We have seen Adele more and more in Hotlaps so why not find out a bit on what makes her enjoy to sail. :)
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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Adele Hegel: A few years ago I had the chance to do a cruise on someone’s boat, it was fun to sail among the other boats, listening to music, sailing around islands. Later on, my friend Anna who owns a Patchogue took me many times with her to wander in the Blake Sea and surrounding waters. I got hooked to that leisurely way to explore SL but my friend was not much online and I missed those relaxing moments. So I started to hang out in harbours, watching boats, and a few weeks later I had bought my own Patchogue. In the beginning I was struggling with sails and winds, trying to sail cruises, but with time, I eventually improved a bit and could catch up with others and the fun increased rapidly.
Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Adele: Hotlaps are great for many reasons, first they are fun and it feels very enjoyable when I could improve my own time or sometime challenge other sailors. They allow me to improve my skills, on a course I could try many tactic options, sailing the lap again and learning my different boats. Each week the new route brings to me different challenges and a good reason to start over (re-) discovering new places at the same time. I can sail when I feel the mood or when I have a bit of time. Also Hotlaps provide the opportunity to meet great and friendly sailors (dare I say some legendary ones hihi) and share with them. In short I would say that Hotlaps taste like regatta without all the constraints of a regatta.
Ginger: Are there any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Adele: At this time I really don’t see what could be improved much, but who knows what new idea Burt will bring in next week…
Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Adele: I live in Europa, CET (or SLT+9)
Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Adele: When I was a teen, I used to go to my uncle’s place for holidays, he was living by a lake and he had a small sloop. We used to cruise regularly and I enjoyed a lot helping to crew and sometimes even handling the tiller. Later I no more had such opportunities as my uncle eventually passed out but I keep great memories of that time. Since then I had the rare occasions to sail a few cruises.
Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Adele: I own many and it is hard to choose only three, though the ones that I sailed the most and that I still enjoy a lot to sail are certainly the Patchogue, the François Jacques and the Bandit IF.
Ginger: We've seen you sailing the Trudeau Patchogue sometime , have you been sailing this boat for a long time?
Adele: The Patchogue was my first boat and I sailed her around all the SL seas, she is easy to sail for learning and for relax cruising but could be a challenge to sail fast, especially in adverse wind conditions.
Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Adele: I like to sail cruises too, especially the LCC and topless sailors, which are well organised, offer a good diversity of routes, and are supported by a great community of sailors. Did I mention they organise parties at the finish place? I also tried to race a few regattas, mainly on the Trudeau One or on the François Jacques.
Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Adele: I did try a few tools but lately I mostly only use the USB HUD and the minimap. To handle my sailing boats I sometimes use the provided HUD though I prefer to use gestures, at least for the most important functions, I am not a big fan of numbers and I often cruise just by watching sails and listening to boat noises, taking time to look at the surroundings rather than keeping my eyes screwed on the boat monitor panels.
Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Adele: How did you beat that time I just set earlier, thinking for sure that it was my best lap ever? hihi
Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Adele: Do keep sailing your boat in Hotlaps, in cruises, or just to wander around, you’ll learn to know her better and it will help a bit when you need to shave those two seconds to take the lead.
I would also like to thank all the Hotlaps Team, who make this possible each week and Burt which made the idea come true in the beginning.
Ginger: Thank you very much for your time for this interview and looking forward to seeing you on the Second Life waters soon. :)