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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.  :)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Wipster Baxter

Wipster was a regular at my Shields races last year.  She also a regular participant in Hotlaps so had to get her to do an interview for us :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Wipster Baxter: I think I came by a race one night, it made me curious and I was greeted very warmly by the community. I was sitting on a spot next to someone named Burt (heehee) and we have been friends ever since. He obviously also taught me to sail in SL :-)

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Wipster: Hotlaps help me keep up my sailing skills. Unfortunately real life needs my attention way too much sometimes, and I don't sail for weeks. I then can do some laps to keep me up to it, and I enjoy competing against myself, trying to improve all the time.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Wipster: Not really, I think they're good as is. Perhaps if Burt could create some lag free sims, please? LOL

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
I am from Denmark, not many of us in SL :-)

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Wipster: Yes, I do sail in real life too, that is where my interest for sailing comes from. I do not own a boat by I sail with my family in the weekends during all summer. I even learnt something in SL that I could use in RL sailing, I was soooo exited!

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Wipster: I don't own a lot of boats, but my first boat was the Loonetta which is by far the best made boat I've seen in SL. Only later I found out that it was a fellow Dane who created it, which is a nice co-incidence. Obviously the Shields is another favourite, I think Burt did a great job. But then again, he had great testers :P I recently bought the Nacra 17, which is also very nicely made but I haven't had enough time to sail it yet. I like it for races, it's a fast little lady.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Shields, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Wipster: I do sail the Shields a lot and have been since way before it was released.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Wipster: Not enough, unfortunately.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Wipster: If I am sailing the Shields, I always use the USB HUD Pro, a camera HUD, and a compass I made. If anyone wants a copy of my camera HUD and the compass HUD, feel free to contact me.
If I am sailing anything other than the Shields, I also use Burts' Compass with wind indication, a very helpful tool.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Wipster: How come you are always faster than me? :P

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Wipster: It IS possible to sail in stilettos ! (Burt always mocks me cause I sail in heels and dresses with full make up and perfect hair LOL)

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

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Xena (XenaLake)


Xena is a Race Director at TrYC and she does come in to do some Hotlaps with us as well. Needed to know more on her so here is how it went :)

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Ginger Henderson:  Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Xena Lake: Before I rezzed in SL I knew I will live in three sims with a lake (from there my second name). A nice group of people that I meet rl. All rl commercial pilots. But I saw a sailboat. Was a Nemo. And I begin to sail from that day.
Discovering the magic of to sail in SL: Nemo is my first love :). Then meet Glida and Nomad was awesome. And then when Glida teach me to race the Nemo are moments that I celebrate. Also Burt help me lol. When I won my first race I dedicated all my hapiness to this special persons.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Xena: I think Hotlaps is great in all senses. I enjoy when you talk and meet people on the dock, when I rezz the sailboat and then the log on for to start and all the Hotlap. I live these things intensely. Enjoying every moment. In addition, and thanks to the ideas of Burt (who not afraid you to utter the four most dangerous words: I've had an idea) then it is possible to compare the personal performance. And the most important part is for me to see my errors and do it again better. You can not see its racing. Yes at Hotlaps.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Xena: Hotlaps is great as I said. Just I dont like when I see the message: xxxxx resident bla bla, go and revenge ... . In my lifestyle revenge is not in my vocabulary and I think Hotlaps are for to learn. Why revenge or revenge of what? :)

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Xena: I was born in France and living in Argentina for 23 years. My family decided to come here when I was only five years old. So .... I didn't have many opportunities to choose.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Xena: Yes I do and is a big part of my rl life. I started accompanying my father at my five years and then about ten years later it was time for the "Optimist" and then the "Laser". Here in Argentina there is a sailboat called "Pampero". It has a length of 3.75 m and a sleeve of 1.75 m and the sails of a large boat. I sailed she too. Today I run all the calendar with my crew in two categories with a Holland 30 and an OD 65 Volvo.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Xena: Well as I said Nemo is my first love. Then I enjoy a lot the Shields is a great sailboat and free for all the people at Burt style. I was involved with the development and was fascinating.I think I have a Shields museum in my inventory from version 0.25 till the last. Then depends what I want. For fun all Cybersculpts line is awesome, also for new sailors or new racers. I perform a weekly race at TrYC all Thursdays in this way.
Then for to race AC-62, AC-45, OP-60, Dolphin and many more, Yes all are fast boats ?. As Lampoon says... I begin to think over 20 knots.

