Category Archives: Mango Yacht Club



Handicap Hotlaps Kickoff

Handicap Hotlaps lets sailors practice their skill on a short, standard course and then post the results online. The previous article includes a long list of links to a variety of old discussions about Hotlaps and the related boat handicap scores, but reading all that stuff  can get very boring, very fast.

But hey, do you have a few minutes? Forget about reading that stuff… Let’s go sail some Hotlaps instead! 🙂


Handicap Hotlaps 2013

All you need to do is go to a raceline that’s set up with a Hotlaps course and rez your boat. The first three Hotlaps racelines are located in Plum Gut, Knaptackicon, and soon Breadnut (as soon as Hawk puts up the posters).  Over the next few days I’ll add several more.

Here’s how it works.

When you go to a Hotlaps line you’ll see two posters. Click on the top one that says “Hotlaps 2013.” It gives you a notecard with all the details for that line.

Plum Gut Handicap Hotlaps 1005

That note will include the current Hotlaps chart for the line, and it will also tell you how to set the wind. (Here’s a tip: the Handicap wind is always 15 knots with no variance, but the wind angle depends on the orientation of each raceline and course. In Plum Gut the angle is 0.0°, in Knaptrackicon it’s 180°, and in Breadnut it’s 225°. Check the notecard to be sure which wind is correct at a particular race line.)

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Breadnut Hotlaps Course

Once you have the chart and the wind, you can sail a solo lap whenever its convenient for you by following the race course instructions. Once you complete the course, you’ll end up with a lap time (lap time is Finish Time minus Start Time). If you think that result is an ‘average, good‘ time for you in that boat class, then please take an extra moment to post your score online.

You can do that very easily by clicking the poster above the green buoy, the one that says “Enter your lap time here“. That will give you a web link to a data entry form.

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Knaptrackicon DYC Hotlaps Course

Just add your skipper name, your boat class and your net lap time, and you’re done. Then you can go back and run the course again, or switch to a different boat!
Actually, you can run as many Hotlaps in as many different boats as you want; the more the better. Every time you submit a data lap time it helps define the relative performance of that boat class.

Please remember one thing: don’t just submit your best score on a race course; Hotlaps wants all your average, good scores. We are trying to determine the “average, good” lap time of an “average, good” skipper sailing many different boats!

Mo’ Hotlaps

Kudos to Hawk and Kentrock for all the help planning and setting up the first three Hotlaps courses. Hay Ah’s also promised to look at ways to improve the Hotlaps interface, so online scores will be better integrated with the raceline. 🙂

I’ll add Hotlaps to two more racelines this week, and Liv Leigh will soon add a Hotlaps course at Tradewinds. If you have a raceline, you can add your own Hotlaps course too. Just let me know so I can give you the info and add that site to the list!

Well, that’s enough reading; let’s sail!


Kudos to October 25 Cruisers

Thanks to Fruit Islands, Eden Resort, and the new North Sea Region for hosting last tuesday’s Leeward Cruising Club cruise!

LCC is a rather huge group of bodacious boaters, and it keeps getting bigger and better. The excursions are coordinated by Kittensusie Lander, Cate Foulsbane, and Chaos Mandelbrot, a truly terrific troika of seasoned skippers.

The LCC Tues-Cruise is usually orchestrated by Chaos. In fact he’s done a nonstop great job at it each and every week, pretty much forever… or at least since that asteroid ruined Caribbean cruising back during the Cretaceous period.

(Editor comment: Please note, the Cretaceous Epoch should not be confused with SL’s legendary Cetaceous Racecrew.)

Anyway, on October 25 Chaos was detained by RL stuff and he asked for some stand-in assistance until he could arrive on-deck. Well, in short order a bunch of great Fruit Islands sailors with curiously familiar names all chimed in to help.

So please give mega-kudos to Equinox, Hawk, Elbag, Samlara, Xi, Benny, and Lizzo for their combo-super-assist backing up Chaos, LCC’s Penguinus in Absentia.

