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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Olivia (Liv Tiratzo)

(En français ici)
This week, I had the pleasure to have for my weekly interview Olivia. She has done the interview in French with me translating it in English.

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life get started?
Olivia (Liv Tiratzo): As soon as I started, I realized that it was possible to practice on realistic simulations in Second Life. For my part I am very attracted to water sports and all that is connected with the sea. My first boat (a Lonnetta) therefore allowed me over time to find lots of different seas around Second Life.

Ginger: You participated in many Hotlaps. What do you like about Hotlaps?
Olivia: I have long sought a formula that will allow me to sail with other sailors and participate in races. I stumbled a few weeks ago on a "Hotlaps" and the formula is quite what I wanted. Finally a chance to run at their convenience to measure up to others to improve performance. The picture of real-time ranking is a great thing that allows us to track our progress. So I admit that I became a little addicted, and this is a great happiness every week to discover the new route. A little new in this circuit I want to thank those who have designed and developed this kind of race.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Olivia: For the moment it is difficult for me to answer that question, I just started recently with Hotlaps. Perhaps a greeting for beginners, for I confess "Trapnav, USB, AWA ..." these words are a bit mysterious when you start in the world of racing.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Olivia: I live in France, with winter time I 9 hours more than Second Life time.

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Olivia: I spend my holidays in the south of France and I own a small sailboat that allows me to do some coastal cruising. Hence my desire to prolong here and navigate and think I'm still on vacation. However I have never participated in my real life in sailing competitions. I happened also to sail the catamaran (Hobie Cat 16) in the resorts, I have very good memories.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Olivia: Obviously the boat that I use the most is my Nacra, it is the one who brings me the greatest feeling of freedom and speed. I also have a Loonetta and in participating in Hotlaps I watch a lot of other sailors and boats they use to consider eventually buying another boat. Recently I test myself with the Shields also seems to appreciate it allows to improve and to choose different navigation options of Nacra. By boat free of charge, Burt allows many people to discover and learn to sail, a big thank you to him.

Ginger: We often see you sailing in your the Nacra 17 quite often. You have been sailing with this boat for long?
Olivia: During my fun trips with my Loonetta, I met a sailor friend who introduced me to this catamaran and after crewing with her I immediately wanted to get the boat, I sail with it for about 6 months now.

Ginger: Other than sailing in Hotlaps, do you practice with the sailing often?
Olivia: I became very addicted to Hotlaps, but I always like to sail with my big Bandit 60 to discover other regions, makes me find new friends and share good moments of conviviality with them.

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 week's course like where to start from, where to tack etc?
Olivia: As an aid to navigation, I use the USB that gives me my navigation settings and waypoints this tool is very useful for me not to get lost as I tend to do when I first started.

Ginger: What question would you add to this interview? So we can ask the next interviewed sailor.
Olivia: My question ... how come some go so fast with the same boat as mine, but I already know the answer: persevere and continue to train. But I am taking all the techniques that could improve my race time.

Ginger: Are there any other things you would like to share with others?
Olivia: It can be difficult when you are just starting Second Life, fortunately I happened to have meet great people that help you evolve in this wonderful world. Despite my language barrier (I'm a little French lady who does not speak too much of the Shakespearean language) and my almost pathological shyness.  I'm pretty happy to have given the sailing virus navigation to some friends and modestly they have learned the basics of navigating SL.

Ginger: I thank you very much for your time for this interview and do look forward to seeing you on the waters of Second Life soon. :)

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