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Triumphal Race Roadtrip

m-24_084Orca brought her  Traveling Triumphal Race Roadshow over to Jeogeot on Saturday for a change in venue and some fun exploring. Hannelore Ballenger had the same idea an hour earlier with her fleet of Wildcat45‘s, so it looks like 2013 could be a good year for sailing on Jeogeot’s waters. 🙂

A skilled group of Melges racers showed up for the Orca’s wind-driven merriment, but few were familiar with the waterways there and only two hardy skippers, Armano and Sammy, completed the race. According to Orca’s post there was a right-of-way disagreement at some point during the first upwind leg of the race, so I thought I’d post a few images I snapped of the boats involved during those initial moments.

Orca’s course du jour was basically a long windward/ leeward haul, with a few interesting nuances thrown in. The figure below shows the first three boats as they cross the line on Srarboard tack. As you can see in the upper image, Armano (AX) has the lead, but he shows up a bit early; he luffs and loses momentum waiting for the line to open. Sammy (SV) is clear astern and doesn’t have that problem, so she roars in on close haul and quickly moves to establish leeward overlap with Armano as the race begins (lower image). Both boats played the start with obvious dexterity, and Armano had only a scant two-second advantage over Sam as they began the upwind beat.

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The third boat to cross the line  above has Orca’s colors and I mistakenly labeled it OF. However, I’m pretty sure that’s actually BBS’s boat, and it crosses the line hugging the windward buoy, 14 seconds after Sammy.

This was a pretty typical start for the lead boats, with all three on a starboard close haul. Sammy chose to start leeward of Armano, and that’s often a wise opening move, since the lee boat has right-of-way under Rule 11. If her boat was on a more acute upwind tack and the two boats were closer to the edge of the line, Sammy could even force Armano off the Start.  However, in this race Sam can’t gain much from being leeward; Armano’s far from the windward buoy, and both boats are sailing parallel, tightly close-hauled tacks.

In this situation, Sammy can’t luff-up Armano either. Sammy had the momentum as the race began; she used it to overtake Armano from clear astern and establish leeward overlap. Rule 17 applies:

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. …

Armano’s one of the best and fastest sail racers in Second Life. For that matter, so is Sammy, but in this situation Sammy knows she can’t outrun Armano from a leeward position. Armano has her in check with his shadow blanket, and there’s precious little chance he’ll make a mistake that lets Sam slip away.

Sammy does a split-second analysis of the situation and tries a daring move. As Mao ZeDong and Vince Lombardi put it, sometimes “The best defense is a good offense.”  As shown below, Sammy falls back just enough to break overlap and get clean air, then she points up and drives forward in a juggernaut to get to Armano’s windward side. If she can enough overlap to shadow Armano, she can steal the lead.

As the first picture below shows, Sammy was in fact able to overlap her bow with Armano’s windward stern, but in the process she needed to pinch upwind to get in position. That drained lift force from her boat, and she essentially ‘ran out of gas’ before reaching shadow position. (It might be worth noting here that the shadow blanket extends downwind from a boat’s root prim as a widening cone. These two boats are so close that Sammy would need to be mast-abeam or even slightly ahead to garner any benefit from shadow effect.)

Anyway, Sammy played a great tactical move, but she fell just a couple meters short.

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When Sammy falls back, Armano goes in high gear and builds a several boat-length lead. At that point Sammy’s only chance is to catch him when he flips to a port tack to continue the upwind beat.

The first pic below shows the lineup just before Armano runs out of water and needs to tack. Pics 2, 3, and 4 below show Armano taking the turn, then using his lead to cut across Sammy’s bow without interference. If you look closely, you can see another view of this in a picture Orca posted.

Bottom line: Once again Armano proved too speedy.

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Sammy never gave up, though. Perhaps her last chance to gain ground on Armano was to extend her first tack longer than prudent, and then turn to port at the very last moment. That might get some extra height and a faster next leg. Always game-to-go, Sammy took that chance.

However as I commented above, these were untested waters for the fleet. Sammy’s heading brought her into a tiny scooped-out bay that prevented her from efficiently changing tack. She lost several more seconds getting back to open water, guaranteeing Armano a comfortable lead for the rest of the race.

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Since Orca mentioned there was a possible protest, I focused on Armano and Sammy in my comments above. As shown in the images, I thought they sailed a great race that demonstrated their expert knowledge of both tactics and technique. (I wish I could sail that well! 🙂 ). If there were any errors, I missed them.

