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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Wipster Baxter

Wipster was a regular at my Shields races last year.  She also a regular participant in Hotlaps so had to get her to do an interview for us :)

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Wipster Baxter: I think I came by a race one night, it made me curious and I was greeted very warmly by the community. I was sitting on a spot next to someone named Burt (heehee) and we have been friends ever since. He obviously also taught me to sail in SL :-)

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Wipster: Hotlaps help me keep up my sailing skills. Unfortunately real life needs my attention way too much sometimes, and I don't sail for weeks. I then can do some laps to keep me up to it, and I enjoy competing against myself, trying to improve all the time.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Wipster: Not really, I think they're good as is. Perhaps if Burt could create some lag free sims, please? LOL

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
I am from Denmark, not many of us in SL :-)

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Wipster: Yes, I do sail in real life too, that is where my interest for sailing comes from. I do not own a boat by I sail with my family in the weekends during all summer. I even learnt something in SL that I could use in RL sailing, I was soooo exited!

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Wipster: I don't own a lot of boats, but my first boat was the Loonetta which is by far the best made boat I've seen in SL. Only later I found out that it was a fellow Dane who created it, which is a nice co-incidence. Obviously the Shields is another favourite, I think Burt did a great job. But then again, he had great testers :P I recently bought the Nacra 17, which is also very nicely made but I haven't had enough time to sail it yet. I like it for races, it's a fast little lady.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Shields, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Wipster: I do sail the Shields a lot and have been since way before it was released.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Wipster: Not enough, unfortunately.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Wipster: If I am sailing the Shields, I always use the USB HUD Pro, a camera HUD, and a compass I made. If anyone wants a copy of my camera HUD and the compass HUD, feel free to contact me.
If I am sailing anything other than the Shields, I also use Burts' Compass with wind indication, a very helpful tool.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Wipster: How come you are always faster than me? :P

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Wipster: It IS possible to sail in stilettos ! (Burt always mocks me cause I sail in heels and dresses with full make up and perfect hair LOL)

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

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Xena (XenaLake)


Xena is a Race Director at TrYC and she does come in to do some Hotlaps with us as well. Needed to know more on her so here is how it went :)

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Ginger Henderson:  Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
Xena Lake: Before I rezzed in SL I knew I will live in three sims with a lake (from there my second name). A nice group of people that I meet rl. All rl commercial pilots. But I saw a sailboat. Was a Nemo. And I begin to sail from that day.
Discovering the magic of to sail in SL: Nemo is my first love :). Then meet Glida and Nomad was awesome. And then when Glida teach me to race the Nemo are moments that I celebrate. Also Burt help me lol. When I won my first race I dedicated all my hapiness to this special persons.

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Xena: I think Hotlaps is great in all senses. I enjoy when you talk and meet people on the dock, when I rezz the sailboat and then the log on for to start and all the Hotlap. I live these things intensely. Enjoying every moment. In addition, and thanks to the ideas of Burt (who not afraid you to utter the four most dangerous words: I've had an idea) then it is possible to compare the personal performance. And the most important part is for me to see my errors and do it again better. You can not see its racing. Yes at Hotlaps.

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Xena: Hotlaps is great as I said. Just I dont like when I see the message: xxxxx resident bla bla, go and revenge ... . In my lifestyle revenge is not in my vocabulary and I think Hotlaps are for to learn. Why revenge or revenge of what? :)

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Xena: I was born in France and living in Argentina for 23 years. My family decided to come here when I was only five years old. So .... I didn't have many opportunities to choose.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Xena: Yes I do and is a big part of my rl life. I started accompanying my father at my five years and then about ten years later it was time for the "Optimist" and then the "Laser". Here in Argentina there is a sailboat called "Pampero". It has a length of 3.75 m and a sleeve of 1.75 m and the sails of a large boat. I sailed she too. Today I run all the calendar with my crew in two categories with a Holland 30 and an OD 65 Volvo.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Xena: Well as I said Nemo is my first love. Then I enjoy a lot the Shields is a great sailboat and free for all the people at Burt style. I was involved with the development and was fascinating.I think I have a Shields museum in my inventory from version 0.25 till the last. Then depends what I want. For fun all Cybersculpts line is awesome, also for new sailors or new racers. I perform a weekly race at TrYC all Thursdays in this way.
Then for to race AC-62, AC-45, OP-60, Dolphin and many more, Yes all are fast boats ?. As Lampoon says... I begin to think over 20 knots.

