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FIYC Wins Four, Kenobi Captures Cup!

(Note: Many images below are courtesy of Dil Spitz and Silber Sands.
The originals can be seen in the ONE WORLD REGATTA image pool.)

 

When we last left the ONE WORLD FINALS‘ competition quartet, three races were on the scoreboard and in the history books. KENOBI held two first-place wins and EUREKA owned one, but point-wise it was much closer across the fleet. Under the low-point system, KENOBI lead with six points while the remaining three teams were all tied with eight points each. Oh, and don’t forget, each team could discard their worst score when the final results were tallied.

So as the warning horn sounded for Race #4, it was still a boat race and the top prize remained up for grabs.

ONE WORLD FINALS, Race #4

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The last race in the finals series used a chart that emphasized basic skills but also required strategic and tactical decisions. The first leg of F-4 was an upwind beat to the yellow buoy in Flat Hammock. It was followed by two reach legs that brought the Teams over to Race Rock where they engaged in a quick game of pinball, rounding four closely-spaced marks.

The final stretch was a three-sim long broad reach down Hay Harbor Channel to finish in Schooner Run sim,  right outside the FIYC Clubhouse. 🙂

In most sailboat races, the start is the thing; if you win the Start there’s a very good chance you can win the race. That certainly proved true in the One World Finals races #1-3, where team Kenobi seemed to dominate the field in Countdown antics. However, in race #4, FIYC was fired-up and ready to take KENOBI on in the pre-start.  Just watch what happens below!

Hawk’s judging video slightly altered by Jane

With roughly ninety seconds still on the clock, both FIYC and KENOBI start to  run the length of the line, hoping to get an optimal spot where they can flip to Starboard and make a lunge for the Line. KENOBI held windward advant and moved closer to FIYC to shadow. This worked quite nicely, as FIYC lost momentum and fell far astern of KENOBI.

Timing is everything in life though, and FIYC knew that both boats were way too early to set the start angle correctly; Armano and Cait were only too happy to let the Bunnimeisters hop ahead. 🙂 That meant KENOBI was forced to far-overshoot the line in a stall-for-time before they tacked. While KENOBI regained her balance, FIYC got a good groove going, and actually set up a perfect angle to cross.

Here are still images from MarkTwain White’s video that also show this point:

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At -00:28sec, FIYC is lined up to cut the line on close-haul, while KENOBI is far off-side, nearly in Anchor Cove Channel. Kenobi claws back on a reach, but FIYC’s closed the door nicely. KENOBI’s only move is to cut below FIYC’s stern and come up leeward, but that puts KENOBI directly under FIYC’s wind blanket. KENOBI therefore falls off the course to get free and build momentum, crossing the line a full 16 seconds behind FIYC. SVC-472 rode across in KENOBI’s wake, four seconds later.

EUREKA opted to avoid the crowd, started in the middle of the line where there was clean air and free water. It was a wise choice; EUREKA crossed a mere two seconds behind FIYC!

Armano Xaris   00:00:09
Alain Gloster   00:00:11
Bunnie Mills   00:00:25
momomos Netizen 00:00:29

Soon after the Start, FIYC opted to tack to Port early. The final image in the sequence above reveals why. As the two boats came to the first mark, EUREKA was in the lead and entered the two-boat-length zone first. However, due to the early, extra tack, FIYC approached the mark on Starboard; FIYC held Right-of-Way.

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As shown above, Armano and Cait played that power and position to great effect, building a strong lead on their way to the second mark in Sugar Reef. They never looked back, and sailed the rest of the course rather flawlessly. 🙂

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The image above shows FIYC rounding the final mark in Race Rock, setting their spinnaker for the run home with their fellow finalists two or more turns behind. EUREKA trailed by a half-minute, followed by KENOBI and SVC-472.

Finish Times:
1: Armano Xaris   IDFI01 — 00:11:25
2: Alain Gloster   IDAG64 — 00:12:03
3: Bunnie Mills   IDOBI1 — 00:12:22
4: momomos Netizen   IDJIRA — 00:13:20

FIYC’s impressive win showed how evenly matched the four finalist teams actually were; they were all true champions. However, the point totals were undeniable; over the series of four final races (with one discard), team KENOBI emerged the clear winner. FIYC came in Second, followed by EUREKA and SVC-472.

Woot! What great racing, and what great racers!

Jane Fossett opened the Awards Ceremony:

Jane Fossett shouts:
“EVERYBODY, THANK YOU FOR TWO MONTHS OF FANTASTIC RACES. THIS EVENT WAS A CELEBRATION OF ALL SL SAILING AND WOW… 150 SAILORS, OVER TWO DOZEN TEAMS AND NINE EVENTS SCATTERED ALL OVER THE GRID!!!”

Admiral MarkTwain White then took over, announcing the winners and awarding the trophies to the four Finalists.

The KENOBI Machine bellied-up to accept Top Honors and the First Place Trophy, then bunched together for a photoshoot! Wave those flags! Woots!

In addition to the awards for sailing teams, a special One World Sportsmanship Trophy was given to Sophie Abbott, representing the FLOATING BOATERS team. MarkTwain White put it aptly: 

“The award for Best Sportsmanship should be in DIAMONDS!”

