North Sea Open Regatta – July 6th 2022

Small boat fleet, from the left (in boats): Cate and Anthony (Bandit 22 LTE), Red (Bandit F), Emileigh (TMS Flying Shadow), Moon (TMS Nacra 17), Jenna (TMS Nacra 17), Sea (TMS Flying Shadow), Anne (Bandit 25R), and Zimtzicke (Bandit 22 LTE). On the Race Committee Boat: Cryptic. On the dock: Farryn, Daenerys, and Tamarushka. On the pier: Kaityana, and Asteria.

Small boat fleet, from the left (in boats): Cate and Anthony (Bandit 22 LTE), Red (Bandit F), Emileigh (TMS Flying Shadow), Moon (TMS Nacra 17), Jenna (TMS Nacra 17), Sea (TMS Flying Shadow), Anne (Bandit 25R), and Zimtzicke (Bandit 22 LTE).
On the Race Committee Boat: Cryptic. On the dock: Farryn, Daenerys, and Tamarushka. On the pier: Kaityana, and Asteria.

Calm to choppy seas, with a nice fleet turnout, highlighted the first North Sea Open Regatta of July, 2022. With a fresh breeze of 18 knots coming out of the southwest, The North Sea regions were a bit choppy as three DNFs (Did Not Finish) were recorded on the day. Secondlife™ was having ongoing issues with crashes, so much so that Linden Research™ stated as such in an incident report previous to the start of the regatta.

Linden Lab Incident Report on elevated crash rates, as seen on https://status.secondlifegrid.net/incidents/d5pcfqpqpl4x , on July 6th, 2022.

Linden Lab Incident Report on elevated crash rates, as seen on https://status.secondlifegrid.net/incidents/d5pcfqpqpl4x , on July 6th, 2022.

Two of the three DNFs recorded on the day most likely were the result of the ongoing issues. The third DNF was due to a skipper crashing while crossing across region corners. The crowds that gathered on the beaches of the islands in the Ziziphus and Genip regions, and along the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier and small race dock in the Eden Jakana region, reveled in a great display of fleet racing from this weeks skippers.

This weeks small boat fleet, sailing on the North Sea Olympic Course (Long) course, was made up of a triple split majority of two The Mesh Shop (TMS) Flying Shadows, two TMS Nacra 17s, and two Bandit 22 LTEs. One Bandit 25R, and one Bandit F rounded out this weeks small boat fleet. Meanwhile, the big boat fleet, sailing on the North Sea Roundabout course, was made up of a majority of four TMS I-Mocca 60s. One TMS One Design 65, WildWind Open 60, and one WildWind RC-44r rounded out this weeks big boat fleet.

Big boat fleet, from the left (in boats): Emileigh (WildWind RC-44r), Anthony and Cate (TMS I-Mocca 60), Red (), Sea (WildWind Open 60), Jenna (TMS One Design 65), Moon (TMS I-Mocca 60), and Zimzticke (TMS I-Mocca 60). On the Race Committee Boat: Cryptic. On the dock: Farryn, Daenerys, Anne, and Tamarushka. On the pier: Liam, Kaityana, Jessica, and Asteria.

Big boat fleet, from the left (in boats): Emileigh (WildWind RC-44r), Anthony and Cate (TMS I-Mocca 60), Red (), Sea (WildWind Open 60), Jenna (TMS One Design 65), Moon (TMS I-Mocca 60), and Zimzticke (TMS I-Mocca 60).
On the Race Committee Boat: Cryptic. On the dock: Farryn, Daenerys, Anne, and Tamarushka. On the pier: Liam, Kaityana, Jessica, and Asteria.

Race Director: Cryptic
Assistant Race Directors: Daenerys, and Tamarushka
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts

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

Today’s winner was Jenna (jnx1e Resident), with Cate & Anthony (Cate Sewell & Anthony) second, and Zimtzicke (Nicole Myhre) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate and to the SLCG for helping with racing duties.

Race Notes:
Cate (Cate Sewell) and Anthony (AnthonyKingston Resident) registered as a team prior to the start of the race, therefore their points are accredited together.


Sea (filax Carter) was ruled a Did Not Start (DNS) for the small boat portion due to being over the start line early, before the start countdown reached 0:00:00, while failing to come around and cross again for a proper start.
Note: As a prescription to all North Sea Races, skippers crossing the start line early, before the race pre-start countdown reaches 0:00:00 must circle around back into the pre-start area to properly cross the start line on time or be ruled a Did Not Start.


Emileigh (Emileigh Starbrook) and Moon (moonglownight Resident) both finished tied with 9 points. Rule A8.1 of Appendix A, Scoring, 2021 – 2024 World Sailing Racing 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
Emileigh Starbrook 2 7
moonglownight Resident 4 5

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


Sea (filax Carter) and Anne (AnneVonLinz Resident) finished tied with 14 points. As they both have duplicate finishes, Rule A8.2 of Appendix A, Scoring, 2021 – 2024 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:

If a tie still remains between two or more boats, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boats’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.

Skipper Race 1 Race 2
filax Carter 8 6
AnneVonLinz Resident 6 8

In the last race, Sea breaks the tie with Anne with her sixth place finish over Anne’s eighth place finish.
 

10 thoughts on “North Sea Open Regatta – July 6th 2022

  1. Hellooo!

    Just to know… My order over line was the 3 in the first race…

    Please look at Nicole Myhre and Cate Sewell. Yes they did a great race but OMG more than one minute for me because the handicap! Is the R25 handicap ok?

