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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Viv (Vivipezz)

We have seen Viv doing lots of Hotlaps as well as some great times on sailing some of her boats so had to get her to do an interview :)

We love that you are hotlapping with us!

Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Viv (Vivipezz): Well, I did not find out about sailing in SL right away… I think it was maybe 6-8 months after I first rezzed that that guy who was hitting on me started talking about SL sailing and so he asked me to go on a cruise with him. So I followed him, curious as to what was in store. He had the ugliest pontoon boat (giggles) made of raw logs and sporting a rag of a sail, but it sailed pretty well, and we went about for a while, along the coast of unknown places. It was an eye-opener for me. I was not that active in SL then, logging every now and then, trying to figure out this new world, but this.. wow!
So I went on trying and testing every boats I could for a while, getting some advice from people like you, Ginger, as I met them at YCs.
Then I tried the Trudeau's and I was hooked. My first purchase was the Hepcat.

Ginger: We  have seen you sail in numerous Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Viv: Hard to be original here after all my predecessors have said already in here. I enjoy the friendly competition, more an sound emulation than competition actually, I enjoy the fact that it is open 24/7, and that we can sail whatever boat (or vehicle) we like.
What pleases me most though is the weekly novelty. The Hotlaps Team makes an absolutely outstanding job in renewing the format each week with the cleverly designed courses, the gorgeous locations, and the little tricks and challenges. That is what makes it click for me.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Viv: I dunno. The formula works pretty well for me as it is. Maybe more extreme winds… We had the 25 kts week (which I personally enjoyed quite a bit), why not a 11 kts week too, on a small and twisty course…

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Viv: I live in Toronto, that is SLT+3 time-zone, i.e. USA/Canada east coast.

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Viv: I used to. And I loved it. That is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much in SL: it provides me a way to sail again.
I started at the tender age of 5 on a cruise with my parents, and I went on learning on Optimist and then Laser. I also sailed Hobby Cats whenever i could as it was the most lively boat back then. I did some competition in College on J22 and J24. It was great fun to skip while 3-4 guys were at my orders to trim the sails (smiles). I also had the chance to charter bigger boats, 40, 45 and even 50 footers. Basically, all my vacations used to be sailing. Then I moved to France, I worked, travelled, and sailed less but that is another story.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Viv: I love my cats. First, the Hepcat, which was my first boat in SL and which I used to explore the grid extensively.
Then, the Nacra17, which I love to race. It has been and still is a common and popular boat, so it is always interesting to race her.
Lately, I have grown a certain fondness for the AC45. She is a bit of a pain to start with, not providing the best of feedback right away, but once you get to grip with the flaps and the foiling, she is pure adrenaline!
I enjoy sailing the Trudeau's too, but in more leisurely fashion… well, except for the occasional 12m  or T-1 regattas (smiles)

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17. Been sailing this boat for long?
Viv: Yes, I started sailing her for races at NYC, and logged a lot of hours sailing her. I keep learning new tricks to make little gains here and there, especially going downwind…

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Viv: Yes, sailing is my #1 activity in SL. I work as RD for NYC and now with FIYC too.
When not racing, I love to go out on the SL seas, listening to the noises of the sails, the waves, the seagulls, it is very soothing after the harshness of modern city life.

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?
Viv: I try to keep it as simple as possible. I tried different Nav tools (USB, Trapnav), but then when you start relying on the tools and their scripts collapse, what do you do? So, I prefer to use just the ‘minimap’ as my tool of choice, and I keep a copy of the course chart handy, and occasionally call the main map.
One thing I use extensively are gestures. I have got a set for each boat, trying to keep them with the same logic across the various boats: gestures to reel the sheets in and out (+1, +5, +10, +30 increments, no absolutes), gestures to hike (1 step or all the way across deck), gestures to set sails up and down, and that’s  about it.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Viv: Here is what I’d ask: What is your favourite Hotlaps course so far and why?

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Viv: I’d like to thanks all the Hotlaps Team for the great job done. 
And also, be thankful for all the advice I received all these months sailing around SL. 
I do my best reciprocating and sharing what I've learned too.  
Let us keep this sailing fun for all.
Cheers & Bon Vent!!

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


  1. Love reading the weekly interview! Getting to know my fellow sailors a little better, Thanks girls.
    i like that idea about a slow lap. and the extra questing about our favorite course.
    Should give Hottie and crew something to work with!

  2. Viv's enthusiasm for sailing has been apparent for as long as i have known her as a racer and hotlapper. I hope that there are many others who enjoy SL sailing so much. I'm sure Viv would be happy to help anyone improve at sailing the boats she loves.

  3. Another good interview, thank you. I especially appreciate Viv's comments on the Hotlaps spreadsheet, she shows us all that even the most expert sailors strive for excellence yet have difficulties. :)

  4. Yet another great post Ginger and Viv. The " How did you learn about sailing" part is so like mine :) and watching Viv sail is an inspiration. Keep up the great work, both of you :)

  5. Thank y'all for the kind comments, it is much appreciated ;)
    See you on the SL waters !