So, and after ten long weeks of racing, with the consent of Head Judge Silber Sands, and Race Committee Chair Jane Fossett, Head Race Director Hay Ah declared the 2011 ONE WORLD Regatta Officially Closed.

Well, at least until the next time
we all get together and do it again. 🙂

[10:11:36]  Jane Fossett shouts: EVERYBODY, THANK YOU FOR TWO MONTHS OF FANTASTIC RACES
[10:11:54]  don Berithos: WOOOOOT!!!!
[10:11:54]  don’s translator: WOOOOOT!!
[10:11:56]  Francois Jacques: WOOOOOT!!!!
[10:11:59]  momomos Netizen: WOOOOOT!!!
[10:12:05]  Charlz Price: WOOOOOT!!!!
[10:12:07]  Fanci Beebe-Leavitt (fanci.beebe): WOOOOOT!!!!
[10:12:33]  Fi (fiori.firelight) feels “woot” challenged 😦
[10:12:37]  don Berithos shouts: we scared jane
[10:12:38]  don’s translator: 私たちはジェーン怖い
[10:12:39]  Jane Fossett shouts: THIS EVENT WAS A CELEBRATION OF ALL SL SAILING
[10:12:41]  Chat Range: LDeWell Hawker [14m]
[10:12:47]  Naeve (naeve.rossini) woots for Fi.
[10:12:47]  Mustang2 Bing is Offline
[10:12:49]  Naeve (naeve.rossini): WOOOOOT!!!!
[10:12:56]  Moontears (moontears.vought) woots for Fi
[10:12:58]  Fi (fiori.firelight): Thanks Naeve :-))
[10:13:01]  momomos Netizen: don!
[10:13:03]  Jane Fossett shouts: AND WOW… 150 SAILORS, OVER TWO DOZEN TEAMS
[10:13:06]  Chat Range: Yevgeny Varthader [12m]
[10:13:14]  Naeve (naeve.rossini): Hi, FJ. Looking gorgeous as always. 😉
[10:13:24]  Jane Fossett shouts: AND NINE EVENTS SCATTERED ALL OVER THE GRID!!!

ONE WORLD Protest

by LDewell Hawker and Jane Fossett

On March 5, the ONE WORLD Finals Races at Sailors Cove went pretty smoothly! The grid conditions were good, the sailing was great, and there were few protests. (The four race teams were all ‘pros,’ and knew their stuff!)

We thought it might be interesting to write about the single, significant protest in the series, even though the outcome was not controversial and a change in the Judges’ ruling would not have affected the final Regatta outcome.

At the beginning of Race Two as the fleet crossed the Startline, FIYC collided with KENOBI! FIYC then protested, claiming they had Right Of Way.

The Incident

If you haven’t seen it already, please go check out MarkTwain White’s video recap of the ONE WORLD Finals races on youtube, and be sure to leave him a thank-you note too. 🙂 We took a snippet of Race Two from MTW’s video and mixed it with Hawk’s  judging vid, which shows the Race #2 start from a different angle ((Hawk’s video starts at 01:20 below). Watch what happens between FIYC and Kenobi in both views as the clock ticks down to zero and the line opens!

Here’s a sequence of outtakes from Hawk’s judging video, annotated to show the countdown time and boat IDs:

FIYC and Kenobi Tango... then Tangle!

The video and stills nicely document the sequence of events. FIYC was sitting southeast of the line with sails luffed, waiting for just the right moment to go into action, and sprint for the Start.

It turns out Kenobi had a different, more risky strategy. The views above show that Kenobi spent much of the last countdown minute steaming Eastward, traveling parallel to the race line to build momentum as she approached FIYC’s spot.

Beginning at -00:26 sec, Kenobi made an abrupt gybe right in front of FIYC! That gave Kenobi the lead, and blocked FIYC. Woots! What a gutsy maneuver! That’s not just our opinion; when Bunnie was asked about it later, her assessment was:

I thought it was a gutsy maneuver!” 🙂

No surprise, FIYC immediately went into action, and cut to KENOBI’s lee side. With 16 seconds before the start, FIYC’s nose was overlapped with the lead boat’s stern. However, they were a few seconds early, so both boats fell off the wind and ran the line in parallel, waiting for the clock.

As the race started, FIYC turned back to close haul, while KENOBI was slower to react. Suddenly, BANG! FIYC slammed into KENOBI, deeply embedding her bow in KENOBI’s transom!

Jane Fossett's still pics at -11, -01, and +10

The crowd looked away in horror, trying to avoid a TOS violation for inappropriate nautical metaphor. Nonetheless, Armano and Bunnie sustained several seconds of stuck-sailing until  +16 sec. 🙂

Soon after the two boats went head-to-rump, FIYC protested under Rule 11. Here’s the initial group chat transcript:

[08:28:00]  Naeve Rossini: Just 10 s to go.
[08:28:27]  Naeve Rossini: Kenobi across the line with FIYC behind her.
[08:28:32]  Naeve Rossini: Looks like a collision there.
[08:28:52]  Naeve Rossini: Eureka and SVC crossing 3rd and 4th, all on starboard tack.
[08:29:14]  Naeve Rossini: There’s the protest from FIYC.
[08:29:24]  Viciously Llewellyn: We have a protest against Kenobi.