Ginger: Any particular boat you sail alot that you would like to share with us?
Xena: I think the AC-62 is great for Hotlaps and for to race too. I like it so much and I try to learn more and more all days. I sail she from more than 3 years.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Xena: Yes all days, just not Sundays when I dont come in world for rl races. As Triumphal YC RD I sail the courses before the races as I was do in other YC too. I think an RD have to know what is better for the racers and give a complete weather info before start. Then I practice is a Sansara area, in a Corsica area (Weather is more rought) and I race at FIYC on Fridays and TrYC on Saturdays(When I can). I do Topless Sailors & Topless Cruisers. And when I can RSYC too. Also I can cruise alone as some days ago doing from Blake to Gaeta in a Minnow reborn and was awesome.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Xena: When I sail I just use the Mini Map and USB or any speedometer. For to race I use TrapNav (my fav so far). Gestures obviously but not for cruise.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Xena: This is a nice question. Why we cant have one and only calendar of events?. I am young in SL and rl but old sailors here can do this possible?. Would be nice.

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Xena: I say all time I sail for fun. SL must be happy. Is nice to win but is better to learn. Is great to help one each other and make a better community all days. My experience from rl is there. Here in SL is different. Is my simple idea about sailing here. Thank you Ginger for all you do for the sailing in SL (We know is not this only ?).

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

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Caoilin Galthie

Had the opportunity to have Caoilin for an interview :). She has been sailing in many Hotlaps. Lets find out more about her.

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Caoilin Galthie: I was in Second Life for several years when a friend introduced me to the Blake Sea, and I immediately fell in love with it. I have always loved the ocean, and living far from the ocean in real life, I found it a way to get my ocean fix. I tried a few freebie power boats, but then came across sailboats and got hooked. At first I taught myself the basics of sailing with the Nemo and the Becky's BWind boat, and had fun exploring and seeing how all the water areas connect together. However I was getting bored with just sailing around and was looking for something new to do, which is when I came across the Hotlaps group.

Ginger: We  have seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Caoilin: I enjoy the sense of community that I find, especially when many of us are online at the same time on the weekends and trying out a new course. I find that everyone is friendly, and while there is competition, I have found it to be relaxed and friendly. I am not a very competitive person, so I like the more relaxed atmosphere in the Hotlaps group where I can either try to simply beat my own times, or see how I place against others in the same boat type. I have done some races, but have not really liked that type of sailing. I also like that I can do laps when it fits my schedule. My real life is pretty busy, so being able to come in and do laps when I have some free time works well for me. I am also enjoying discovering new areas that I have never been to before. I also find that it really helps me to sharpen my skills and think about how to approach a course with the given wind.

Ginger: Are there any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Caoilin: I like it the way it is, and the variety of courses that we do week after week.
One idea I have is that we implement some sort of mentoring program. It doesn't have to be anything too formal, but a way to both teach new people how to do Hotlaps and a way for members who want to improve their skills or learn a new boat type to benefit from the great pool of experience we have in this group.
For example, every now and then I come across someone at the dock who is new and is curious about how it works. I also see new names show up in the spreadsheets but they seem to have poor times and then never show up again, so I assume they either didn’t like it, or got frustrated and went away. I have taken a few people along with me as passengers to show them how it works, so I would like to identify group members who would be interested in taking newcomers along with them, or be willing to help those who want to improve their skills or try a new boat type. What I have found to be the most helpful in improving my own skills has been to ride along with members who are more experienced, especially in a boat type I am interested in, to see how they handle the boat and how they plan out their course.
Another idea I have is to create group roles for those who reach the milestones such as 250 laps sailed and so forth, so they can wear a tag to celebrate their accomplishments.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Caoilin: I am in the United States, in a landlocked state in the West, so sadly no where near an ocean. This means I use Second Life for my ocean fix.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Caoilin: Sadly I don't. The only sailing in my area is on lakes. I took some lessons years ago BC (Before Children), but my experiences with sailing in Second Life have gotten me thinking about finding sailing lessons for my family next Summer. I am also a private pilot in real life and what made a lot of sense to me when learning to sail was to compare the sail to the wing of an airplane and to think about angles of attack for the sail, just like a wing.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Caoilin: Hmm, only 3? I have been sailing with the Nacra a lot, and have been learning the Laser as well. For cruising I usually use the Ushuaia. I like the animations and poses and the handling on the Ushuaia and it has lots of room to bring friends along and then just drop anchor and hang out. I like the Nacra, because it is pretty easy to learn the basics, but offers the ability to always improve. I have been enjoying the tell tale version of the Laser lately, learning how to set the sails according the the state of the sails rather than chasing the color of the hud or the numerical angle of the sail. This seems to fit my way of sailing better. So look out Mike and Peter, I might break down and buy a 12M and give you guys a run for your money on the longer courses! I also have my eye on the Windwind boats.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Caoilin: I have been sailing the Nacra quite a bit, but have been trying other boats, specifically the Laser. When I came across Hotlaps in the Spring I was still using the Becky's BWind boat regularly and didn't know much about what else was out there. I saw what others were using and what looked like fun and tried demos when they have been available before buying. I find that I like the smaller and faster boats.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Caoilin: I don't do any other races or cruises. Unfortunately they always seem to be scheduled for when I am at work or have other real life commitments. Other than Hotlaps I like to cruise around and explore and try to entice friends to come and sail with me. I have been enjoying revisiting areas we have had courses in and seeing them as a familiar place now.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Caoilin: Mainly I use the mini map and the USB HUD, but sometimes take that off once I learn a course. I also use Burt's compass HUD and have found that to be very useful. Definitely worth the 100 lindens to buy one! (You are welcome Burt!)

