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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Sunny (sunnysin Clary)

Sunny is part of our current Hotlaps crew :). She also hosted them once as well.
So got a chance to force her to do this interview lol

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life get started?
Sunny (sunnysin Clary): I saw once after a 7seas fishing contest that people race there sailing boats around the Blake Sea and then I though wow that could be fun.

Ginger: We have seen you sailing in many Hotlaps. What do you like about them?
Sunny: A great thing about it is that you can explore an area during a full week. You meet around the start line nice people with who you can chat with as well. It's a challenge to better your time with different boats on the course.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Sunny: I personally prefers the short courses like the ones which we have sailed with the laser One at the TYC a year ago.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Sunny: GMT +1

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Sunny: I live on the coast and I should do it, I will work for it.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Sunny: Bandit IF and the RM30 but my mood can switch and then I fall in love with a other boat over weeks.

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the RM30.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Sunny: It was release last summer and I got it since then, but it will need some time before I it is pleasing me.
It s fast and has a good engine so you can sail it real straight and it lays fine in the wind.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Sunny: These days I move mostly with the Hotlaps caravan to explore new areas, yeep I sail a lot-)

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?
Sunny: I never sail without the Compass with (WWC) Wind indicator, one of Burt s goodies, it  helps to make sailing much more easy.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Sunny: Where have you visited the Hotlaps for the first time?

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Sunny: Never give up to make the fastest Hotlaps round with the boat that you enjoy.

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


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Arnie Soup

For this weeks Hotlapper of The Week, I was very happy to have a chance to get hold of Arnie for an interview.


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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Arnie Soup: I feel fortunate to have discovered sailing soon after I started using SL. I was randomly popping around like most newbies and happened to land at NYC.  Two people in a small boat went screaming past, I flew around and saw buoys out in the water, thats all it took really, I was hooked.  the friendly folk at NYC, people like Gemma and Hawk showed me the ropes and I haven't stopped since.

Ginger: We have seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Arnie: Its you against the course primarily. I enjoy racing but because of SL issues there are too many variables that make it frustrating sometime.  It's like golf, in many ways for me, there is a feeling of being in competition with yourself if that makes any sense.

Ginger: Are there any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Arnie: yeah, stop posting Burt's times lol. Other than that it seems fine. What I like best is finding all these new places to sail. Sometimes I revisit old courses just for fun.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Arnie: I live in SL time. Northern California actually.  I knew nothing about SL until I literally stumbled upon Linden Labs offices here then checked them out online. Wow, what a find I thought.

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Arnie: Was not really a RL sailor until after I started sailing in SL. I do woodworking as a hobby and decided to build a small wooden sailboat in my driveway, was sort of  inspired by the small Trudeau"s in SL.  It took me about three years to finish it, basically its a version of the Leetle Cat. Halfway through I thought that I probably should learn to sail in RL too, so I took lessons and have been sailing on San Francisco Bay for a bit over a year now. And boy you have to learn quick out there.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Arnie: Well, I've sailed a lot of SL boats but keep coming back to my trusty old T1. Its basically my top three boats lol.

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Trudeau One.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Arnie: Since it came out, was love at first sight! I think its the perfect boat.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Arnie: Seems like thats all I do is pratice, lol, even in the middle of a race I will try something just to see what happens.
I forget who said this but to quote, it seems the more I practice the luckier I get.

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?
Arnie: I am bit of a purist, I pretty much always just use what came in the box as they say.  My best tool is the minimap, it shows me what all the real sailors are doing out there lol.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Arnie: Just to thank most of them for taking the time to learn the rules of the road.

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Arnie: Lately the T1 races at NYC on Fridays have been having mini-dance parties after the race. Would be fun if this became standard practice at other races too!

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


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. :)


Hotlapper de la Semaine - Olivia (Liv Tiratzo)

(In English here) 
Cette semaine, j'ai eu le plaisir d'avoir pour mon entrevue hebdomadaire Olivia. Elle a fait l'entrevue en français avec moi  et ensuite je l'ai traduit en anglais.

Nous aimons que tu fasse du 'hotlapping' avec nous!


Ginger Henderson: Comment ton intérêt au bateau a voile dans Second Life a t-il commencé?
Olivia (Liv Tiratzo): Dès mes débuts je  me suis aperçue qu’il était possible de pratiquer sur second life  des simulations réalistes. Pour ma part je suis très attirée par les activités nautiques et tout ce qui se rattache à la mer. Mon premier bateau (un Lonnetta) m’a donc permis au fil du vent de découvrir plein de régions différentes sur les mers de Second Life.

Ginger: Tu participe beaucoup au Hotlaps. Qu'est-ce que tu aime à propos des Hotlaps?
Olivia: J’ai cherché longtemps une formule qui me permettra  de naviguer avec d’autres marins et de participer à des courses. Je suis tombée par hasard il y a quelques semaines sur un « Hotlaps » et la formule est tout à fait ce que je recherche. Enfin une possibilité de courir à sa convenance de se mesurer à d’autres, d’améliorer ses performances. Le tableau de classement en temps réel est un truc génial qui nous permet de suivre notre progression. Du coup j’avoue que je suis devenue un peu accro, et c’est un grand bonheur chaque semaine de découvrir le nouveau parcours.  Un peu nouvelle dans ce circuit je tiens à remercier ici ceux qui ont imaginé et développé ce genre de course, je pense à vous deux  Burt et à toi Ginger qui animez les Hotlaps.