Ginger: Any particular boat you sail alot that you would like to share with us?
Xena: I think the AC-62 is great for Hotlaps and for to race too. I like it so much and I try to learn more and more all days. I sail she from more than 3 years.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Xena: Yes all days, just not Sundays when I dont come in world for rl races. As Triumphal YC RD I sail the courses before the races as I was do in other YC too. I think an RD have to know what is better for the racers and give a complete weather info before start. Then I practice is a Sansara area, in a Corsica area (Weather is more rought) and I race at FIYC on Fridays and TrYC on Saturdays(When I can). I do Topless Sailors & Topless Cruisers. And when I can RSYC too. Also I can cruise alone as some days ago doing from Blake to Gaeta in a Minnow reborn and was awesome.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Xena: When I sail I just use the Mini Map and USB or any speedometer. For to race I use TrapNav (my fav so far). Gestures obviously but not for cruise.

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Xena: This is a nice question. Why we cant have one and only calendar of events?. I am young in SL and rl but old sailors here can do this possible?. Would be nice.

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Xena: I say all time I sail for fun. SL must be happy. Is nice to win but is better to learn. Is great to help one each other and make a better community all days. My experience from rl is there. Here in SL is different. Is my simple idea about sailing here. Thank you Ginger for all you do for the sailing in SL (We know is not this only ?).

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

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Caoilin Galthie

Had the opportunity to have Caoilin for an interview :). She has been sailing in many Hotlaps. Lets find out more about her.

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Ginger Henderson: How did your interest with sailing in Second Life begin?
Caoilin Galthie: I was in Second Life for several years when a friend introduced me to the Blake Sea, and I immediately fell in love with it. I have always loved the ocean, and living far from the ocean in real life, I found it a way to get my ocean fix. I tried a few freebie power boats, but then came across sailboats and got hooked. At first I taught myself the basics of sailing with the Nemo and the Becky's BWind boat, and had fun exploring and seeing how all the water areas connect together. However I was getting bored with just sailing around and was looking for something new to do, which is when I came across the Hotlaps group.

Ginger: We  have seen you sail in many Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Caoilin: I enjoy the sense of community that I find, especially when many of us are online at the same time on the weekends and trying out a new course. I find that everyone is friendly, and while there is competition, I have found it to be relaxed and friendly. I am not a very competitive person, so I like the more relaxed atmosphere in the Hotlaps group where I can either try to simply beat my own times, or see how I place against others in the same boat type. I have done some races, but have not really liked that type of sailing. I also like that I can do laps when it fits my schedule. My real life is pretty busy, so being able to come in and do laps when I have some free time works well for me. I am also enjoying discovering new areas that I have never been to before. I also find that it really helps me to sharpen my skills and think about how to approach a course with the given wind.

Ginger: Are there any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Caoilin: I like it the way it is, and the variety of courses that we do week after week.
One idea I have is that we implement some sort of mentoring program. It doesn't have to be anything too formal, but a way to both teach new people how to do Hotlaps and a way for members who want to improve their skills or learn a new boat type to benefit from the great pool of experience we have in this group.
For example, every now and then I come across someone at the dock who is new and is curious about how it works. I also see new names show up in the spreadsheets but they seem to have poor times and then never show up again, so I assume they either didn’t like it, or got frustrated and went away. I have taken a few people along with me as passengers to show them how it works, so I would like to identify group members who would be interested in taking newcomers along with them, or be willing to help those who want to improve their skills or try a new boat type. What I have found to be the most helpful in improving my own skills has been to ride along with members who are more experienced, especially in a boat type I am interested in, to see how they handle the boat and how they plan out their course.
Another idea I have is to create group roles for those who reach the milestones such as 250 laps sailed and so forth, so they can wear a tag to celebrate their accomplishments.

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Caoilin: I am in the United States, in a landlocked state in the West, so sadly no where near an ocean. This means I use Second Life for my ocean fix.

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Caoilin: Sadly I don't. The only sailing in my area is on lakes. I took some lessons years ago BC (Before Children), but my experiences with sailing in Second Life have gotten me thinking about finding sailing lessons for my family next Summer. I am also a private pilot in real life and what made a lot of sense to me when learning to sail was to compare the sail to the wing of an airplane and to think about angles of attack for the sail, just like a wing.