KENOBI never replied to the protest, but when they were clear of other boats, KENOBI did a penalty turn.

The judges felt the penalty turn resolved any pending FIYC protest, but at the conclusion of the race, Lead Judge Silber Sands held a mini-hearing to be certain of the facts. It was a model of brevity and efficiency:

[08:50]  Silber Sands: Armano.. what was Your protest though?
[08:50]  Armano Xaris: bunnie did not keep clear from leeward boat (me) pre start
[08:51]  Silber Sands: well.. it was rule 17 though.. so Bunnie did not have to do the penalty
[08:51:40]  Silber Sands: next race

Hawk’s analysis:

In the above collision, FIYC protested she had Right of Way under Rule 11 and that KENOBI failed to keep clear.

11: ON THE SAME TACK, OVERLAPPED
When boats are on the same tack and overlapped, a windward boat
shall keep clear of a leeward boat.

KENOBI did not lodge any counter-protest and chose when clear to do a PENALTY.

courtesy of Dil Spitz

However, questions were raised by the judges and spectators watching the race, and more comments came up in response to the posted videos. Jane asked me to provide an analysis as I saw it develop, and in particular how I would have decided. There are some important situations in this set of circumstances that are worthy of presentation.

I do offer this limitation:  I was outside the sim to cam inward to video, I do prefer to be directly overhead to cam down, but with the intention of reducing the lag on the racers I was outside the sim.   The video is at an angle.   If a counter protest had been lodged, we would have had to rely on all judges and their perspective.   Also, in mouse look and out of the sim, I cannot see chat or shouts.   The other judges were aware of this.  So I cannot pull a log and see the chat to determine any hails or necessarily see the instant of the protest being lodged.

However, given all the evidence, I think in this particular situation a protest against KENOBI could be appropriate at one point, but NOT in the final situation as it played out.   That’s not unusual; judges need to be keenly aware of how a situation develops, as well as the timing and specific point of the protest.

When a skipper comes in the ‘back door’ so to speak (establishes leeward overlap from clear astern), they need to be very patient before they try to luff or force a boat over the line. It’s important to avoid getting yourself in a position that makes it impossible for the windward boat to keep clear and ALSO comply with rule 17 when the line opens. Rule 17 states:

17 ON THE SAME TACK; PROPER COURSE
If a boat clear astern becomes overlapped within two of her hull
lengths to leeward of a boat on the same tack, she shall not sail above
her proper course while they remain on the same tack and overlapped
within that distance, unless in doing so she promptly sails
astern of the other boat. This rule does not apply if the overlap
begins while the windward boat is required by rule 13 to keep clear.

At -00:10 sec the boats were close to mast abeam (side by side), and KENOBI was clear to windward.  At -00:05 sec, FIYC then aggressively turned toward KENOBI, who maintained course. At -00:02 sec the boats were positioned so KENOBI could only keep clear by maintaining course (can’t bear off or turn up without causing a collision).  FIYC no longer had the ability to prevail at this point for a rule 11 PROTEST.

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Once the line opened, Rule 17 turned on, and FIYC had no ability to luff KENOBI and was required to bear off to keep clear.  At that point their proper course would have been to continue ahead and start.  FIYC did not bear off however, and at +00:04 sec she struck KENOBI’s stern and continued to force KENOBI windward for another 10 seconds.  That was a clear violation of rule 17.   However, KENOBI did not lodge a counter-protest, so no decision regarding such was made by the judges.

IF FIYC had immediately acted when KENOBI was tacking and gained overlap lee at that time, FIYC would have full lee rights pre-start and when the line opened an not subject to rule 17.

If FIYC had aggressively trimmed sails, turned windward and hailed (hail is optional – but nice for the judges) at -00:10 sec when the boats were abeam, FIYC could have turned KENOBI over the line, or made her draw a foul by bearing off just before the collision.  Waiting put FIYC in a position where they might not prevail under Rule 11 as the contact was after the line opened, and they could have been DSQ under Rule 17.

Comment

KENOBI had several options to counter-protest FIYC, but chose not to do so.

A counter-protest NEVER hurts.  If you had any question as to your rights find out.   And if you did a penalty, and were wrong you won’t be disqualified.   You have paid your price and found out why.   BUT, if you were within your rights AND fouled then your fellow competitor will be disqualified.  You do have to be aware of the basic rules, and the rules are very much interrelated and there are exceptions with each of the basic rules.  They are not hard to learn, but discussion is the only way you can really absorb them and understand the exceptions.    Spend some time in the SLSA Sailing Academy and the rules exhibits; it won’t hurt. 🙂

Kenobi Captures Three!

Halfway through the ONE WORLD Finals two races were already up on the scoreboard, and KENOBI and EUREKA each held first place wins. However, two races still remained, and the final score would only consider each team’s top three finishes. The championship was still a toss-up as Race Three began.

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The  F-3 racecourse had some of the same chemistry as the first race’s F-1 course. The fleet would need to beat upwind around Sailors Cove Island to reach the first mark in the Southeast corner of Breakers Point sim. From there it was a two-sim beam reach to the Sugar Reef Orange buoy, followed by a broad reach spinnaker leg to the yellow mark in Flat Hammock. Any boat still under sail would then go back to a beat to round the far mark in Breakers Point, followed by a dead run all the way Home.