Ginger: As tu des changements que tu aimerais voir avec Hotlaps?
Olivia: Pour le moment il m’est difficile de répondre à cette question, je pratique depuis peu les Hotlaps. Peut-être une formule d’accueil pour les débutants, car j’avoue « Trapnav, USB, AWA… » ces mots sont un peu mystérieux  quand tu débutes dans le monde de la courses.

Ginger: Quel fuseau horaire est tu?
Olivia: Je vis en France,  avec l’heure d’hiver j’ai 9h de plus sur l'heure de Second Life

Ginger: As tu naviguez dans la vraie vie aussi? (Mais nous comprenons si tu dit «pas de vos affaires ';))
Olivia: Je passe mes vacances dans le sud de la France et je possède un petit bateau à voiles qui me permet de faire de la croisière côtière. D’où mon envie de prolonger ici et de naviguer , ainsi penser que je suis toujours en vacances.  Toutefois je n’ai jamais participée dans ma vie réelle à des compétitions de voile.  Il m’est arrivé aussi  fait de faire du catamaran (hobie cat 16) dans des clubs de vacances, j’en garde un très bons souvenirs.

Ginger: Quels sont tes 3 voiliers préférés dans Second Life?
Olivia: De toute évidence le voilier que j’utilise le plus est mon Nacra, c’est lui qui m’apporte le plus de sensations de liberté et de vitesse. J’ai aussi un Loonetta  et en participant aux Hotlaps je regarde beaucoup les autres marins et les navires qu’ils utilisent pour envisager par la suite l’achat d’un autre bateau. Depuis peu je me teste avec le Shields  que certains semble aussi apprécier, il permet de se perfectionner  et de choisir des options de navigations différentes du Nacra. En mettant ce bateau gratuitement à disposition, Burt permet à beaucoup de monde de découvrir et de s’initier à la voile, un grand merci à lui.

Ginger: En te vois souvent avec le Nacra 17. Tu navigue ce bateau depuis longtemps?
Olivia: Au cours de mes balades avec mon Loonetta,  j’ai rencontré une amie navigatrice qui m’a fait découvrir ce catamaran et après quelques bords j’ai tout de suite flashée pour ce bateau, je navigue avec lui depuis environ 6 mois.

Ginger: Outre Hotlaps, pratique tu avec les bateau a voile souvent?
Olivia: Je suis devenue très addicte aux hotlaps, mais j’apprécie toujours de naviguer  avec mon gros Bandit 60 pour découvrir d’autres régions, me poser retrouver d’autres ami(e)s, et partager de bon moments de convivialité avec eux.

Ginger: En navigation, utilise-tu des outils ou des paramètres pour t'aider que tu veut partager avec d'autres? Des choses telles que votre AWA préféré sur des positions différentes et les choix tactiques sur cette semaines de cours comme par où commencer etc?
Olivia: Comme aide à la navigation, j’utilise l’USB qui me donne mes paramètres de navigation et les points de passage  cet outil m’est très utile pour ne pas m’égarer comme j’avais tendance à le faire à mes débuts.

Ginger: Quelle question voudriez-vous ajouter à cette interview? Donc, nous pouvons demander au prochain marin pour vous.
Olivia: Ma question… savoir comment certains vont aussi vite avec le même bateau que le miens, mais je connais déjà la réponse : persévérer et continuer à s’entrainer. Mais je suis preneuse de toutes les techniques qui pourraient améliorer mes temps de parcours.

Ginger: Y a t-il d'autres choses que vous aimeriez partager avec les autres?
Olivia: Les débuts sur Second Life sont souvent difficiles, heureusement il arrive de faire de belles rencontres qui vous aident à évoluer dans ce monde merveilleux. Malgré pour moi la barrière de la langue (je suis une petite française qui parle pas trop la langue de Shakespeare)  et ma timidité presque maladive.. Je suis assez contente  d’avoir donné le virus de la navigation à voiles à quelques amies et modestement  leur avoir appris les rudiments de la navigation sur SL.

Ginger: Je te remercie beaucoup pour ton temps pour cette interview et nous avons hâte de te voir sur les eaux de Second Life bientôt. :)


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Nozomi (nozomimi Karu)

This week for our Hotlapper of The Week, I interviewed Nozomi with some help from SachBee translating for me and Nozomi :). Thank you very much SachBee for making this possible.

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Nozomi (nozomimi Karu): Seeing my friends who were sailing,  I got interested in sailboats.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Nozomi: It is to be able to sail a lot of laps with many sailboats.  It's fun in a very exciting way for me.

Ginger: Do you have any changes you would like to do with Hotlaps?
Nozomi: Remain as it is now, I have been very satisfied.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Nozomi:  Japan here, 16 hours earlier than Second Life time.

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Nozomi: In RL, I'm not good at sports, even riding a bicycle lol.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Nozomi: 1, Trudeau 12M  2, ACA33    3, Shields

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Trudeau 12M.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Nozomi: Yeah. I bought 12M on the day of she was released. On the maiden voyage of my 12M, it was very fun, I forgot to spend time RL, I was sailing through the night.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Nozomi: Yes, I am participating in races at Waypoint Yacht Club every week.

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 etc?
Nozomi: I am using the USB-HUD. When I sail, I strategize without thinking too much. I go with intuition.

Ginger: What question would you want added to this interview? So we can ask the next sailor for you.
Nozimi: I don't have question that I want to add to this interview.
I want to hear why everyone is sailing very fast.

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Nozimi: I can speak English a little. I feel that it is rude to everyone that I have trouble communicating in English. I apologize to you about this. I love sailing in the same way as everyone. From now, I want to enjoy sailing along with a lot of people.

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


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.


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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.  :)