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Saturday, 3 September 2016

End of Hotlapper of The Week or maybe not?

I would like to thank all who I interviewed during the past 30 weeks for without you it would have never happened. Also thank you to all the readers who have I hope been pleased with all that our interviewees have contributed. And of course thank you Hotlaps Team for your continued support.

As with all good thing there is an end or limit  but want to let all know that if anyone wants to do an interview I will still do them but as a 'Hotlaps Interview with - Jane Doe' for example and will be publish once I have the data and time to blog it.
Simply IM me in-world or ask me if you see me around the Hotlaps line as well I may from time to time ask some  Just won't be Weekly.


 As well all the older 'Hotlapper of The Week' interviews will always remain available for any who want to learn from others.

Hugs and Happy Hotlapping to all 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Adele Hegel

We have seen Adele more and more in Hotlaps so why not find out a bit on what makes her enjoy to sail. :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Adele Hegel: A few years ago I had the chance to do a cruise on someone’s boat, it was fun to sail among the other boats, listening to music, sailing around islands. Later on, my friend Anna who owns a Patchogue took me many times with her to wander in the Blake Sea and surrounding waters. I got hooked to that leisurely way to explore SL but my friend was not much online and I missed those relaxing moments. So I started to hang out in harbours, watching boats, and a few weeks later I had bought my own Patchogue. In the beginning I was struggling with sails and winds, trying to sail cruises, but with time, I eventually improved a bit and could catch up with others and the fun increased rapidly.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Adele: Hotlaps are great for many reasons, first they are fun and it feels very enjoyable when I could improve my own time or sometime challenge other sailors. They allow me to improve my skills, on a course I could try many tactic options, sailing the lap again and learning my different boats. Each week the new route brings to me different challenges and a good reason to start over (re-) discovering new places at the same time. I can sail when I feel the mood or when I have a bit of time. Also Hotlaps provide the opportunity to meet great and friendly sailors (dare I say some legendary ones hihi) and share with them. In short I would say that Hotlaps taste like regatta without all the constraints of a regatta.

Ginger: Are there any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Adele: At this time I really don’t see what could be improved much, but who knows what new idea Burt will bring in next week…

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Adele: I live in Europa, CET (or SLT+9)

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Adele: When I was a teen, I used to go to my uncle’s place for holidays, he was living by a lake and he had a small sloop. We used to cruise regularly and I enjoyed a lot helping to crew and sometimes even handling the tiller. Later I no more had such opportunities as my uncle eventually passed out but I keep great memories of that time. Since then I had the rare occasions to sail a few cruises.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Adele: I own many and it is hard to choose only three, though the ones that I sailed the most and that I still enjoy a lot to sail are certainly the Patchogue, the François Jacques and the Bandit IF.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing the Trudeau Patchogue sometime , have you been sailing this boat for a long time?
Adele: The Patchogue was my first boat and I sailed her around all the SL seas, she is easy to sail for learning and for relax cruising but could be a challenge to sail fast, especially in adverse wind conditions.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Adele: I like to sail cruises too, especially the LCC and topless sailors, which are well organised, offer a good diversity of routes, and are supported by a great community of sailors. Did I mention they organise parties at the finish place? I also tried to race a few regattas, mainly on the Trudeau One or on the François Jacques.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Adele: I did try a few tools but lately I mostly only use the USB HUD and the minimap. To handle my sailing boats I sometimes use the provided HUD though I prefer to use gestures, at least for the most important functions, I am not a big fan of numbers and I often cruise just by watching sails and listening to boat noises, taking time to look at the surroundings rather than keeping my eyes screwed on the boat monitor panels.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Adele: How did you beat that time I just set earlier, thinking for sure that it was my best lap ever? hihi

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Adele: Do keep sailing your boat in Hotlaps, in cruises, or just to wander around, you’ll learn to know her better and it will help a bit when you need to shave those two seconds to take the lead.
I would also like to thank all the Hotlaps Team, who make this possible each week and Burt which made the idea come true in the beginning.

Ginger: Thank you very much for your time for this interview and looking forward to seeing you on the Second Life waters soon.  :)


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Hotlaps Statistics

Some statistics for all of the Hotlaps junkies out there 
(Includes SpicyLaps also known as LongLaps)



  The 100 Hotlaps Sailors Club...


