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Waypoint Sails New York 32

NY32 WYC Jan13

Commodore Taku Raymaker used Waypoint’s racing timeslot on Sunday  to showcase the new 2.0 upgrade for Maiko Taurog’s ‘Galiko’ New York 32. The Galiko is modeled after Olin Stephens’ 1935 design for the  New York Yacht Club, where the boat was the successor to Herreshoff’s legendary New York 30; Stephens gave the NY32 a fresh approach by adding a modern sloop rig, a new sail plan, and greater ocean racing capability.

NY32v20 by MaikoMaiko Taurog’s version of the NY32 is powered by a Fizz 3.3 engine, and it has a highly detailed, sculpted hull with room for a skipper and multiple crew. The original version was featured at the 2010 Tradewinds Boat Show. The latest 2.0 release has a host of new features, and you can check it out over at Waypoint Yacht Club.

I can’t tell you much more than that since I got my own copy of NY32 just a few days ago, but I promise to give you a full rundown once I get a chance to put the boat through the usual battery of tests. 🙂

WYC-NY32

Anyway, when I logged in on Sunday morning, Taku announced a fleet race for NY32’s from the start line in Blake Sea – Arabian. It was a great chance to get a glimpse of how this boat performs under competition conditions.

Mizzen

Race #1

When I teleported in, seven NY32’s were rezzed near the start line and raring to go. Since this was a relatively new boat for the fleet, Commodore Raymaker intelligently chose a short and classic race format. He used an upwind/downwind course to the blue buoy in Mizzen, just five sims distant. It was actually a great course to test boat performance and skipper handling skill.

The image below shows the Start of Race #1. When the gun went off, it was pretty remarkable how cleanly the WYC fleet crossed the line. Remember, these are rather big boats and there were seven of them all vying to occupy the same takeoff point next to the committee boat. That’s often a recipe for a fiberglass-crunching, bumper-car pileup… but not this Sunday morning. Waypoint sailors know what they’re doing, and the entire fleet executed a truly beautiful and orderly start; it was like watching a ballet troupe in action. 🙂

In image A below, you can see how nearly all the skippers tacked over to the far windward edge during the pre-start; they then turned in single file fashion to begin the race on a starboard tack.

You can also see that Kaz Destiny wasn’t buying this “crowd” approach; he took off for open water by splitting the line in the middle on a more leeward tack position. 🙂

NYC32 race 1 A

The next image below shows the situation a bit later, as the fleet started to fan out on the initial leg of the upwind beat to the Mizzen buoy. Maiko Taurog (MT) was the first skipper across the start line, and she smartly held onto the lead by staying windward of the rest of the fleet. Michiya Yoshikawa (MY) came up from clear astern to overlap between Maiko and Kaz, and the image below makes it look like the race is nearly tied at this point.

Of course, that’s not really true; MT had the height on this tack and was in control with a lot of options. Anyone trying to pass her leeward would get trapped in shadow, and if they tried to cut windward, it would take them an extra tack and would almost certainly fail.

NYC32 B

As the lead windward boat, MT had another big advantage. The entire fleet was on a zigzag beat upwind, and they all needed to flip to a port tack in order to stay on course. However, in a tight race with large boats the windward leader often rules.

In other words, in the above picture MY, KD, and KY are all looking at MT, waiting for her to tack. If MY tries to tack before MT, there’s a fair chance MT will be in the way. MY will  need to fall astern of her, losing both momentum and tactical position on the next leg.

All the racers knew this, and you could literally count the heartbeats of the skippers as they watched and waited for Maiko to make her move. Image A below shows that moment, with MT suddenly breaking to port tack while the rest of the fleet holds course, wondering whether to follow. 🙂

Well, a lot more happened in that heat, but I’m going to interrupt it here and fast forward, since Maiko Taurog eventually crashed out after sailing a really great race. The win went to Michiya Yoshikawa, who also had a great ride and kept on MT’s tail the whole way. When MT crashed out, MY saw the opening and took it, crossing the line thirty seconds ahead ahead of the remaining fleet for a well-deserved win.