LDewell Hawker designed the course for October 25, making it a Grand Tour of Elbag Gable’s new North Sea sailing water:

Hawk's Oct25 LCC Cruise Route

The Cruising Crowd on Tuesday is often pretty big and takes some planning. Elbag, Hawk, and Lizzo knew this, and decided LCC needed a full sim for both the cruise Launch and Finish. Luckily, Mango Yacht Club was available… 🙂

MYC has a beautiful marina and a great, multipurpose club designed by Equinox Pinion and Dennis Lagan, the co-owners of Fruit Islands Estate. RJ Kikuchiyo had a big input there too!

Tuesday’s launch from MYC was a good chance to remind sailors that Mango sim has recently changed it’s Fruit location. When the North Sea project rolled out, Mango moved to the far West edge of Fruit Islands, as shown on Hawk’s map above. It’s protected harbor now opens on North Sea, and woots, that’s a pretty nice spot!

I guess the LCC fleet got a chance to decide that for themselves on Tuesday. By cruise time, Hawk announced that over twenty sailors were already heading out from the Mango dock into the surrounding sims. Actually, the fleet quickly grew to nearly twice that size; and I have personal evidence! 🙂

Once the flotilla took off and stragglers on the dock were cared for, I launched a boat to sail ‘clean-up’ behind the fleet. Well, within a minute from the time I hit the water, I was joined by two new sailors who were a bit late but wanted to come cruise. Right behind them came LCC’s Antarctic Admiral, Chaos Mandelbrot. Without warning he fell from the sky, his tiller in hand.  I stepped aside so he landed on the helm!

Four on the Floor (click to enlarge)

So in less than sixty seconds, my solo fleet addition turned into a commuter bus carrying a full crew. 🙂 We actually rezzed a new Trudeau Twelve to make room for everybody, and I’m guessing a lot of similar stuff was going on in the cockpits of other skippers, as the number of cruisers ramped up across North Sea. 🙂

I also think this is one of the hidden strengths of Leeward Cruising. People can just show up as their schedule permits; it’s all about fun, and there’s no stress.

Hey, you don’t have a boat?
Well, a LCC skipper has space for you.

Are you working late and can’t make the cruise?
Well, come in the middle, or just join the party after!

It’s hard not to love LCC’s attitude. The fleet keeps growing, the courses get more diverse, and the LCC organizers take it all in stride. Thank you to Tory and Manul for getting the cruising ball rolling in SL, and for setting the strong foundation that started it all. As I mentioned above, please also give a loud woot to Kitten, Cate, and Chaos. They continued the LCC legacy, and grew it into a legend. 🙂

Thanks to North Sea and Fruit too! The North Sea sims had good grid weather for the Tuesday cruise, and there were fairly stable sim crossings. In no small measure that resulted from Hawk and Fruit Island’s vigilance restarting recalcitrant regions prior to the LCC take-off.

There were four of us sailing a small boat Tuesday in the cruise.  Given the recent SL troubles, fraught with server issues and failed server hand-offs, I thought our vessel was doomed. However, Trudeau Twelve is a pretty rugged build, and North Sea kept a watchful eye. We actually made it the whole way with only a single mishap. 🙂 Cough… Our Admiral-Penguin-Skipper fell overboard briefly… Apparently, the sailing conditions were good enough that he decided to upgrade his graphics drivers while we were crossing dozens of ocean sims… 🙂

Anyway, after Chaos fell overboard, the rest of us drifted… telling jokes, eating crudite, and discussing Lindsay Lohan’s career. Chaos was back after a quick reboot however, and we forged ahead.

I admit North Sea is pretty interesting. I had my draw distance set to around 480m and we were cruising with a sizable flotilla. Despite that, for much of the time I could only see open water, with a sprinkling of distant sails on the horizon. It was a lot like RL offshore cruising!