As a final comment though, let me give a shout-out to BBS Resident, who I hardly mentioned at all above. BBS was third across the Start line and a full boat length behind the lead, but where you cut the line can make a big difference in a race. BBS crossed next to the windward buoy, a setup that guaranteed extra height on the first tack. In fact, if you look at the images where Sammy and Armano were dickering over who could close haul harder, BBS is located several boat lengths windward. BBS could have fallen a bit off the wind, benefited from the extra power charge, and blown past both AX and SV.

As partial proof of my point, look where BBS ended up sitting when Sammy makes her turn. With a well-timed tack and a little luck, BBS might have landed nearly on top of Armano there. And that, as they say, could have made it a whole new ballgame, kids. 🙂

BBS and Arman

Next Race!

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Mesh Shop VO-70 Gets Fifth Upgrade

“Dutch” Xenobuilder launched the Mesh Shop VO-70 several weeks ago. The boat’s modeled after the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Racer, and it offers a host of innovative features that include a new, proprietary version of the BWind 2.5 sail engine.

After the VO-70 launch, many skippers gave feedback to Dutch to enhance the boat’s features and performance. Dutch appreciated the input, and he is incorporating several of those ideas into a series of updates for the boat. The articles I wrote about VO-70 were posted just after Update 2. Well, this week Dutch released his VO-70, Update 5. Let me tell you what’s changed over this handful of tweaks!

Immanuel Kant

Here’s the short list of update features since the launch:

1. The sail engine (the boat’s polar) got a steroid injection. Compared to the original release, the new boat is much faster; it more closely matches the performance of the real Volvo Ocean Racer and Corry Kamachi’s earlier VOJ-70.

2. The iPad windsetter was enhanced. A skipper can now adjust the intensity of gusts and shifts, and there’s a control for ‘drift’ as well, although that feature’s not operational yet.
There’s also a new chat command, “give ipad” that makes the controller even easier to use.
Free copies of the iPad are available at The Mesh Shop for RD’s who want to coordinate races but don’t own the boat yet. 🙂

3. Manual CantThe VO-70 has a canting keel that helps counterbalance the boat under strong wind conditions. The update adds a Manual Cant option that lets sailors take charge of the keel angle in eleven steps from port or starboard. There’s a modest gain in boat speed when the cant is optimized.
The daggerboards on either side modulate keel lift and their action is linked to balance the cant angle. In VO-70 the daggerboards are automatically deployed.

4. The HUD display had an upgrade. The HUD now includes Apparent Wind Info, Sheet Angle, Keel Position, and Heel.

5. The Crew HUD has more options. The new extra HUD lets crew members switch between gennaker and jib, adjust the sheeting, and also set the manual cant position. Sailing the boat becomes a real team effort.

6. Another authentic texture set was added to the user kit. In the launch package, Dutch already included textures for each of the 2012 Volvo race teams. As part of the upgrade series, he’s added the designs for the ABN*AMRO team; they have more wins than I have space to list here.

These are all great new updates that all enhance the VO-70’s potential as a fleet racer in SL. Let’s hope there are more to come!

VO-70 Design Contest

Speaking of design textures, The Mesh Shop, Triumphal Yacht Club, and Marbella Nautical Shop have just announced a fun competition for VO-70 sail designs.

Pimp your VO-70 ride for the judges, and you may win:
—a new race boat,
—a $1500L shopping credit, and
—professional texture packs for your boat!

You can get all the contest details here. The final judging and announcements will kick off on Saturday, October 13 at 1:00pm, hosted by Triumphal Yacht Club!

Quest M-24 Launches September 7

After several months of testing and tweaking, Quest Marine’s new M-24 is finally  ready and it’s scheduled to hit the water this Friday.  There’ll be a September 7 launch party at 12:30 SLT, hosted by Orca Flotta at the OrCafe in Devilbrook. This is a great boat, so don’t miss it!

Quest Marine

introduces the

Quest M-24 race sloop

September 7, 2012
12:30 SLT

The OrCafe

If you can’t make the launch, stop by the Quest Marina in Eden Gannet to pick one up after September 7!

Teleri Gets an Update

Six weeks ago I posted about Craig Ktaba’s new racing sloop, the Ktaba 20 Teleri MX. The boat’s modeled after the International One Design Class, and it’s fully compliant with the wind, wave, and current parameters from raceline windsetters. The boat has many features that show the builder’s attention to detail and his emphasis on a realistic sailing experience.