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Caoilin: How do you go so fast? I feel like when I have gotten the most that I can out of a specific boat type I am amazed at how others seem to go so much faster!

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Caoilin: It has been a lot of fun for me, and I look forward to seeing what new courses we have each week.

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

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Shau (ShauIa)

Was able to get Shau to do an interview for us for this week :) Here is how it went...

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
ShauIa: I started sailing 2 years ago when I found a small 3 sims resort, with some island and sailing water, I liked it so much I bought my first boat the Bandit 25R and set my home there from now

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Shau: Freedom maybe is the answer, no matter when you log or which boat you like to sail, hotlaps is always open. Also think it is the best way to learn sailing in a friendly environment, watching what the experts sailors are doing and visiting each week a new place is making it an enriching experience

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Shau: I cant think of any changes I would do. it is working perfect for me the way it is now

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Shau: I am from Spain, SLT+9

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Shau: No, I never sailed in RL before but after trying it in SL I would like to start sailing in RL also

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Shau: As you can see the boat I like the best is my Bandit 25R, it was the first boat I had and the one that I always sail, I like also the Nacra 17 the Shields and the Q24. I didn't tried to sail big boats yet, this is the next challenge I have

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Bandit 25R, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Shau: As I said, the Bandit 25R was my first boat two years ago and I didn't stop sailing it, it is the one I feel more confident

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Shau: I used to sail often but just sailing around, hard to join a race or cruise because my RL time, then August told me about hotlaps and he introduced me, I never can be grateful enough to him for showing me. I liked them from first day and now I mostly spend my time sailing them :)

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Shau: I always use the USB and the minimap open, now also the Timer Burt build, I think it is a great help to see how you doing during the lap

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Shau: How do you manage to make it look so easy smooth and fast???

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Shau: I would like to congratulate the Hotlaps Team for the great work they make and thanks everyone for that friendly environment we all can enjoy and improve at each week

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

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Takabou Destiny

Takabou has been sailing in many Hotlaps and I finally got the chance to catch him for an interview :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Takabou Destiny: One of my friend invited me going to start sailing together

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Takabou: I can discover new possibilities for a lot of boat

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Takabou: The spreadsheet is difficult to read.
I think that it is better to be displayed the best record along with the number of laps.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Takabou: Tokyo Japan here, 16 hours earlier than Second Life time.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Takabou: No. I will get seasickness :P

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Takabou: 1, Trudeau One 2, ACA33 3, RCJ44

Ginger: Any particular boat you sail alot you would like to share with us?
Takabou: I often use the Quest M-24.
It is comfortable but nervous.
By the way, I never participated in the race in this yacht

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Takabou: I can not participate in the race to be organized by the Japanese club for the job.
so I am often participate in NYC race and improve my skill.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Takabou: There are no special setting and tools except for the case that everyone is doing already.
when I go sailing I delete cloud to reduce a load.
Because my laptop was too poor spec.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Takabou: Can not be written here too many

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Takabou: I'm not good at English.so I may can't take communication well.
but I am never unfriendly. and only a little shy :)
I always think that want to be most tough racer than fastest racer.
I met a lot of great sailors in my sailing history (eg.Armano,Miwha,and Kei,and Hawk,and Silber,and Auntie Gemma)
They teach me many sailing tips, so I respect them.
I want to be someday like them.

