very important in the BSCC. When Starboards Yacht Club wants to have a race in the Blake Sea the Pacific Line is the natural place to hold the race. You can see that similarity of connection for most USS yacht clubs. Not surprisingly a club will host its races on its “home field” whether that be in the Blake Sea or somewhere out on the Mainland.

In the case of the Blake Sea the USS clubs have had their well established times and places working for some time now. So now that clubs from other places who normally race elsewhere at their established time come into the Blake Sea and wish to make use of the facilities they have the civil responsibility to find a time and place not occupied by a long established race event by clubs for whom the Blake Sea is home. Just because Club D ran their races at Noon on Saturday does not mean they can necessarily run races in the Blake at the same time. They need to come in as fellow clubs who want to fit in in civilized fashion and do some inter club action. This is covered in the above mentioned protocols.

It is true that until the beginning of the this year Starboards Yacht Club had been inactive for about two years. After we got the Fanci Deep project started late last year (which helped end the WWII fighting in the Blake Sea) we turned our attention to reviving SYC. We updated the Blake Sea Combined Calendar to reflect the new programs that we have been working on launching in our traditional time periods. Note that no club came in to use the startline at Blake Sea – Pacific during our traditional times. Waypoint Yacht Club uses the Pacific line from time to time but only during their traditional times and they worked with us to get that time and space reserved.

Why is Starboards Yacht Club Hosting Powerboat Races in the Blake Sea?

If you read the Blake Sea Code of Conduct (see at the SYC web site or the Blake Sea Journal, links are below) you will see that while sailing was and is the backbone of the Blake Sea concept, the Blake Sea was created “for the enjoyment of all”. This has always been a difficult role for those of us that administer the Blake Sea. Sailors often read the “sailing first” part of that role but what they hear in their minds is “sailing only”. On the other hand for a long time we had the WWII people come in and disrupt boating in the Blake Sea by conducting warfare and making the case that the Blake Sea was “for the enjoyment of all” while ignoring the “sailing first” part of the Blake Sea mission

Now we have a new group that is making its presence felt in the Blake Sea, the powerboaters. We at SYC quickly saw that this development would likely grow significantly over the months ahead. However the potential problems were easy to see. First there would very likely be a proliferation of unrealistically fast powerboats that would not do well given SL poor performance with sim crossings. The specter of a group of rocket-fast powerboats plowing thru a sailboat race because they traveled so fast they never saw the sailboats rezz was a real fear on our part. Unless steps were taken to change the lay of the land regarding the scripting we were in for some very unhappy times. And LL would not have stepped in to stop this rapid growth. Second there were a sizable number of these newly empowered power boaters that ould have no clue that in both RL and SL SAILBOATS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY OVER POWERBOATS.

We could have stood by and done nothing knowing that the “for the enjoyment of all” clause in the Blake Sea Code of Conduct gave them the right to be in the Blake Sea OR we could try to face reality and try to work with it instead of just sitting on the sidelines and complain about changes we could not stop.

It is these two challenges that we at Starboards Yacht Club wanted to and are addressing in ways that can help reduce the issues of unrealistic speed and lack of understanding of boating protocol and maritime rules. Towards that end we have developed at SYC a series of test and rules for power boat designers to follow in order to create safe and sane powerboats that perform and realistic and controllable speeds and the education of their customers about the RL and SL rules on right of way on the water. It is those realistically scaled speed boats we race at SYC. And along side using boats that have realistic speeds we preach the gospel at every meeting, in every document and from the roof tops that SL SAILBOATS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY OVER POWERBOATS.

Powerboats are here to stay. No one can change that. We did not make it happen. We ARE trying to administer the Blake Sea in such a way that the downside of this change can be modified to reduce the level of negative impact. We are doing all we can to try to protect the Blake Sea as much as we can for its core purpose “sailing first”. One rather silly comment I hear going around is that MTW is supporting powerboating for the money. Anyone with a calculator and a grade school understanding of math can go over to SYC and see that the income SYC gets from powerboat slip rentals is about the same as from ONE luxury yacht mooring.

More on Interclub Racing

I was totally taken by surprise with the way that this Interclub racing conflict came about. I was working closely with our new sail commodore Maiti Yenni planning for our opening day of sailing on February 16 when I learned that Orca was working up an Interclub racing event and since Orca and Maiti are good friends they were developing this together on the side. Unfortunately exuberance took over and Orca moved forward without sitting down with myself and Maiti to plan a logical step by step launch of the idea. I was happy that for the first time since God asked Adam “who told you that you are naked” that Orca was saying nice things about SYC and had this great idea for our two clubs to work together. However as it turned out Orca pressed forward without planning meetings, and she and her plan ran right into Don and his plan. The outcome of that encounter was predictable On top of that there was at least one regrettable conflict that occurred between Don’s race and our regularly scheduled event. It was minor and life went on. There are always problems when you start a new program.

However last week Don announced that his race for February 9 (today) would go to FIYC which was close to the powerboat course. FIYC told Don that they did not want to race that day NOT because of the proximity of the courses, but because they wanted to wait for the return of their main race director. And I was concerned that we could get yet another incident in the Blake Sea because of Don was continuing to push for the event at FIYC and near the powerboat course. After a number of meetings between Don, David Weatherly (FIYC), and Maiti took place I was told that the course Don proposed would take his boats through further to the south than I thought (with a north wind so the sailboats could pass the powerboat course on a reach and not need to tack). I told David that if that is what he wanted to do we could live with that. I said that the course described sounds reasonable. But David was certain that he did not want to do that. Subsequently Maiti played an important role in the ongoing discussions between what Don and David each wanted. In the end the venue was changed, FIYC co-hosted and all went smoothly..

I am hopeful of meeting with Orca and Maiti to rethink some issues about their Interclub race program. I hope it becomes popular. And I have NO ill wishes for Don’s program at all as long as he “plays well with others” and discusses any events in the Blake Sea with the associated USS club he will be working with and honors times and places on the BSCC. As a matter of fact we have already announced that we plan to support both the Interclub programs. Although the two programs have some similarities they are quite different in other respects and I believe most sailors will find it worthwhile to sail in both programs.

I send this to all of you with the hopes that you can get a better understanding of what is happening in the Blake Sea. There has been a lot of misinformation about the Blake Sea those topics discussed above. I hope this has cleared up some of it.

MarkTwain White
February 9, 2014


History of the Blake Sea:
The Blake Sea Journal:
The Blake Sea Combined Calendar:
Starboards Yacht Club:



Memorial Service For Fanci Beebe

in memoriam

This past Sunday, citizens from all corners of Second Life converged on the Sims surrounding Sailors Cove theater for a final tribute to Fanci Beebe.

There were no special introductions or Linden splash-screen announcements; nonetheless more than 110 serious users somehow crowded into two adjacent sims for the chance to pay tribute to Fanci’s memory.

Please join with me in great appreciation to Joy Canadeo, who assisted Fanci during her last year online; Joy was also in charge of the ceremony, and did a wonderful job considering the unprecedented crowds that attended the service.

Let me also offer great thanks to David Wetherby and Chaos Mandelbrot, who orchestrated the post-ceremony Memorial Cruise. The view of all the boats streaming together followed by the fleet in Fanci’s Deep paying their final homage proved truly extraordinary.

I’m also indebted to Anu Daviau, who let me share her copy of the Service proceedings below.