Top 100 Hotlaps Sailboat Club...


Top 30 Hours or More Hotlaps Club...


Top 20 Hours or More Boat Club...


New Hotlaps Sailors (Past 30 days)...

Note: Sometimes Google messes up with the imports so data could be messed up at times. Just be patient and refresh if so. It will all sort out in the end 

*Important: If you do not want your results to show here let Ginger Henderson know in-world.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Liz (LizbethSmith)

I had the chance to get an interview with Liz. Let see what makes her like sailing and Hotlaps :)

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
LizbethSmith: A friend took me on a fun boat ride. It looked easy so I tried a Nemo the next time and went on from there.

Ginger: We  have seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you like about them?
Liz: Sailing the Hotlaps helps me sail better because I learn how the boats sail and how the wind affects them. I also like meeting the other sailors and seeing the sights.

Ginger: Anything different you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Liz: Sometimes I start a lap but soon see that it is not worth going farther. Maybe there is too much lag or a sim is closed. Is there some way to show the lag on the course close to the start line?

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Liz: I am on sl time.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Liz: I sail in rl some but mostly just enjoy the ride. Now that I understand sailing and the wind better I would like to try the tiller more.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Liz: My first Hotlaps were with the Shields. More recently I am sailing the Ushuaia, because all it did for me in the beginning was the wrong thing. I just got a Nacra and love how fast it goes.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Shields, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Liz: A friend told me to get a Shields, so I got a Shields for free that I love to sail. It is easy and relaxing and you cannot tip it over.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Liz: I like sailing my Ushuaia in the topless cruises :)

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Liz: I try sailing the course in different ways to learn which is quickest, when I have the time. Also, if I see somebody sailing quickly then I see which way they are going.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Liz: Sometimes it is so addicting I cannot stop. Is there a Hotlaps Anonymous out there?

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Liz: Thanks for making it so friendly and fun. :)

Ginger: Thank you very much for your time for this interview and looking forward to seeing you on the Second Life waters soon.  :)



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Wow (wowsonice)

Wow has hosted some Hotlaps, Spicylaps and a participant in both as well. Got a chance to interview her :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Wowsonice: I always enjoyed water and boats, so soon after joining second life in July 2012, I did display, decorate and furnish stationary residential yachts.
Obviously drivable/sailable boats would follow soon. My first sail yacht was OCEANIC by Motor Loon. Sailing was not much fun due to poor internet connection and luck of feeling of wind and smell of sea.
Forward and we moved to RL big city, much better internet and I started exploring SL by cruising. Forward till January 2016, I did not find Hotlaps, Hotlaps found me when Christine asked me to host Hotlaps out of BAY OF WOW - mainstation Satori.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Wow: I enjoy meeting new people and the friendship among sailors here. It is easy to meet and talk since Hotlaps are available at all times, unlike other races or cruises.
Hotlaps allows to discover places I would never visit without invitation, especially north Corsica, or outside Satori - Nautilus - Corsica continents or even places such as fruit islands not linked to any continent.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Wow: So happy about Hotlaps, thank you to the team, so only a suggestion:
I do not hear much about Hotlaps in other sailing groups, I am sure more sailors would be interested if they would be informed in different groups. Also I do love longer Spicylaps.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Wow: is complicated :-)
Mactan, Cebu, Philippines, ... Belgium, ... (short stints to other European countries), ... Mactan, Cebu, Philippines ... now metro Manila, Philippines (SLT +15 summer, SLT +16 winter)

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Wow: Yes, I started at young age in Mactan. We did not have a boat in Europe, we had friends with a boat :-). we did some nice cruises along the English Channel going to Normandie or Kent or Zeeland.
Not sailing here in Manila but always happy to be on water when back in Mactan.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Wow: for sailing:
1. LIONFISH by Saphyre Cyberstar
2. good old LOONETTA by Motor Loon
3. CLEVER by Rene Underby

for beauty of design and display:
1. KTABA J-CLASS MAYA by Craig Ktaba
2. ED ENDEAVOUR by Clay Ellison
3. SCHOONER METEOR by Rene Underby