KENOBI had arguably won the Start in each of the first two races, and they saw no need to change tactics this time, either. 🙂

If you watch Hawk’s Prestart videos, in each case during the last minute you can see Kenobi sailing West-to-East parallel to the line, until she’s in front of the other three teams. Then with 20-30 seconds to go, Kenobi suddenly throws the tiller over hard, coming about to Starboard. She then uses the boat’s accrued momentum to sprint toward the edge of the raceline near the red buoy. It’s a textbook perfect start.

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The first image below (A.) shows Kenobi just after tacking. With that maneuver she stole the lead and had the juice to gain distance (B.), cutting the line eleven seconds ahead of SVC-472, and nearly a half minute ahead of FIYC and EUREKA! Woots!

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However,  Please don’t ever think that what Bunnie pulled off was easy, or just due to random luck. If she placed KENOBI’s final prestart tack a few meters too low or a few seconds off either way, the other three boats could have thrown pretty much the whole Rules Book at her, and her team would likely still be in Plum Gut today making up all the Penalty turns they deserved! 🙂

Luckily, the Star Wars trio of Bunnie, Seraina, and Dunan lived up to their Jedi Master reputations, and pulled it off flawlessly.

Following the Start, in some ways the fleet’s upwind beat through Flat Hammock looked remarkably similar to Race #1. KENOBI was out in front and holding the ‘windward pole position,’  with all the tactical advantages that entailed.

Once again, Momomos was traveling in Bunnie’s wake, a boat-length back. Momomos decided to keep SVC-472 glued to KENOBI; I thought that made good sense. If he could keep within striking range, Momomos might yet well trap Kenobi later in a shadow duel.

The first image above shows that KENOBI was again able to repeat the trick from Race #1. Bunnie set a first tack point so audaciously high that she could flip to a new port course that exactly ‘threaded the needle’  through the narrow passage into Breakers Point. Momomos was also game, and he captained a course that let SVC-472 match that maneuver. However, he couldn’t quite match KENOBI’s speed in the process. 🙂

EUREKA and FIYC were in the 3-4  positions crossing the Start. Even worse, they were considerably leeward of the leaders, and had no chance to make the upcoming narrow channel in two tacks.

However, the images I have show that EUREKA was traveling just windward of FIYC, and Alain was effectively blocking Armano with position and shadow.

I think Alain’s a pretty incredible skipper with supreme tactical awareness (and if time and space permitted, I’d love to tell you about all the past races that prove that opinion). However, this time I couldn’t quite figure out why EUREKA decided to cut to port tack early (see above). I admit that maneuver made sense at some point, but it also unlocked the handcuffs EUREKA had on FIYC… 🙂

Anyway, if you look at the full image I posted earlier, you’ll see that both EUREKA and FIYC were forced to make two extra tacks to fall in line with the leaders, and that put them considerably behind as they fetched the first mark.

The second mark was in Sugar Reef, and the first image above shows the lineup as Kenobi took the turn. The rest of the fleet was more than half a sim behind, and Armano had moved FIYC into a parallel and windward position relative to SVC-472.

It looked like Momomos was suffering ‘lag distress‘ near the sim border, since the second image shows FIYC and EUREKA gaining substantial ground. They both passed and headed for the next mark.

The annotated images above reveal the situation at the third mark. KENOBI held a substantial lead, but evidently planned this all along. When Kentrock designed this course, he knew the next leg held a hidden trap: The fleet would be sailing directly upwind through a half-sim narrow channel to the final mark.

It certainly was nothing anyone could get upset about, since the distance was rather short and the trouble was pretty obvious. However, it’s also one of those things that takes a certain degree of caution and planning (sort of like invading Iraq…).

Anyway, you can see above why the KENOBI clan deserve the big bucks they get paid; Bunnie intentionally overshoots the mark Big-Time, setting KENOBI up to traverse the tight channel in two tiny tacks.

WOOTS! Philip the Navigator never did it any better! 🙂

ONE WORLD Race Three Results!

There was no stopping the K-Team; Race Three went hands down to the Kenobi Trio, with a finish time a full forty seconds over FIYC’s Armano and Cait.

But please… if you were paying attention, you also saw Armano claw FIYC’s way back from a bad start against wondrous skippers with better positioning. Against all odds, FIYC fought back to take the #2-Spot against the infamous Mills Gang. Wowzers.

FIYC was psyched, and Ready to Rock-and-Roll in Race FOUR!

Eureka Takes Two!

A few days ago I had the chance to tell you about the first race of the ONE WORLD Finals. Bunnie, Seraina, and Dunan proved awesomely fast and tactically flawless in that first test; they roared around the course to an impressive initial win. However, everyone knew the game wasn’t up yet, and there were still three more races to go.

So let’s rejoin that fearless finalist foursome from the fifth of March, and I’ll tell you a bit about the Second Race. 🙂

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For that test, Kentrock designed a chart based on a classic Olympic-style course, with upwind, downwind, and reach legs. (Of course, he threw in a few nuances. 🙂 )

It began with beat to the yellow mark in Flat Hammock, then fell off to a close reach to fetch the orange buoy in Sugar Reef. From there, the fleet made a beam reach to Race Rock sim, where they looped around two marks before starting home on a broad reach. The final turn in Sugar Reef put the fleet on a near dead run to the Finish.