In Attendance

Aislin Keynes , Allian Resident, Ambrosous Core, Amythest Wingtips, Ansaja Guardian, Anu Daviau, Ariel Gallais, Arrwyll Barzane, Augustus Grayman, Austin Shepherd, Barbarella Bravin, BeeJee Boucher, BennyThe Boozehound, Bitterleaf Menges, Bruckner Dreddmor, Captivitas Resident, Cate Foulsbane, Chad Sawson, Chaos Mandelbrot, Charlz Price, Chatbat Resident, CherryBommb Resident, Chess Bishop, Clay Ellison, Cullen Debruyere, Darla Upshaw, Screen-2013-10-29_10-43_resultDavid Wetherby, Deanna Fang, DeyJaVue Resident, Diamond Marchant, Djneko Blackheart, Dolci Woodget, Don Berithos, Don Setzer, Dori Helstein, Driff Beardmore, Drwyndwn Tyne, eleao Resident, Eveline Catteneo, Fearless Freenote, Fiona Haworth, Foneco Zuzu, ForeverSundays Resident, Gaia Rhapsody, Gemma Vuckovic, Gisela Daniels, Gjo Bing, Goku Barbosa, GraceSWF Wrigglesworth, Greythistle Twine, Hannelore Ballinger, Hellsmut Resident, IrishGent Resident, Jane Fossett, Jaylin Wytchwood, Jdgirl1969 Resident, Jean Swashbuckler, Jennifertopgun Resident, Jerit Weiser, Jojamela Soon, Jolene Dereham, Josy Laville, Joy Canadeo, Keneth80 Whitfield, Kentrock Messmer, Kernian Sigal, Kimiko Rieko, Kittensusie Landar, Krys4sl Resident, KrystalLore Resident, LadySmack Gears, Laure Levenque, Lesbo Charisma, Llena Lilliehook, LoganWillow Resident, Lolly Lockhart, LunalindaBranwen Resident, Malate Banufong, Marco2feelgood Masala, Marina Hyandi, MarkTwain White, Mialinn Telling, Mo Xute, Mobiusonemasterchief Infinity, MoodyBlues Mougin, Moonshade Pastorelli, Moontears Vought, Mystery Huntress, Nagash Demina, Nber Medici, Orca Flotta, Patrick Leavitt, Ralfo Rossini, Reverie Boucher, Rich Randall, Rich Reynaud, Riverwelldrive Resident, RJ Kikuchiyo, Roan Blackburn, RoDen Kilian, Rowan Aurbierre, Runa McMillan, SanFroggy Resident, SerenetyAeon Resident, Shannon Oherlihy, Silber Sands, SkyeSunset Resident, Socair Foxtrot, Sommer Shepherd, SteveLL Resident, Steve Yiwama, Sudane Erato, Sundhi Joubert, Sylvi Flores, Titus Tobias, TreMeldazis Resident, TwitchyEars Resident, Twohead Janus, Vadimar Takahe, Wilma Webster, Winnie Sweetwater, Xi Larnia.

[If your name is not on the list, please contact Jane Fossett]

Memorial Ceremony for Fanci Beebe
October 27 2013


Joy Canadeo

Welcome everyone, and thank you for all being here to Honor & Celebrate Fanci.

As I was preparing for this day, I received so many notes , messages, and pictures from people Fanci has touched over her years in SL. I was truly amazed!

When I started as Estate Manager I would observe how firm she was about a hill not being removed, trees not being sent back. At first I thought this was extreme until I looked out over the beautiful estate Fanci & Patrick created and protected. That was when I GOT IT!!


There were times we would be working and she would say “can you finish up here love, I see someone just came on-line who has been ill, and I want to talk to them to she how they are”. She cared so much for everyone.

When we would be in here with our alts getting people into land groups we would laugh and call each other Sybil, because we would forget which alt we were, and the multiple personalities took over:)

The last time I spoke with Fanci on the phone she told me she loved me and finished with God Bless. I am certain she would say the same to each and everyone here. Fanci I love you, and miss you everyday.

Thank you Patrick, Rowan, Drw, Ey, and Rich, & Chaos for helping in creating this day. Shannon Oherily was one of Fanci’s favorite singers here at the theater. She will sings a few songs in her honor… she will not try to move and will sing from where she is on the sim :

(Shannon Oherily sings)

Joy Canadeo: Thank you Shannon.
I would like to introduce our first speaker Sudane Erato Owner of SL New England and Co-Captain of the Blake Sea

Sudane Erato 

Thank you
I’ve known Fanci a long time.
We were owners of supposedly “rival” estates… yes…
both members of the owners group of the United Sailing Sims.
But never with much contact. Sailors Cove went its way…
New England went its way.
We had met… but not much more.
That changed when I was asked to take on the responsibility of coordinating the USS owners group and talking on its behalf with Linden Lab. The absolute first thing that came to my mind was… I must get to know Fanci.


We set up a Skype meeting… we always talked on Skype. We hit it off immediately. That first meeting, we talked, literally, for hours. Please understand… Fanci and I were very different… but from that first conversation, we tapped into something we both shared… something that I’m sure that everyone here will recognize.

Fanci had a deep and profound common sense, and she also had a vast energy to act on her common sense. She bowled me over. Fanci had a huge passion and energy for her community of Sailors Cove. Even when we spoke, I knew she was worrying over someone’s problems that needed addressing.


We always talked for hours… both about the issues we were facing in the USS with Linden Lab (issues which sadly will never be resolved) and about issues in our real lives. About RL, she spoke about only two things. She spoke about her business, attending the craft fairs that she loved so much. And she spoke about Patrick and her love and concern for him. What came out overwhelmingly in my chats with Fanci was an incredible passion for her community here and a profound common sense about the problems the community faced. She truly loved Sailors Cove.

We recognized in each other a shared passion for our beautiful estates, and that passion and commitment caused us to chat long and frequently… we burned up the Skype airwaves. Suddenly she’s gone.

I’m sure I share everyone’s sentiment here. We’ll surely miss her.

I’m very pleased to introduce next my dear friend Nber Medici….

Nber Medici

Thank you Sudane.

Patrick, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. Losing Fanci has been terrible for you, I pray that your pain will be blunted by time.

In thinking about how I was going to talk about Fanci today… I started and stopped and started and stopped. It felt like hundreds of times. How was I going to explain how I felt about Fanci?


I was finally drawn to a Bible verse, “Ye shall know them by their fruits”… which is usually translated … You shall know them by their deeds.

So what were Fanci’s deeds? I’ll focus on three.
First, was her commitment to the Relay for Life / Sail for Life effort. She didn’t seek the limelight, but she worked tirelessly and with endless good humor to further that cause. AND she was incredibly successful. She will be impossible to replace. It is SO ironic that she was taken by the very disease that she fought against.


Second, was her work with Patrick in building this wonderful community of Sailors Cove. I have been struck by how many of the residents here have expressed their admiration and affection for Fanci. She truly cared for each and every one, and it showed in her actions. Not only was she good with her residents, but she also was a true artist in designing and building the regions. She has truly built a marvelous place for the residents and I feel blessed to be able to help preserve that as part of her legacy.

Third, is the friendship that both Fanci and Patrick have always given to MarkTwain and me. One of the happiest days of my Second Life was June 28th, 2008 when Union Passage region became the connection point between the United Sailing Sims and the Sailors Cove regions.

Working with Fanci and Patrick to join their regions to those of the USS was a true joy. and our friendship only deepened over the years.

Fanci… I miss you….but I look forward to seeing you again… and hearing your infectious laughter… when I join you on that distant shore.

The next speaker needs no introduction, but he is my long-time best friend, MarkTwain White.

MarkTwain White

Thank you Nber.

My comments about Fanci are going to focus on the last year of her life, and the work that we did together in that time. I could say MANY other things about Fanci, but not many people know about this part of her life.


For almost a year before Fanci was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Nber and I had many meetings with Fanci as we struggled together trying to solve an issue that was plaguing the Blake Sea. For over 18 months the USS, their leaders, and race directors were challenged by a number of WW2/Modern naval enthusiasts that, for the most part, ignored the peaceable purpose of the Blake Sea which was for sailing first but for the enjoyment of all.

Fanci, Nber, and I struggled on how to deal with this issue without the help of LInden Lab who had abandoned their support of those trying to administer the Blake Sea. Over the course of that time we saw Fanci begin to decline. We did not understand it at the time and we don’t think Fanci even understood, but it was clear that she felt ill and tired much of the time we struggled to find a solution to the problems in those Contested Waters of the Blake Sea.


When Patrick shared with Nber and me the shocking news that Fanci had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had a matter of months to live we were dismayed. Both Patrick and Fanci made the decision to sell the Sailor’s Cove estates. They were hopeful that the owners of the USS would be able to purchase the sims and thereby keep Sailors Cove intact. Happily that happened.

This presented Nber and me with a unique opportunity. We were able to take four homesteads and without dislocating any residents re-purpose those four sims into an area we named Fanci’s Deep. Fanci’s Deep is a fitting tribute to a woman who stood for peace. Not only did Fanci’s Deep let us get full rezz turned off in the Contested Waters of the Blake Sea thus ending the WW2/Naval problem, it also provided a home for two other communities: the pirates and the mer community.

The Mer community has responded positively to the presence of four sims a short swim from the Blake Sea suitable to their needs.

Fanci always wanted to see a mer community developed in the Sailor’s Cove sims. Happily that is happening in Fanci’s Deep where Fanci will always have a living memorial to her and three of the things she loved: peace, community, and mers.

Fanci, if I could talk with you today.. I would thank you for your dreams and spirit. By knowing you, I am a better person.

Now I would like to introduce the next speaker: Aislin Keynes, Aislin is a USS owner and longtime leader in Sail for Life.