Both ayahoshi Resident and KazumaHs Destiny grabbed the runner-up and third-place spots!

NY32 WYC D

Race #1 Results: 
 1: michiya Yoshikawa   ID064MY — 00:18:23
 2: ayahoshi Resident   ID361AR — 00:18:53
 3: KazumaHs Destiny   ID789KD — 00:19:06
 4: Kunika Yoshikawa   ID810KY — 00:19:45
 5: notohama Resident   ID983NR — 00:21:32
 6: Maiko Taurog   ID968MT — not Finished
 7: jeremia Spotter   ID020JS — not Finished

Lap Times: 
 michiya Yoshikawa   ID064MY — Start: 00:00:13  —  Last lap: 00:18:10
 ayahoshi Resident   ID361AR — Start: 00:00:27  —  Last lap: 00:18:26
 KazumaHs Destiny   ID789KD — Start: 00:00:19  —  Last lap: 00:18:47
 Kunika Yoshikawa   ID810KY — Start: 00:00:27  —  Last lap: 00:19:18
 notohama Resident   ID983NR — Start: 00:01:08  —  Last lap: 00:20:24
 Maiko Taurog   ID968MT — Start: 00:00:04  —  Last lap: not finished
 jeremia Spotter   ID020JS — Start: 00:00:49  —  Last lap: not finished

end of 1

Race #2

OK; after what I wrote above, you might think that Michiya Yoshikawa was just lucky and perhaps didn’t deserve to win Race #1… Well, sports fans, that’s why they have a Race #2. 🙂 By the start of Race #2 all the skippers were ‘cached up‘ and familiar with the sim conditions. It was a pretty exciting heat.

Take a look at the Start below; once again it was dead-on, with seven large boats cutting the line at the windward edge, and not a single foul. That’s nice sailing, Waypoint!

nyc32 wyc 2 1

The next image below shows the fleet a bit later; Michiya Yoshikawa won the start and stayed out front through the initial upwind leg.

KD, KY and MT were all on a more windward tack but they were at least three boat lengths astern of MY, far out of striking distance.

nyc32 wyc 2 2

Maiko Taurog and ayahoshi Resident both had late starts. Given the tightly packed fleet in front of them, both opted to cut away from the crowd and move to clean air by tacking to port early. In the first image below you can see MT in the distance moving away from the fleet as Michiya Yoshikawa is just starting to make his turn up front.

The second picture below shows the result after all boats have tacked. MT is making good progress, but she’s on a considerably lower course than MY. The trio of KY, KD, and NR took the turn together, and all three boats ended up in tight parallel overlap, breathing dirty air on each other as they tried to break free.

NY32 WYC Jan13 Port tack

On the other hand, MY was in open water and clean air, and his port tack brought him to the southern border of Fastnet rock (Image A below).

In the meantime, MT and AR had already switched back to starboard to catch up with the fleet. You can see them steaming in to converge with MY just as they all reach the lighthouse.

Image B below shows the setup. Both AR and MT had the momentum to pass by MY at this point, but MY plans his tack well. The small yellow arrows below show the wake behind MY’s boat, as he zips around MT to grab the windward position for the starboard tack sprint to the mark.

MY’s gambit turned out to be pretty impressive. Take a look where the mark is, and then look at the headings for the three boats. Although AR and MT had plenty of speed at this point, they were both too low to reach the buoy in Mizzen. AR and MT were forced to make two additional short tacks to fetch the mark.

NY32 WYC Jan13 Fastnet turn

MY planned his tack better by moving windward of the other two boats; that placement dropped him right on top of the Mizzen buoy, and he took the turn several boat lengths ahead of MT.

