Sailing in SL is fun. Sailing the Flying Fizz is great fun. Racing the Fizz is even better, but there is something better yet. That's what I am doing on these pictures. Introducing the Flying Fizz to new sailors.
Sometimes the new sailors wear funny clothes; Unsuited for sailing I mean. I don't blame them. Often they've tried some kind of freebie boat, and to be honest, those boats aren't very exciting. Some boats appear to be built solely to facilitate conversation. Steer and drive. In no way do they act like sailboats, so why worry about the outfit?
So when does the fun start? Sometimes it's when we capsize. That's a whoa, does it need balancing? Absolutely. Up again, we bear away, hoist the gennaker and lift out of the water. That's a weee, it's planing!! Sometimes it is when the new sailor - from the trapez - realize that the telltales are moving. That's a wauw, it's actually working.
Back on a beat there will be gusts and shifts. RL sailors will notice that on the compass. Real keen sailors will also notice the waves changing in shallow waters. What they really love, however, is that they can be part of the action, trimming the front sails, even hoisting the gen. That's a hey, teamwork! Eventually a puff will require us to depower the sails, - not by sheeting out; By flattening the sails. That's when they go whoa, will it do that too? Then I start talking about currents and local wind variations... Oh, the smile on those faces :-D
If you like sailing, you'll probably like virtual sailing in the Flying Fizz. Wanna race? The Fizz Cup is the answer.
For the curious ones, here's a little more details on the history of sailing in SL.