North Sea, Eden, and Fruit Islands together present new options for sailing events, providing a combination of open water and narrow channel passages that will meet the needs of many skippers and event planners.

Although lots of good water is critical, let me also add that cruising is mostly about Friends. You may cover a long distance confined to your boat and close crew-mates, but the whole inspiration comes as a joint venture coupled with many other audacious captains. Your boat is just one part of a whole fleet, and you’re all heading to a far-off destination.

On Tuesday, that destination landfall was back at Mango, where Bennythe Boozehound was spinning his playlist. It was a great prize to strive for. 🙂

Yikes, it was a pretty great cruise overall, and I hope there are many more to come! GO LCC!!

Go Benny!

Northern Light

A Beacon for North Sea

Two days ago I wrote about the new North Sea region in Fruit Islands. The expansion adds twenty new open-water sims to Fruit’s extensive waterways, and it promises a wealth of future sailing opportunities for racers and cruisers alike.

Today I’d like to follow up on one, small feature of the project, the lighthouse that forms North Sea’s centerpiece.

If you click on the map below, you’ll get a 2144 x 1588 pixel view of the Northwest corner of Fruit Islands; it shows the names and locations the individual North Sea sims. Right in the center of that map you’ll find a new lighthouse, located on a small island in Ziziphus.

The North Sea Light will stand as a signature landmark for sailing in Fruit Islands, and its lit beacon will serve as an enduring reference point for vessels crossing North Sea’s open ocean.

Like most sailors in SL and RL, I think lighthouses are pretty important. For thousands of years, the light from these fixed navigational beacons guided sailors to distant shores; they fueled the history and legend of human progress.

Maybe that sounds excessive and overstated… but I don’t think so.

Even in 2011 on a dark night surrounded by choppy sea, the flash of a familiar lighthouse signals safety to any sailor, and that simple message means everything.

The lighthouse beacon points the way to a friendly harbor, and the beacon’s identity and cadence often means ‘home’ to a weary crew as they end a long passage.

Elbag Gable understood this as he planned North Sea. He asked RJ Kikuchiyo to design and build an iconic beacon that sailors would recognize and use.

If you’re reading this article, you already know RJ; he is a remarkable builder, teacher, and mentor in SL, and his knowledge and taste for nautical builds is legendary. He has a particular affection for lighthouses, and his reproductions can be found on all the major waterways in Second Life. A close look will reveal each build is wondrously detailed and historically accurate;  collectively they form an integral part of the spirit and substance of SL Sailing.

In fact, it’s notable that nearly all of the major sailing communities have their own signature Kiku-Craft beacon. Look around, and you’ll see what I mean.

In Blake Sea, it’s Fastnet Light,
in Sailor’s Cove, it’s Race Rock,
at NYC, it’s Sankaty Head,
at Tradewinds, it’s Drum Point,
in Triumphal, it’s El Morro

I could go on-and-on with this list, it’s pretty long, but you get the idea. 🙂

Sanibel Light

Anyway, let me get off my soapbox here and tell you about the new lighthouse that just came on-line in North Sea. 🙂 RJ modeled it after the Point Ybel Light on Florida’s Sanibel Island. Here’s a pic of the RL structure:

Sanibel lighthouse dates to the late 19th century, and it was the first lighthouse on the Florida Gulf Coast north of Key West. It’s positioned on the East end of Sanibel Island, and for over a century it’s served as a coastal Aid To Navigation, guiding ships into nearby San Carlos Bay. The Coast Guard maintains the beacon on its ‘active’ list still, but the town of Sanibel now controls of the property.

The lighthouse sits on a foundation of iron pilings, and the 30 meter vertical structure consists of an iron skeleton framework that supports the central, cylindrical tower. The beacon on top alerts approaching sailors with a white, double-flash that repeats every ten seconds.

Actually, in that context I’ve often wondered about the difficulty light keepers must have endured, as they try to sleep while an intense light flash went off  repeatedly through the night. Well, while looking through the Sanibel archives online this week, I got a hint about a possible coping strategy some light keepers may have used.