From there it was a downwind spinnaker ride home, but look at the second picture below. It’s a view from high above the fleet, showing that all the boats sailed back single file, using identical broad reach tacks. It will be interesting to see what this boat’s polar looks like. 🙂

Mizzen mark

On the final ride in, MT was able to stay within shadow range of MY. That kept the boats relatively glued together, but MT was never able to get close enough to be a threat. Michiya Yoshikawa blew across the finish line in 16:36, just 10 seconds ahead of Maiko Taurog (16:46), and more than a minute ahead of the rest of the fleet.

Nice moves, Michiya!
and
Pretty great sailing, Waypoint!

MY and MT win

Race Results:
1: michiya Yoshikawa   ID064MY — 00:16:36
2: Maiko Taurog   ID909MT — 00:16:46
3: KazumaHs Destiny   ID789KD — 00:17:44
4: ayahoshi Resident   ID361AR — 00:18:06
5: notohama Resident   ID983NR — 00:18:23
6: Kunika Yoshikawa   ID810KY — 00:19:04
7: jeremia Spotter   ID020JS — not Finished

Lap Times:
michiya Yoshikawa   ID064MY — Start: 00:00:11  —  Last lap: 00:16:25
Maiko Taurog   ID909MT — Start: 00:00:41  —  Last lap: 00:16:05
KazumaHs Destiny   ID789KD — Start: 00:00:12  —  Last lap: 00:17:32
ayahoshi Resident   ID361AR — Start: 00:00:41  —  Last lap: 00:17:25
notohama Resident   ID983NR — Start: 00:00:25  —  Last lap: 00:17:58
Kunika Yoshikawa   ID810KY — Start: 00:00:23  —  Last lap: 00:18:41
jeremia Spotter   ID020JS — Start: 00:00:32  —  Last lap: not finished

MY amd MT

You can see the rest of the pictures from this race on Flickr.

WAYPOINT LEETLE CAT DISTANCE RACE 2012

 

LCatDR 2012 poster

There are many end-of-the-year traditions: Santa Claus coming down the chimney, Lindsay Lohan failing a drug screen, or The Grid crashing because everyone is at the Linden Christmas Party.

Well you can forget all of those, because:
SLSailing has a truly great tradition you don’t want to miss!

This will be the Fourth Annual

Leetle Cat Distance Race

December 23 6:00 AM at Blake Sea-Arabian

hosted by
Taku Raymaker and Waypoint Yacht Club 

LCDR2012a

Competitors will sail solo in the latest Trudeau Class release of the Leetle Cat II (v1.17).

Registration is limited to twelve contestants, so be sure to contact Taku Raymaker NOW if you want to sail.

The course chart is shown on the right, and the WWC wind parameters will be:

Wind dir= 315 deg, Wind speed 19 kn, and Wind shifts 15.

Trophies go to the top three sailors!

LCDR 2010

WildWind Lowers Sail

Sad news: Wildwind Yachts is gone.

Yesterday Wildwind’s simset went offline. I understand their visionary boatbuilder Corry Kamachi is taking a well-deserved rest away from Second Life.

So OK. Please stop whatever you’re doing, stand up, and join me in a loud round of applause for Corry. She is a truly wonderful designer who devoted years of effort to her friends in SL Sailing.

Woots to Corry and Wildwind!

Through skill and hard work, her boats rose to join the most popular sail craft in SL. With no exaggeration, Corry’s efforts deeply enriched the lives of each and every sailor who ventured out on Second Life’s seas.

I personally first sailed a Wildwind over 38 months ago, when Taku Raymaker introduced me to early betas of the DG-14 (a dinghy racer similar to the Fizz 1.x) and the first-draft of the ACJ (Corry’s IACC racer).

Those early test boats told the tale; it was obvious that Corry possessed remarkable ability, coupled with a strong drive for sailing accuracy and perfection. Less than one year later, the Wildwind fleet had grown beyond any expectation. Corry’s artisanship crowded the dock with a diverse offering of authentic sail craft.