With that kind of dedication, I guess it’s no surprise that Craig is already back with a new Teleri update! I’ve posted the full Owner’s Manual here, but let me list a few of the new features added since my original review:

Better control.

— The Teleri is one of the few boats in SL that lets crew help sheet the sails. A new ‘controls‘ command lets the skipper decide whether crew should have that job or not. 🙂

— The original Teleri had a strong weather helm, but the new boat is more evenly balanced. It still pulls to weather (as it should), but the effect is more a ‘gentle nudge’ than a ‘hard tug.’

— Teleri also has new camera control options, including a ‘follow cam’ that enhances a skipper’s situational awareness in a race.

A new polar.

The Teleri’s performance curve got a tuneup; the new numbers should make it more true-to-life while also enhancing the boat’s ease of use. The chart below shows a plot of boat speed as a function of wind angle using a wind speed of 4.86kt. That light wind was chosen to simplify the measurements, but the shape of the curve should help sailors predict boat performance at higher wind intensities.

The chart shows the Teleri is still quite speedy. The blue curve shows Boat Speed vs Real Wind Angle (RWA); Teleri’s maximum speed occurs on a beam reach, and it tops out at >90% RWS (Yikes that’s fast!). The dotted line above in red also shows Boat Speed plotted against Apparent Wind Angle (AWA). This view reveals a near-linear speed decay at progressive downwind headings, and the curve is reminiscent of the Trudeau Twenty family of boats.

Spinnaker Adjustments

The new Teleri update has spinnaker options that seem a fair compromise between realism and ease of use. A skipper can only raise the spin when the boat heading is close to a dead run (over AWA 145° or RWA 160°). Once inflated, the spin adjusts automatically, although a sailor can use keystrokes to manually fine tune it.

As shown in the purple curve (Spin) on the above chart, a well-tended spinnaker can add as much as a 50% boost to a downwind run. However, as the boat speeds up or changes heading the AWA will quickly rotate windward and the spinnaker will collapse! If you try to sail with a deflated, noisily flapping spinnaker, all those potential benefits of a large head sail become penalties and the boat speed dramatically drops.

Winging the jib is a safer option on downwind tacks over RWA 130° (shown in green on the chart); it gives a more modest boost to performance. 🙂

Gybing to apparent wind.

Nearly all sailboats in Second Life ‘auto-gybe’ to real wind headings. In other words, when the wind shifts from one side of the boat to the other the boom swings over, and the boat begins to heel towards the new lee side.

However, in RL things are not that simple. When a sloop makes a downwind gybe, the wind force is coming from the stern and the pressure of the wind keeps the boom from swinging over. This effect is modeled in the Teleri, as shown below.

The image on the left shows a boat on a port tack with a Real Wind Angle of 169°. With a small course correction the boat then crosses the wind, ending on a starboard tack with RWA= -169°. Since the breeze is still coming from behind, the boom stays stuck on the ‘wrong’ side.

To flip over the boom in Teleri, you’ll need to do what sailors do in RL: either tack further windward, or pull in the sheet until the boom swings over by itself. 🙂

To my knowledge this is the only boat in SLSailing that has this realistic feature.

And there’s more

The new update includes a host of additional features I haven’t mentioned above, but I’m pretty sure they’ll make seasoned SL racers smile. To give you the details, I’ve posted the full user’s manual online. Once you get bored reading all that stuff, stop by Triumphal Yacht Club, where Charlz Price just set up a free Teleri demo dispenser, and try it out for yourself!

Solstice Appeal

The Solstice Challenge Regatta held four qualifying events in different time slots on Saturday, June 23. The winners of those four timeslot race groups all advanced to a final race series on Sunday, June 24 in Sailors Cove.

That added up to 25 races involving 16 boats, and each boat could hold as many as five sailors. It was great fun, and a large number of sailors, spectators, and plain-old good friends came to the events and watched the competition.

The sailing conditions were very good over the weekend as well; only a few of the qualifying races were disrupted by grid problems or crashing boats, and the fleet took it in stride. During the Finals on Sunday there was significant lag in Plum Gut, the starting sim. This was certainly no surprise, given the fact that each of the four boats had four or five sailors aboard, and a large crowd was clustered on the perimeter of the starting area watching the boats cross the line.

The race teams all took this in stride, however. after all, this was certainly not the first nor the last big race for them. These teams were real pros. 🙂

Courtesy of Dil Spitz

As further evidence of the wonderful knowledge and experience of the fleet, in each of the four final heats a number of protests were called, involving a variety of Race Rules. The protest committee (Silber Sands (#1 Judge), Joro Aya, Bea Woodget, and Samlara Vintner) had their hands full as they efficiently – and expertly – adjudicated the protests and weighed the penalties.