This course was intentionally nothing fancy and there were no tricks, but over the short distance it was a great test of a team’s sailing skills. All four skippers knew this too, and were smiling on the raceline, full of caffeine and ready for fun.

As the final seconds ticked away before the Start, all four boats once again clustered to cut the East end of the line on Starboard tack. Here’s Hawk’s video that shows the prestart:

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As you can also see in the first image below, Bunnie Mills sprinted for the line a few seconds too soon; she was forced to pull up a bit and lose momentum to avoid an ‘over early.‘ Armano and Cait were sailing FIYC New Experiment; they had better timing and used it to good advantage, coming up on KENOBI’s lee side.

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As you can see in the above pictures, FIYC was a little over-excited and cut this maneuver a bit too tight, slamming into KENOBI’s stern as the two boats crossed the line. For several seconds, there was a worrisome overlap that suggested an exchange of genetic material rarely seen outside the continental waters of Zindra.

FIYC protested KENOBI under Rule 11 (‘Leeward boats have Right-of-Way over Windward Boats’). KENOBI accepted that protest.

Whether the protest was valid or not is an interesting discussion; many thought Bunnie might have a potential counter-protest too. Hawk had much to comment about this protest, and I’m hoping he will offer his wisdom and let me link to his words or comment about it here. 🙂

Anyway, Armano was luckily able to get his nose out of Bunnie’s posterior, and the fleet of four all began the upwind beat in Starboard formation. As shown above, KENOBI was ahead and had FIYC trapped in her windshadow. Although Eureka crossed the line third, she actually had the height on this tack and was sailing unobstructed in clean air. Not a bad position to be in!

SVC-472 was trailing EUREKA, and that theme would play out for much of the race that followed. In fact, in the upcoming windy conflict, Momomos came closest to knocking the Race Two crown from Alain’s head. 🙂

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The image above proves my point about EUREKA’s advantage. 🙂

At the bottom of the picture you can see KENOBI taking a penalty turn, while all three competitors are on port tack, aiming for the first mark (shown by “*”).  FIYC tacked early to get out of KENOBI’s shadow, placing her lowest and furthest from the buoy. Eureka played her advantages well however, and was now in the lead, just two boat lengths ahead of SVC-472.

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Armano then played a skillful tactical move, flipping to a Starboard tack ( green arrow) that passed in front of SVC-472 on port ( red arrow). Momomos was forced to  take evasive action, ducking below FIYC’s transom while losing precious seconds as EUREKA barreled ahead.

The other amazing story documented in the above pictures was about KENOBI’s comeback! While Armano and Momomos were deciding who would round the mark first, Kenobi bounded across the sim width at incredible speed to rejoin the group. Look at KENOBI’s position between the first and second pictures above; I guess The Force was with that OBI KENOBI team!

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Of course, all four of the finalist teams were the best of the best. Each had made it to the Finals with a perfect score of four First Place qualifying victories. These were not sailors who made mistakes or missed any opportunity, and EUREKA was demonstrating that here.

The first image above shows EUREKA rounding the Orange mark with a substantial lead over the rest of the fleet. KENOBI’s passed SVC-472, and has FIYC in her gunsights. FIYC played the turn well however, beating KENOBI at the mark and beginning the reach leg in second place with a two-boat length lead.

As FIYC and KENOBI roared across Breakers Point, they were parallel and overlapped, and trading inside punches. However, suddenly without warning  a White Squall blew up, and both boats were damaged beyond repair. These teams are pros of course,  so without a whimper in seconds they were back on the water, rezzing new boats.

Momomos Netizen also took full advantage of the weather change, lashing himself to the tiller and steering through the storm, undaunted. The second image above shows SVC-472 far in the distance, past the trouble and right on EUREKA’s heels!

Although Momomos made a thrilling challenge with skill and speed, there was no denying the facts already in evidence. This race belonged to EUREKA.

Alain and Suzi successfully fended-off Momomos’ late-game, SVC-472 juggernaut, and on the return spinnaker reach EUREKA re-established a dominant lead.

While the crowd roared, Alain Gloster and Suzi Siemens gave the spectator sailors a master’s lesson in sail-racing; they turned a poor, third-place Start position into a Commanding First-Place Win, crossing the line a full twenty-four seconds ahead of the fleet! 

Woots!

One World Appreciation

On March 5, 2011, with the approval of Silber Sands’ Judging Committee and with the unanimous agreement of the Finalists, Race Director Hay Ah brought the ONE WORLD REGATTA to an Official CLOSE for 2011.

It took a few days for all the salt spray to settle, but now I’d like to take a moment to express thanks to everyone who took part, and pay tribute to all who helped make ONE WORLD  a big success. 🙂

ONE WORLD Wonders

Most people reading this column (all six of you) are already aware that ONE WORLD was an online, multi-week sail racing series. You most likely also know that it held a deeper purpose, too.  ONE WORLD was planned as a celebration of online Sailing; it was a fun way to showcase the wondrous community of intelligent, skillful sailors who ply the digital waters of Second Life, and the present format was inspired by the global ONE.org campaign.