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

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Nala Kristina

Nala is a fellow blogger and a determined Hotlapper so needed to get an interview with her. :)


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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Nala Kristina: I was about 1 week old in sl, when I met someone who took me sailing in her Bandit 60. I’m still not completely sure where we were on the grid, but I was sold and have not really looked back since. I feel lucky that I was introduced to sailing that early in my SL-

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Nala: I like that I can go race whenever I have 30 mins of spare time. At the same time I like to compete against the clock and myself, see if I can improve my time or find new ways to handle the boat I’m sailing.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Nala: After we had the “Hud timer” I really can’t think of anything.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Nala: I’m from Denmark so CET

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Nala: I sailed when I was younger. My parents owned a BB10 ( Keelboat ) and I was always sailing when I was growing up. Optimist, Laser, Tornado, but after moving away from home it’s not that often.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Nala: Nacra 17, OD65 and Flyin shadow are the ones I sail the most, but love cruising in any boat I can get my hands on.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Nala: The Nacra was the one of the first boats I bought, it’s fairly easy to sail even as a noob, and yet even after hours and hours of sailing it I keep finding ways to improve speed. With a little help form the other hotlappers

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Nala: I seem to spend most of my time on the water somehow, I like sailing so yes I do it a lot. I should start racing , and hope that I’ll get the nerve soon

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Nala: I use the USB, Burt’s Compass and my mini map a lot, the new timer is great too-

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Nala: Are we going to have that hotlapper party ?

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Nala: I want to thank the other hotlappers for being who they are. When I showed up for my first lap ever, the first two people I ran into was Ginger and Burt and I felt welcome. The same goes for my fellow hotlappers, always ready to share tips and tricks.. More people like you in the world please.

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

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Kayo Torii

Kayo started our Hotlapper Group called Hotlaps Junkies ;). And has now over 250 laps sailed. Congrats. Wanted to know about her more so here we go...

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
It was a cold winter night and I meet Olivia on the dock. Snow was slowly falling outside and summer was still a dream. In SL, it was a sunny day and she was fighting with her Nacra. We started to speak. Two hours after, I was sailing with my own Nacra. I found that sailing in SL was fun and in some-way realistic.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Kayo Torii: I like to race. When I see another boat I have to race her! Hotlap is a great concept, because you can race when you want, you don’t have to speed up on the road coming back from work, skip your dinner or change your social activities. You do it when you want. But don’t mistake, it is still a community of racers and we all fight for the time! Speaking about the community, I think it is an important part of the hotlap. A group of nice people, it is like a second family.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Kayo: Not really. We already have so much freedom. The hotlap is a playground and you can use it. For instance, we often race between Nacra. I asked Burt if we could put a hay line, but it is a detail. Maybe, it would be nice to have more interactions outside the hotlap. Lolla and Olivia organized a party once and it was very fun. We should do it more !

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Kayo: That’s a complicate question. I am American by adoption and a proud jersey’s girl! It is my home.
I am born in Spain from a Spanish’s mother and Belgian father. I came here to work for my company ten years ago and my life is now here. Before that, I have been working in different places in Europe and South America. So sometimes, I really don't know where I am from :). But does it matter? More I think about it, I have the feeling that the only home I would like to have is the Ocean. Endless, with no borders, no politics, no wars....only freedom and adventure.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Kayo: Yes. I was 5 years old when I started. My father always had a boat. I remember he had a small 18 feet cruiser and each summer we were going to a different place living 3 weeks on board. We went to France, Spain and Italy. These are the greatest memories of my childhood. It is probably one of the reason I love so much the sea. When I started to work I raced with a Tornad, then I bought a first 22 that I kept for more than 10 years. Each week-end, I was sailing and forgetting the world. I sold her to come to the US and bought an Hunter 30. I cannot imagine my life without a sailboat. I cannot imagine the rest of my life if I cannot have this dream of sailing the world. This is our big project for the next coming 5 or 6 years. Safe enough money, buy a 37 feet boat and sail away :)

