Category Archives: Bingo Strait

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

October 11 Leeward Cruise

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I’ve posted about Leeward Cruising Club on many occasions, but let me give LCC another shout-out today. Their mixed fleet cruises are loads of fun, and usually draw a truly huge crowd of sailors. Months ago I wrote about  a regular Sunday LCC cruise from Danshire that seemed nothing special… but wow, fifty-two boats rezzed! Yikes! 🙂

Oct 11 LCC chart; click to enlarge

Probably the best thing about Leeward is the attitude. It’s is all about sailing together. It’s true that SL’s best racers often show up, but the cruises are about fun sailing, and there’s no competition involved. Each cruise strongly welcomes any new sailor who wants to take part; you don’t need a boat, and you don’t even need to know anything about sailing.

As Woody Allen said: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” That comment surely applies to LCC’s cruises; if you can make it to the launch point, a skipper will gladly make room for you aboard their boat. LCC’s motto is “No one left on the dock!” 🙂

Sailors en route from Scar; click image!

Cate Foulesbane, Kittensusie Landar, and Chaos Mandelbrot are the Holy Trinity in charge of Leeward Cruising, continuing the great legacy of the group’s original founders, Tory Micheline and Manul Rotaru.

Yesterday’s cruise kept the faith and stuck to LCC’s tradition. It was particularly great, since the sim conditions were the best in a very long time.

Chaos Mandelbot serves as Admiral-on-deck for most Tuesday cruises. Yesterday he charted a course that sailed the newly opened coastal waters of Northwest Satori, bringing the fleet to landfall at Diamond Marchant‘s marina in Poob (26, 37, 21).

The cruise began at the Coastal Waterway rez point in Scar (22, 230, 21), a small island dock in Linden waters on Satori’s West edge (see the picture at the top of this post). The fleet then progressed along the continental rim of Satori to enter Bingo Strait, the body of water that separates Satori from Nautilus.

I posted a close-up view of the map below. As you can see, once the cruise fleet entered Bingo Strait, they sailed Northeast, cutting through “Brenda’s Channel” (blue arrow below) to reach the destination dock in Poob. Brenda’s Channel was created by Elbag Gable several months ago to give sailors more cruising options; it’s absolutely great. Thank you Elbag and Brenda!

The destination in Poob (yellow arrow below) is Diamond Marchant’s marina. As most SL skippers know, Diamond’s a great sailor, and she was one of the original marina developers in Bingo Strait. Big thanks to Diamond for hosting the cruise finish!

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about yesterday’s cruise was the sim stability. Despite a very large fleet and a long voyage, nearly every boat arrived at the destination in Poob intact.

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Francois Jacques and I crewed for Admiral Chaos, who sailed the new Razor. I thought three of us aboard a new vessel in the middle of a large flotilla would spell disaster… but not last night! The new Razor held true, and so did the several Trudeau Epicurus that joined in… as well as the numerous Quest, BBK, Rotaru and Balduin builds!

For at least one evening sail, the grid had game, and functioned perfectly. It was pretty wondrous, and it’s how sailing should always be… 🙂

To celebrate the point, the the post-cruise party at Diamond’s place was DJ’d by Jakespeed Northman; his playlist was, as usual, pretty super!

So thank you LCC, Chaos, Cate, Kitten… and Diamond, Jake, and Elbag too; it was a great cruise! And omg, thanks to LL for… at least once… lifting the fog so cruisers could see what SL Sailing is really capable of. 🙂

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Tinies Triumphal

On April 16, with a big smile Charlz Price and Fiona Haworth downsized for the day, and turned the keys to Triumphal Yacht Club over to Tiny World Regatta 2011. Chaos Mandelbrot chaired the “minor, low-brow” event, 🙂 and with Orca Flotta’s help turned the OrCafe into Tiny World Headquarters, sponsoring a nonstop program of music, racing and cruising that ran from dawn to dusk!

Kudos to Beejee Boucher, Greythistle Twine, Jakespeed Northman, BennyThe Boozehound, and Don Septimus; they each took turns spinning great tunes that set the right mood and built tiny spirit over the day’s activities.

