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

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IMPORTANT BLAKE SEA INFO

by MarkTwain White, February 9 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on Interclub Racing

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

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

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

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

MarkTwain White
February 9, 2014

Links

History of the Blake Sea:
http://blakesea.blogspot.com/p/history-of-blake-sea.html
The Blake Sea Journal:
http://blakesea.blogspot.com/
The Blake Sea Combined Calendar:
http://gemmavuckovic.wordpress.com/combined-sailing-calender-2014/
Starboards Yacht Club:
http://starboardsyachtclub.blogspot.com/

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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:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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!

WOOT!

Bolt Bashly takes ACA Trophy in Five Matches

by Jane Fossett and Amythest Wingtips

Today, in a remarkably display of sheer tenacity and raw sailing skill, Bolt Bashly sailed away with the 2011 ACA Elite Trophy.

Way back in May, thirty-five sailors signed-on for a two month ordeal of elimination contests that would determine the best ACA 3.0 skipper in Second Life. After a long haul that tested the mettle of SLSailing’s Best of the Best, on July 24 only two skippers remained standing, undefeated:

KazumaHs Destiny and Bolt Bashly.

Today they met in Blake Sea for an Ultimate Match Duel to decide the 2011 Trophy Crown. As each match progressed this morning, it became obvious these two skippers were true champions and deserved their finalist status. Kaz and Bolt were closely matched technically, and sailed each flight with near-identical boat speed and flawless mark-rounding finesse.  It’s therefore no surprise that the competition sequence went the full limit. After four completed Matches, Kaz and Bolt ended up tied, 2-2.

Everything came down to Race #5.

Amy and Jane will fill you in with all the race play-by-play later this week, but here’s the bottom line. With such evenly matched, experienced skippers sailing a no-frills, windward-leeward Match course, everything depended on winning the Start, and that’s where Bolt Bashly excelled.

Today, Bolt Bashly owned the Startline. He won all five Starts, including the crucial Race #5. Kaz put up an epic contest in the final test, but Bolt struggled free and blew over the Raceline first, gaining a tiny, few-second advantage.

These two skippers were far too good to give up a lead, however small, and today Bolt proved that in spades. Bolt won the decisive fifth contest with pretty much the same hair’s breadth lead over Kaz that he held from the very start. Today two great sailors showed us all how it’s done. 🙂

Huge Kudos to Bolt and Kaz for their fantastic contest today.
It was full of the very best SL Sailing has to offer!

And everyone else, please remember the 2011 ACA Awards Ceremony is scheduled for next weekend. Hold those dates open;  Quirky Torok will update us all with the details!

EndGame: Bolt and Kaz Sail for ACA Crown

Are you ready?
After many weeks of heroic sailing,
Only two incredible sailors remain standing.

It’s down to a final, intrepid duo:

Bolt Bashly vs. KazumaHs Destiny

They sailed to victory against multiple challengers,
proving their mettle against a massive fleet
composed of the best IACC racers in all Second Life.

Now it’s Time for the Final Face-off.
It all ends on Sunday.

Two months of ACA Trophy racing
will conclude with a Final Match Event;
An ultimate do-or-die shoot-out in Blake Sea.
Here we go:

2011 ACA Regatta Finals
Starboards Yacht Club, BLAKE SEA
July 24 9:00AM

 

Hot News: Joro Aya and Ox Seetan Win ACA Intermediate and Lite Finals!

Today Quirky Torok and LDeWell Hawker presided over the ACA Trophy Fleet Finals for the Intermediate and Lite Racing Groups.

A large crowd gathered over the racecourse platforms at Starboards Yacht Club and around Blake Sea to cheer on the select group of intrepid skippers that bellied up for today’s final flight shoot-out. God knows, they weren’t disappointed. 🙂  Today’s races were full of excitement and electricity, and there were more than a few moments where sailors made on-the-fly moves that showed sheer tactical brilliance. I write a lot about races and people in SL and RL, and sometimes I write too much. 🙂  Today however there were several moments where I was at a loss for words and ended up grinning and speechless as I watched a whole race fleet use Blake Sea as their personal chessboard…

Joro Aya’s come-from-behind win in today’s Race #4 was not due to mere chance; she showed sheer brilliance against tough competitors, and the strategy employed had Joro’s style written all over it.  I’ll write more about the details later, but today let me just tell you who won, and give you the numbers!