After two hours of racing, the first-place slot came down to an incredibly exciting,  photo-finish duel between NEW HORIZON (skippered by Armano Xaris)  and FASTER PUSSYCAT (skippered by Trapez Breen).

Although I’ve already posted the race times, you may have to wait another day or two to find out who truly won. Just as the lead boats crossed the Finish line, NEW HORIZON protested PUSSYCAT and Armano’s protest was allowed by the Judges. The sailors aboard FASTER PUSSYCAT loudly disagreed with that ruling however, and moved to Appeal the judge’s decision.

Protest appeals are fairly common in RL sailboat racing, and they often happen in major SLSailing regattas as well. Given all the time, effort and enthusiasm invested by the competing teams, it made sense to give this protest a second look and affirm or reverse the protest committee’s original decision.

So, with the unanimous agreement of the Solstice Race Committee and Finals Protest Committee, the following notice was released yesterday:


The Solstice Race Committee grants the Triumphal Yacht Club team FASTER PUSSYCATS KEEL KEEL the right to an extraordinary appeal in Finals Race #4.

In yesterday’s Finals fourth heat, Trapez Breen and Armano Xaris were involved in a protest event on the last leg as they approached the Finish line.
The Judges considered the protests, and ruled in favor of Armano’s NEW HORIZONS. PUSSYCATS was scored ‘DSQ.’ 
 However, sailors aboard PUSSYCATS immediately asked to appeal the judges’ finding.

For this Regatta, the Appeals Committee consists of members of the Race Committee that are present for a given heat and available to hear the appeal motion.
In this case, Kentrock and Jane are both members of the Race Committee and were also present ‘on the water’ during heat #4.
They witnessed the event-in-question and heard the judge’s discussion. However, neither Kentrock nor Jane were judges for yesterday’s regatta.

As Regatta Chair, I rule that Jane Fossett made an error yesterday by not formally hearing PUSSYCAT’s Appeal. 

The Race Committee/ Appeals Judges will correct that error now, and hear the appeal this week.
Kentrock and Jane will represent the full Race Committee in that process.

Here is how we will manage the hearing: In the next 24hr, each skipper will submit a notecard to Jane Fossett explaining his/her understanding of the event-in-question, the protest, and the race rules as they apply.

The Finals Race Judges will also submit a notecard on their rulings in this instance.

Kentrock and Jane will then review that information.
They will also consider the material already posted online about this protest, the transcripts from all the chat threads during the race,
and the opinions of sailors as needed.

Kent and Jane will then post an Appeal decision.

« Last Edit: June 26, 2012, 10:04:37 PM by jane fossett »

Solstice Challenge Begins

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Today the S4L Solstice Challenge officially opened, with a Regatta Party hosted by Elbag Gable in Eden Celebration sim. The event was rather wondrous, and well-deserved Kudos go to Elbag and all the great people in Eden, North Sea, and Fruit Islands!

And what a party it was! The first hour was a rather incredible lightshow by Tyrehl. It was so popular that at one point a full 67 people were crowded into the sim! (I didn’t think that was possible!)

courtesy of Dil Spitz

The second hour was a performance by Lightning’s ABBA tribute in SL, held at the Eden concert stage. It was a pretty fantastic kick-off to the weekend of sailboat racing coming up!

Chaos slept through it 🙂

As most readers know, Solstice Challenge is a weekend race regatta to raise contributions for Relay For Life, one of the major SL fundraisers. There are sixteen great teams sailing in SOLSTICE, and each paid a donation “entry fee” to join the race. Many others in the sailing community then generously chipped in too, matching the racer’s contributions or paying to sponsor boats, greatly increasing the fundraising total.

The response has been pretty great so far, but hey, you can still donate any time you want over the weekend to support your favorite team or the whole fleet. There will be Sail4Life kiosks at all the spectator platforms for each race!

Here’s a list of the teams that will be racing on Saturday in four timeslots. Each qualifying event is hosted by a different SL Yacht Club, and the timeslot fleet will sail that club’s home water. The four timeslot winners will then meet on Sunday morning in Sailors Cove for a FINALS shootout to pick the regatta winner!