Aislin Keynes

Thank You Mark.

Nber, so much of what you said reflects my thoughts on Fanci’s commitment to the community and her work with Relay For Life.

I have been thinking for days how I could possibly put into words what Fanci has meant to me and to all of us here in Second Life. When I sat down last night with a box of kleenex to write this my mind was flooded with pictures of so many fun times over the years. The Halloween parties, Mardi Gras, shopping. the days, no… months!, spent working on Relay For Life and the Sail For Life events.

It reminded me of how dedicated she was to others, to the community.

Fanci cared so much about community. Look around at what she and Patrick have created. Sailors Cove is truly a special corner of Second Life. For me, I miss my friend. I miss our late night chats about anything and everything and nothing at all. I know that I’ll think of her every time I look across the strait and see the seasons changing in Little Bear.

Patrick, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe with time that the pain of losing someone as special as Fanci will ease, but she is one that we shall never forget. Fanci, Thank You, I will miss you, we all will.

Chad has also written a few words that I would like to share with you.

Chad Sawson

Thanks Ais…

It is rare that one finds a true friend, let alone a friend in another country. And on top of that finding this special friend in an online virtual environment.


How fortunate we all were to have encountered Fanci Beebe and all that she was. Fanci became a sister to me and I cannot grasp not being able to banter with her now. We spent hundreds of hours working together with Sail For Life. Not one of those hours unenjoyable… Her humor rose above all even during the difficult times. Her dedication and work benefited thousands of people. She was simply amazing!

No one stands out to me more than she did, as a person that always looked to help and support our sailing community. Her eyes were always on the good of the whole and that was reflected by the way she hosted Sailors Cove. She strived to bring the cream of the crop into our sailing community and keep them engaged through the many community outreach activities she did and was involved in.

My heart goes out to Patrick… Times have been and will be difficult for him. In closing, I ask that everyone that Fanci touched…. Take a good look at how she influenced you and your experiences here in SL. And….


We loved you Fanci! Fair winds and calm seas! Farewell best friend…………..

Rowan Aurbierre

Thank you very much Aislin and Chad.

We are going to hear a few words, and a song, recorded for us by Mamaa Saiz. Mamaa was another of Fanci’s favorite singers, and he performed regularly here. Unfortunately he couldn’t be with us today, but wanted to make this recording for Fanci. After his song, we will hear our next speaker, Jojamela Soon. Jojamela was one of the owners of Sailors Cove Theater, and one of Fanci’s oldest and dearest friends.

(Mamaa Saiz sings)

Jojamela Soon

Fanci was my friend. She would throw me carrots and berries and try not to step on me.

All the years are just a jumble to me now, it seems like just yesterday that Patrick introduced her to me, There are too many memories of sailing and beaches and dances and music to share.


For six years she was always there for me, supported me, loved me. But it wasn’t just me. She was so full of love and care.

She was creative, from her art in RL to the art she created in SL, the beauty within her emanated from her and we were the beneficiaries.

She was with me through terrible times and major changes in my RL life and always in touch, even after I left SL, calling and checking on me, keeping me up to date with the news and happenings, encouraging me to come back and visit when I could.


I spoke with her a week before she passed, she called me at home and I could hear the pain in her voice.

She told me of her love for Patrick, of her love of Sailors Cove.

We talked about our families, children and grand children.

In my heart I knew she was saying goodbye and it hurt so bad, but I’m also so grateful to her for that last call. I had the chance to tell her how much I loved her one last time.

Life is not the same, I keep expecting her to call with the latest news. We shared so much of our personal lives outside of SL. I will miss you Fanci my sister, my friend, SL will never be the same for me without you in it.

Thank you Joy, and Patrick who I love so dearly, I wish I could hug you and tell you that it will be ok, it will.

Thank you everyone who contributed to this event. Kentrock my friend, the floor is yours.

Rowan Aurbierre

We will now have a moment of silence for 2 of our dear friends, Fanci Beebe-Leavitt and ChippyAnn Kamm, another Sailors Cove Resident who passed this year.

(…a minute of silence…)

Kentrock Messmer

Hello, it’s good to see so many of Fanci’s friends here.

Fanci was such a happy friendly person her friends list must have been in the thousands. I met Fanci back in 2007; it was the first week I was in SL. I typed in sailing in search and ended up here. After renting a dock Fanci and I talked for a long time.


She told me all about the Sailors Cove and sailing. Fanci was an artist in Real Life and she brought that artistic vision here to Sailors Cove. She was very meticulous about every detail here. This is still the most beautiful estate I have ever seen in SL. Rowan and I have made Sailors Cove our home for 90% of the time we have been in SL.

Fanci made you feel at home here. She built a wonderful community of great people. I was so honored when Fanci asked me to be her Commodore. I accepted because Fanci needed help. We had the FIYC round of the One World Regatta coming up and Epi was too sick to be online.

That first regatta was very stressful, but Fanci was there with a funny comment or a kind word that kept me calm and smiling.

After the racing and race committee meeting was over it was a wonderful feeling to go to Fanci’s after party in full swing feeling like a part of “The Team”.

A lot of people liked to help Fanci because she made it so much fun. Her team could really throw a party! The Halloween party was always her favorite. She went all out on that one. The Christmas party was always beautiful. I think St Patrick’s Day was St Patrick Levitt’s Day in Fanci’s mind. 🙂 Then Valentine’s Day and all the Sail for Life events. Fanci always had a million things going on.

Fanci was very dedicated to raising money for Sail for Life. She put an enormous amount of time into organizing the Sailors Cove and Fishers Island Yacht Club events.

I was always amazed at how successful her events were. The millions of Lindens she raised over the years is quite a tribute to the generosity of Fanci’s friends and this community.

When Rowan and I began helping Fanci with the Estate I realized just how busy she really was in SL and RL. We talked on Skype almost every day. When Fanci logged in she would be getting “Ding Dinged” as she put it with instant messages, so she would log off to talk. It was usually around lunch time, I really looked forward to shooting the breeze with Fanci and “The Kids” her 2 beloved poodles.

We would be talking and Fanci would say hold on I am getting “Ding Dinged by the Kids”, rabbit in the yard or lost squeaky toy or other urgent doggie mater. I miss our talks so much..

Words cannot describe how I miss Fanci.

I am not going to say good bye because I believe we will meet up again in the next life. I think Fanci, Epi, Delinda, Francois and ChippyAnn are there now having a wonderful time.

Now I would like to give the podium to Patrick, Fanci’s long time partner, Founder of Sailors Cove and Co-Founder of Fishers Island Yacht Club.

Patrick Leavitt

Thanks Kent

Thank you everyone for being here. Today we celebrate the life of my beloved Fanci. She loved second life and made many friends along the way. The fact you are here today is proof of that.

It is fitting that we have her memorial here at the venue. She fought long and hard to keep this going and honor what Jojamela had built. She loved music in SL and in fact it was at a Louis Landon concert that we met. We were inseparable from that moment on over 6 years ago.


I cant say it was always easy for us, but we always had plenty of love to see us through. We were in love as much as two people could be which transcended this virtual world. I miss her terribly and I know many of you do too.

She loved to laugh and love. She was an artist in RL and it showed in her work here in Sailors Cove. She so enjoyed changing the seasons and especially the Haunted house at Halloween, and the skating rink at Christmas. She loved her winter holidays.

She kept saying how her life changed in an instant. She would want us to celebrate that we are still living and to make the most of it.

I had a realization while trying to figure out what to say here today. It was that Fanci would not want to be a burden to anyone anywhere. That she would want to go quickly. She did just that.

She wanted to stay and be in world just one more time. Go Sailing one more time, Go Dancing one more time. She loved Second Life and all of her friends here. She wanted to talk to you all one more time.

It is fitting to close with the words from her profile that caught my attention so long ago:

~ You’ve got to work like you don’t need the money ~
~ And love like you’ll never get hurt ~
~ You’ve got to dance as if there’s nobody watching ~
~ It’s got to come from the heart if you want it to work ~

God Bless everyone and thank you for all of your support, love and friendship. She loved us all and saw the best in people, even beyond our Avatars.

Thank you for supporting the Fanci’s deep project that Mark so graciously started. Thank you to the new owners of Sailors Cove your actions were a blessing to Fanci and her family.

I have been blessed with many wonderful friends that really have helped me through some difficult times. Thank you all.

Fanci and I have been ecstatic to have the only real and honorable SL Coast Guard group in SL  join us here on Bull Rock. So, it is my pleasure to introduce Captain Ansaja Guardian who will now take the podium.