Hey, did I mention Wildwind also sold seaplanes and multi-hulls? 🙂

As Corry’s creative urges blossomed, Wildwind clearly needed more space. Corry joined with a host of other sailors to form a new Japanese nautical community on private sims centered around Far East Yacht Club.

Taku Raymaker‘s Waypoint Yacht Club  is situated in the heart of United Sailing Sims and Blake Sea, and it remained the original nexus of Japanese sailing in SL. However, from 2008 through 2011, Far East YC (Max Starosin, Commodore) and Hayama Zushi YC (Kei Cioc, Commodore)  offered additional, valuable sailing options to Japanese skippers interested in SL.

I have much more to say about the wonderful Japanese SL Slsailing community, but let me put that off for the moment. Today I just want to focus on Wildwind boats and praise the legacy of Corry Kamachi.

Corry spawned an entire, unique family of fantastic yachts that are primarily based on contemporary, high-performance racers of all sizes. For example, at the dinghy end of the fleet Kokoro Alcott captured the excitement of the 470 Cup here:

However, Corry is perhaps best known for the RCJ-44. That boat was fast and easy to handle, but also packed a wealth of racing options and authentic design features. For a long time it was easily one of the most popular posts on the SL Sail-Racing circuit, and many of us nicknamed it “Orca Flotta’s favorite race-boat.” 🙂

Naeve Rossini caught that fever too, and in 2009 she and I ran the boat around the test track more than once…

Yikes, we did that whole test-thing again when Corry launched the JMO-60, too. 🙂

Nuboko Cris test-drive

In that context, let me reach back and comment that the Wildwind wind-power algorithm had a number of interesting and unique features and options. for example, it’s worth emphasizing that all the Wildwind boats in the fleet used a proprietary “apparent wind” correction.

I know this is a boring topic, so I won’t belabor the issue. 🙂 I’m bringing it up here because when I complained about this 2 1/2 years ago, Mothgirl Dibou took the time to post a great explanation, and it’s worth taking a look again now. 🙂

I admit I’m still not sure I agree with Wildwind’s wind algorithm adjustments.   However after more than two years thinking and sailing, I certainly understand better why Wildwind included their compensation factors, and the differences that make the boat exciting to sail. That excitement and creativity was actually typical for Wildwind’s whole lifetime in SL.

Corry’s last, official release was a totally new and typically ambitious vessel: The Wildwind ACJ35 Wildcat. The boat is further proof that Corry was always on the cutting edge.
Here’s don Berthios’ promo video for that great Wildcat work-in-progress!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

I have far more to say about the history of builders and boaters in Second Life, but that seems enough for today. The legend and legacy of WildWind will live on.

And Corry? Thank you so very much…

Please come sail again soon.

Five in Fables

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After four weeks of intense ONE WORLD sailing by more than two-dozen SL teams, on February 4th-5th Waypoint YC, New Port YC, and Free Adriatic will all join to co-sponsor the ROUND FIVE Regatta.

The setting for this quint-essential event will be Sansara’s primordial Sea of Fables, one of the original sailing sites in Second Life. Please don’t confuse old with slow, however; This past summer Fables got a mega fashion makeover, a big steroid injection, and (where needed) a major brain transplant!

Now it’s time to see if Fables can stand all the hype and live up to reality…

It’s time for ROUND FIVE !!!

Here’s the chart, and believe me, we’re setting the stage…
Now just hold on to your seats!

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See you in ARAFURA !!!

Trudeau ONE Upgrades to Fourteen!

Trudeau ONE 1.14 launched last Friday. It came quickly on the heels of Trudeau ONE v1.13b, an upgrade that fixed  a relatively minor tiller propulsion issue I wrote about two weeks ago. Back then, several sailors noted waggling the ONE tiller could inappropriately accelerate the boat under a small number of specific wind and heading conditions.

