Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What about the sailors?

Everybody seems overly concerned that sailing will die. I am pretty sure that won't ever happen. Not in SL. Not in RL. Nevertheless, here's an interesting piece from the hand of Jonas Høgh-Christensen. It's about how we develop sailing into a sport for TV - or - how we consider what we the sailors like to do.
Dreaming of summer
To put it differently: Should sailing develop into something worth watching for non-sailors or should it first and foremost develop into something that the sailors like to be part of?

Good food for thought as I lay here, - anchored somewhere south of the Blake Sea.

Me, I think it's gone to far with both the AC boats and to some degree the flying Nacra. Obviously, I reckognize the Nacra as a true athletes boat. By all means go sail it; However, some people promote changes in sailing that will favour only sailors of certain specifik physics. Like 185 and a narrow spectrum of weight. That seems unneccessary. To me it makes sense to widen our sport, not narrow it down to a few induhviduals.

No, I don't look forward to Olympics with only one type of sailors in super-athletic boats. I'd like to see several kinds of sailing, including the Finn, the Soling and other classics. They are all physically demanding, but let's not forget the tactics and all that! It might be hard to capture on TV, but it remains nonetheless the most interesting part of our sport.

Read it all over at Sailing Anarchy: Link

What's your take on it?

Friday, March 2, 2018

It's still there...

I've been busy elsewhere, but now that King Winter has my RL in a firm and frozen grip, it's time to check out those sweet virtual waters again. Yes, it's been a while, but... It's still there. 
SL lives on and so does Tradewinds YC. I logged in, rezzed my lovely Ushuaia, and within two minutes another boat passed by. Some things have changed a bit. Ahab has moved his office, and the pier layout is a bit different, but apart from that not much happened.
Enjoying the sunrise
I went sailing and I even met a few ppl from back in the days. One of which told me about an upcoming series of events at Tradewinds. Sailboat events that is. Racing. I better pop in a bit more often to check it out. Right now it's way too cold to go sailing in RL. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

In the drafts folder of my blog I found this... It's a lil late but never mind... I'll just click the post button anyway.
Christmas at TYC
Christmas is always nice and warm in SL. I suppose it's kinda like in Australia. I wonder what it's like to wake up after a night-sail and yell: Hey! It's Christmas morning, - let's drop the anchor and go swimming! Can't be that bad...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Building charts

There's a great writeup about the practicalities involved in building an accurate (sort of)  world wide navigational chart over on the Steam Community. It's about the charts in SailAway.
Picture from the process

If you dunno what SailAway is, the do yourself a favour and google it. It's truly amazing. Anyway, the creator of SailAway explains the tech stuff so even humans can understand; Perhaps except for the json-stuff, but I'll add a few words here.

Way back in time, they stored data in a way that took up as little space as possible. On top of that it was fast to read, write and computer those data. Then someone invented XML, and the need for harddrive space and CPU power exploded, because XML makes data grow by a factor of ten - plus it takes loads of CPU to decode and transform into computable data. These days it seems JSON is taking over. Not much is different. If they store the oceans of the world in JSON then no wonder it's a huge database.

Read the whole thing here!

SailAway is a huge and fabulous project. I can't really decide if I like it better than SL; But they  don't really compare. SL sailing is so much more than SailAway, and yet in some ways it is so much less. Strawberry or vanilla?  Hmm...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Clarisse in the Transat

Pretty interesting... A rather new sailor with relatively little experience, Clarisse Cremér, seems do be doing extremely well in the mini transat. She is close to the leading boats, but that's not all. She is sailing a standardboat and still she is ahead of many of the one-offs; Those are the ones with foils, kanting keels and magic wands...
Clarisse en route

It's almost like having a rookie in a Citroen C3 beat a Porshe on a racetrack.

Check it out on InterestingSailboats. Check the leaderboard on the MiniTransat site.

I totally agree with Paulo over at InterestingSailboats. If this is what she can do now - it's gonna be very interesting to watch her in the future, when she gains more experience.

Clarisse has a website on clarissecremer.com. It opens with the text "check out my crazy project". I like.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

AC in monohulls

A real sailboat crewed by a real crew of real sailors - as in not bike riders, not weight lifters and not computer experts!!? What? Does that mean that classic sailing skills will be rewarded?
Is this the next AC boat?

What a crazy thing. It's interesting. This may even interest the rest of the sailing world; Question is: Will it attract television? Question is: Who cares if it looks like sailing? More on sailworld...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

49er champs woohoo

You go girls...
Jena & Katja
World Champs in 49erFX is definately an achievement to be proud of. Fantastic sailing. A million congrats...