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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Lucy (LucyInTheSky Afarensis)

I have known Lucy since I started sailing and always wanted to know more about her. She is also one of our Hotlaps crew :)

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
LucyInTheSky Afarensis: I was randomly searching in marketplace and found the Elyd 50. Take a copy found a place were I could test it, and loved the feeling.
Then started to search for nautical related places inworld, found Tradewinds Yacht Club were I could take copies of other boats like BBK BWind and Flying Fizz, tested all them, read all documents in TYC's website, followed the Shelly Fizz races by Liv, who gave me many lessons too. Became more and more involved and now I am rarely involved in any other thing besides sailing.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Lucy: LOL. In the line at side of the docks in TYC there are some hotlaps too. I started to run them and compare my times with others with same boat - https://sites.google.com/site/tradewindsyc/fun-laps (Today the spreadsheet is empty but used to have all times there at the time). I ever like to compete with myself, trying to improve my times.

Ginger: Do you have any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Lucy: Nothing that I can think now, they are near perfect as are now :-)

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Lucy: GMT-3 (Brazil), GMT-2 during south hemisfere summer

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Lucy: Used to, sailing a snipe in a water reservoir near home or with friends in Santos visiting nearby islands in Ocean.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Lucy: Realy hard to say. Love my M-24, Rene Marine boats, Trudeaus

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Quest M-24.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Lucy: In fact I was late for this boat. I bought it to join Orca's World Tour near the end of the program, than joined the Topless Tuesdays in TrYC (M-24 and Patch). She is a fast and easy boat to sail and smooth in region crossings, I do miss races with this boat.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Lucy: Because RL has being bad with me I havent much but yes, I used to practice much in Gulf of Moles and in other YCs lines.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that 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?
Lucy: I think just the normal things as anyone, use to test my preferred boats to find the best angle when up or downwind, but nothing really serious.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Lucy: What do you think is the best aspect of hotlaps? (my answer, the opportunity to practice at the same time I can compare my times with others and my own previous laps, and doing this with new courses each week without repeating the same courses over and over as was in TYC's Fun Laps or in Jane's Hotlaps 2013)

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Lucy: Many thanks to Burt and Hotlaps staf for your great work. Burt shared with me what he was thinking much before hotlaps were first launched, many ideas and changes during the development, when other take the duty to keep it alive.
Yep, thank you all that keep the great event for us.

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

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Alex (ramuf)

Alex is still new to sailing but I've seen him in a lot of Hotlaps and wanted to know about his passion for sailing :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Alex (ramuf): It was not long ago (Maybe 4 months ago). I was exploring SL, and I happen to land at a Yatch Club (Sorry I don't remember which one) that had the free Nemo. I thought it would be interesting to try sailing on SL so I got a free Nemo for myself.
Since then, I got addicted to sailing and never stopped.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Alex: I love the other hotlappers and I love to be able to compete and practice whenever I want/can in a friendly way.
I like to sometimes just stand at the rez area, and watch how others sail. I've learned a lot just by watching the other great sailors.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Alex: Burt won't like me, and I don't know if it's possible, but I would love to have some kind of split times at some strategical points or at the markers.
You could compare your split time with other sailors and understand where you are losing time to others.

Ginger: What time-zone in Real Life are you from?
Alex: I live in Portugal. GMT (SLT+8)

Ginger: Do you sail in Real Life as well? (But we understand if you say 'none of your business' ;))
Alex: I never sailed in RL but sailing in SL made me want to try it in RL. I'm taking sailing lessons in RL this summer.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favorite sailboats in Second Life?
Alex: I don't have many boats. I have the Nemo, the Shields, the Bandit 25R and the Bandit IF.

Ginger: We seen you sailing mostly the Bandit IF.  Been sailing this boat for long?
Alex: I started sailing the Bandit IF, 4 weeks ago. I sailed the Bandit 25R for the longest time, but I needed a boat that would be more challenging. That's when I got the stubborn IF :P

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing a lot?
Alex: These last 3 weeks I have sailed a lot. Basically, it's all I do on SL and that's what keeps me logging in again and again. I do all the races that I can, and I have been practicing some specific courses for the F3 series.

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?
Alex: I use the most know tools available - USB, Burt's Compass and the minimap
I sail a lot by intuition. I don't look at AWA, I just keep my eyes on the sails and on the boat's speed.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Alex: Red or white wine? :P

Ginger: Any other things you would like to share with others?
Alex: Just be nice to everybody and enjoy this world as much as you can.

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

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 :)

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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.  :)

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 :)

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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.  :)