Although T-ONE v1.13b fixed that Tiller Trouble, the script changes induced a few new problems. Often ‘Perfection is the enemy of the good,’ and most sailors I spoke with were happy with the upgrade and willing to deal with a couple new glitches.

Jacqueline Trudeau wasn’t satisfied though, and the result is a quick new version: Trudeau ONE v1.14. The v1.14 boat got a pretty enthusiastic response from the beta testers I spoke to. They all noted that the new upgrade distributed last Friday was way more than a bug fix. It handles differently from prior ONE releases.  

NEW ITEMS

I’m still looking at the boat’s performance, but let me highlight a few items:

1. Stiff is Better than Limp.
Most importantly, the boat now has a better match between visible luffing and sail propulsion upwind.
Under some conditions in v1.13b, skilled sailors noted that making the sails luff (flap in the breeze) could paradoxically increase boat speed. That problem is now Fixed. In ONE v1.14, ‘What you see is what you get.” A stiff sail at an attractive angle with a hard camber foil will give you the power thrust any racer longs for. And as any sailor knows, a droopy rig with limp, flappy sails when you blow on them is just no fun at all. You certainly won’t win any medals that way! 🙂

2. More Compatible, Less Tender ONE
Most skippers I’ve spoken with think the new ONE upgrade is easier to sail, and report it’s compatible with more diverse race conditions. J Trudeau confirms that impression, commenting that:

“[ONE v1.14] will still lose speed from excessive heeling, but correct sail trim is given a higher emphasis in determining performance. It is less tender than 1.13b, and can stand up to 10 m/sec winds better while singlehanded.”

3. Tiller Comes With Options
There’s a new ‘Settings‘ feature for the tiller as well. In SL nearly all boats change direction by tapping the keyboard L-R arrow keys; if you press the Left arrow key, you turn Left. It’s actually more like driving a car than using a boat tiller.  In RL sailing it’s different, of course; you need to move the tiller opposite the direction of your turn.

In ONE v1.14, there’s a Settings Card option that lets you chose the way the tiller responds (the default is still the standard vehicle mode).

4. Better Deviant Diagnosis
Correcting a bug pointed out by JoyofRLC Acker, ONE v1.14 now displays the wind variation rate value correctly! In retrospect, I think Liv Leigh and I confirmed Joy’s bug in J-Class boats last year too… I admit I totally forgot about it after that Regatta 🙂 . Kudos to JoyofRLC for bringing it up again, and Woots, its fixed!

5. Phantom Boom (this item’s not new)
Although its not a new feature in this upgrade, I thought I should mention that T-ONE has a phantom boom; this is notable since very few other Trudeau sailcraft have phantom rigs.

If you look at the image to the right, you’ll see what I mean. The boom in the image  just passed through the green buoy at the edge of the Queequeg raceline (indicated by red arrow).

A phantom boom gives you more options, and lets you adroitly snuggle up to marks and obstructions as you try to scrape off extra seconds in a race. 🙂

Polars.

The improved responsiveness and compatibility of v1.14 is noticeable to most skippers on their first, serious sail with the new boat. However, documenting it will take more testing under a variety of conditions of wind, hiking, and heel settings.

So far I’ve tried the boat out using standard test conditions, and appropriately there seem to be only subtle differences between  the prior 1.12 and new 1.14 versions of this boat. The significant changes should show up with higher wind speeds and tests that push the boat’s performance.

Here’s a graph of ‘Speed Over Ground’ for v1.14 using a  baseline 5.0 m/s true wind speed. I use 5.0 m/s to get a baseline standard that isn’t complicated by heel effects or crew hiking.

The solid line above represents Apparent Wind (AWA) conditions and the Dotted Line represents the same data plotted for the Real Wind Angle (RWA). Boat speed is plotted on the y-axis in m/s.

