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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Takabou Destiny

Takabou has been sailing in many Hotlaps and I finally got the chance to catch him for an interview :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Takabou Destiny: One of my friend invited me going to start sailing together

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Takabou: I can discover new possibilities for a lot of boat

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Takabou: The spreadsheet is difficult to read.
I think that it is better to be displayed the best record along with the number of laps.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Takabou: Tokyo Japan here, 16 hours earlier than Second Life time.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Takabou: No. I will get seasickness :P

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Takabou: 1, Trudeau One 2, ACA33 3, RCJ44

Ginger: Any particular boat you sail alot you would like to share with us?
Takabou: I often use the Quest M-24.
It is comfortable but nervous.
By the way, I never participated in the race in this yacht

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Takabou: I can not participate in the race to be organized by the Japanese club for the job.
so I am often participate in NYC race and improve my skill.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Takabou: There are no special setting and tools except for the case that everyone is doing already.
when I go sailing I delete cloud to reduce a load.
Because my laptop was too poor spec.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Takabou: Can not be written here too many

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Takabou: I'm not good at English.so I may can't take communication well.
but I am never unfriendly. and only a little shy :)
I always think that want to be most tough racer than fastest racer.
I met a lot of great sailors in my sailing history (eg.Armano,Miwha,and Kei,and Hawk,and Silber,and Auntie Gemma)
They teach me many sailing tips, so I respect them.
I want to be someday like them.

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

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Nala Kristina

Nala is a fellow blogger and a determined Hotlapper so needed to get an interview with her. :)


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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Nala Kristina: I was about 1 week old in sl, when I met someone who took me sailing in her Bandit 60. I’m still not completely sure where we were on the grid, but I was sold and have not really looked back since. I feel lucky that I was introduced to sailing that early in my SL-

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Nala: I like that I can go race whenever I have 30 mins of spare time. At the same time I like to compete against the clock and myself, see if I can improve my time or find new ways to handle the boat I’m sailing.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Nala: After we had the “Hud timer” I really can’t think of anything.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Nala: I’m from Denmark so CET

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Nala: I sailed when I was younger. My parents owned a BB10 ( Keelboat ) and I was always sailing when I was growing up. Optimist, Laser, Tornado, but after moving away from home it’s not that often.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Nala: Nacra 17, OD65 and Flyin shadow are the ones I sail the most, but love cruising in any boat I can get my hands on.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Nala: The Nacra was the one of the first boats I bought, it’s fairly easy to sail even as a noob, and yet even after hours and hours of sailing it I keep finding ways to improve speed. With a little help form the other hotlappers

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Nala: I seem to spend most of my time on the water somehow, I like sailing so yes I do it a lot. I should start racing , and hope that I’ll get the nerve soon

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Nala: I use the USB, Burt’s Compass and my mini map a lot, the new timer is great too-

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Nala: Are we going to have that hotlapper party ?

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Nala: I want to thank the other hotlappers for being who they are. When I showed up for my first lap ever, the first two people I ran into was Ginger and Burt and I felt welcome. The same goes for my fellow hotlappers, always ready to share tips and tricks.. More people like you in the world please.

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

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Kayo Torii

Kayo started our Hotlapper Group called Hotlaps Junkies ;). And has now over 250 laps sailed. Congrats. Wanted to know about her more so here we go...

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
It was a cold winter night and I meet Olivia on the dock. Snow was slowly falling outside and summer was still a dream. In SL, it was a sunny day and she was fighting with her Nacra. We started to speak. Two hours after, I was sailing with my own Nacra. I found that sailing in SL was fun and in some-way realistic.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Kayo Torii: I like to race. When I see another boat I have to race her! Hotlap is a great concept, because you can race when you want, you don’t have to speed up on the road coming back from work, skip your dinner or change your social activities. You do it when you want. But don’t mistake, it is still a community of racers and we all fight for the time! Speaking about the community, I think it is an important part of the hotlap. A group of nice people, it is like a second family.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Kayo: Not really. We already have so much freedom. The hotlap is a playground and you can use it. For instance, we often race between Nacra. I asked Burt if we could put a hay line, but it is a detail. Maybe, it would be nice to have more interactions outside the hotlap. Lolla and Olivia organized a party once and it was very fun. We should do it more !

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Kayo: That’s a complicate question. I am American by adoption and a proud jersey’s girl! It is my home.
I am born in Spain from a Spanish’s mother and Belgian father. I came here to work for my company ten years ago and my life is now here. Before that, I have been working in different places in Europe and South America. So sometimes, I really don't know where I am from :). But does it matter? More I think about it, I have the feeling that the only home I would like to have is the Ocean. Endless, with no borders, no politics, no wars....only freedom and adventure.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Kayo: Yes. I was 5 years old when I started. My father always had a boat. I remember he had a small 18 feet cruiser and each summer we were going to a different place living 3 weeks on board. We went to France, Spain and Italy. These are the greatest memories of my childhood. It is probably one of the reason I love so much the sea. When I started to work I raced with a Tornad, then I bought a first 22 that I kept for more than 10 years. Each week-end, I was sailing and forgetting the world. I sold her to come to the US and bought an Hunter 30. I cannot imagine my life without a sailboat. I cannot imagine the rest of my life if I cannot have this dream of sailing the world. This is our big project for the next coming 5 or 6 years. Safe enough money, buy a 37 feet boat and sail away :)

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Kayo: I like the Nacra. She gives you a lot and she forgives a lot of mistakes. The FS is my second love, the bitchy sister of the Nacra; do one mistake and you will pay cash :) The Bandit 25R is my third choice, I sail her when I want a cool sail or to reckon the lap.
I don’t like big boat in SL such as the OP 60 etc…I don’t feel any sensation; I don’t feel them realistic at all. The Bandit IF is my love and hate. I have to recognize the realism but at the same time it is sometimes annoying in SL