It turns out one of the historic Sanibel light keepers had thirteen children while he was maintaining the light. 🙂 He might have had difficulty getting to sleep, but at least he used the time productively!

OKOK, unrelated to that comment, let me add that Sanibel’s lighthouse is a well-recognized and important part of the Gulf Coast/ Caribbean region history, and several decades ago it was recognized as a national historic site in The USA.

Sanibel Light is a great tribute to sailing, and RJ has re-created it as an icon to sailors in North Sea. From it’s prominence in Ziziphus sim, it will stand as a constant monument in easy view of all those enjoying the new ocean sims.

So… next time you sail past it, look up and think of all the generations of sailors world-wide who went before you, and then go hug Elbag and RJ for keeping the spirit and tradition alive in SL!

2011 ACA Trophy Awards

by Jane Fossett and Amythest Wingtips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bolt and Kaz Battle for Cup Kudos

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

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

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

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

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

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

A One Minute Match Mantra

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

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

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

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

Some of us think everything after that is irrelevant. 🙂

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

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

Race #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rule 3. Don’t F*ck Up. 🙂

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

Race #2

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

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

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

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

Race #3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Race #4

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

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

Race #5

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

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

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

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

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


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

Takabou with Lothor in chase

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

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

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

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

Miwha and Kaz

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

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

6am:   Miwha Masala vs. KazumaHs Destiny

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

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

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

9am:   Lothor Vlodovic vs. takabou Destiny

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

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

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


6pm:   Carmen Foden vs.  Bolt Bashly

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

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


Round Two Winners going to the Finals:

— Silber Sands
— KazumaHs Destiny

— Lothor Vlodovic
— Bolt Bashly

At the end of the match cycle, Hawk announced:

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

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

KazumaHs Destiny

ACA33 Trophy Series Advances

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

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

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

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

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

Group 2
Kurt Calamity
Naeve Rossini
 joro Aya
Bea Woodget

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

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

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

Match 1 start:

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Match 2 start:

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See you on Saturday for the next three Match pairs!

ACA33 Trophy Quals Get Extended

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

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

Anyway, here are the latest ‘official’ standings:

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

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

Go ACA Trophy 2011!

ACA Trophy Time Trials, May Ninth

Hawk tells me the ACA33 Trophy 2011 qualifying time-trials will end on Wednesday, May 11th. At that point, the swiftest sailing skippers will split into three groups, and advance to ACA’s Cup Round Two.

In the past two weeks I’ve posted several updates of the current ACA time trials; you might well think it was getting boring, since Miwha Masala seemed to hold a very well-deserved, iron grip on the #1 slot. 🙂

Well, sportsfans, it’s time to wake up and get excited; this Regatta’s is only beginning. As proof of that statement, Carmen Foden just threw her hat in the ring, and in her first test lap Carmen grabbed Second Place, crowding Miwha! Woot!

Carmen, of course, is a long-standing ACA Aficionado. Carmen and GlorfIn the past two years I’ve written several posts about her knowledge and skill sailing all flavors of the ACA line, and last summer I ended up truly mesmerized watching her race a few rounds in Don Berthios’ SL-VT regatta. Carmen’s RL schedule unfortunately didn’t allow her to compete in the playoff rounds of that match shoot-out, however.

Last night though, I went back and looked at all the notes and judging snapshots from her SLVT matches, and yes, I’m still amazed. In a remarkable prestart duel with Glorfindel Arrow, Carmen held all the timings and had all the moves. Huge Kudos also go to Glorf; he almost kept up with Carmen in what I’m pretty sure was the best pas de deux I’ve ever seen in SL Match racing. 🙂

So Kids, it looks like there’s lots more excitement in order over the next few weeks of ACA Trophy competition! Hold onto your crew caps!
Here’s the May 9 standing, and be sure to check in on Miwha’s blog for her comments about the Regatta too!