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When people weren’t dancing, they were on the water sailing. The competition events included separate morning and afternoon fleet races, designed for the convenience of sailors in different time zones. Between the aquatic hot-rodding sets, Kittensusie Landar and Leeward Cruising Club took center stage. They orchestrated a distance, mass cruise that launched from the Schiffsratten docks in Pslande. The fleet sailed through Dire Strait and passed by DYC in Knaptrackicon to re-enter Bingo enroute to a landfall back at Triumphal! It was great fun, and BennyThe Boozehound piped through his soundtrack all along the way. It was a “Tour-de-Force” of truly tiny proportions. 🙂

Oh. I forgot to mention one of the best parts!

Triumphal’s owners Charlz Price and Fiona Haworth provided everyone with TrYC Tiny-compatible racing and cruising sailboats! The boats are actually pretty great, so go over to Triumphal and get one. They are powered by the BWIND engine, and are very nicely (and thoughtfully) detailed. The boats will carry two sailors and they have adjustable textures and sit positions (so your Tiny can see over the cockpit). The TrYC cruiser/racer even comes with a spinnaker!

This was my first acquaintance with Charlz and Fi’s club boat; it turned out to be easy to use, very stable and quite speedy, as the first group of racers discovered on Saturday morning. That 8:00am timeslot had a packed house with five sailing teams on the startline. Despite the crowd, the weather proved perfect for sailing, with no noticable lag.

The short race course was also well-suited to the short skippers and swift sailcraft; the morning fleet quickly racked-up results for five consecutive race heats. Chaos Mandelbrot was Race Director, and Silber Sands was head judge throughout. At different times, Orca, Joro, Naeve, and Jane were the Tiny Race Road Crew helping Silber out.

The Regatta used the ISAF standard low-point scoring system with one discard. Under those rules (and probably under any other), Aislinn Farella emerged the undisputed 8:00am winner with three First Place finishes! Lothor Vlodovic had two Firsts, and earned Second Place. He sailed a super series, ending a single point behind Aislinn! Nice job! Here are the numbers:

8:00AM Races

Orca and Beejee

Race 1:
1: Aislinn Farella   IDAF06 — 00:07:29
2: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:07:34
3: Julia Ceres   IDJC61 — 00:08:22
4: Orca Flotta   IDCAFE — 00:09:33
5: Blunt Fhang and Garbet Psaltry — DNS

Race 2:
1: Aislinn Farella   IDAF06 — 00:07:23
2: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:07:26
3: Julia Ceres   IDJC61 — 00:07:51
4: Orca Flotta   IDCAFE — 00:09:39
5: Blunt Fhang   IDBLUN — 00:09:40 DSQ

Race 3:
1: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:07:14
2: Julia Ceres   IDJC61 — 00:07:51
3: Orca Flotta   IDCAFE — 00:08:03
4: Blunt Fhang   IDBLUN — 00:09:07
5: Aislinn Farella   IDAF06 — DNF

Race 4:
1: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:06:51
2: Aislinn Farella   IDAF06 — 00:07:00
3: Julia Ceres   IDJC61 — 00:08:36
4: Orca Flotta   IDCAFE — 00:08:59
5: Blunt Fhang   IDBLUN — DNF

Race 5:
1: Aislinn Farella   IDAF06 — 00:07:08
2: Lothor Vlodovic   IDLV42 — 00:07:11
3: Orca Flotta   IDCAFE — 00:07:37
4: Blunt Fhang   IDBLUN — 00:08:35
5: Julia Ceres   IDJC61 — DNF

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The afternoon races were just as great!

Joro Aya spent the morning session judging, so by 3:00 pm she was hot to sail, and ready to roll. Joro quickly mastered the Regatta Raceboat, jumping ahead of the fleet and winning the Start in nearly every heat. When the salt-spray settled, the scoreboard showed Joro had grabbed four First Place wins out of the total of five events.

Woots, Even under the day’s Small Circumstances, Joro had the right stuff, ending up with a perfect low-point score of “4.” Don Berithos and Gemma Vuckovic trailed Joro at a distance… and Gemma came away with the Second Place showing.

Woots! Nice racing everybody! Here are the details:


Tiny World Trophies!

