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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 :)

We love that you are hotlapping with us!

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.  :)


  1. August is a modest man, but you can always ask him if you have doubts on how to do the course or how to get things just right with your trim.. and he is a great guy :) .. Thank you uGinger for another great post and August for helping me out when i needed it - Nala

  2. Thanks for the insights...
    With August, we go a long way, challenging each other as to whom will be faster, trying whichever boat provides that extra speed.
    The hot laps give us the opportunity to sail the AC62 competitively in a fun and friendly manner.. it has given us some memorable bits, like the one at Madaket and its deadly last turn !

  3. Oh yes!!!!I remember one time
    I ended up on the bow of the red Nantucket light ship lol

  4. Thanks for the nice interview! :) I'm interested in what timer you use, is it in SL OR RL? If the former, can you say what it is?


      This one :)