Well, over two dozen teams and more than 150 sailors had a similar idea. They signed up and joined in; ONE WORLD grew much larger than I ever initially intended.

The final schedule proved fairly overwhelming; it included nine weeks of sail races, and each event was linked to Regatta-specific global parties and concerts hosted by over a dozen Clubs and Maritime Estates.🙂 Let me recap just a few of the highlights:

Round One

The first weekend in January kicked off the whole event with Round One in Sailors Cove Estate. The event was hosted by Hay Ah and Kentrock Messmer from Fishers Island Yacht Club -SL.

Woots! The Opening Party was rather awesome, and the four races that followed produced some of the most memorable images of the whole event. 🙂

I’m deeply indebted to Sailors Cove owners Fanci Beebe and Patrick Leavitt for their help, their wisdom, and their unfailing generosity at all stages of ONE WORLD. I admit I’m at a loss for words here trying to express my deep thanks to them… but let me offer this one, fun observation:

Note: Last week I overhead a Coast Guard discussion about staffing the races at Sailors Cove. One of the Coasties was truly excited about it, and commented: “…That place is beautiful!” 🙂

I admit, all I could think to add was: “Yup, it certainly is. Come sail!”

However, there are many other great places to sail too, and ONE WORLD was designed to get everyone sharing and sailing across the huge community we all value.

Round TWO

ROUND TWO was in Fruit Islands and Mango Yacht Club. Fruit is Dennis Landar and Equinox Pinion’s rather huge residential sim complex, and it’s a wonderful place to sail!

Since J-CLASSIC debuted Fruit’s racing sims there in 2009, Elbag Gable and Brenda Hoisin have added several handfuls of sims that now greatly expand the navigable waters!

Let me also jump up and down here in praise of of Isis Rexie, Elbag, and LDewell Hawker! As a result of their efforts and the ongoing support of Dennis and Equi, Fruit Islands has rapidly emerged as a truly fantastic spot to learn sailing, to cruise, and to Race!

Whoops, did I forget to mention Estate Manager Lizzo Dreamscape? Grin… Lizzo (as always) made SLSailing’s race coordination with Fruit Islands Estate a total breeze (no pun intended) for ONE WORLD!

Late on Saturday when I left ONE WORLD’s Party at Eden early to set up for the last Round Two Race, I counted fifty-four people in the sim for the pre-race Concert! 🙂
Yikes! That was twenty minutes before the first call for sailors! I have no idea how many more flooded in after that… (What a great community!)

Round Three

The ONE WORLD Third Round next moved to Blake Sea, hosted by Nantucket Yacht Club -SL. The setting was beautiful, and Gemma Vuckovic planned out the course and adroitly organized the four-race set that took off from the Atlantic line. Her expert group managed event issues rather flawlessly.

Good evidence of that assessment came from the ad hoc protests ( including my own). 🙂 They were all about fairly trivial issues that would not change any of the race committee conclusions. Grin… a race that’s good enough to let everyone focus on trivia and future improvements… well, that sounds pretty perfect to me.

THANKS GEMMA and NYC!

Consistent with that assessment, Commodore Francois Jacques turned the ultimate hostess for both the opening OO7 Party and the closing Elton John Concert for Round Three! Woots! Pretty fantastic!

Round Four

Triumphal Yacht Club then brought Round Four to mainland Nautilus, and Uber Race Director Orca Flotta took center stage!

Orca was actually everywhere, all-at-once, and she deserves huge applause for doing it all. She did everything from design the race course, to negotiating new rez areas with Lindens, to getting the Bingo Strait InfoHub changed, and even to throwing the Round Four Opening Party! WOOTS ORCS!

Of course, behind the scenes huge kudos also go to Charlz and Fiona, the owners of Triumphal. As I emphasized over three months ago, Charlz was absolutely critical to the success of both J-CLASSIC and ONE WORLD. In fact, Charlz and Fi’s ideas and encouragement were a major reason ONE WORLD began.

Grin, now the hard stuff was done and the races were underway, I should also add that TrYC’s Pirate-themed Round 4 Party was also great;

I have pics of Trapez I really need to post that will prove it… 🙂

Round Five

Round Five belonged to Waypoint Yacht Club, but Commodore Taku Raymaker had the kindness and generosity to let me move the event to Sansara’s Sea of Fables, and share Round Five with New Port Yacht Club and Free Adriatic.

Sansara’s inland sea recently underwent a total makeover, and the One World qualifying races provided a unique opportunity for sailors to showcase the changes — and the opportunities — presented by those upgrades. Sea of Fables turned out to be huge fun, and Round Five’s “interclub cooperation theme” was topped off by Mango YC’s Elbag Gable, who hosted a great Victorian Regatta-themed party to wrap up the event!

It’s a little out of order here, but since his name just came up again, let me throw out a loud THANK-YOU and a big hug to Elbag. He quietly did a great deal to help ONE WORLD behind the scenes. More importantly I guess, Elbag’s done a huge amount to support SL Sailing this past year at nearly every turn.

He’s a Brit and polite, so he may not tell you, but I don’t have that problem. 🙂
Just ask me about Elbag!