Flotta Flying

Race 1:
1: joro Aya   IDSLUT — 00:07:24
2: don Berithos   IDUS82 — 00:08:21 DSQ
3: Gemma Vuckovic   IDGV78 — 00:09:07
4: Ipan Tatsu   ID565 — 00:09:09
5: BennyThe Boozehound   ID3333 — 00:09:13
6: Allie Tomsen   ID80AT — 00:15:24 DSQ

Race 2:
1: joro Aya   IDSLUT — 00:07:14
2: Gemma Vuckovic   IDGV78 — 00:07:44
3: don Berithos   IDUS82 — 00:07:56
4: Ipan Tatsu   ID565 — 00:10:11
5: BennyThe Boozehound   ID3333 — DNF

Race 3:
1: joro Aya   IDSLUT — 00:07:14
2: Gemma Vuckovic   IDGV78 — 00:07:44
3: BennyThe Boozehound   no ID
4: don Berithos   IDUS82 — 00:08:14
5: Ipan Tatsu and Duana Starflare  ID565 — 00:10:10

Yes, Joro out front... again

Race 4:
1: don Berithos   IDUS82 — 00:08:01
2: Ipan Tatsu   ID565 — 00:09:08 DSQ
3: joro Aya   IDSLUT — 00:11:44
4: Gemma Vuckovic   IDGV78 — DNF

Race 5:
1: joro Aya   IDSLUT — 00:07:20
2: Gemma Vuckovic   IDGV78 — 00:07:36
3: don Berithos   IDUS82 — 00:07:44
4: Ipan Tatsu   ID565 — DNS

For such a small event, Tiny World ended up pretty wondrous. 🙂 On Saturday TrYC was chock-full of happy, funny people who were dancing, sailing, and cruising their weekend away. So Please give a huge, much deserved hug and sound loud applause to the great team that put it all together: Chaos, Charlz, Fiona, Orca, and Kittensusie. WOOTS!


I don’t know about you, but my personal criterion for a ‘Regatta well done‘ is pretty simple. A sailing event is a success if somebody comes up and says: “Hey, that was fun; let’s do it again tomorrow!” 🙂

Chaos in younger days

Well… the day after Tiny World, that happened big-time.

On April 17, a rather huge fleet of sailors descended once again on the Triumphal race waters for a Sunday Leeward Cruise. This time however, Kittensusie Landar and Francois Jacques set the destination to Chaos Mandelbrot’s home dock at Wicked Good. 🙂

A truly sim-busting crowd made landfall there, and all joined-in once again, thanking that Penguin for a Tiny jobbut a job done HUGE! 🙂

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Round Four of the ONE WORLD Regatta series is coming up on January 28-30, hosted by Charlz Price and Fiona Haworth at TRIUMPHAL YACHT CLUB. Orca Flotta is Racing Director, and in charge of the Round Four Events!

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Here’s the Farragut Race Wind for Round Four. The windsetter notecard is ‘ow4’ and the settings are:
cruise wind dir 270
cruise wind speed 20
cruise wind gusts 20
cruise wind shifts 15
cruise wind rate 1.0

Here’s the ‘practice wind’ conversion settings for sailors who want to try out the course loading their own ‘Boat Wind.”

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courtesy of Dil Spitz

Nautilus Coastal Waterways Upgrade

Carl Metropolitan's Interactive Map

Michael Linden is the Senior Content Lead for the Linden Department of Public Works; he runs the DPW Office Hour on Fridays at 3:00PM SLT in Shamon.

The Friday meetings are well attended, always fun, and pretty congenial — at least  when compared to other ‘Linden anger-management‘ hours many readers may have attended. 🙂  Michael’s DPW meetings address a variety of user content issues, suggestions, and problems, and he frequently reviews outstanding ‘ticket’ requests or ongoing major project issues.

If you have a gripe or suggestion, don’t Go Postal;’ 🙂 stop by one of the Office Hours meetings instead. DPW is responsible for much of the sim content and user concerns over a spectrum of Linden sim priorities. They can’t help you with ‘server issues’ or sim-crossings; those are other departments. However, for many general issues that impact sim features, appearance and user function, the DPW Office Hour is a good place to learn what’s up and get simple, authoritative answers to your questions.

Blondin Linden also holds biweekly sailing-specific Office Hour meetings at 8:00 AM SLT in ANWR, and all sailors are more than welcome. The topics at Blondin and Michael’s Linden OH meetings rarely overlap, so interested sailors might benefit from attending either or both sessions; you can choose what fits, based on your time zone and work schedule. (Note: Michael and Blondin coodinate efforts, so you’ll get the same answer at either session. 🙂 )


Over the past few years many sailors have advocated for interconnected waterways that would allow vessels to travel long distances. In a September office hour, Michael Linden addressed this issue and listed several possible locations under consideration for new coastal water sims that might serve this need.