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Caoilin: Hmm, only 3? I have been sailing with the Nacra a lot, and have been learning the Laser as well. For cruising I usually use the Ushuaia. I like the animations and poses and the handling on the Ushuaia and it has lots of room to bring friends along and then just drop anchor and hang out. I like the Nacra, because it is pretty easy to learn the basics, but offers the ability to always improve. I have been enjoying the tell tale version of the Laser lately, learning how to set the sails according the the state of the sails rather than chasing the color of the hud or the numerical angle of the sail. This seems to fit my way of sailing better. So look out Mike and Peter, I might break down and buy a 12M and give you guys a run for your money on the longer courses! I also have my eye on the Windwind boats.

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Nacra 17, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Caoilin: I have been sailing the Nacra quite a bit, but have been trying other boats, specifically the Laser. When I came across Hotlaps in the Spring I was still using the Becky's BWind boat regularly and didn't know much about what else was out there. I saw what others were using and what looked like fun and tried demos when they have been available before buying. I find that I like the smaller and faster boats.

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Caoilin: I don't do any other races or cruises. Unfortunately they always seem to be scheduled for when I am at work or have other real life commitments. Other than Hotlaps I like to cruise around and explore and try to entice friends to come and sail with me. I have been enjoying revisiting areas we have had courses in and seeing them as a familiar place now.

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Caoilin: Mainly I use the mini map and the USB HUD, but sometimes take that off once I learn a course. I also use Burt's compass HUD and have found that to be very useful. Definitely worth the 100 lindens to buy one! (You are welcome Burt!)

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Caoilin: How do you go so fast? I feel like when I have gotten the most that I can out of a specific boat type I am amazed at how others seem to go so much faster!

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Caoilin: It has been a lot of fun for me, and I look forward to seeing what new courses we have each week.

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

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Hotlapper of The Week - Shau (ShauIa)

Was able to get Shau to do an interview for us for this week :) Here is how it went...

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Ginger Henderson: Your interest with sailing in Second Life, how did it begin?
ShauIa: I started sailing 2 years ago when I found a small 3 sims resort, with some island and sailing water, I liked it so much I bought my first boat the Bandit 25R and set my home there from now

Ginger: We seen you sail in some Hotlaps. What do you enjoy about them?
Shau: Freedom maybe is the answer, no matter when you log or which boat you like to sail, hotlaps is always open. Also think it is the best way to learn sailing in a friendly environment, watching what the experts sailors are doing and visiting each week a new place is making it an enriching experience

Ginger: Any changes you would like to see with Hotlaps?
Shau: I cant think of any changes I would do. it is working perfect for me the way it is now

Ginger: What part of the Real Life world are you from?
Shau: I am from Spain, SLT+9

Ginger: Do you sail also in your Real Life as well?
Shau: No, I never sailed in RL before but after trying it in SL I would like to start sailing in RL also

Ginger: What are your top 3 favourite sailboats in Second Life?
Shau: As you can see the boat I like the best is my Bandit 25R, it was the first boat I had and the one that I always sail, I like also the Nacra 17 the Shields and the Q24. I didn't tried to sail big boats yet, this is the next challenge I have

Ginger: We've seen you sailing mostly the Bandit 25R, have you been sailing this boat for long?
Shau: As I said, the Bandit 25R was my first boat two years ago and I didn't stop sailing it, it is the one I feel more confident

Ginger: Besides Hotlaps, do you practice with sailing often?
Shau: I used to sail often but just sailing around, hard to join a race or cruise because my RL time, then August told me about hotlaps and he introduced me, I never can be grateful enough to him for showing me. I liked them from first day and now I mostly spend my time sailing them :)

Ginger: When sailing, do you use any tools or settings to help you that you may want to share with others?
Shau: I always use the USB and the minimap open, now also the Timer Burt build, I think it is a great help to see how you doing during the lap

Ginger: What question would you like to ask other sailors out there?
Shau: How do you manage to make it look so easy smooth and fast???

Ginger: Is there anything else you would like to share with others?
Shau: I would like to congratulate the Hotlaps Team for the great work they make and thanks everyone for that friendly environment we all can enjoy and improve at each week

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