Oh, and Waypoint? Since WYC so kindly shared their Round-slot, I think many of us across the Sailing Grid now owe Waypoint a Sailing Regatta, on their terms, whenever WYC is ready. 🙂

Round Six

Round Six was next in line, and the races bounced back to Nautilus mainland, where Tradewinds Yacht Club took charge!

Commodore Liv Leigh’s Course looked like a simple square. It went from the Siracusa line along Nautilus Coastal water, then cut West into Dire Strait, tacked South, and came back home.

Grin; That competition track proved a lot more complicated (and huge amount of fun) under actual race conditions! It was a pretty wondrous example of race course design and planning! Actually, speaking of wondrous planning…

TYC’s Jakespeed Northman also got in the ONE WORLD mood for Round Six. He orchestrated a Phantom of the Opera party as well as a Chess-themed closing event that were truly remarkable. I left thinking, “There’s no way to top this… Jakespeed?? We are not worthy….” 🙂

Round Seven

The moment Round Six closed, Golden Gate Yacht Club jumped into center stage for Round Seven; they had big shoes to fill!

However, Don Berthios and Roan Blackburn were in charge, and they had it planned and were ready to roll.

After considerable discussion of the Dire Strait course options online, Don’s final race chart drew uniform praise from all the teams. The GGYC Round Seven Chart was a real ‘keeper‘ that left  all the competition skippers wooting in applause; it turned out to be a fun test of true sailing skills. (and please remember, that compliment also comes from Jane, the person who complained 81 times about that damn race mark in Rachel! 🙂 )

Speaking of fun: OMG, the Jersey Shore theme for GGYC’s opening party proved to be the the dress-down, flip-side to Jakespeed’s Round Six wondrous parties!

The GGYC’s Boardwalk and slightly-sleazy Arcade theme made the event a perfect counterpoint match!

Woots, the Round Seven Closer party was equally wonderful in the San Francisco sims…  but I admit the party may not have been the most important thing.  I’m pretty sure a lot of sailors were dancing, but had their eyes glued on the water and the potential for new racing and regatta events there. 🙂

Round EIGHT

The last qualifying round came back to Blake Sea, and to legendary Starboards Yacht Club, one of the original founders of Sailing in Second Life.

Commodores Chad Sawson and Aislin Keynes were hosts, and Chad’s race course was by far the most challenging of the eight qualifying events. That seemed appropriate, however, since SYC was the “Qualifying Round Closer.

Everyone indeed kept heart, and all chipped in. However, on race day the weather turned foul, with many teams crashing ten times or more. Nonetheless, nearly all teams Finished. Those that could not complete the long course gave it a truly great try… in fact, an incredible try.

It was actually pretty amazing; even the few who were forced to throw in the towel after a dozen horrific crashes were all smiling and telling jokes when they pulled out their boats…

As I watched it unfold, I kept thinking those teams were the real heroes.
SYC of course had no control over the weather, and Chad and his crew did a really masterful job coordinating everything under difficult circumstances.

But WOW, what great spirit the sailors and staff showed; I think I could now publish a whole article just on “Jokes to tell the fleet after you’ve crashed for the tenth time in a critical race!

As I said, all of that was beyond SYC’s control. However, what I do hold  Aislin and Chad responsible for… was the GREAT SYC Mardi Gras Party that followed.

WOOTS! It produced some of the best Flickr images of the whole regatta! 🙂 Thank you SYC and all the sailors!

One World Finals

Well, after eight qualifying events, four finalists emerged from the fleet, all tied for points:
EUREKA,
FIYC NEW EXPERIMENT,
KENOBI, and
SVC-472
.

It was time to choose a winner.

I will write up the FINALS later, as I did for J-CLASSIC last year, so I won’t go into details here. Let me just say again that Sailors Cove stepped in to host the event, and did an outstanding job.

Hay Ah took over as the Finals RD. Hay actually held my hand through the whole regatta, and was the true ‘Rock’ behind One World. There were moments when scripts failed or problems happened, or Jane was going hysterical… but Hay was the spiritual RD through it all. 🙂

And OMG Kentrock. He was always there too, whether it was his home port of Sailors Cove, or anyplace else. In the Finals, Kent took charge and designed the Race Courses.

(Please note: Kent actually resigned from Team Kenobi to do that. Think about it… He gave up his spot on the winning boat so he could work behind the scenes. He wanted to make the Final event better for everyone. WOOTS Kent!!!).

Silber Sands also stepped and took charge as #1 Judge. She had sailed and ruled on innumerable races, she knew ONE WORLD inside-out, and I was sure there was no one more capable. She recruited a lean team of super, experienced people who tracked each boat. They all knew the Rules, and they all had ONE WORLD experience. Silber then politely fired me as a judge. 🙂

I admit it, that was one of my happiest moments in the entire regatta!
I got to sit down, watch, and be a cheerleader for the whole fleet!

The four final races went much, much better than I initially thought they might. However out of respect to all the staff: please never think that was due just to ‘luck‘ or some ‘god-given accident of good weather.

For the entire week ahead of the Finals, Kentrock, Joyofrlc, Hay, and many others were on the water in Sailors Cove, repeatedly testing the courses, problem solving, and debating the fine details.