As you can see, with this low wind speed the boat’s velocity peaks around 60° AWA (80-100 RWA). This max boat speed is over 60% True Wind, and with increasing AWA it’s followed by a rather linear decline in performance as the apparent wind angle grows larger. That’s pretty typical of prior Trudeau performance plots, and closely matches the charts I’ve posted for early versions of T-ONE. Go take a look!

Heel effects and hiking are still strong in ONE v1.14, as shown below.

With ONE v1.14 sailing upwind in an 8.0m/s true breeze, the boat heels significantly. Sailing singlehanded, a skipper under heel can greatly increase boat speed by shifting to windward position and balancing the boat. With a 50-60° heading AWA, a solo skipper can boost boat speed by roughly 30%. of course this will vary based on true wind speed and crew size, but its a huge racing tool.

I’ll get you the other data sets as soon as the sims cooperate and I have time to collect the data!

Big Wins for Kei, Toraba, and Miwha in Leetle Cup

Breaking news:

In a great display of sailing finesse, Kei Cioc grabbed the start in today’s 2009 Leetle Cup Regatta and never looked back,  taking first place with a blistering 00:49:36, nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Toraba Magic. Miwha Masala was right there on Toraba’s heels too, crossing the finish a half-minute later to capture Third place. This trio dominated the contest today; Massy Johin crossed the line in the Fourth position a full five-and-a-half minutes behind Miwha, and reia Setsuko took Fifth place more than two minutes after that!

Congratulations to Commodore Taku Raymaker, Waypoint Yacht Club and all today’s competitors for a wonderful 2009 regatta. It surpassed the high standards set in LCDR 2008, and forecasts more great racing in the New Year! Woots!

Race Results:
 1: Kei Cioc – +00:49:36
 2: Toraba Magic – +00:51:25
 3: Miwha Masala – +00:52:03

 4: Massy Johin – +00:57:35
 5: reia Setsuko – +00:59:03
 6: Takeshi Schnyder – +00:59:45
 7: Bunnie Mills – +01:01:04
 8: shinobi Woodget – +01:01:17
 9: mituko Brandenburg – +01:01:27
 10: nory Igaly – +01:03:58
 11: Silber Sands – +01:04:29
 12: belladonna Foxtrot – +01:09:07
 13: Armano Xaris – +01:14:18

Lap Times:
 Kei Cioc– lap 0: +00:00:14
 Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:25
 Toraba Magic– lap 0: +00:00:25
 Miwha Masala– lap 0: +00:00:35
 nory Igaly– lap 0: +00:00:35
 Armano Xaris– lap 0: +00:00:36
 Massy Johin– lap 0: +00:00:41
 shinobi Woodget– lap 0: +00:00:56
 ahjep Kattun– lap 0: +00:01:00
 Silber Sands– lap 0: +00:01:07
 Bunnie Mills– lap 0: +00:01:16
 Takeshi Schnyder– lap 0: +00:01:27
 reia Setsuko– lap 0: +00:01:31
 mituko Brandenburg– lap 0: +00:02:07
 belladonna Foxtrot– lap 0: +00:02:32


Waypoint Leetle Cat Distance Race December 20!

Waypoint Yacht Club Announces:

The Second Annual

Leetle Cup Distance Race

on
December 20, 2009
at
5:00 am  (SLT)

Start/ Finish: Waypoint Yacht Club

The Race:

The Leetle Cup Distance Race was first held in December, 2008. As the last regatta of the year, it was a tribute to 12 months of great sailing. Perhaps even more important, Taku Raymaker intended it as a fond fairwell to the “old” United Sailing Sims, since the race occurred just before the USS resuffled and moved to Blake Sea.

2008 Start with Eighteen Boats!

For that reason, Taku designed the 2008 LCDR as a single, long distance event that also served as a  grand tour of all the USS clubs and sailing regions. the race was incredibly popular, and I think the 2008 LCDR still holds the record for the single largest one-design race fleet ever. (I count eighteen LCats with sails raised in the above startline view!)