Cpt Ansaja Guardian (SLCG)

Thank you Patrick

Admiral Laxness is deeply grieved to be unable to make it here today, and has asked me to speak in his stead.


The passing of Fanci Beebe-Leavitt death is a huge loss, to SL, and to the boating community. She has always been a huge supporter of enjoying the water responsibly, and as such supported the SLCG and our mission of boating safety…

It is our privilege to honor her memory by giving her a salute of respect. We wish her fair seas….

( SLCG salutes )

Rowan Aurbierre

Thank you Ansaja.

I’d like to share a poem I read recently. It is called Sea Fever, by John Masefield.

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

This concludes our memorial today. Thank you to all our speakers and performers. A special thank you to Drwyndwn Tyne who created this setting for us today. And thank you all for coming. There is a memorial book to the left of the stage, please take a moment and sign it if you wish.

Thank you all very much!

Also, while you are signing, pick up a memorial rose from the basket – we will drop these at the end of the sail at Fanci Deep. You can also pick up a rose from behind the bleachers.

And now, time for the sail!

( Amazing Grace on Bag Pipe)

Joy Canadeo

As a resident said to me recently Fanci is most likely up there saying Stop your crying and go Sailing!!!

(Fleet of 30+ boats leaves for a cruise to Fanci’s Deep)


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Condolence Book
( -7pm Oct 27th)

alis Ildor:   R.I.P

Ardour Allen:   Sincere sympathies from those who knew and admired Fanci for all she did, without the benefit of knowing her personally.

Baldi McMillan:   My thoughts and prayers to all. Fanci touched and blessed so many with Her presence,surely She is at peace and in the care of the Lord. God be with you Patrick.

Ey Ren:   Deepest condolences and warm thoughts in your time of loss, Patrick. ~Ey


Jean Swashbuckler:   Patrick, Fanci has been and will always be in our thoughts and prayers. She was a true friend and mentor. We will miss her deeply. TexasKat and I send our heartfelt best wishes in this time. Our thoughts are with you and Fanci’s family.

Pippa Rexen:   You were like my SL sister. I owe you so much. Peace will always surround your memory. Love Pippa

Rubyleaf Dryke:   My heart goes out to you in this moment of grief and longing. A truly great person.

Timotheus Garnet:   Deepest condolences and warm thoughts to all concerned!

Tim & Kirsten Stormy Panthar:   My deepest condolences to a dear friend. May she rest in peace.

Oona Riaxik:   I love you, Fanci. Goodbye. Play among the stars with Chippy and Hallie. You will remain in my heart always. Bisous!


Dori Helstein:   Love and peace to all that loved Fanci; and to Patrick & her family the strength to carry on. A rare beautiful woman, an angel. Bye friend.

Laure Levenque:   Patrick, Fanci had an incredibly compassionate heart and shined a warm, bright light to all those around her. I will never forget her. May you be comforted and at peace. Much love, Laure Levenque

Mialinn Telling:   My deepest condolences to Fancis family, Patrick and friends. May she rest in peace. – Mialinn

Jon Regent:   Patrick, My condolences. Fanci was a wonderful lady.

Ome Audeburgh:   Patrick, I don’t know you; I never met Fanci – but I do know your pain and I’m so sorry.. *hugs you tightly*

Malate Banufong:   Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message She is Dead. Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. She was our North, our South, our East and West, Our working week and our Sunday rest, Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song; I thought that She would last forever: I was wrong.

Frangipami Imako:   When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

Vikeesh Resident:   Chaque fois que je mettrais un bateau à l’eau, j’aurais toujours une pensée pour le travail inestimable de Fanci.Patrick soit fort dans la vie à l’image du combat mené par Fanci contre la maladie. Elle restera dans nos cTmurs et nos pensées. Every time I would put a boat in the water, I would always have a thought the inestimable work of Fanci. Patrick is strong in the life just like the fight led by Fanci against the disease. She(it) will stay in our hearts and our thoughts. RIP Fanci.

Roan Blackburn:   Dear Patrick….our sincere condolences. She will be missed terribly. Roan and Don Berithos

Kristen1077 Resident:   My deepest Sympathies. Fanci will be greatly missed. If you need anything please let me know =)

Janusz Quartz:   ”On passe une moitié de sa vie à attendre ceux qu’on aimera et l’autre moitié à quitter ceux qu’on aime.”(Victor Hugo) Janusz Quartz

Carmen333 Seda:   May you find peace and solice in this very hard time.. I am happy to have had an opportunity to know Fanci.. she was amazing!!

djneko Blackheart:   We see hope in the morning light Where Her love shines like the dawn. Heaven is the best place where she should rest so worry no more. May God grant you perfect peace., we will surely meet her again, i miss you miss franci

Maurice Minotaur:   Dear Patrick … I was informed with deep sadness that your dear Fanci passed away . I would like to express my condolences and I wish you all the courage to go through this hard time. With great emotion… Maurice Minotaur

Peeter Tamerlane:   I dont know parsonally Fanci… I just like this sims, what give for me peace and fun, beauty and friendships, clear free sky for flying, and heath cleaning water when I sailing here… Soo who is Fanci? Maybe this is she… soul of SL… Thank you..

Leah Kappa:   Patrick, My deepest condolences and my prayers are with you and her family on this devistating loss…she will be missed dearly…Leah

Eon Peterson:   For Fanci, bless her. Such a lovely person and will never be forgotten. Our love, condolences and sympathy to Patrick and her family. Eon and Godiva Peterson

Veritas Raymaker:   Fanci, thank you for the love and joy you brought to our community. May your soul find perfect rest in our Lord. from the crew of the SS Galaxy

Franko Koenig:   My wife and I would like to say you and Fanci family our deepest condolences. She will stay in our hearts and memories for ever. We wish you Patrik the strength for this hard time. We will pray for you. Franko Koenig & Celine Shoreland

Anu Daviau:   My very deepest condolences to you, Patrick, and her Family. “By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting, come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, and never fails to greet us each new day.” Anu Daviau

Mystery Huntress:   Our prayers and condolences to Patrick and Fanci’s family. Fanci was an amazing lady and will be dearly missed. God speed and fair winds in heaven Fanci. ~Mystery and Ambro

Seaplane Jonson:   Deepest condolences for your loss, Patrick. Fanci was a wonderful person, and will be missed by so many.

Sarandel Llewellyn:   Fanci was loved by all.. She will be remembered in the hearts of all sailors.. I wish Patrick and her family the best in the coming days, and you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Jdgirl1969 Resident:   i never had the pleasure of meeting Fanci but her work and personality are legendary. i am no stranger to the loss you feel and offer my condolences and sincere love to both patrick and family

Dolphin Dancer:   Fanci will be missed sorely by those whose lives she touched. A fair wind has taken her to a place of peace. Thoughts and prayers to Patrick and her family Dee in SL Anna in InWorldz

Datura Avril:   I’ve never had the privilege of meeting Fanci. Yet, if the spirit of these lands was imbued by her, I find myself wanting. How much more must you feel her absence. With deep compassion,

Datura RlL Bogbat:   My deepest sympathies, my thoughts are with you and ger family. best wishes for a wonderfual person

jes Eilde:   we were very sorry to hear about Famci. Whenever we spoke she was always helpful and polite. Best wishes and condolences

Winnie Sweetwater:   To describe Fanci in a single word, it would have to be caring. She cared about those around her and her community not superficially but with heartfelt authenticity. My sincere condolences to Patrick and her family. I will miss her very much

sundhi Joubert:   Our deepest sympathies, Patrick. Fearless and Sundhi

SkyeSunset Resident:   We are so sad to hear this news. Our hearts are broken. We loved Fanci so dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Patrick. Logan & Skye Willow

LucyAL2881 Resident:   If it is irue that we are defined by what we give to others, then we need look no further to find how you should be defined: your legacy is all around us here. One regret only:   that there was so little time for me to know you better. Lucy Reverie

Thanasis Keng:   R.I.P.

Gator Peterman:   When I began to notice you were not much on anymore, I figured you were on a holiday. But when the holiday did not seem to end I wondered what was wrong. I learned what was wrong not long after that. I am sure you are in good hands now, no tears:)

Corie Charisma:   Her candle is Sailors Cove, the flame all those who loved Fanci, carry on her legacy in prayer, thought, kindness. Thank-you Fanci for the hand of friendship. Fair Winds Smooth Sailing & sprinkle a change in seasons over heavens gardens too. 🙂 Corie

TwitchyEars Resident:   A Gentle Soul with a Heart Full of Love. So kind to me and my partner. We miss her much. Our condolences to Patrick and her family. Izzy and Prim

Hades Inaka:   Deepest condolences for your loss, Patrick. Fanci was a wonderful person, and will be missed by so many..Hades Inaka

ForeverSundays Resident:   I miss you…will miss our rl talk the most about kids, and love.. I think youd be happy Justin and I fond each other xoxoox Franci thank you..

foneco Zuzu:   May We be Blessed in Heaven by Your smile and Love as We where on Earth

BeeJee Boucher:   i will miss Fanci, xxx

Fiona Haworth:   Fair Winds Fanci. You will be missed.