The Intermediate Final

The Intermediate Finalist Fleet included: Jimboo Shelbyville,
Joro Aya, Kurt Calamity, and Naeve Rossini

Intermediate Finals – Race #1:
[09:33]  **  1: joro Aya – +00:14:39
[09:33]  **  2: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:15:50
[09:33]  **  3: Naeve Rossini – +00:17:25
[09:33]  **  Lap Times:
[09:33]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:00
[09:33]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:01
[09:33]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:09
[09:33]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:11
[09:33]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:39
[09:33]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:15:50
[09:33]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 1: +00:17:25

Intermediate Finals – Race #2:
[09:55]  **  1: Kurt Calamity – +00:13:39
[09:55]  **  2: joro Aya – +00:14:52
[09:55]  **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:15:03
[09:55]  **  4: Naeve Rossini – +00:15:04
[09:55]  **  Lap Times:
[09:55]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:01
[09:55]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:04
[09:55]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:11
[09:55]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:15
[09:55]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:13:39
[09:55]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:52

[10:03] Hawk: point standings as of two races…
Joro 3, Curt 5, Jimbo 5 and Naeve 7

Intermediate Finals – Race #3:
[11:13]  **  1: Kurt Calamity – +00:13:39
[11:13]  **  2: joro Aya – +00:13:57
[11:13]  **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:14:42
[11:13]  **  4: Naeve Rossini – +00:14:48
[11:13]  **  Lap Times:
[11:13]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:00
[11:13]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:01
[11:13]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:07
[11:13]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:09
[11:13]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:13:39
[11:13]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:13:57
[11:13]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:14:42
[11:13]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 1: +00:14:48

Intermediate Finals – Race #4:
[11:34] **  1: joro Aya – +00:14:21
[11:34] **  2: Kurt Calamity – +00:14:53
[11:34] **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:14:59
[11:34] **  Lap Times:
[11:34] **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:06
[11:34] **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:16
[11:34] **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:21
[11:34] **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:24
[11:34] **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:21
[11:34] **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:14:53
[11:34] **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:14:59

At the end of the series Kurt and Joro were tied for first-place points, based on their best three of four races (with one “discard”). The ACA Regatta tiebreaker rule then kicked in. It based a boat’s total score on the outcome of all four races, (no discards), and Joro Aya was the clear winner in that full set. However, the need for a tiebreaker shows how close the competition actually was!

The Lite Final

The Lite Finalist Fleet included: Colin Nemeth, Fadamuito Boa, Orca Flotta, and Ox Seetan.

The Lite Finals were electric; the skippers repeatedly showed heart, humor, skill and substance as each fought for the top prize in their division.  In fact, to show how tough the Final races were, all four skippers ended up tied for points as they entered the last round.

However, in that last race, on this final day for Lite combat, Ox Seeton scored a truly commanding win. She repeatedly jockeyed for position and wind control, flaunting a fine level of sailing finesse as she flew across the Blake Sea course.

In addition, the second spot in the Lite division went to Colin Nemeth. It was a well-earned tribute to his dedication, his tenacity and his long-standing sailing determination. 🙂 Nice job, Colin!

[10:23] **  Lite Finals Results:
[10:23] **  1: Orca Flotta – +00:10:13
[10:23] **  Lap Times:
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:08
[10:23] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:09
[10:23] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:01:26
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 1: +00:10:13
[10:23] Long Range: Fadamuito Boa [95m]
[10:23] **  Race Results:
[10:23] **  1: Orca Flotta – +00:10:13
[10:23] **  Lap Times:
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:08
[10:23] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:09
[10:23] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:01:26
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 1: +00:10:13