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Kayo: I like the Nacra. She gives you a lot and she forgives a lot of mistakes. The FS is my second love, the bitchy sister of the Nacra; do one mistake and you will pay cash :) The Bandit 25R is my third choice, I sail her when I want a cool sail or to reckon the lap.
I don’t like big boat in SL such as the OP 60 etc…I don’t feel any sensation; I don’t feel them realistic at all. The Bandit IF is my love and hate. I have to recognize the realism but at the same time it is sometimes annoying in SL

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17,  have you been sailing this boat for long?
Kayo: Since December / January. It is a very good boat when you are alone. The FS in the other hand is more adapted for a crew. Sailing alone and with a crew is a complete different experience and challenge. I encourage you to try both ! With a crew you will need harmony and practice.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Kayo: I do a race time to time. On Friday and Saturday, I may participate to the IF competition. But mostly, I run hotlaps and race against my friends. I obviously hate August so fast with the Bandit and Destiny with the Nacra ^^.
Just kidding of course ! I learned a lot from both of them!
I use as well my boat to go from one place to the other in our estate and avoid the TP.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Kayo: The only good tool is the one you like. I don’t have any specific one. In fact, I am using the standard boat HUD and play with the arrows of the keyboard. It works for me.
Ah…yes…I have sail assistant for navigation. It is very easy to configure and shows your waypoints. Not that I don’t get lost, but it helps :)
My best tool is the map that Lucy is doing each week. Thank you Lucy!

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Kayo: We are sailors, we don’t ask question!

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Kayo: No, but I would like to take the opportunity to thanks Burt and all the team people working behind the scene to make these hotlaps happen week after week. It is a great idea and a great community! Thanks again !

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

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Bev (bevmiller)

I have known Bev since she joined my Shields races last year. Got her for an interview so here is the result :)

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Ginger Henderson:  How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Bev (bevmiller): I saw people sailing and wondered how that worked. A search landed me at the Tradewinds Yacht Club where I found the Fizz. Soon after, I found the Nemo at the Nantucket Yacht Club and the Laser at The Mesh Shop. Early sightseeing was wonderful with these or, more relaxed, with a Bade Babe or Charlz Price.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Bev: Beyond the fun sailing, I love meeting people and chatting with the other Hotlappers, seeing a new part of the world every week, and thinking about how the course layout, wind, and current affect the boat.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Bev: The Hotlaps are wonderful the way they are.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Bev: Southern California.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Bev: I learned to sail as a child on Sunfish, dinghys, daysailers and Hobie Cats. I have sailed Shields in rl and simply love Burt's boat here in sl.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Bev: My favorite is the Shields, which is so pretty and handles so much like the real thing. Two further boats are the Laser and the Flying Shadow. I wish the Flying Shadow pointed upwind better, but love its speed on a reach.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Shields, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Bev: I saw in a sailing group conversation that there were free Shields available and got one of the first.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Bev: Most races are too late in the day for me. Ginger had Shields races at 1PM where I learned so much about sl racing, like what is a mini-map? :) I love circumnavigating continents or trying new cruise routes, like the one from Corsica to the Triumphal Yacht Club that Ginger shared recently.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Bev: For the Shields, sail smoothly, keep the speed up at all costs (it is hard to regain), and keep the sails trimmed at all times. Start far from the start line so that you can accelerate and start at the best possible speed. Do not sail too close to the wind immediately after tacking; bear off and accelerate first and then turn closer into the wind. Wing the jib when running, but avoid running directly downwind. Use the Shields Info HUD and see what Christine has to say about this boat in her interview.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Bev: Why do those people stand around on the bottom? :)

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Bev: Happy sailing :)

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

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Lolla Hynes

Lolla has sailed over 250 Hotlaps. Well done. Also her and Olivia hosted them very recently. Had the chance to interview her and here is how it went. :)

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Lolla Hynes :I have always been amazed by the wonderful sailboats resting in the ports from Holland to the south of Spain, either Atlantic side or Mediterranean. I love to stay quiet, looking at them in the silence, just listening their tiny song of halyards and click of sails in the wind.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Lolla: I feel so free when I am racing alone in a hotlap. I am far from all the real ! I could forget anything for a short but so refreshing moment. I also struggle against myself, wanting to improve any time. It is so nice to have the permission to race 24/24h and 7/7d !