Fiona Socair Foxtrot:   rest in peace, Socair Foxtrot

Kent Shippe:   Our deepest condolences, she was a wounderful person, she will live on in our thoughts. ~ Kent and LilleMy.

Kejwla Anwyl:   May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Little & Kejwla Anwyl

eleao Resident:   To Fanci, person before, Angel now … well. You may have left us and left this void in our hearts, but the passage of our history that you wrote will be forever, until we meet again to go out to sea, sailing in boats made of clouds, this time without goodbye. Miss you, and see you soon

Drwyndwn Tyne:   Patrick, I wish I could ease your pain. Fanci was my best friend in SL. She was a great lady and an inspiring personality. I will miss her deeply.

Old Bailey:   Few people touch the hearts of so many with their kindness and friendship and laughter. Fanci was one of those few and shall be remembered with warmth and affection. Bailey and Jeanne

Hellsmut Resident:   My deepest condolences to a wonderful friend.

Silber Sands:   My condolence to You, Patrick and all who were close to her. I rarely met a person with such a huge and warm heart like Fanci had. She always showed her deep friendship and love to the people. I wished I could do anything to ease Your pain.

SerenityAeon Resident:   Fanci, we never met but i have seen your beautiful work in Sailors Cove and everyone i am talking to is telling me what a wonderful person you have been. My best wishes on your journey and always fair winds. Serenity

Driff Beardmore:   I will always remember you, with every changing season and each blanket of newly fallen snow.

Krys4sl Resident:   I wish you the peace and continue sailing in the place where you are now. Thank you for all.



Committee Upgrade

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Drwyndwn Tyne is vice-commodore of Fishers Island Yacht Club. He’s also the builder and clubhouse manager of FIYC’s new home base in Sailors Rest.

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Three weeks ago Drew contacted Analyse Dean to discuss a possible new ‘Committee Boat’ to use at FIYC for races and other regatta functions. He wrote:

“We’d like a committee boat for our race lines. I own one of your 570 Bimini’s, and I think with some modification, it would be perfect. What we would require would be:
• an open cockpit, without the fishing chairs, but with more of a bench seat inside the transom.

• the ability to raise and lower flags and sound a horn as per the Racing Rules of Sailing. This could be from a menu system, but timing might be an issue.
• the ability to have a yacht club burgee and a race committee flag hoisted.
• the ability to turn off or eliminate scripts not required for the function of a committee boat, i.e., I’m pretty sure the sex anims would be superfluous (although, one never knows :-).
The concept here is that the racers can TP to the committee boat to rezz their boats, and return to it after the race, if they wish, then the committee boat would return them to the yacht club for the after party. The flag system would make racing that much more realistic, rather than using chat or gridtalkie, or possibly in combination.


Analyse agreed with Drew, and they both decided Analyse’s Bandit 580 might be a better starting point. They’ve been working on the idea and soliciting sailors’ opinions since.

Here are Ldewell Hawker’s thoughts on the issue:

A committee boat is needed for formal racing, it as in RL is always anchored so that it is the basically delineated starboard layline. It is never the port end! It serves a series of purposes in RL – close observation point in a ‘barge’ protest i.e, leeward rights – prevents a beam reach to the line. It ALSO represents the mark that the line is judged by TO THE PIN END.

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Often a mast or flag pole is on THE BOAT for hosting various flags. In match racing the committee boat becomes part of the pre-start tactics.
NOW most Yacht Clubs even dangle a rubber boat, or dingy which now actually become part of the BOAT/MARK – see new rules 2013-2016 (the real reason is to protect the committee boat from damage)
MOST CLUBS in RL now use an automated system for starts, even touted as being ‘fool proof’ (joke) gives beeps to raise flags etc, and sounds horn at clock start, and other programmed times. 
HOWEVER, in SL if you are out of the SIM you won’t hear any sounds – of course you can see the flags if your draw distance is set for that. I have a pair of binoculars as when I race most of the time there are at least 4 classes competing so that means I am buzzing around for 15-20 min….waiting for a start sequence – my class is usually last to start.
Hay’s START LINES and timer have enhanced SL considerably, because if you start a stop watch to use – and use it to time a run to the line …you can often BE OVER EARLY as it does not LAG with SL! Hay can correct me (sure she will) but the line clock responds by SL clocking. IT also determined is you are over early….
breadnut 003I used Yuu’s flag system with running match races, and still have his lines and gantry for hoisting them. I found that many SL sailors were simply confused by the flags….and it became a dimension of frustration for some.
In RL many clubs are having various starts from the same lines…and each fleet has: (1) course flag (can be same for all fleets or not) (2) A fleet flag which is hoisted at the 5 min warning (3) followed by PREPARATORY flag WITH penalties for over early (I, Z or Black flag)- FINALLY, WITH 1 MIN TO GO… THOSE FLAGS ARE DROPPED, AND AT THE START THE NEXT CLASS FLAG IS RAISED if multi-class races. NOW the flags are needed as you cannot hear, nor do committee boats shout the start sequence…. 
I can assure you…unless you do this all the time…it will be confusing – event then still unclear…….which is why most RL sailors have a ‘cheat sticker’ and a ‘flag sticker’ in their boats – AS WELL AS A radio scanning the RC frequency!
Finally, a Committee boat should not be huge, in RL many lake clubs use pontoon boats, and on the ocean – larger boats BECAUSE they are stuck on it ALL day! It needs some room as many whom do race duty are volunteers for the RC chairperson – or Race Director.
If you do one for SL, it should NOT be a vehicle – keep the boat a free of prims, scripts and avatars hanging out as possible…
NOW what would be cool, would be a Committee boat that turns with wind veer or shifts, as well as responds to the tides and currents…or responds to tides/currents and has a FLAG on it that shifts with the wind….WWC wind…
Smart ocean sailor use the anchored boats, for clues…to tide strength, shifts in wind and a host of other things….(can’t give out all the secrets….)
So bottom line….EVERY RACE LINE should have a committee boat, KEEP Hay’s timer, you can see it a couple of sims away…KEEP the boat small, AND don’t get hung up on the FLAGS – YOU MAY have to spend more time educating than you will racing!
If you must have flags….well… make it automated, and sort of…for ‘atmosphere….’ // Hawk…


Jeremia Spotter commented:

Well said by Mr Hawker, there is nothing to add.
Btw: afaik the original “Yuu-line-set” came not with one of Twoheads vessels , it came with joepie Korobase’s BIGhorn tugboat, which belongs to the historical section of SL boating and sailing. I have used Mannie Madonna’s “Cabin Cruiser” for a long time, also with an eye on the historical side …

committee boat LGSo – the boat really doesn’t matter at all. My favourite would be one of this kind:

Hawk’s last words are a good resumee: “If you must have flags….well… make it automated, and sort of…for ‘atmosphere…”

At least : I first can see some mesh-boats … if its too late – and i bump into that boats. I’m using the running SL-viewer and did no changes to the LOD-factor – and would never do when i race. So its important for me, that a committee boat which marks one end of the startline can be seen from a long distance by everyone.



Jane Fossett’s initial comments:

Here is a picture of Analyse Dean’s draft build of a possible new committee boat, sitting next to the older one by Twohead Janus that came with Yuu Nakamichi’s raceline.

Dean&Tyne possible Committee Boat draft build

Analyse’s boat has LOD=32 and is not yet scripted. The plan is to (hopefully) incorporate ISAF Race Flag signals and interface with the Hay Ah line for those clubs and regattas that want a committee boat option.
This is a first draft to promote discussion so interested sailors and RDs can give input to Analyse as she puts this together. Please send her your comments. 🙂
Here are my own first thoughts:
1. I understand the new boat will have a smaller LOD than the old Yuu setup. That should help prevent ‘denial of entry’ errors on small raceline parcels.
2. I am not sure if the draft boat is too long to serve as a Starboard raceline end mark. I defer to Jere and Hawk on that point.
3. The Flag signals could be hard to see by racing skippers. I wonder if the Flags could also have a ‘shout’ attached to them so the whole race fleet is notified.
4. The detail on the committee boat is nice but I think most RDs will want the canopy ‘down’ so racing skippers can easily see boats approaching from the other side.