may i mention a motorboat as well:
I really enjoy exploring unknown narrow waters in little tug OPDUWERTJE by Burt Artis.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the CS Estoril, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Wow: ESTORIL by Saphire Cyberstar arrived at BAY OF WOW some time end of April.
My not exactly perfect internet connection does not allow for high speed sim crossing. I would crash more often than not. So I use the ESTORIL because she is not too fast even with strong winds prevailing at hotlaps. ESTORIL for some reason almost never crashes or gets out of control. Also it is fun to sail a boat not often raced by others.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Wow: I only race Hotlaps. Otherwise I enjoy long distance cruising at not so high speeds, such as Satori to Corsica. I collect Hotlap courses, also
topless sailors cruises and other cruises to re-enact them when I have time.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Wow: Well, I guess you know those already:
1. (DS) CRUISER HUD by Diamond Synthesis is a useful freebie to assist plotting courses, such as finding narrow channel entrances, lonely waypoints in middle of nowhere etc.
You can find it http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poob/61/77/44
2.BAN LINE HUD by triple labs shows banlines within in the sim and in bordering sims, it also shows rezz zones. It logs distances which can be fun at times.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Wow: Why are most of us and me addicted to real life? How can we spent more quality time in SL?

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Wow: I want to express my appreciation for all the work the Hotlap team is doing every week to give us a good time here in SL. thank you very much.
Sailor friends, please note that my places BAY OF WOW at sims Boisesono and Pompelmoo are open to the public. everybody can rezz everywhere for 15 or 30 minutes, so feel free to sail in, fly in or rezz. Nothing for sale, nothing for rent. Just fun to display boat and ships. Please visit once in a while. I have more boats than prims so boats come and go every few weeks.

Ginger: Thank you very much for your time for this interview and looking forward to seeing you on the Second Life waters soon.  :)

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Phil fr (PhilOona)

Phil is new to sailing and Hotlaps so interviewed him to find out what he think sailing in Second Life :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
PhilOona: I discovered Second Life since only three months ago. By exploring the SIMs I saw sailboats and I immediately wanted to sail with them. I took a free boat the Shields Thanks Burt. My beginnings were very hard, really low between my internet connection, my inexperience of SL and my poor English. Without kindness, patience and dedication of many sailors, I would have given up. But thanks to you all I'm still here.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Phil: In my early days I met Kayo took me as crew to show me the interest and pleasure of sailing. I followed her advice to lead me on Hotlaps to improve. What a joy to finish my first lap without crash! After I tried to improve my performance. This really is the best school.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Phil: The formula is perfect, difficult to improve.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Phil: I live in France.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Phil: Sailing is the passion of my life. I discovered at the age of 12, I started the races of 420 and then 32 feet to the Olympic triangles during the winter. My first Atlantic crossing took place in race on a 40 feet. Since I bought a mono-hull 36 feet with which I traveled with my wife and my first child 2 years old. Then passionate about multi-hulls, I acquired a 40 feet catamaran with which I redid a trip a year with my three children. Now I haven’t boats and sailing on a friend's boat. I plan to buy me a catamaran and again a great ride when my children are independent.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Phil: I have not much experience, I love both boats: The Shields for Hotlaps and RM30, that introduced me to Lucy after having taken on board after my third crash of the cruise.
Whether to designate a third boat, I would say the Lionfish for cruise for two.

Ginger: Any particular boat helps you to learn sailing?
Phil: For Hotlaps, I mainly use Shields to improve.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Phil: Yes, every day, If there is a race I can do or a cruise. But usually I do not finish and crash before the end.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Phil: I use the USB HUB Pro, the boat Hud and compass by Burt. I dream of having everything in one device.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Phil: It's been two months that I ask questions to anyone and everyone helps me :)

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Phil: I have two dreams: to have a good Internet connection to enjoy sail SL and build the boat of my dreams ...
A big thank you to everyone for your assistance, for your kindness, your devotion without which, nothing of this world would exist.

Ginger: Thank you very much for your time for this interview and looking forward to seeing you on the Second Life waters soon.  :)


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Looralie

This time I got a chance to get an Interview with Looralie. :) She is a devoted Hotlapper and fierce competitor. Lets learn a bit about her.

