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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Claire (Atomic Infinity)

This week I had the pleasure to interview Claire for the weekly Hotlapper of the Week series.

We love that you are hotlapping with us!

Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Claire (Atomic Infinity): I think I saw a Tako race taking place while I was SL skydiving, as you do ;-) Looked like fun and the boat was free so I had a few goes. Also a friend had a Trudeau Tahiti Ketch which we used to go on little cruises. Then I had some time away from SL and when I came back I saw some great looking boats, got a Fizz and Beachcat to play with, and started crewing in Flying Shadow races.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Claire:  Lots of things! I have done a few organised races but I was forever suffering lag when sailing in a group. Even if doing well I would often watch the field sail on by me as I floundered in The Whirpool of Lag. With Hotlaps there are rarely more than a few boats at a time so I get a lot less lag and enjoy the sail a lot more :-) Then you get to try the same course many times, take new angles and tactics, or tack in different places to get faster. It's interesting to see the differences in performance of each boat depending on the course. The courses are interesting and take us to places we might never see, I loved the volcano one a few weeks back. And of course, Hotlappers are a great bunch of people :-)

Ginger: Do you have any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Claire: Hmm I can't think of much at the moment, its a great format already!
If you could get LL to do seamless sim crossings that would be nice though ;-)
And a purple startline would be lovely.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Claire: GMT, which I think is SLT+8

Ginger:  Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Claire:  I started RL sailing in the time I was away from SL, and have sailed single and double handed dinghies in club racing. Plus once a year some friends and I hire a yacht for a few days holiday on inland lakes/waterways, we aren't ready to go out to sea just yet though being rather newbies.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Claire:  I don't have many boats just yet, but number 1 is the Flying Shadow, it's so engaging and keeps me on my toes. When a course includes plenty of foiling time, the FS is awesome :-) Then it's the Bandit IF, such a real feeling boat with all its weather helm effects etc. Then it would be the Beachcat, which is what I sailed the most when I came back to SL.

Ginger:  You seem to be sailing mostly the Flying Shadow.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Claire: I think it was January when I got it, after crewing a few times in races, mostly I sail it solo but have done a few laps with crew too. It talks to me a lot, but all it says is 'DANGER' as I often have it on the edge of capsize!
It goes faster now that I made it purple ;-)

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Claire: At the moment most of my sailing is at Hotlaps. Sometimes I will go for a random sail somewhere else but its not really practice as I just cruise along.

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?
Claire: I use the USB navigation thingy for route. I also use the compass gadget that Burt made, it helps me set the boat at a good angle to the wind and helps me decide when and where to use gennaker/spinnaker. It's about as close as I can get in SL to feeling the wind on my face like I can in RL sailing. I don't really watch angle readouts on the boat, I watch the colour of the panels red/yellow/green/blue, listen for sail flap and watch the telltales, and adjust as I go. Even when the panel is green I am often still tinkering with it to see if I can go a bit faster.

Ginger: What question would you want added to this interview? So we can ask the next sailor for you.
Claire: Wanna crew my Flying Shadow? :D

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Claire:  I like purple. Maybe you have noticed ;-)

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


  1. nice interview!
    Have a friend that makes everything pink should i introduce you 2? ^_^