[10:46] **  Race Results:
[10:46] **  1: Ox Seetan – +00:08:58
[10:46] **  2: Fadamuito Boa – +00:09:34
[10:46] **  3: Colin Nemeth – +00:10:00
[10:46] **  Lap Times:
[10:46] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:01
[10:46] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:02
[10:46] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:00:11
[10:46] **  Fadamuito Boa– lap 0: +00:00:16
[10:46] **  Ox Seetan– lap 1: +00:08:58
[10:46] **  Fadamuito Boa– lap 1: +00:09:34
[10:46] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 1: +00:10:00

[ 11:55]  ** Race Results:
[ 11:55]  ** 1: Ox Seetan – +00:08:54
[ 11:55]  ** 2: Colin Nemeth – +00:09:57
[ 11:55]  ** Lap Times:
[ 11:55]  ** Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:00
[ 11:55]  ** Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:00
[ 11:55]  ** Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:00:14
[ 11:55]  ** Ox Seetan– lap 1: +00:08:54
[ 11:55]  ** Colin Nemeth– lap 1: +00:09:57

ACA Trophy Finals July 10 and 16 !!

Uber Regatta Director LDeWell Hawker announces:

The ACA Trophy Fleet Finals

both ACA 3.0 Intermediates and ACA Lite Fleet

Sunday July 10th at 9am
Starboards Yacht Club.

Followed a week later by the:

ACA Trophy Elite Match Finals

Saturday July 16th at 9am
Starboards Yacht Club.

ACA33 2011 CUP

Speaking for 9th.com and the ACA Racer Group, today Quirky Torok formally announced details for the long-awaited SL ACA33 2011 Cup. Quirky will again serve as Race Committee Chair, and LDeWell Hawker will act as Uber- Race Director for the series.

You can get all the details and updates over on the ACA Racer website; I’ll just cheerlead a bit here, and add a brief summary of the highlights Quirk and Hawk have planned.

This year the ACA regatta will host races in two separate classes; skippers can chose to compete sailing either the ACA33 3.0 or the ACA Light.

The first phase of the competition will be held during the first two weeks in May in Fruit Islands. The format will be an elimination round based on individual time-trials, and competitors will do solo laps on a windward-leeward course designed by Hawk. The eight skippers with the fastest official lap times sailing ACA33 3.0 will then advance to an Elite Cup Group. The next eight (those ranked #9-#16) will form a separate Intermediate Trophy Group.

The top eight ACA Light sailors will form yet a third group, and they’ll also advance to the next round in their own division.

These three groups will then sail semifinal rounds scheduled between May 23 and June 5. The format and race rules will be tuned to best suit each group. At the end of this phase, each fleet will be left with only four sailors standing.

The three sets of four ultimate skippers, the magnificent dozen, will then converge on Blake Sea where they’ll  go head-to head in a Finals match shoot-out hosted by Starboards Yacht Club.

Three victors will emerge!

As I’ve discussed before, the ACA33 3.x is a pretty marvelous race boat. I think Caf Binder did a rather amazing (and somewhat relentless) job bringing the IACCv5 to life in SL. It’s as good as it gets in SL for a solo, hi tech racer emulation, and I think the close match of Caf’s performance numbers to the real life boat prove that point big-time. 🙂

I wrote many articles on the SL-VT races last year. It was a great competition, but sailors were racing ACA v2.x back then, before Caf’s boat hit the water. As I watched each race, I kept thinking that those great sailors deserved a new boat; they were better than the hull they were racing.

Well, this is an old story now; Santa Claus came, and ACA33 3.0 hit the water. 🙂 Caf’s vision produced a pretty wondrous racer. It’s a boat that meets and respects the aspirations and abilities of SL’s racing skippers.

So… this Cup race should be one damn good challenge. 🙂

Go read the details Quirky posted, and then go register here to race.

Oh! and don’t forget to join the ACA 2011 Trophy Group in SL! Here’s the in-world key: secondlife:///app/group/151bc3da-5e97-b3e2-aaca-5e0533785c92/about

In case you need additional motivation, here’s a view of SYC Commodore Chad Sawson’s ACA33 portside aft-quarter, courtesy of Dil Spitz. 🙂

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…

ACA 3.0 Launch Party on August 21

The long-awaited ACA33 v3.0 will hit the water this Saturday!! Don’t miss the launch celebration and party!

Saturday August 21 2010
12:00 noon SLT

Hollywood Bowl