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Outreach and Outposts

Second Wind Kudos

Sailing in Second Life can be pretty confusing and intimidating for new skippers. If you’ve never sailed in real life, it’s easy to get bogged down and totally lost in all the sailor jargon,  variable boat features, and multiple wind physics algorithms. Actually, my guess is it takes a few weeks for most people just to figure out that “sheeting” refers to sail adjustment, not what’s on top of a sex bed! 🙂

I suspect many SL users shy away from Sailing because it appears to have a steep learning curve. It often seems hard to find quick, unbiased, and fun resources where you can get answers to embarrassingly simple questions.

Many sailing groups reach out to help new sailors. Starboards holds “Learn to Sail” classes every Sunday, Bea Woodget has the Sailing Academy, and there are many other classes and resources to help new and old sailors gain more confidence on the water. Even while I was writing this post, I received notices that Elbag Gable was teaching Beginner Instruction at Fruit Islands, and LDeWell Hawker was following Elbag’s act with a Racing Class! 🙂

Today however, I want to give a special shout-out to three people who recently took a few additional steps that may make sailing more accessible to everyone. Well-deserved kudos go to Francois Jacques, Charlz Price and Fiona Haworth, who  together launched a Second Wind initiative that promotes sailing to the large SL community.

If you’re reading this, hopefully you’ve already seen the video they produced with Surfwidow’s creative skills; it’s pretty fantastic and deserves a replay:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The goal of the video is simple; to let SL users know a well-kept secret: Sailing is the most fun, the least expensive… and yes, the most addictive thing anyone can do in Second Life. 🙂 

Building on that simple, obvious message, the Second Wind Troika is setting up outposts on the grid that serve multiple purposes, including:

– Rez points, where SL users can learn about sailing and get a flood of free information.
– access to free boats and time-limited boat trials, so new users may get a wealth of  unbiased options to choose from.
– lists of yacht clubs, marinas, and yacht yards where sailors can get more info, and the latest updates.

So far there are two Second Wind stations, both in Sansara.  The first is located in Fudo near the new expanded Sansara sailing waters. It’s dedicated to Epicurus Emmons, and I’m pretty sure someplace dear Epi has a big grin… it’s exactly what he always believed in. Please go stop by, and see if you agree:

Epi Sailing Resource Center, Fudo (19, 35, 22)

The other Resource Center is located on the East shore of Sea of Fables, near where Suzanne Zeluco, Extreme Riders Japan, and Far East Yacht Club all had outposts in past years.

Three Pines Sailing Resource Center, Owasco (46, 247, 22)

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It’s a really great spot that stands in tribute to both SL Sailing history and the current fleet of wondrous, global skippers. It’s location also celebrates the great new sailing opportunities that Lindens helped build in Sansara waters this past year.

Go stop by; I guarantee you’ll get a lot of free stuff, as well as a ton of propaganda about how great sailing is. 🙂 You’ll also get exhaustive lists of places to cruise, to race, and to get more info, or maybe to just tie up and dance, grid-wide. 🙂

(Note: if you have a place to add to the info lists, please contact Francois, Charlz or Fiona!)


As I said in my opening comments, there are a variety of initiatives to expand Sailing in Second Life, started by many great people. The Second Wind / Come Sail With Us idea is notable because it emphasizes the wide extent of sailing resources in SL, and it works closely with many others to support the diversity of SLSailing opportunities. As just one example, Second Wind’s two Resource Center are also Leeward Cruising Club Outposts.

As most sailors know, Leeward Cruising Club is a pretty wonderful group originally started by Tory Micheline and Manul Rotaru. They were trying to encourage organized, open-water cruises for fun. Their focus was on group sailing, and it was never linked to any club or ‘race competition.’ They left nobody on the dock. 🙂

After all, in real life the vast majority of sailors spend their time cruising, not racing. In RL and SL, they want to enjoy the company of so many global skippers they count as friends. They can’t do that if they are always competing on a race line.

Over considerable time and with much persistence Tory and Manul’s goal proved valid. Their fleet grew and the fun was contagious. It expanded to pretty-much every new spot a fleet could rez in SL!

Last year, Kittensusie Lander, Cate Foulsbane, and Chaos Mandelbrot took over, and woots! LCC expanded and grew even faster! I recall hosting one of their events where… no kidding… Fifty-two boats rezzed.

(Thank god Debelox sim had over 12,000 free prim!)

As I said, that was just last year; this year it’s even better. There are several cruises each week, and they follow fun courses that link great new ports many sailors might not know about. LCC fixes that, and conjoins a whole flotilla of newbies and old salts that laugh the evening away together.