He strongly emphasized these ideas were still vague topics under consideration, and he clearly indicated that none of the projects might ever get realized. Nonetheless, most in the audience felt his willingness to share such ideas was both gracious and reassuring.

The topic came up as part of a short discussion on options to connect Bay City to the major Sansara sailing regions lying East. Here’s the transcript (with my edits and redactions):

[15:45]  Michael Linden: Gulf of Lauren NE around the coast,  to ANWR would be good.
[15:45]  Yevad Doobie: crosses toes
[15:45]  Marianne McCann: Would love that, Michael.
[15:45]  Yevad Doobie: some parts of Corsica would be useful
[15:45]  Everest Piek: its an unbearable bottleneck there
[15:45]  Marianne McCann: Though if you asked between that and the southern waterway, I’d opt for the latter
[15:45]  Michael Linden: I’ve got half-a-dozen areas that could use more coastal water listed.
[15:46]  Jane Fossett: Yes, no good connection from ANWR to Fables.
[15:46]  Yevad Doobie: or around the Corsica/Nautilus join…..give the Coast Guard more work lol
[15:46]  Everest Piek: lol
[15:46]  Jane Fossett: 🙂
[15:47]  Michael Linden: These are all just vague proposals: NOT promises:

  • Luna Palisades to Abbotts: 14
    (9 if we move the sandboxes 1 row south)
  • around Terric: 4 … allows more sailing near Blake Sea
  • Mbokomu: 4 or 5 … allows sailing along coast
  • Lifstaen: 7 or 8 … allows sailing around coast
  • Leximus: 3, 5, or 8 … good sea area, allows sailing n coast
  • Gerache: 5 to 8 … connect continents with sailing route
  • Sanchon: 6 or 7 … allows sailing around big island
  • North of Old Continent: 17 or so, connects Bay City to ANWR

[2010/09/10 15:47]  Everest Piek: yea
[2010/09/10 15:47]  Jane Fossett: Any of those would be wondrous.
[2010/09/10 15:48]  Michael Linden: Someday, when Homesteads are free …
[2010/09/10 15:48]  Yevad Doobie: nice list

Vague Proposals Turn Real in Nautilus

Michael commented that “These are all just vague proposals: NOT promises…” so back in September I decided not to write about the possibilities he raised. I assumed the Linden staff cuts might limit deployment of even the best DPW ideas. Well, i was wrong. 🙂

This week ‘Pie in the Sky became Reality,’ as DPW rolled out over twenty new sims to enhance the Nautilus-region coastal waterways! Here’s a list of the new sim names and locations:

1. Between Elhaddad and Psychwar: Arezzo, Pieve, Cortona
2. Between Gerache and Rannet:
Foligno, Gubbio, Lucca, Norcia, Orvieto
3. Near Leoming: Soncino, Montefalco, Urbino, Viterbo, Volterra, Valenza, Triora, Cividale
4. Near Leximus: Spoleo, Spello, San Gimignano, Pienza, Perugia, Galgano, Pulciano

Here’s a chart showing the location of the new sims (Click on it for a for a larger view):

Yellow= New Nautilus sims; Green= proposed Satori sims.

The additional sims include a new link that joins Nautilus and Corsica (WOOT!), and a sequence of coastal sims that wrap around the land builds and obstructions in Northeast Nautilus.

The new Nautilus sims make it possible to sail remarkable distances. For example, a skipper could voyage all the way from Spoondrift in USS’ Sailor’s Cove over to Triumphal in West Bingo Strait, then chose to venture North either past Danshire YC in Knaptrackicon or  by Tradewinds in Dex, sailing through Dire Strait or along the new Elhaddad route. That sailor could wrap around Northeast Nautilus using the new ‘Lifstaen’ coastal waterway, and then choose one of two Northern passages into the continent of Corsica: either the traditional far West passage near Kinrara (wave to SLCG there!) or the brand new ‘Gerache’ waterway shown above.

Of course, once you make it to Corsica you then get a whole new plateful of options :-). You can go visit ElMegro Magic or Aquarius Paravane or dozens of other sailors with marinas waiting to welcome you… or you can just push on and circumnavigate Gaeta. If you are that ambitious, be sure to check in with Beejee Boucher and Lyle Lane along the Gaeta coast!

Frankly I can’t add up all the sims that kind of cruise plan would encompass… but wow, it’s a lot… and its now possible. 🙂

Is that important to sailors? 🙂 Well, it took Kittensusie Landar and Mowry Bay Cruising Club about five minutes to announce a fleet event using the new sims!