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Lolla: I am quite happy with the system as it is . I just would be satisfied if the result of a hotlap was only marked on the sheet after approval of the sailor, because some practices or tests on the turn don’t give any significant result to be inscribed. The best would be a hud counter giving the chrono time at any moment of the race (what do you think Burt, “winks”)

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Lolla: I am Belgian, French speaking, SLT+9

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Lolla: I had the chance to cruise on an old seaboat which ran the America Cup and won a Fastnet with my parent’s friend who is a indeed a very good sailor. It was a great experience

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Lolla: The Nacra is my favorite for its athletic side, funny and easy driving. I like to cruise with Olivia in her new Bandit IF. My looneta is still nice to sail but a bit slow and heavy. I don’t really like too big boats.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Lolla: My “Blue Sea Rooster” is a gift from Olivia and I love it. She wanted me to find a real pleasure with the Nacra and she succeeded pretty well . Now both of us are trying to be better than the other, and each week finds a challenge between us with a real suspense lasting all week until the Saturday . Blue Sea Rooster VS Black Sea Rooster.
She says I am the best but in reality she is the best .

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Lolla: I tried to sail in some clubs but unfortunately the cruises or races are often at bad moments for me.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Lolla: 2 tools absolutely essential :
- USB hud light 1.3
- Compass V 3.0 made by Burt
I always have next to me the printed map of the hotlap of the week with my own way drawned on it

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Lolla: OMG !!! How can the champions here be sooooooo fast !!! Are their computers or connections so good or am I still so bad !

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Lolla: It would be great to find a moment (or two) in the week (or the month) to meet the other hotlappers, for a chatting moment, sharing experiences, speaking of the last hotlap and why not earing music and dancing.
By the way , Olivia and I have a nice place which could be a fine meeting place …

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


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Lucy (LucyInTheSky Afarensis)

I have known Lucy since I started sailing and always wanted to know more about her. She is also one of our Hotlaps crew :)

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
LucyInTheSky Afarensis: I was randomly searching in marketplace and found the Elyd 50. Take a copy found a place were I could test it, and loved the feeling.
Then started to search for nautical related places inworld, found Tradewinds Yacht Club were I could take copies of other boats like BBK BWind and Flying Fizz, tested all them, read all documents in TYC's website, followed the Shelly Fizz races by Liv, who gave me many lessons too. Became more and more involved and now I am rarely involved in any other thing besides sailing.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Lucy: LOL. In the line at side of the docks in TYC there are some hotlaps too. I started to run them and compare my times with others with same boat - https://sites.google.com/site/tradewindsyc/fun-laps (Today the spreadsheet is empty but used to have all times there at the time). I ever like to compete with myself, trying to improve my times.

Ginger: Do you have any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Lucy: Nothing that I can think now, they are near perfect as are now :-)

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Lucy: GMT-3 (Brazil), GMT-2 during south hemisfere summer

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Lucy: Used to, sailing a snipe in a water reservoir near home or with friends in Santos visiting nearby islands in Ocean.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Lucy: Realy hard to say. Love my M-24, Rene Marine boats, Trudeaus

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Quest M-24.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Lucy: In fact I was late for this boat. I bought it to join Orca's World Tour near the end of the program, than joined the Topless Tuesdays in TrYC (M-24 and Patch). She is a fast and easy boat to sail and smooth in region crossings, I do miss races with this boat.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Lucy: Because RL has being bad with me I havent much but yes, I used to practice much in Gulf of Moles and in other YCs lines.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others? Things such as your preferred AWA on different headings and tactical choices on this weeks course like where to start from, where to tack?
Lucy: I think just the normal things as anyone, use to test my preferred boats to find the best angle when up or downwind, but nothing really serious.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Lucy: What do you think is the best aspect of hotlaps? (my answer, the opportunity to practice at the same time I can compare my times with others and my own previous laps, and doing this with new courses each week without repeating the same courses over and over as was in TYC's Fun Laps or in Jane's Hotlaps 2013)

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Lucy: Many thanks to Burt and Hotlaps staf for your great work. Burt shared with me what he was thinking much before hotlaps were first launched, many ideas and changes during the development, when other take the duty to keep it alive.
Yep, thank you all that keep the great event for us.