Armano Xaris said:

I’m pro progress and think it’s a good plan that analyse dean builds a modern committee boat.. I’m against shouting flags haha :-).
You don’t look to flags, but to your slsa timer in sl racing. So i think flags is more of a window dresser for public then usefull for racers…

Blake Pacific

Please keep everything as slim as possible to create minimal lag, and consider this boat might be used under heavy sim conditions in bigger races also. Every tiny bit can add to a boat crashing when we stretch sim usage to it’s limits again.
I think the size of the boat is in a technical way not relevant when you can adjust the position of the startline buoy next to the committee boat.
Analyse might want to consider a startline buoy next to boat, that is part of the boat and movable on this size…

Blake Atlantic

I have no opinion if this boat is a beauty concerning the size, and the fact that it might stay online for a longer amount of time next to startlines in blake sea for example. I vote neutral and think others have opinions about that :-).
Ok. These are my first thoughts.. I wish all could luck who are busy with this project.


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I put a copy of Analyse’s ‘draft discussion boat’ in the small bay at DYC for anyone who’d like to check it out themselves, and I’ve also put a copy near the dock at Strawberry. 🙂 If there is broad consensus on its merits and features, a new committee boat might be a desirable option for many racelines in SL Sailing. 

Please give Analyse Dean your opinions and ideas on this, or you can post your comments below. 🙂

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Seychelle Isles Connects to Mainland

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Last week I posted about a new simset under construction next to Nautilus’ Northeast Coastal Waterway. It looked like a great build, and it was in a location that had excellent access to several large and popular sailing regions. There were no announcements at that time, although the sims were clearly part of Irish Estates (now Seychelles Isles).

Today Irishgent Resident kindly sent me a press release announcing the new Seychelles location and the linkage to mainland water in Nautilus.



Seychelles IslesOctober 1, 2013 – It was formally announced today that the collection of sims known as Irish Estates in Second Life has moved location within Second Life and has been renamed Seychelles Isles (pronounced Say-Shellz). This new location adjacent to the Blake Sea and Linden Ocean, offers residents of the estate many more open water sailing opportunities.

It was in October of 2011 that IrishGent Resident launched Irish Estates, a residential community in Second Life. This estate includes both custom built and resident owned homes, along with extensive lush landscaping. All sims are surrounded by water with numerous amenities for the residents including: a yacht club, a dance club, regular entertainment with both live and dj music, and a sim dedicated to surfing with complimentary surfboards.

At the time founder and creator of the estate, IrishGent stated, “I am so pleased to be able to offer the residents of Second Life a home that is truly a community. From the moment I came to Second Life I dreamed of building a community. And, to see it come alive is truly a rewarding experience.” And now almost two years later, IrishGent and his management team are proud to announce a name change for the estate to the Seychelles Isles. IrishGent explains his rationale behind the name change “I, along with my management team, decided that we wanted a name that better encapsulated our vision of what the estate encompasses and the result is…. Seychelles Isles. The Seychelles out in the real world are a magnificent collection of islands, surrounded by turquoise seas, exquisite coral beds and unblemished sun kissed beaches. You will agree with me that Ericaanne Hastings, our resident landscaper and designer, has done a fine job of replicating paradise on our estate.”

Fulfill your fantasy, allow yourself to transcend pleasure in an exotic island atmosphere, come and live in exclusive luxury in harmony with nature – your private piece of paradise in Second Life.

For more information regarding availability of residential parcels, contact IrishGent Resident or Baila Palmira.

Payton Heron Marketing Director,
Seychelles Isles


If you want more info, you can check; the new website is under construction. You can also see an early list of the Seychelles residential properties for sale here.

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Although it’s somewhat buried in the press release, I think this could be a truly exciting new development for SL Sailing. As far as I am aware, this is the first major private estate/ mainland linkage agreement since the “joint community project” between United Sailing Sims and Linden lab that gave rise to Blake Sea.

Irishgent Resident is the leader of Saychelles Isles,  and he has a love for sailing in both RL and SL. Over the past few years he’s worked to build a coherent tropical island estate that’s supportive to sailing and a host of other nautical activities. As I understand it, this is part of that endeavor.

Please welcome him and all of Seychelles Isles as they make landfall on the coast of Nautilus!

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New Owners For Sailors Cove Sims

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This past week Patrick Leavitt and Fanci Beebe transferred their sims to other owners within the United Sailing Sims. This effectively brings Sailors Cove Estate to a close. Although the change was necessary and well-handled by Patrick, it’s also a sad event in many ways; Sailors Cove was arguably the nicest place one could live and sail in all Second Life.

I have many fond memories and funny stories about Sailors Cove to share, but today I’d just like to repost the three announcements that mark the new transition.

Posted by Patrick Leavitt to the Fishers Island Yacht Club and Sailors Cove groups on September 15 2013:

The Winds of Change are hitting FIYC and Sailors Cove!

First off, I happily want to name JoyofRLC and David Wetherby as our new Co- Commodores of FIYC. Fanci sends her congratulations too!

Secondly, I am announcing that Sailors Cove Estates is being sold. With Fanci literally fighting for her life from cancer we need to sell. Fanci said it best a little while back: “Its not that we want to sell its that we have to sell.”

I have been working hard on doing what is best for all of the residents at Sailors Cove, Fanci and the Yacht Club. There have been many hard decisions along the way. One of them being where we will call home for FIYC. I decided that the Annex on Sailors Rest is a prime spot worthy of our flag. You may think that is crazy but with the sale of Sailors Cove comes some very cool things in the future. I’ll talk more on that in a minute. 

I have decided that the current home of Clipper bay is not the best location for the Future FIYC. I asked the builder of the club to pick it up so that Clipper Bay can be used for the implementation of the Fanci’s Deep project mentioned below. We are looking at moving it to Sailors Rest if the prims will allow that.

We have been talking with several of our friends of the USS, negotiating for a favorable price for the estate. I am pleased to say that our friends have stepped up and an agreement has been reached. Fanci and I wanted owners that would appreciate what we have built here and try to keep the Estate close to what it is now. We feel we have done that.

Fanci and I want you to know that we have been honored that many of you have chosen to live here at one time or another. What Sailors Cove is today is because each and everyone of you, residents and slip renters, Shop renters and weekend sailors have made Sailors Cove what it is today. I hope you are as proud of that as Fanci , myself and our wonderful Management staff have been.

I would like to introduce the new owners of Sailors Cove. MarkTwain White, Nber Medici (of the Hollywood Complex) and Ey Ren (of the SL Norway sims). Thank you for helping Fanci and may your endeavors be good.

We will be sending out more specific information in regards to the distribution of the Estate. But for now I will be addressing the FIYC yacht club and a new area that will be called Fanci’s Deep on the north Eastern side of the estate. The new theme will be established with a four sim square. It will be a Mer community underwater and on the
surface the new area of the contested waters. Meetings are being held between the USS and Linden Lab. By the time the dust settles on the transfer of Sailor’s Cove to Mark, Nber and Ey the problems in the Blake Sea Contested Waters area should be solved. Part of that solution involves moving the pirate sea battles to Fanci’s Deep. So Fanci’s Deep
will be a key area to improve conditions and relations between three communities: sailing, pirate, and merfolk. That will help the situation immensely.

You may think this is a strange thing but Fanci has always wanted to establish a Mer community in Sailors Cove. She has been very vocal in the USS group to try and find solutions on the problems in the Blake Sea and the WW2 problems. This kind of helps both sides.

Change can be hard, but in this case change is good. I appreciate your prayers and hope they continue for Fanci and her battles. I am excited for the future of SL sailing and where Sailors Cove is going next and that the Blake Sea become a great place to sail once again.

Patrick Leavitt
Rear Admiral FIYC


Posted by Nber Medici to the Sailors Cove group on September 15 2013:

We (MarkTwain White and Nber Medici) wanted to reach out to you, the residents and friends of Sailor’s Cove. Our comments here are primarily addressed to those individuals that are residents of regions that have been transferred to us (not the regions that Ey Ren now owns). We are committed to maintaining the lovely nature of this area that I am sure you have come to love.

In the short run, the rent boxes have been redirected to pay us, so when you pay your tier simply do it as you always have. We will be replacing them with our own, but will need to have time to do that. For those of you that pay by PayPal, please make your payments to either or to depending on who owns the region. If you are currently paying by PayPal, we encourage you to consider a subscription payment.