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17,  have you been sailing this boat for long?
Kayo: Since December / January. It is a very good boat when you are alone. The FS in the other hand is more adapted for a crew. Sailing alone and with a crew is a complete different experience and challenge. I encourage you to try both ! With a crew you will need harmony and practice.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Kayo: I do a race time to time. On Friday and Saturday, I may participate to the IF competition. But mostly, I run hotlaps and race against my friends. I obviously hate August so fast with the Bandit and Destiny with the Nacra ^^.
Just kidding of course ! I learned a lot from both of them!
I use as well my boat to go from one place to the other in our estate and avoid the TP.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Kayo: The only good tool is the one you like. I don’t have any specific one. In fact, I am using the standard boat HUD and play with the arrows of the keyboard. It works for me.
Ah…yes…I have sail assistant for navigation. It is very easy to configure and shows your waypoints. Not that I don’t get lost, but it helps :)
My best tool is the map that Lucy is doing each week. Thank you Lucy!

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Kayo: We are sailors, we don’t ask question!

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Kayo: No, but I would like to take the opportunity to thanks Burt and all the team people working behind the scene to make these hotlaps happen week after week. It is a great idea and a great community! Thanks again !

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

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Bev (bevmiller)

I have known Bev since she joined my Shields races last year. Got her for an interview so here is the result :)

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Ginger Henderson:  How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Bev (bevmiller): I saw people sailing and wondered how that worked. A search landed me at the Tradewinds Yacht Club where I found the Fizz. Soon after, I found the Nemo at the Nantucket Yacht Club and the Laser at The Mesh Shop. Early sightseeing was wonderful with these or, more relaxed, with a Bade Babe or Charlz Price.

Ginger: We seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Bev: Beyond the fun sailing, I love meeting people and chatting with the other Hotlappers, seeing a new part of the world every week, and thinking about how the course layout, wind, and current affect the boat.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Bev: The Hotlaps are wonderful the way they are.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Bev: Southern California.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Bev: I learned to sail as a child on Sunfish, dinghys, daysailers and Hobie Cats. I have sailed Shields in rl and simply love Burt's boat here in sl.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Bev: My favorite is the Shields, which is so pretty and handles so much like the real thing. Two further boats are the Laser and the Flying Shadow. I wish the Flying Shadow pointed upwind better, but love its speed on a reach.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Shields, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Bev: I saw in a sailing group conversation that there were free Shields available and got one of the first.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Bev: Most races are too late in the day for me. Ginger had Shields races at 1PM where I learned so much about sl racing, like what is a mini-map? :) I love circumnavigating continents or trying new cruise routes, like the one from Corsica to the Triumphal Yacht Club that Ginger shared recently.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Bev: For the Shields, sail smoothly, keep the speed up at all costs (it is hard to regain), and keep the sails trimmed at all times. Start far from the start line so that you can accelerate and start at the best possible speed. Do not sail too close to the wind immediately after tacking; bear off and accelerate first and then turn closer into the wind. Wing the jib when running, but avoid running directly downwind. Use the Shields Info HUD and see what Christine has to say about this boat in her interview.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Bev: Why do those people stand around on the bottom? :)

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Bev: Happy sailing :)

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

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Lolla Hynes

Lolla has sailed over 250 Hotlaps. Well done. Also her and Olivia hosted them very recently. Had the chance to interview her and here is how it went. :)

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Lolla Hynes :I have always been amazed by the wonderful sailboats resting in the ports from Holland to the south of Spain, either Atlantic side or Mediterranean. I love to stay quiet, looking at them in the silence, just listening their tiny song of halyards and click of sails in the wind.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Lolla: I feel so free when I am racing alone in a hotlap. I am far from all the real ! I could forget anything for a short but so refreshing moment. I also struggle against myself, wanting to improve any time. It is so nice to have the permission to race 24/24h and 7/7d !

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Lolla: I am quite happy with the system as it is . I just would be satisfied if the result of a hotlap was only marked on the sheet after approval of the sailor, because some practices or tests on the turn don’t give any significant result to be inscribed. The best would be a hud counter giving the chrono time at any moment of the race (what do you think Burt, “winks”)

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Lolla: I am Belgian, French speaking, SLT+9

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Lolla: I had the chance to cruise on an old seaboat which ran the America Cup and won a Fastnet with my parent’s friend who is a indeed a very good sailor. It was a great experience

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Lolla: The Nacra is my favorite for its athletic side, funny and easy driving. I like to cruise with Olivia in her new Bandit IF. My looneta is still nice to sail but a bit slow and heavy. I don’t really like too big boats.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Lolla: My “Blue Sea Rooster” is a gift from Olivia and I love it. She wanted me to find a real pleasure with the Nacra and she succeeded pretty well . Now both of us are trying to be better than the other, and each week finds a challenge between us with a real suspense lasting all week until the Saturday . Blue Sea Rooster VS Black Sea Rooster.
She says I am the best but in reality she is the best .

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Lolla: I tried to sail in some clubs but unfortunately the cruises or races are often at bad moments for me.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you you may want to share with others?
Lolla: 2 tools absolutely essential :
- USB hud light 1.3
- Compass V 3.0 made by Burt
I always have next to me the printed map of the hotlap of the week with my own way drawned on it

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Lolla: OMG !!! How can the champions here be sooooooo fast !!! Are their computers or connections so good or am I still so bad !

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Lolla: It would be great to find a moment (or two) in the week (or the month) to meet the other hotlappers, for a chatting moment, sharing experiences, speaking of the last hotlap and why not earing music and dancing.
By the way , Olivia and I have a nice place which could be a fine meeting place …

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