On Race day, just before the Finals, Fanci Beebe restarted all the racing sims; that seemed a prudent move. However, I hope everyone noticed after Race Two there was a five minute bathroom break…

In that brief interlude, Fanci took no chances; she went back to reboot a few of the laggier sims again. Wooots…

Fanci Beebe doesn’t get much time to sail or race, but in my opinion two years ago she earned her salt-water wings. In March 2009 she and Epicurus Emmons won their division in the Mowry Sprints Regatta, against a truly epic fleet of SL Sailing Legends, and they did it with a gut-wrenching, valid -00:01 start time. How cool was that… 🙂

This year, for jumping in, going the extra 99 yards, and rere-starting the race sims she wasn’t happy with, Fanci deserves extra mega-kudos.
She’s the Silver Hammer of Sailors Cove Racing in my book! Woooots!

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Oops, I just realized this article is running much too long.

I already said I have several more articles to follow, and I certainly have many more people I need to mention, including all the judges, Lindens, the SL Coast Guard, and MarkTwain White. However, before I close today, let me add a shout-out for two people who played special roles.

The first is momomos Netizen. His blimps made it possible for us to manage spectator crowds that added an average of sixty people to each event. Woots! Spectators are very important for the viability of sailing… but crowds of that magnitude showing up for 36 races add huge, and often unexpected logistical problems. Momomos gave us a major solution for part of the problem. I’m forever thankful to him, but not just for the blimps. This year and last, Momomos radiated calm understanding about the issues and problems, and was always there to help problem solve any difficulty. He helped keep me sane.

I feel the same for Dil Spitz. We all know that three weeks from now most will forget about the ONE WORLD Regatta.  It will be added to the brine in our collective, historical bilge.

What lives on, however, are all the great images and emotions from the regatta, expressed in the photos posted by Dil and others on the ONE WORLD REGATTA 2011 flickr group. I think they are truly magical. Each reflects an incredible moment we all shared, and their sum evokes the whole, underlying intent of ONE WORLD’s grid-wide, community sailing experience. I know I’ll keep coming back to those images again and again…

PS: OMG, I forgot to mention: KENOBI won the Finals! 🙂
They were fantastic, and so were all the other teams, but that’s a story I’ll tell you later!
(And besides… winning wasn’t the real point of ONE WORLD, was it?)  🙂


ONE WORLD FINALS Mar 4-5, 2011

With the conclusion of ONE WORLD Round Eight last weekend, two months of OW Qualifying Races are now at a close.

That means the the field of competitors now narrows from over two dozen original teams to a spare Finalist Fleet of Four.

Round Eight - Courtesy of Silber Sands

The last round in Blake Sea proved a hard sail, and SYC’s co-commodores Chad Sawson and Aislin Keynes truly deserve a standing ovation for their efficient management of the event under difficult circumstances. However, when the weather cleared on Saturday the results were apparent: Four teams sailed away with perfect low point totals based on their string of first-place timeslot victories. Despite four discards built into the scoring, no tie-breakers were necessary.

The Four Finalist teams still standing are:

Eureka
Kenobi
New Experiment
SVC-472

Woots! Here’s a snapshot of the Qualifying Ranking and Round points for all the teams that completed the minimum number of timeslot races:

Thank you to Hay Ah for keeping all the event data organized; interested sailors can see the details for all thirty-six ONE WORLD races on the One World Results Spreadsheet.

Now we need to pick a winner, and the FINALS event will be in Sailors Cove on March 4-5, hosted by Fishers Island Yacht Club. Huge kudos to Patrick Leavitt and Fanci Beebe from Sailors Cove, and Hay Ah, Kentrock Mesmer, and Joyofrlc Acker for coordinating the event!
A Regatta Party will kick it all off on Friday 2:00-3:00pm SLT, and it will have a “Disco” theme.

Saturday morning the races will take off from Plum Gut sim starting  at 8:00am SLT. Here’s a poster to help keep it all straight:

The Finals Course Charts by Kentrock are shown below. There will be four races, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. The results will be scored using a standard low-point system with one discard, and ISAF Rules Appendix A 8.1 and 8.2 will be used to break any ties.

Click or double-click on a chart below
to get a full-sized version.

 

Kentrock Mesmer and Hay Ah are the Race Directors, and Silber Sands will serve as #1 Judge. As usual, Momomos Netizen will set up blimps all around the course so spectators will have a great view of the racing boats, and SL Coasat Guard will do their usual, wondrous job keeping the race lanes open. The rest of the staffing details will be announced prior to the first event.

Following the races, Fishers Island Yacht Club will host the Awards Ceremony
and a Regatta Closing Party in Clipper Bay sim. MarkTwain White and Cory Copeland will hand out the trophies!

Don’t miss it!

Starboards for Eight!


This eighth series of fleet races will determine the top four teams that advance to the ONE WORLD FINALS!

There are platforms set up all around the racecourse for spectators. Quirky Torok will be doing in-race radio play-by-play and Diamond Merchant will cover the events in text chat! Woots! Don’t miss this!!

SEE YOU IN BLAKE SEA for ROUND EIGHT!!!

And next week the Final Four
will wrap it all up…