Joy Canadeo will help you if you need assistance or please feel free to contact either Nber or MarkTwain. Nber is usually more available than MTW.

Keep Fanci and Patrick in your thoughts and prayers as they are in ours.

Fair Winds

Nber Medici
MarkTwain White


Posted by Joy Acker to Forum on September 16, 2013:

To FIYC Members & Friends

You will probably have seen Patrick’s messages about the changes to Sailors Cove and FIYC that are so sad, but so necessary.

We would just like to say “hello” to everyone. We are all too aware that we will be attempting to fill some very big shoes. Fanci and Patrick have built something wonderful. While changes are sadly necessary, we hope to preserve as much of the spirit of it as we can. But to do that we will need everyone’s help and support, so get ready! We will also be doing a lot of listening and getting all the advice we can on how best to move the club forward. Meanwhile the Club’s programs continue: weekly races & new sailor coaching.

Some details are still being sorted out. Patrick’s messages make it clear that FIYC will continue; and will have a clubhouse. Mark & Ey have written separately about the estates and you can see how supportive they are being. We will keep you informed of everything as we progress.

Finally, please take a moment to offer a prayer for Fanci and her battle.

Joy Acker & David Weatherby
Co-Commodores, FIYC.

SC Mar3 2011


Chaos Mandelbrot yesterday announced that the Leeward Cruise at 5:00pm SLT on September 24 would be a tour of the USS estates. “With all the changes to the United Sailing Sims I thought we would do a lap of all (I think I got them all) the sections.”

Here’s the chart; see you Sep 24, 5:00pm at the NYC sim start point. 🙂

LCC 24-Sep-2013


Fossett 2500

Fossett 2500

Although my regards are a few weeks’ tardy, I’d like to give a big THANKS to Chaos, Benny and Rona for their efforts organizing the August  20 Leeward Cruise. The theme was:  Jane Fossett’s 2,500th day in Second Life. 🙂 It was loads of fun, and gave me this opportunity to chime-in with praise for SL cruisers once again.

Chaos, Tory, Manul

The Cruising Club has been around for over five years, and it’s easily the largest and longest-running sailing event in all SL. 

Manul Rotaru and Tory Micheline initiated the concept. With strong support from Saxxon Domela and Elisha Paklena, Manul and Tory began Mowry Bay Cruising Club. It was an instant, huge success, and the MBCC fleet quickly grew in both membership and cruising options. After many months of regular events, MBCC was recognized by pretty much everyone  as a staple of sailing in Second Life. 🙂

At that point, Tory and Manul did an truly unexpected and somewhat amazing thing: They resigned. They had proven their point about the importance of cruising. They were not interested in SL politics, and they certainly did not want to form some sort of “Cruising Monopoly.” (Note: This is just my understanding of conversations from years ago. Please chat with Tory and Manul to get the real info.)

At their request, the cruising group reorganized and became the Leeward Cruising ClubSaxxon again hosted several meetings, and both Blackbird Latte and Cait played important roles, keeping the cruising group alive during a serious transitional phase.

Leeward Cruising

Chaos at helm; Jane, Fran and somebody crewing.

The mantle was then formally passed to Chaos Mandelbrot and Kittensusie Lander. That dynamic duo instantly went into high gear, establishing a regular schedule of challenging cruises and apres sail parties that won the admiration and participation of sailors, grid-wide.

In this context, don’t let me forget BennyThe Boozehound; he’s coordinated the music for over half the cruises since Chaos and Kitten took charge. Benny’s playlists have always been cruise-appropriate, and frequently sailor-specific; he’s set the theme for a litany of sailing adventures in SL. It’s no easy matter to set up the media at a new dock each week, and Benny deserves heartfelt thanks for his dedication to all the SL sailors over so many years. 🙂

The cruises have been successful for so long that Hannelore Ballenger recently posted (with some frustration) that the SL Sailing Association should be

LCC June 21


renamed the SL Cruisers, since cruising was ostensibly more popular than racing! However, of course the issue is not so black-and-white; the truth lies somewhere in-between.

In Real Life, yacht clubs are made up of both cruisers and racers. The cruisers usually strongly outnumber the racers although there is often considerable overlap, and even occasional friction. It’s no surprise that similar community patterns develop in Second Life’s sailing clubs too. Sailing is a highly diverse endeavor.

Well, having said all that, let me add that the August 20 Fossett Anniversary Cruise at DYC/ Knaptrackicon turned out pretty great, with the usual flash mob of sailors and boats in attendance. It also gave me a chance to show off the wonderful, (in fact, rather incredible) recent rebuild of DYC by Elbag Gable and RJ Kikuchiyo.


DYC’s Northwest corner has a permanent deck designed to host LCC visitors and events. 🙂 Benny put it to good use on August 20!

Leeward Cruisers at DYC

Leeward Cruise September 17

Well anyway, that was a few weeks ago. As you read this, you’re prolly muttering to yourself: “So what? What has Leeward Cruising Club done for me lately?

I’m glad you asked! 🙂

LCC 17 Sep 2013

Leeward Cruise September 17

The September 17 05:00pm SLT cruise will revisit Sansara. The fleet will take off from the rez point dock in Valda sim, and move West through the Northern Coastal corridor until it merges with the waters of Bay City. The fleet will then move South to the opposite side of the continent to pick up the Southern Coastal passage heading East.

At the old site of Abbott’s Aerodrome, the hardy group of sailors will turn Northeast again, cutting into the legendary Bay of Space Pigs. An octave of sims later, the group will make landfall at the Sailing Center in Fudo, where Benny will be spinning tunes, and Rona will be waiting with hot chocolate and cookies for everybody. 🙂

See you at 5:00 in Valda!

testing new course

Test driving the route on Monday nite


Debelox raceline

debelox racelineI wanted to post a quick shout-out for the raceline in Debelox. 🙂

Debelox (outlined with a red square on the above map) is a Linden sim that lies at the West end of the water bridge connecting Corsica with Gaeta. From that location the Debelox raceline can support a number of long distance races and cruises over both continents.


The Debelox raceline is actually pretty unique. Debelox is a full sim, and the raceline is the only major object there. That means that the sim has a rather remarkable 14,962 free prim, with a corresponding low script overhead. The rez zone is also nicely sized, with a prim capacity of 1,274.

If you ever want to race Ernestinas, or just hold a rather massive fleet race, this is the line to use! It’s built to support all the boats, scripts, and sailing avatars you’ll need. 🙂

Hannelore Ballinger had some difficulty coaxing the line to ‘network’ this past Saturday for the Volvo racers, so I took that opportunity to update all the Debelox raceline stuff, including adding a new windsetter. The WWC is now in the Green Nun at the northern end of the line; that matches the default set up at nearly all the other Hay Ah racelines in SL. 🙂

debelox line_004

Danshire Yacht Club Gets a Makeover

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I wanted to take a moment to give a huge shout-out to Elbag Gable and RJ Kikuchiyo for their wonderful help expanding and remodeling Danshire Yacht Club in Knaptrackicon.

knaptrack channelKnaptrackicon

Knaptrakicon sits in the middle of Nautilus between Bingo Strait and Dire Strait, and it includes the major channel that connects the North and South waterways for the linked continents of Nautilus, Gaeta, Satori, and Corsica. That makes Knaptrackicon a rather critical gateway for many who sail there. Click on the map above, and you’ll see what I mean.


Click to enlarge: Knaptrackicon in 2009

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Knaptrackicon in 2010


In an effort to keep at least a narrow channel open, in early 2010 Tig Spijkers and I moved Danshire Yacht Club down to Knaptrackicon. When several more parcels went on sale there soon after, Elbag Gable joined in and picked them up, widening the waterway for all sailors to use.

The image to the right shows the channel and builds as of May 2010. The waterway is open and easily navigable, but there are still small builds on either side of the canal that make it difficult for more than one boat to pass at a time.

Well, that’s changing pretty quickly now! A few months ago, Elbag made another wonderful gesture, buying up several of the remaining parcels in the sim and deeding them through DYC to improve sailing. It was now possible to widen the channel, re-terraform the western half of the sim, and give the DYC builds a “fashion makeover.” 🙂 

That’s where RJ Kikuchiyo stepped in and took over, completely redesigning the space to give it a consistent, classic Northern European theme. RJ is a truly legendary maestro of maritime architecture in Second Life. Although the work is not yet complete, the new additions are strikingly beautiful, detailed and true, reflecting both RJ’s artistic vision and his knowledge of maritime history. Please stop by and take a look, and ask RJ about it!