I think there’s no question that this small passageway will make a truly huge difference in the traffic and economy of both linked regions. Thank you Linden Lab and DPW!

The ‘Nautilus Chart’ above also shows in Green two small, coastal ‘sim patches’ in Satori, the continent South of Nautilus.

TERRIC sim lies along the Northeast coast of Satori, just south of Bingo Strait and near Blake Sea. Well over a year ago I wrote posts saying that Terric was the Southeast block to coastal cruising; there was no way around that sim. Many other sailors tried, but sadly agreed: TERRIC was the southern end of the sailing world for cruisers (at least if you came from Blake or Nautilus).

In September DPW suggested a four-sim bypass passage around Terric. That could open sailing waters along the East Coast of the entire Satori continent. Not a bad idea… 🙂

But what about Satori’s West Coast? Well, apparently DPW’s thought about that too. If you look at the chart above, a few coastal water sims North and West of MBOKOMU could provide a waterway link to expand options for Southern exploration along the Northwest aspect of Satori, while opening up sailing throughout the Western limits of Bingo Strait. I love it!

A MBOKOMU coastal simset seems a very small effort, but one that might yield a large payback in traffic, user interest and increased property value in the adjacent regions.


A few weeks ago I discussed here the DPW changes currently underway in Sansara. I focused on the traditional raceline and sailing regions, and only briefly mentioned Bay City.

Bay City is a community located on the far West shore of Sansara, and it holds an important place in the primordial geopolitical and cultural history of Second Life.

New Port Yacht Club

Bay City was DPW’s first project, and it served as a ‘template’ and test ground for LL’s concepts of urban planning. New Port Yacht Club is there, with access to roughly a dozen sims of sailable water.

Bay City has many great people, and the community is pretty successful. 🙂  On several occasions I’ve tried to attend Bay City events, only to find the sims so overcrowded  I couldn’t get in! 🙂 I guess that’s a good sign!

DPW  listened to Bay City’s request to connect their water and Yacht Club with the other Sansara sailing regions lying East. Michael Linden’s  ‘vague list‘ of possible new coastal sims includes two options for multi-sim corridors that might do the trick. I’ve indicated them in red below:

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If you click on the above chart, you’ll see the possible “Northern Option” is a seventeen-sim route that connects Bay City’s Gulf of Lauren to the ANWR connector that links Sansara to Heterocera Atoll. That string of seventeen water sims might also provide coastal waterway access to multiple sims in the COLORS region along the Northwest Sansara shore.

However, the biggest problem with the “Northern Option” in my opinion turns out to be ANWR’s separation from the major Sansara waterways; ANWR does not easily link to Mare Secundus, MBYC, Sea of Fables, or the East River Community.

In other words, even after the addition of seventeen new water sims, Bay City could not connect with any of the major Sansara waters – or sailing groups – that lie South and East. Bay City would stay isolated from many sailing events. (That’s not good 🙂 )

A much shorter, more  practical, and better way to connect Bay City to the other Sansara sailors and sailing regions might be Michael Linden’s proposed “Southern Passage,” a nine sim connection from Luna Palisades to Abbotts that’s shown in the chart above. Marianne McCann discusses that option on her blog and argues persuasively for it.


The final proposal on Michael Linden’s Office Hours Coastal Sim Wish List was “Sanchon: 6 or 7 (sims)… allows sailing around big island.”

If you are new to SLSailing, you may not know Sanchon, and probably have not sailed much in Jeogeot.

Well, Sanchon was home to Vagabonds Yacht Club, and was a harbor of refuge for many unruly pirates in the early years of SL Sailing.

My first connection to SL Sailing was in October 2006 at the Sanchon Boat Show. I met people and I saw boats that expressed the same humor, knowledge, and excitement I knew from RL sailing. I decided to stay around.

Vagabonds is now gone, but woots! DPW remembers, and one of the proposals is to expand the coastal waters near Sanchon… so sailors can again sail around the big island there. I always thought of that island as, well… Tortola, the pirate lair of legend. 🙂

Please remember, the sim additions above were just ideas, and not in any way guaranteed. However, I think they indicate DPW listens to sailors, and in this instance at least LL is making a sincere effort to incorporate sailor’s needs in their planning.

Now can we talk about those awful sim crossings again? 🙂