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

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Alex (ramuf)

Alex is still new to sailing but I've seen him in a lot of Hotlaps and wanted to know about his passion for sailing :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Alex (ramuf): It was not long ago (Maybe 4 months ago). I was exploring SL, and I happen to land at a Yatch Club (Sorry I don't remember which one) that had the free Nemo. I thought it would be interesting to try sailing on SL so I got a free Nemo for myself.
Since then, I got addicted to sailing and never stopped.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Alex: I love the other hotlappers and I love to be able to compete and practice whenever I want/can in a friendly way.
I like to sometimes just stand at the rez area, and watch how others sail. I've learned a lot just by watching the other great sailors.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Alex: Burt won't like me, and I don't know if it's possible, but I would love to have some kind of split times at some strategical points or at the markers.
You could compare your split time with other sailors and understand where you are losing time to others.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Alex: I live in Portugal. GMT (SLT+8)

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Alex: I never sailed in RL but sailing in SL made me want to try it in RL. I'm taking sailing lessons in RL this summer.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Alex: I don't have many boats. I have the Nemo, the Shields, the Bandit 25R and the Bandit IF.

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Bandit IF.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Alex: I started sailing the Bandit IF, 4 weeks ago. I sailed the Bandit 25R for the longest time, but I needed a boat that would be more challenging. That's when I got the stubborn IF :P

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Alex: These last 3 weeks I have sailed a lot. Basically, it's all I do on SL and that's what keeps me logging in again and again. I do all the races that I can, and I have been practicing some specific courses for the F3 series.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others? Things such as your preferred AWA on different headings and tactical choices on this weeks course like where to start from, where to tack?
Alex: I use the most know tools available - USB, Burt's Compass and the minimap
I sail a lot by intuition. I don't look at AWA, I just keep my eyes on the sails and on the boat's speed.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Alex: Red or white wine? :P

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Alex: Just be nice to everybody and enjoy this world as much as you can.

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

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - August (Augwest101 Werefox)

I seen August sailing since I remember sailing myself. Wanted to interview him to find out more on his sailing skills :)

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
August (Augwest101 Werefox): A couple of years ago I was on group of three sims that had water around a few islands.  When spied a Nemo sitting out in the water, clicked on it and it gave me one. It’s a fun and easy boat to sail and a good boat to learn on. That’s how I got hooked.  Then my next boat was an OP60 lol

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
August: Well as most have said before me, they offer the opportunity to use any boat at any time and see how well you can do against others in a friendly competition.  It’s also good way to hone your skills with the various boats in your inventory.

Ginger: Do you have any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
August: Maybe mix up the wind speeds a bit more. The 25knt wind was fun

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
August: I am in Central Time zone on a little lake that boarders four states

Ginger: Do you sail in your Real Life as well?
August: I did as a kid. Growing up Long Island Sound was across the street. So I spent summers on the water boating, sailing, also I spent a couple of summers racing in Blue Jays and Lightings with 2 and 3 man crews against other clubs. In my 20s had a 25’ Venture on lake Michigan with Chicago skyline as a back drop. The Bandit 25R reminds of it :-)

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
August: That’s a hard question. It depends on my mood and why I am sailing at the time.  For big boat racing  I like the OP60, for cruising with friends the Pacha and for fun the Nacra 17 (also racing)

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the WildWind AC-62. Been sailing this boat for long?
August: It was moth balls for some time before dusting it off for some hotlaps. (I like to go fast) I also always run a few laps with the Bandit 25r and few of my other boats.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
August: I sail most days I am in SL.  Racing, practicing for racing, doing a cruise now and then or taking some friends out the water and showing them a different side of SL

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you may want to share with others?
Things such as your preferred AWA on different headings and tactical choices on this week’s course like where to start from, where to tack?
August: This week course I found the best way to start was back in the corner and try and cross the line as close to the red buoy to get the max speed from your boat as you cross the line. As far as tactics it depends on the boat. The 25r sails well close to the wind so on that leg you can cut off some distance. I use the trap nav for the first few times till you just know the course. But I always use my mini map and big map.  Also a timer to see how I am doing on the course.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
August: How do you go fast?

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
August: Have fun and enjoy your time on the water be it cursing, racing or just site seeing with friends :-)

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