Second Wind Kudos
Sailing in Second Life can be pretty confusing and intimidating for new skippers. If you’ve never sailed in real life, it’s easy to get bogged down and totally lost in all the sailor jargon, variable boat features, and multiple wind physics algorithms. Actually, my guess is it takes a few weeks for most people just to figure out that “sheeting” refers to sail adjustment, not what’s on top of a sex bed! 🙂
I suspect many SL users shy away from Sailing because it appears to have a steep learning curve. It often seems hard to find quick, unbiased, and fun resources where you can get answers to embarrassingly simple questions.
Many sailing groups reach out to help new sailors. Starboards holds “Learn to Sail” classes every Sunday, Bea Woodget has the Sailing Academy, and there are many other classes and resources to help new and old sailors gain more confidence on the water. Even while I was writing this post, I received notices that Elbag Gable was teaching Beginner Instruction at Fruit Islands, and LDeWell Hawker was following Elbag’s act with a Racing Class! 🙂
Today however, I want to give a special shout-out to three people who recently took a few additional steps that may make sailing more accessible to everyone. Well-deserved kudos go to Francois Jacques, Charlz Price and Fiona Haworth, who together launched a Second Wind initiative that promotes sailing to the large SL community.
If you’re reading this, hopefully you’ve already seen the video they produced with Surfwidow’s creative skills; it’s pretty fantastic and deserves a replay:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
The goal of the video is simple; to let SL users know a well-kept secret: Sailing is the most fun, the least expensive… and yes, the most addictive thing anyone can do in Second Life. 🙂
Building on that simple, obvious message, the Second Wind Troika is setting up outposts on the grid that serve multiple purposes, including:
– Rez points, where SL users can learn about sailing and get a flood of free information.
– access to free boats and time-limited boat trials, so new users may get a wealth of unbiased options to choose from.
– lists of yacht clubs, marinas, and yacht yards where sailors can get more info, and the latest updates.
So far there are two Second Wind stations, both in Sansara. The first is located in Fudo near the new expanded Sansara sailing waters. It’s dedicated to Epicurus Emmons, and I’m pretty sure someplace dear Epi has a big grin… it’s exactly what he always believed in. Please go stop by, and see if you agree:
Epi Sailing Resource Center, Fudo (19, 35, 22)
The other Resource Center is located on the East shore of Sea of Fables, near where Suzanne Zeluco, Extreme Riders Japan, and Far East Yacht Club all had outposts in past years.
Three Pines Sailing Resource Center, Owasco (46, 247, 22)
It’s a really great spot that stands in tribute to both SL Sailing history and the current fleet of wondrous, global skippers. It’s location also celebrates the great new sailing opportunities that Lindens helped build in Sansara waters this past year.
Go stop by; I guarantee you’ll get a lot of free stuff, as well as a ton of propaganda about how great sailing is. 🙂 You’ll also get exhaustive lists of places to cruise, to race, and to get more info, or maybe to just tie up and dance, grid-wide. 🙂
(Note: if you have a place to add to the info lists, please contact Francois, Charlz or Fiona!)
LEEWARD CRUISING CLUB OUTPOSTS
As I said in my opening comments, there are a variety of initiatives to expand Sailing in Second Life, started by many great people. The Second Wind / Come Sail With Us idea is notable because it emphasizes the wide extent of sailing resources in SL, and it works closely with many others to support the diversity of SLSailing opportunities. As just one example, Second Wind’s two Resource Center are also Leeward Cruising Club Outposts.
As most sailors know, Leeward Cruising Club is a pretty wonderful group originally started by Tory Micheline and Manul Rotaru. They were trying to encourage organized, open-water cruises for fun. Their focus was on group sailing, and it was never linked to any club or ‘race competition.’ They left nobody on the dock. 🙂
After all, in real life the vast majority of sailors spend their time cruising, not racing. In RL and SL, they want to enjoy the company of so many global skippers they count as friends. They can’t do that if they are always competing on a race line.