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Looralie: Sailboats have always aroused my imagination, even if I don’t sail myself, as a symbol of escape. A few years ago I’ve been at the “Voiles de Saint-Tropez”, an event melting classic and modern sail yachts in the south of France for one week of regattas. Being so close to these beauties, some of them hundred-year-old, their copper-colored woods boldly bent on the waves, huge sails magnified in the contrejour, was outstanding.
Having noticed sailboats in SL, one day i started searching on the Marketplace and inworld stores, collecting freebies and demos, looking for saillable sims; in a few days I learned about SL geography, continents, connected navigable sims and all. After months of box-to-box TP'ing, it was like suddenly discovering the vast world.
I bought a Trudeau François Jacques, learned how to sail with the help of randomly met sailors (a big thanks to Lampoon), then went for a SL world tour, from south Satori where i live, to a tour of Blake Sea islands, Gaeta V, Corsica, Nautilus and back… Had to do some parts by feet or flying, though :/
Then I discovered cruises, etc, etc. :)

Ginger: We  have seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Looralie: Hotlaps offers the opportunity to compete with yourself, progress and compare your results with the others, and it's open 24/7 :)
For me, each new course is like a small enigma to resolve: find the quickest route, the best settings, perform manoeuvres as quickly and smoothly as possible.
I also enjoy the hotlappers friendly spirit, having a chat on the dock, exchanging tips and ideas, making friends and having fun together, like in these improvised races we have sometimes.

Ginger: Anything different you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Looralie: It's hard to say what would be better, how well it works like it is. The spreadsheets maybe would be more easily readable if they could only show the best time of each hotlapper, and/or their medium time... But well, I'm not sure it can be done.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Looralie: I'm french, living in Paris region.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Looralie: Not at all!
During my childhood, for sport classes I have had to sail Optimists during a season, it was on a lake in winter and i disliked it: wading in a cold muddy water… Erk!
By the same time a couple of friends of my parents used to take us for Mediterranean day cruises on their sailboat; I have nice memories of it, but not much more.
With this new passion growing up in SL, i feel that I should give sailing a new try in RL… but well, I’m not as young as I was then /me laughs

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Looralie: Hard to say, I still only have four, plus the free ones :)
I'm still in love with my François Jacques, because it has been the first one, the one with which i learned, because it's easy to handle, gives me sensations, and because she's so beautiful! I lastly re-texturized it in order to have the wood more looking like teak, and the hull resembling Eric Tabarly's Pen Duick :)
The Nacra of course, which has become a drug for me, so fast and fun to sail :)
The Loonetta, which gives me nice sensations too, so realistic... I like to go for a long quiet cruise on it, listening to the sounds of the water whipping the bow and the wind slamming the sails :P

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Looralie: I bought the Nacra as soon as I contracted the Hotlaps virus, about 5 months ago. I was close to buy a Flying Shadow, but Olivia and Lolla convinced me to change my plans for the Nacra, and I don't regret.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Looralie: Well, as I spend a totally unreasonable amount of time on Hotlaps, not as much as I should.
I like to join cruises, mostly the Topless' whom I enjoy the mood, the variety of the courses and the organization.
I still also like to go for a lonely cruise from time to time... Maybe plan a new SL tour next time, probably with the Nacra... it would take less time than with the François Jacques, and it can be funny :)

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Looralie: It depends... It's changing.
Mostly the USB, the PPS map and the minimap. I used to wear Burt's compass, but (sorry Burt) I hardly look at it while sailing, so lately I only used it to make my route, then un-ware it.
Also, I used to create my own WPs, but on Juneau North after several tries and discussions with hotlappers I opted for a more intuitive routing.
On the Nacra I intensively use gestures, trim the sails by ±1, 5 or 10 allows so fast manoeuvres… and continuously adjust the gen, while trying to keep a good heeling downwind.
On boats which allow it such as the François Jacques or the Loonetta, I like sailing in mouse look.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Looralie: Oh, just a suggestion... After a crash would you, as possible, look for your boat and remove it? Some parcel owners don't set an auto-return and these wandering wrecks can sometimes become cumbersome for ourselves or for the course shoreline residents.

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Looralie: It's not original but i'd like to thank Burt and all the ones who give of their time to this nice experience and community, and all the sailors who make it exist by their participation.
Hugs and fair winds! :)

Ginger: Thank you very much for your time for this interview and looking forward to seeing you on the Second Life waters soon.  :)