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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Arnie Soup

For this weeks Hotlapper of The Week, I was very happy to have a chance to get hold of Arnie for an interview.

We love that you are hotlapping with us!

Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Arnie Soup: I feel fortunate to have discovered sailing soon after I started using SL. I was randomly popping around like most newbies and happened to land at NYC.  Two people in a small boat went screaming past, I flew around and saw buoys out in the water, thats all it took really, I was hooked.  the friendly folk at NYC, people like Gemma and Hawk showed me the ropes and I haven't stopped since.

Ginger: We have seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Arnie: Its you against the course primarily. I enjoy racing but because of SL issues there are too many variables that make it frustrating sometime.  It's like golf, in many ways for me, there is a feeling of being in competition with yourself if that makes any sense.

Ginger: Are there any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Arnie: yeah, stop posting Burt's times lol. Other than that it seems fine. What I like best is finding all these new places to sail. Sometimes I revisit old courses just for fun.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Arnie: I live in SL time. Northern California actually.  I knew nothing about SL until I literally stumbled upon Linden Labs offices here then checked them out online. Wow, what a find I thought.

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Arnie: Was not really a RL sailor until after I started sailing in SL. I do woodworking as a hobby and decided to build a small wooden sailboat in my driveway, was sort of  inspired by the small Trudeau"s in SL.  It took me about three years to finish it, basically its a version of the Leetle Cat. Halfway through I thought that I probably should learn to sail in RL too, so I took lessons and have been sailing on San Francisco Bay for a bit over a year now. And boy you have to learn quick out there.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Arnie: Well, I've sailed a lot of SL boats but keep coming back to my trusty old T1. Its basically my top three boats lol.

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Trudeau One.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Arnie: Since it came out, was love at first sight! I think its the perfect boat.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Arnie: Seems like thats all I do is pratice, lol, even in the middle of a race I will try something just to see what happens.
I forget who said this but to quote, it seems the more I practice the luckier I get.

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?
Arnie: I am bit of a purist, I pretty much always just use what came in the box as they say.  My best tool is the minimap, it shows me what all the real sailors are doing out there lol.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Arnie: Just to thank most of them for taking the time to learn the rules of the road.

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Arnie: Lately the T1 races at NYC on Fridays have been having mini-dance parties after the race. Would be fun if this became standard practice at other races too!

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