Over considerable time and with much persistence Tory and Manul’s goal proved valid. Their fleet grew and the fun was contagious. It expanded to pretty-much every new spot a fleet could rez in SL!
Last year, Kittensusie Lander, Cate Foulsbane, and Chaos Mandelbrot took over, and woots! LCC expanded and grew even faster! I recall hosting one of their events where… no kidding… Fifty-two boats rezzed.
(Thank god Debelox sim had over 12,000 free prim!)
As I said, that was just last year; this year it’s even better. There are several cruises each week, and they follow fun courses that link great new ports many sailors might not know about. LCC fixes that, and conjoins a whole flotilla of newbies and old salts that laugh the evening away together.
Since Second Wind’s Resource Centers are also Leeward Cruising Rez sites and sailing docks, let me take this chance to add the current list of LCC spots below!
Here is a somewhat modified version of the notecard list provided by Kitten and Cate inworld this past week. Any errors are mine, transcribing their info; the text and all the hard work is theirs!
From Kitten and Cate, 11 April 2011
These areas are open for anyone to rezz their boats and explore the surrounding waters. This document will be updated when new Outposts are made available.
Marina Sport Racer Sailing Club , Ghloogums (58, 180, 25)
Pendelton Resort – Marina I – CH, Charleville (163, 142, 21)
SLCG Baitoushan Airport Station, Baitoushan (164, 9, 21)
Marina Sport Racer Sailing Club , Skyridge (217, 27, 21)
St Exupery Airport and Club, Gorgonzola (82, 200, 22)
Telling Marine Queck 120,16,21
Leeward CC, Twisster (24, 187, 20)
Peachy Beach, Plumpton (146, 36, 21)
LCC Outpost, Sheershank, Gaeta V, Sheershank (134, 240, 21)
Nautilus and the Islands to the east
Thistle Cove, Tsurington (117, 55, 21)
LCC Outpost @ The OrCafe, Devilbrook (37, 189, 22)
Club Palladium @Beach Pad , Nuclear (2, 177, 21)
Yacht Club Annex, Thorkell (243, 230, 21)
DomusLand – Twice Bitten (25, 41, 21)
Emillie Designs Marine Store/MOU, Raimondo (200, 124, 21)
Abi’s Wharf, Tails (52, 30, 21)
EVES Light house and Gallery, Dooknock (172, 154, 21)
Fran’s 512 – Chaos house , Oleg (17, 178, 21)
Abi’s Wharf 2, Tordangle (218, 11, 21)
Wicked Good, Nantucket Yacht Club (242, 117, 21)
Martinique, Martinique (209, 158, 20)
Bitterend & Threesheets Cruising, Marunogere (83, 39, 21)
Wicked Good Too, Marunogere (66, 26, 21)
(these two Outposts are situated adjacent to each other)
Rydal Outpost, Rydal (231, 15, 24)
LCC Outpost Kaminari/Sansara, Kaminari (241, 81, 22)
Yacht Club Annex, Horseshoe (31, 179, 87)
Yacht Club Annex, Wingo (134, 178, 28)
Foulsbane’s Folly, Miller (96, 233, 81)
Svan (208,208) Moderate 2048m Wa, Svan (224, 212, 22)
Companion’s Point, Snout (205, 27, 21)
Telling Marine, Caragana (226, 236, 20)
SLCG Station Ursula Bay
In addition, LCC also has a Group Joiner at the Freebie Mall in Droomeiland.
Droomeiland – houses for rent, p, Droomeiland (226, 183, 21)
It is our hope to eventually have LCC Outposts on all the major continents. If anyone is willing to let us use their land as an Outpost (especially in the Gaeta V and Heterocera Atoll continents), please contact Kittensusie Landar, Cate Foulsbane or Chaos Mandelbrot.
All we require is a rezzable area for our boats, and a stream that can be changed to our DJ for when we party there. If you would allow us to plant an LCC flag and a group joiner there too, that would be even betterer….. Thank you 🙂