DYC April 16 2013

Mandelbrot exp(7)

Quite a few sailors did stop by DYC this past Tuesday; the Leeward Cruisers celebrated  Chaos Mandelbrot’s Seventh Rez Day!

LCC April 16 map

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The cruise route for the day left DYC  and swung up through Dire Strait to Fedallah, before turning Southeast to cut back into Bingo Strait.

If you click on the map to the right, the green dots will give you a sense of  the size of the fleet. Early in the sail, boats were strung out all the way from DYC to the ends of Dire Strait! 🙂

Leeward April 16

As usual, the cruise was full of fun sailing and flat jokes, and Bennythe Boozehound’s music selection kept everyone pretty excited all evening. It was a great way to break in the new dockside dancefloor at DYC!

Chaos RezDay 7 Party at DYC

Hotlaps tops 300

hepurn thurs

Woots! Kudos to LucyInThe Sky Afarensis; yesterday she posted lap #300 to the Hotlaps spreadsheet! She hit that tercentennial ceiling in real style too, by adding a new boat class to the list: The ACA Racer Tiny. 🙂

On the six Hotlaps courses to date, a total of 54 skippers have sailed 305 laps in 33 different boats. Wowzers! Here’s the current list of skippers who did all that sailing, colored-coded for the spreadsheets:

skippers 54

And next, here’s a copy of the current, active spreadsheet for the Plum Gut course. Individual lap scores are arranged in columns based on boat class, and the colors for each entry identify the skipper. As highlited below, there’s a set of tabs at the very bottom of the sheet that allow a user to switch to different pages in order to view individual race line results, raw entry data, or summary sheets.

Sailors can even edit the various spreadsheet pages. If you make a mistake filling out the entry form, you can go to the Lap data page, find the error there and correct it. If any Hotlaps user wants to rearrange or sort the data for a particular page, please feel free to open a new tab on the spreadsheet to do that. You can then copy the data you’re interested in to your new page for editing, and leave the original intact.

plum gut feb24

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Of course Plum Gut is just one of the six Hotlaps venues. There are five more.

This collected lap data has many potential uses. Individual sailors can follow their own laptimes to see if different sailing strategies make a measurable difference in their scores, or they can compare how their times match up against other sailors in the fleet.

The hotlaps data also makes it possible to “performance handicap” the many, popular boats in SLSailing. As I’ve discussed before, that’s done by comparing the average lap time for a given boat on a particular racecourse against the same information for a standard, “index” boat: The Melges-24. After nearly two months of data collection, the Melges is looking like a great index, for a dozen reasons I wont bore you about here. If you own a Quest Melges-24, you likely know the reasons already. 🙂

Anyway, here’s the handicap table as of yesterday. Below, the table to the left shows the handicap factors for boats on each of the six hotlaps courses (where the data is available). The table on the right shows the average handicap score for each of those boats, with the associated standard deviation for the small sample of values in each case.

summary tables feb25

So, how useful and reliable are the handicap factors?

Well, that’s what were still trying to figure out, but let me briefly talk about three points that came up in last Thursday’s Midnight Madness races.

hepurn feb21

Midnight Madness is a fun, multiclass race every Thursday at 9:00 pm, cosponsored by Danshire and Eden Bay Yacht Clubs. At the moment I’m using  Madness results to calculate potential handicap ‘adjustments’ and comparing them to the uncorrected, “normal” finish times.

As usual, a small but really great group of skippers showed up this past Thursday to race the Hepurn Hotlaps course. Here’s the result for race one.

Race One Lap Times: 
 Chaos Mandelbrot   M24 crewed — Start: 00:05  —  Last lap: 00:10:32
 Kris Hollysharp   M24 — Start: 00:01  —  Last lap: 00:11:18
 SteveLL Resident   Q2M — Start: 00:11  —  Last lap: 00:15:01
 qwerty Qork   IDQQ99 — Start: 00:02  —  Last lap: not finished
 Glorfindel Arrow   IDA81  — Start: 00:06  —  Last lap: not finished
Race One Results:
 1: Chaos Mandelbrot  (M24 crewed, 1.10) — 10:37 — corrected 11:40
 2: Kris Hollysharp   (M24, 1.00) — 11:19 — corrected 11:19
 3: SteveLL Resident   (2M, 0.76) — 15:12 — corrected 11:36
 4: qwerty Qork   IDQQ99 — not Finished
 5: Glorfindel Arrow   (M24, 1.0)  — not Finished
Unfortunately, qwerty and Glorf both crashed. Chaos and Kris both sailed Melges-24, and SteveLL sailed a Q2M.
R1 start
Kris was aggressive, extremely adept, and crossed the start line 4 seconds ahead of Chaos and Jane. However, a crewed Melges-24 can sail faster than one with a solo skipper, so Chaos was able to pull even with Kris and eventually pass her about midway through the course. Chaos went on to finish first, with an 18 sec. lead over Kris.
Looking at the prior handicaps however, a crew member gives an M-24 a roughly 10% performance advantage. Chaos’ corrected lap time would then be 11:40, a full minute behind Kris!
A similar issue came up with SteveLL. He was sailing a Quest 2-M, which is a much slower boat than the Melges-24. Steve cross the finish line a full 4 min. behind the lead boats, and there’s really no chance he could win a race without handicap adjustments.
However, factoring in the current handicap for the Q2-M (0.76) Steve’s corrected finish time becomes 11:36, a score that’s directly competitive with the two Melges in the race. In fact, with corrected scores Steve nosed out Chaos for Second Place!
second race finish
For the Second Race, a wondrous thing happened. There was a bright light from above, the heavens opened up, and Pensive Mission appeared at the race line, holding on to his Tako. pm and cmAlthough Pensive only makes rare appearances in regattas these days, he was one of Mowry Bay’s original Mow-Mows, and his skill with a Tako is part of SL’s nautical lore.
Well, in the Second Race we got a chance to see that legendary Boatman of the Mowry Apocalypse ride his Tako around Hepurn’s waters once more.
The Tako is quite a speedy boat and it’s powered by a real wind engine that makes beating to windward less of a hassle than most new boats. Thanks to Slanty Uriza, we also have a handicap from the Sulu Hotlaps Course. It’s 1.03, a close match for the Melges-24, so it made sense that Pensive was able to keep in close lockstep with both Chaos and Kris as the boats zoomed around the course.
A pleasant surprise occurred at the end of the race however, as I tallied up the scores. Since the Tako uses a very different wind engine, I wasn’t sure how “portable” the handicap factors might be within a mixed fleet or across different race courses. Well, to get a partial answer to that question I used Pensive’s single lap score to calculate a new Tako handicap for the Hepurn line.
Pensive’s Hepurn handicap worked out to 1.03, an exact match for Slanty’s Tako handicap using the Sulu line!! 🙂
 It looks like the handicap factors are proving to be both valid and consistent. That’s a nice thing. 🙂
Race Two Lap Times:
 Chaos Mandelbrot   IDCM91 — Start: 0:03  —  Last lap: 10:05
 Kris Hollysharp   IDKH47 — Start: 0:03  —  Last lap: 10:36
 Pensive Mission   ID25  — Start: 0:02  —  Last lap: 10:47
 Glorfindel Arrow   IDA81  — Start: 0:02  —  Last lap: 13:22
 SteveLL Resident   IDJB25 — Start: 0:05  —  Last lap: 14:40

Race Two Results:
1: Chaos Mandelbrot  M24 crew, 1.10 — 10:08 — Corrected 11:09
2: Kris Hollysharp   M24, 1.0 — 10:39 — Corrected 10:39
3: Pensive Mission   Tako 3.3 (1.03)  — 10:49 — Corrected 11:08
4: Glorfindel Arrow   M24, 1.0  — 13:24 — Corrected 13:24
5: SteveLL Resident   IDJB25 — 00:14:45 — Corrected 11:14

Midnight Madness February 21

Thursday madness 2013

On Thursday February 21 we’ll hold the second installment of  the Midnight Madness multiclass races. You can read about it here and see last week’s results here!

This week’s race will take off from the Hepurn raceline in Mowry Bay at 9:00pm; here’s the chart:

Mowry Bay Boat Club Hotlaps 2013

The wind is 15kt, 225deg (SW), with no variance.

Come join us, and sail any boat you want!!
We’ll use Handicaps again to figure out if anybody won. 🙂
You just bring the boat…

See you in Hepurn at 9:00pm Thursday!

Spoondrift Midnight Madness

[This event is cosponsored by Eden Bay and Danshire Yacht Clubs, as well as the Mare Sail Center and Mowry Bay Boat Club.]