Bandit Regatta – January 23rd 2017

From the left (in Bandit IFs): Neil, Rayz, and Macz. On the dock: Riv, Gabi, Joshua, Cryptic, Petra, Peachie, and Carlota (in the water).

From the left (in Bandit IFs): Neil, Rayz, and Macz.
On the dock: Riv, Gabi, Joshua, Cryptic, Petra, Peachie, and Carlota (in the water).

This weeks Bandit Regatta, in the North Sea, saw some great sim weather that turned stormy with another great spectator turnout. The sims behaved for the first race, the entire North Sea estate having been restarted three hours previous to race time as is our new procedure. However, the second race saw storms roll in as the Ziziphus region went pear shaped as the entire fleet entered it on it’s second to last leg of the race, forcing several DNFs. We did see a great spectator turnout though, as the usual places saw spectators gather to watch, in the Eden Albatros, Eden Puffin, Breadnut and Ziziphus regions. The weeks fleet was almost entirely a Bandit IF affair until Riv used his Bandit 60 in the second race.

The first race, on the NS-SOL-13A course, saw nice start from the fleet, all racing in Bandit IFs, as every racer was on the course side of the line by the time 30 seconds ticked off the race clock. Macz had an interesting pre-start line as it looked like he was almost going to try a port start across the fleet, heading west. However, Macs tacked to starboard, heading south, as it appeared he did not have enough speed to clear in front of the fleet, all heading south on a starboard tack, without committing a starboard/port Right Of Way foul. As Macz tacked south, before the start line, Jackson crossed the start line first, into the course side of the line, at 00:00:04. Carlota was next to cross the start line, 00:00:09. Macz, having completed his tack and now moving south, crossed the start line at 00:00:10. Neil was next to cross the start line at 00:00:19 followed by Red and Rayz both at 00:00:29. Macz wasted little time after his mid-fleet start, taking a tight line on the first upwind before tacking as he put himself in first ahead of Carlota and Jackson. Red wasted little time as she passed Rayz on the second beat upwind. Neil unfortunately crashed and record a DNF. This order held as Carlota nipped at Macz stern for the rest of the course before Macs crossed the finish line first, taking line honors followed, by Carlota crossing second. Jackson crossed the finish line third followed by Red and Rayz.

The second race, on the NS-SOL-13B, started of well with a majority of the fleet enter the course side of the start line as 45 seconds ticked off the race clock. Macz, in his Bandit IF, got things started as he crossed the start line first at 00:00:5. Carlota, in her bandit IF, was next to cross the start line at 00:00:09, followed by Red, in her Bandit IF, at 00:00:14. Neil, in his Bandit IF, was next across the start line at 00:00:20. Jackson and Rayz, both in their Bandit IFs, were next across the start line at 00:00:26 and 00:00:27 respectively. Riv, in his Bandit 60, was across the start line next, at 00:00:45. Gryfin, sailing his Bandit IF, was a late show to the races, as he had just come from a race in the Blake Sea and wound up getting into the course at 00:09:57. The fleet quickly made their way around Lighthouse Isle, in the Ziziphus region, the first mark of the course, as it is a island mark course. Macz was in the lead with Carlota once again nipping at his stern, followed by Jackson, Red, Rayz, Neil, and Riv. The fleet traveled east and circled clockwise around Hay Ah’s island in the Sloe region, the second mark of the course. As the fleet traveled back west to Lighthouse Isle again, the third mark of the course, trouble struck as everything went pear shaped in the Ziziphus region the moment the fleet entered it. Jackson made it through unscathed, as Macs, Carlota, Red, Neil, Rayz, and Riv all crashed upon crossing into Zizphus. Macz was able to make it back to his boat when he logged back in, and continue racing. Carlota, Red, Rayz, Riv, and Neil would record DNFs. Gryfin, having started so late sailed through Ziziphus unscathed on both legs through. Jackson took advantage of his fortune and crossed the finish line first, taking line honors. Macz crossed the finish line second with Gryfin crossing third.

More pictures courtesy of Petra after the results.

Race Director: Cryptic
Wind: SW (225Β°) 18kts

Race 1: NS-SOL-13A
Race Results:
1: Macz Murfin IDBS6BBA — 00:13:11
2: Carlota Dufaux IDBSC5F3 — 00:13:22
3: Jacquimo Resident IDBSF10B — 00:13:34
4: RedHeadJO Resident IDBS5D9B — 00:13:53
5: Rayzza Rubble IDBSF812 — 00:14:14
6: eager2discover Resident IDBSBAD2 –DNF

Lap Times:
Macz Murfin IDBS6BBA — Start: 00:00:10 — Last lap: 00:13:01
Carlota Dufaux IDBSC5F3 — Start: 00:00:09 — Last lap: 00:13:13
Jacquimo Resident IDBSF10B — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:13:30
RedHeadJO Resident IDBS5D9B — Start: 00:00:29 — Last lap: 00:13:24
Rayzza Rubble IDBSF812 — Start: 00:00:29 — Last lap: 00:13:45
eager2discover Resident IDBSBAD2 — Start: 00:00:19 — Last lap: –DNF

Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1

Today’s winner was Macz (Macz Murfin), with Jackson (Jacquimo Resident) second, and Carlota (Carlota Dufaux) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.

Race Note:
As the first race was entirely one boat class, the results for that race are presented in class format. Subsequently, the second race contained more than one boat class and is presented in handicapped format.

Gryfin (Gryfin Goldshark) and Neil (eager2discover Resident) both finished tied with 10 points. Rule A8.1 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:

If there is a series score tie between two or more boats, each boat’s race scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the boat(s) with the best score(s). No excluded scores shall be used.

Skipper Best Finish Next Best Finish
Gryfin Goldshark 3 7
eager2discover Resident 4 6

With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Gryfin’s favor with having a third place finish over Neil’s fourth place finish as his best.

We have a superb paint supplied by Ali Vultee, see her paint here: Ali’s Boat Paint Shop to the first place overall winner.


One thought on “Bandit Regatta – January 23rd 2017

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed my “interesting pre-start line” lol. I had always intended to tack before I met the starting fleet, but I reckoned the port end of the line was just as advantageous on that particular course as the starboard end where I knew everyone else would be gathering. In the end I had a bit of a slow tack so it didn’t work out exactly according to plan.

    The crash in Ziziphus in the second race must have been one of my most frustrating crashes in SL sailing. I was having another fantastic race with Carlota seriously biting my heels. On the easterly run out of Ziziphus I had noticed some annoying lag, but since Carlota hadn’t gained I reckoned everyone was suffering equally. Then on re-entering the region everything went wrong – BIG style. It seemed to take for ever to log back in, and when I did … well, it was easy to find my boat which had stopped near the lighthouse … at a slightly odd angle … sails still hoisted, but going nowhere. I almost didn’t bother getting back on board, and when I did, the sim’s performance was seriously downgraded. It took about 10 seconds for every command to do anything, and it felt like it took 10 minutes to get out of the sim. My boat was having major issues with some of my gestures, and I really thought it was pointless struggling on. I expected everyone to have gone home as I fought my way downwind to the line, so what a surprise when the line announced that I was runner up! It pays to NEVER give up πŸ™‚

    What a great night’s sailing! Thanks to Cryptic and Petra, my fellow IF’ers, and the spectators for cheering us past Ziziphus lighthouse.

    Macz Murfin


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