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Waypoint Hits the Water (reprise)

Waypoint Hits the Water

(This article was originally posted on  December 6th, 2007;
I’m reposting it in honor of Waypoints Second Birthday. WOOTS! ).

Let me give another shout-out for the new Waypoint Yacht Club.

As most sailors already know, Taku Raymaker has worked pretty tirelessly over the past many months to expand SL Racing for Japanese sailors. Sailors in the United Sailing Sims were therefore delighted when Taku’s fleet decided to drop anchor in Santa Cruz and make Waypoint Yacht Club their home port. Waypoint will join with Starboards and Nantucket Yacht Clubs to coordinate a full schedule of races and sailing events for all the interconnected waterways of USS.

And with that introduction, let me tell you: based on what I saw today, the WYC Race Fleet certainly didn’t waste any time getting up and running!

This morning I grabbed some coffee and went over to catch WYC’s first official race from the Starboards line in Hollywood.  It was pretty impressive. A large fleet of truly wonderful sailors converged by the dock, raised sail, and then took off full-throttle past the SYC clubhouse on close haul. They didn’t miss a step, lapping the Olympic Course with style and confidence. Gee, they made it look… easy.

Then it struck me: Of course they’re comfortable racing the Olympic course! Waypoint’s now part of the USS home team, and this morning’s WYC skippers were already showing the flair and swagger of athletes playing their home court advantage.

It was great fun to watch, and…  Hey Waypoint? Welcome Home!

While I was hovering over the start line and still drinking my first cup of coffee, Bea Woodget showed up!  If you haven’t been paying attention recently, let me bring you up to speed on something everybody else knows; Bea Woodget’s  been doing a wonderful job as a Race Director at both NYC and SYC. She deserves a huge round of applause for the work she has done planning and organizing races that are convenient for sailors in European time zones. Bea started the NYC Friday 9:00am Beach Cat Races, and this week she just inaugurated  a Euro-friendly Tako Race series at SYC.

The new races are scheduled for Sundays at 1:30am SLT/PST, and they are already a big hit!

While I was trying to fly, take pictures, and not spill my coffee, I was also thinking about how unique our SL Sailing community is… (Don’t worry, I’m not going to get soft and weepy here).

I mean, this morning I logged in from North America and drank my Starbucks while cheering on my Japanese friends as they crossed the SYC start line 30 meters below me, but also more than 10,000 miles West. At the same time, Bea was watching the races next to me but also 5,000 miles East. There we were, all together, nothing special; just another day in SL. Maybe we need to be careful. Somebody might get the idea that building an online community of funny, intelligent people that is unencumbered by traditional barriers of nationality, class, or distance is somehow important.

That sounds pretty tedious. Personally, I just like to play with toy boats.

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Waypoint Blossoms!

This article was originally posted to SLSailing.com on March 30th, 2008

Taku Raymaker beneath the cherry blossoms

Waypoint Yacht Club has much to celebrate, and yesterday they threw a great party.

The cherry blossom season in Japan began early this year on March 22, and Waypoint this weekend took the opportunity to hold a hanami in celebration.

Although few of us were aware, the party was for more than the cherry blossoms; it was also Taku Raymaker’s Rez-day! Taku is the Waypoint Commodore and his reputation as a skipper and a sailing leader is well known across the seas of Second Life.

That made yesterday’s party a curious mixture of sushi, sake, and birthday cake.

Sushi, sake, and birthday cake!

Oh! And I forgot to mention the most important news!! Waypoint Yacht Club recently moved from Santa Cruz to an absolutely beautiful new clubhouse in Newport Bay. The new location faces a protected harbor and offers ready access to the new Balboa Island group to the NorthEast, as well as Southern access to all the other open waters of the United Sailing Sims. Waypoint moves to Newport Bay!

A great party for a great new club and another great year of Waypoint sailing!!