ACA 3.0 Results May 9
(* Completed required 2 of 3)
(** Finished trials allotted)

1. Miwha Masala*
2.  Carmen Foden
3.  Lothor Vlodovic        Tie for third *
3.  Viciously Llewellyn  Tie for third *
4.   takabou Destiny *
5.  Silber Sands
6.  Bolt Bashly
7.  KazumaHs Destiny *
8. Cher Bravin *
9.  Elbag Gable
10.  Joro Aya
11.  Bea Woodget **
12.  VitorCr Resident **
13.  Kurt Calamity
14.  Kentrock Messmer
15.  Ultralas Moleno **
16.  EmmanuelMara Resident **
17.  don Berithos

ACA33 Light Racers

1. Ox Seetan *
2. Fadamuito Boa *
3. Colin Nemeth **

courtesy of Dil Spitz

Go ACA Trophy 2011!

ACA Trophy Standing, May 8

OK! Here’s the ACA33 Trophy 2011 time-trial standing after three days of official laps on the Fruit Islands qualifying course. Remember the top 8 ACA33 Racers will go to compete in the Elite division, while the sailors with #9-16 finishes will compete in an Intermediate group. Light Racers #1-8 will advance in their own division!

ACA 3.0 Results May 8
(* Completed required 2 of 3)
(** Finished trials allotted)

1. Miwha Masala*
2.  Lothor Vlodovic        Tie for second *
2.  Viciously Llewellyn  Tie for second *
3.   takabou Destiny *
4.  Bolt Bashly
5.  KazumaHs Destiny *
6. Cher Bravin *
7.  Elbag Gable
8.  Joro Aya
9.  Bea Woodget **
10.  VitorCr Resident **
11.  Kurt Calamity
12.  Kentrock Messmer
13.  Ultralas Moleno **
14.  EmmanuelMara Resident **
15.  don Berithos

ACA Light Racers

1. Ox Seetan *
2. Fadamuito Boa *
3. Colin Nemeth **

Here’s the latest Notice to racers from Hawk, dated May 8:

“We need to conclude the trials this week in order to go to the next stages of the ACA races. Several have not done any practice or taken any trials.   So, to accommodate I am putting together a more flexible schedule.   If you do not get two times you cannot be considered for seeding for the next stages.    If you have some unusual situation IM and we will do what I can to accommodate.
Monday – Will be at the course for training and trials from
    5:30 am thru 11 am SLT
    2:00 pm thru   7 pm SLT
Tuesday – Will be at the course for training and trials
  5:30 am – 2pm SLT
  3 pm – 7pm SLT

Course will be open for training AND Trials.
When a sailor is ready for a trial I will need to clear all boats from the course area (all boats must be deleted and sailors may go fly to Muskmelon and hover and remain there.    

Trial conditions mean a wind re-set and the line re-set and a sailor has the option of taking two timed runs at once, if they have that many left.   If two sailors or more are ready for a supervised trial, each will remain in Muskmelon and  then will be called in order of arrival for the session.    Upon completion of the trials, training may resume.
Directions will be given for a boat ‘shake down’ at the line.  


Good Luck Racers!

ACA Trophy Time Trials, Day Two

Here’s the ACA Trophy standing after two days of Round One time trials!

ACA 3.0 Results
(* Completed required 2 of 3)
(** Finished trials alloted)
1. Miwha Masala**
2. Lothor Vlodovic Tie for second *
2. Viciously Llewellyn Tie for second *
3. takabou Destiny **
4. Bolt Bashly
5. KazumaHs Destiny *
6. Cher Bravin *
7. Elbag Gable
8. Bea Woodget **
9. Kurt Calamity
10. VitorCr Resident **
11. Ultralas Moleno **
12. EmmanuelMara Resident **
13. don Berithos

Light Racers
1. Ox Seetan *
2. Fadamuito Boa *
3. Colin Nemeth **

Fadamuito Boa