    Also, I didn’t race the second course but I think my time in the first was not bad, but filad did not finish both races and had a better position than me in the general (!). So, is better to do two DNF than only one good race?

    RedHeadJO Resident was 6 in the first race and did not finish the second race and had a better position too.

    Excuse my ignorance. I guess all must be ok, but It’s just to clarify these doubts :

    Anyway it was a funny siling day. Love it!

    Hugs and hugs!

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    • Anne, the regatta is a handicap race. The order over the line is not the final order of each race. These are the results after handicaps are applied. The handicap for the Bandit 25 is indeed 0.88, and you can see the data used to compile the handicap for the Bandit 25 here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c5HpyLUf5F1wABuw4ssQJcacjTHEsaC7t2AGpQm_So4/edit?usp=sharing (you can scroll to the tab with the Bandit 25 times at the bottom, as well as all the other boats on our list). You’ll see there’s over 114 course times used to compile the data for the Bandit 25 alone.

      As for your particular results, it is not better to get two DNFs. After handicap, you placed 6th overall in the first race, earning 6 points. You however did not race in the second race which is in fact a DNS (Did Not Start), which is the number of starting boats + 1 for points, in this instance 8 points (7 starters plus 1). Sea (filax Carter) wound up accumulating the same amount of points, but reversing the order for the races, with 8 points in the first race, a DNS also, and 6 points in the second race. Her points for the second race were from a DNF, but that is scored as the number of finishers + 1, in that race 5 finishers plus 1, so 6 points. It is better to at least start a race, than to not start it. And the tie breaker is in fact explained at the bottom of the results in the race notes section, with links to the rules for each tie breaker. If you had actually started a boat in the second race, regardless if you had finished or not, you would have placed better in the final results.

      The scoring system we use, which is widely used throughout sailboat racing is the Low Point System, with minor changes to how DNFs (Did Not Finish) and DNSs (Did Not Start) are scored for brevity and simplicity (also noted in every race results post we publish). You can read more about that system in full in Appendix A of Racing Rules of Sailing here https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/RRS20212024Finalwithbookmarks-%5B27255%5D.pdf on the World Sailing website https://www.sailing.org . You will also find that most major race series in Secondlife sailing use the Low Point System.

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      • Interesting! Thank you very much Cryptic.

        My first conclusion is that next time I’ll at least start the race… You are right. Mysecond si that I’ll be back to my IF (and my r6) due its handicaps.

        Mainly my doubt was about the DNFs, and I already have it clear.

        Thanks again. You are great.

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    • Dear Anne,

      you compete in a boat where gods set the handicap. sorry for this. thats why my B25 gets rusty.
      And thank you 🙂 you also did a great race.

      The result arithmetics are 🙂 well – sneaking behind crypt holding my hands on her ears – sometimes difficult to stand. but they are common pratice also in rl. The DNFs and even DSQs can be so valuable because we have comparably (with rl) small fleets and sometimes high numbers of DNFs.

      hugs – hope to see you regularly in the races

      Nicole

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  2. Gods don’t set the handicap, the sailors themselves do. Basically, a handicap is your time compared to an average of previous times sailed by all the other sailors who have sailed the same boat. To simplify things, we do not have a handicap for every course, but we use one standard course (the North Sea Olympic Course) to evaluate these handicaps. The Standard Olympic course has a balanced set of sailing upwind, downwind, and reaching. Some boats will be better than others upwind, and some will be better downwind or reaching. In these cases, the handicap of a specific boat is adjusted for fairness. This is the same as how handicaps are calculated in RL. It’s not perfect, but it is as good as can be done, to give fun to all whilst being as fair as possible.

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  3. Opss I forgot something!

    Just to comment that… I very much agree that the handicap is necessary, that it is always used in RL and I understand its dynamics (I come from the world of golf).

    But… what is not so RL its application in this type of races to get the final result.

    I will try to explain myself. And I’m talkig in a in a constructive way. Two races have been held in this event, one for small boats and one for large boats. But in the general the two types have been united in one.

    Imagine that I don’t have a big boat or I don’t want to sail with a big one for whatever reason.

    If I don’t participate in both, in the general I am not penalized for my result in navigation, but for not having a big boat.

    I think it’s a great idea to combine two classes in one event, I don’t want you to misunderstand me, but if we talk about RL we will see that this situation is not very common for the same participant or team.

    That is why I would like to suggest that in order to be fairer and closer to reality, if a person only participates in the small boat category, or vice versa, she (or he) does not appear in the general result but only in her corresponding race (applying the necessary handicaps , yes)

    Now, although the sailor has had a good result, she appears in the general classification as the worst sailor of the event, without being like that or having any fault for not having a big boat!

    What do you think? Thanks again and thanks for your patience. 🙂

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    • A combined event, big and small boats together, is how the North Sea Open Regatta started in 2014. However, it does not work well. The boat size disparity actually causes more fouls and penalties at the start than anything. The big boats would entirely miss the small boats in their blind spots, and in the case of the smaller catamarans at the time, would capsize them. We even had the big boats staged to start 2 minutes after the small boats, but this was still happening. The current split was the result and has been running consistently in that format since early 2015. This type of event is actually done in RL, in sailing, with the results of each type of race accredited points together for a full series. There’s nothing unusual here with that. The current format was born from years of tweaking to make it fair for all. If you do not race in the second race, that is on you, and others should not be penalized for you not racing either. The rules are set forth before you enter, and it is actually a rule that you accept the format and rules when you participate. We do hold other regattas were you can race the same boat type in both races held on that day, in the North Sea Racing schedule (especially in regards to your Bandit 25).

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