Since Second Wind’s Resource Centers are also Leeward Cruising Rez sites and sailing docks, let me take this chance to add the current list of LCC spots below!

Here is a somewhat modified version of the notecard list provided by Kitten and Cate inworld this past week. Any errors are mine, transcribing their info; the text and all the hard work is theirs!

From Kitten and Cate, 11 April 2011

These areas are open for anyone to rezz their boats and explore the surrounding waters. This document will be updated when new Outposts are made available.


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Marina Sport Racer Sailing Club , Ghloogums (58, 180, 25)

Pendelton Resort – Marina I – CH, Charleville (163, 142, 21)

SLCG Baitoushan Airport Station, Baitoushan (164, 9, 21)

Marina Sport Racer Sailing Club , Skyridge (217, 27, 21)

St Exupery Airport and Club, Gorgonzola (82, 200, 22)

Telling Marine Queck 120,16,21

Leeward CC, Twisster (24, 187, 20)

Peachy Beach, Plumpton (146, 36, 21)

LCC Outpost, Sheershank, Gaeta V, Sheershank (134, 240, 21)

Nautilus and the Islands to the east

Thistle Cove, Tsurington (117, 55, 21)

LCC Outpost @ The OrCafe, Devilbrook (37, 189, 22)

Club Palladium @Beach Pad , Nuclear (2, 177, 21)

Yacht Club Annex, Thorkell (243, 230, 21)

DomusLand – Twice Bitten (25, 41, 21)

Emillie Designs Marine Store/MOU, Raimondo (200, 124, 21)

Abi’s Wharf, Tails (52, 30, 21)

EVES Light house and Gallery, Dooknock (172, 154, 21)

Fran’s 512 – Chaos house , Oleg (17, 178, 21)

Abi’s Wharf 2, Tordangle (218, 11, 21)

Wicked Good, Nantucket Yacht Club (242, 117, 21)

Martinique, Martinique (209, 158, 20)


Bitterend & Threesheets Cruising, Marunogere (83, 39, 21)
Wicked Good Too, Marunogere (66, 26, 21)
(these two Outposts are situated adjacent to each other)

Rydal Outpost, Rydal (231, 15, 24)

LCC Outpost Kaminari/Sansara, Kaminari (241, 81, 22)

Yacht Club Annex, Horseshoe (31, 179, 87)

Yacht Club Annex, Wingo (134, 178, 28)

Foulsbane’s Folly, Miller (96, 233, 81)

Svan (208,208) Moderate 2048m Wa, Svan (224, 212, 22)

Companion’s Point, Snout (205, 27, 21)


Telling Marine, Caragana (226, 236, 20)


SLCG Station Ursula Bay

In addition, LCC also has a Group Joiner at the Freebie Mall in Droomeiland.
Droomeiland – houses for rent, p, Droomeiland (226, 183, 21)

It is our hope to eventually have LCC Outposts on all the major continents. If anyone is willing to let us use their land as an Outpost (especially in the Gaeta V and Heterocera Atoll continents), please contact Kittensusie Landar, Cate Foulsbane or Chaos Mandelbrot.

All we require is a rezzable area for our boats, and a stream that can be changed to our DJ for when we party there. If you would allow us to plant an LCC flag and a group joiner there too, that would be even betterer….. Thank you 🙂

Kittensusie Landar

Tinies Triumphal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8:00AM Races

Orca and Beejee

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

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

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

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

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

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The afternoon races were just as great!

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

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

Woots! Nice racing everybody! Here are the details:


Tiny World Trophies!

Flotta Flying

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

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

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

Yes, Joro out front... again

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

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

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


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

Chaos in younger days

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

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

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

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Tiny World Regatta on Saturday!

The Tiny World Regatta 2011 takes off on Saturday, April 16, hosted by Triumphal Yacht Club! A day-long schedule of music, fun and sailing is planned, and free boats will be available on the dock for each race!

Click here for more details, and
click here if you’d like to pre-register to race!

Here’s the race chart:

Tiny World Regatta 2011 !!

Triumphal Yacht Club
and Leeward Cruising Club

proudly announce the
Tiny World Regatta 2011

The Biggest Tiny Event
in Virtual Sailing’s Short-Term Memory!

Saturday 16 April 2011……..8am Races
Saturday 16 April 2011……..12 NOON Cruise
Saturday 16 Jan 2011……3 pm Races

Parties will follow each event.

Sign your team up TODAY!!!