Second Sailstice Novice Regatta – June 20th 2020

Sailors gather before the skippers meeting for the first race of the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sunday.

Sailors gather before the skippers meeting for the first race of the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sunday.

An outstanding crowd, with a willing novice sailing fleet, highlighted the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, hosted by The North Sea Estate (North Sea Racing) and Bandit Ltd. on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. The regatta, part of the day long Second Sailstice event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Summer Sailstice event, organized by Dale Irata, featured new to Secondlife™ racing and sailing novices in their first race series. The regatta used the new Bandit 22 LTE, purpose built for this event by Bandit Ltd. 12 competitors filled out the regatta field, they were (in no particular order): Ocielian, Penumbra Carter, Dream, JUN, Erika, Tabitha, Agatha McMahn, Don Dasher, Darkstone Aeon, Cilian McCullough, Lisa Hyandi, and Loke Starfall. The regattas race committee was comprised of Analyse Dean, Rei Inoue, and Cryptic. The Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and event rule set can be found at the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta page on the Second Sailstice website.

Excitement filled the novice fleet, as most came out as early as 7AM in the morning to practice the events course, SS-01. The practice showed as through the three races held for the event, the starts looked like an experienced race fleet with no barging or fouls at the race line. The regions of The North Sea estate behaved well for sailors and spectators alike, as the few DNFs (Did Not Finish) that were recorded on the day, were due to skippers having to withdraw to real life, or in the instance of one skipper, crashing twice on a region crossing. Spectators themselves flocked to the Poseidon Centre Spectator pier, located in the Eden Jakana region, as a crowd of over 50 at one point were cheering on the new skippers as they plied their Bandit 22s through the gates of the course.

Spectators gather on the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier awaiting the start of the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sunday.

Spectators gather on the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier awaiting the start of the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sunday.

Two skippers head out on the first leg of the first race for the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sunday.

Two skippers head out on the first leg of the first race for the Second Sailstice Novice Regatta, on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sunday.

More photos from the Second Sailstice activities in Secondlife™, on June 20th, from Sunday (ForeverSundays Resident) at her album on Flickr. Summer Sailstice 2020

Race Director: Cryptic
Assistant Race Directors: Daenerys, and Penny
Wind: SW (225°) 15kts

Note:
• Per Rule A2.1 of Scoring under Appendix A to the Secondlife™ World Sailing Adjusted Racing Rules of Sailing,
“Each boat’s series score shall, subject to rule 90.3(b), be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.”
Therefore, worst scores are denoted in the points tally with a gray background and not included in the total points.
• Per Rule A4.2 of Scoring under Appendix A to the Secondlife™ World Sailing Adjusted Racing Rules of Sailing,
“A boat that did not start, did not finish, retired or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place
one more than the number of boats entered in the series”. 12 skippers entered the series. DNFs (Did Not Finish) and DNSs (Did Not Start) will be counted as 13 points (12 + 1).

Today’s winner was Ocielian (Ocielian Resident), with Lisa (Lisa Hyandi) second, and Cilian (Cilian McCullough) in third place. Each received a 2020 Second Sailstice Novice Regatta trophy cup denoting their placement, gold cup for first place, silver cup for second place, and bronze cup for third place respectively. All skippers entered in the regatta received a Bandit 22 LTE from Bandit LTD. Congratulations to all of you.

From Analyse Dean, Elbag Gable, Rei Inoue, Cryptic, Daenerys, Penny, and Dale Irata, we would like to thank you all for coming out and making this a special event.

Race Notes:
Loke Starfall (Dyr Mortensen), Darkstone (Darkstone Aeon), and Penumbra (Penumbra Carter), all finished tied with 26 points. As they all had the exact same finishes, DNSs (Did Not Start) in both races after worst points were dropped per Rule A2.1, neither Rule A8.1 or Rule A8.2 of Scoring under Appendix A to the Secondlife™ World Sailing Adjusted Racing Rules of Sailing will satisfy breaking their tie. Therefore, Loke, Darkstone, and Penumbra remain tied in tenth place overall.
 

2020 North Sea Standard Yearly Adjustment

From time to time, in the past, we have adjusted a boats handicap value, or several boats handicap values, but no more than what was adjusted this past Monday (see Bandit Regatta – Jan 6th 2020). With the publication of this post, we have reviewed the the entire North Sea Handicap Table. Instead of tacking this current post on to the end of a results post, were it might get lost and also make the results post entirely too long, we are posting this here, to shine more light on what was done in this adjustment. This type of adjustment will be now done yearly, during the first week of January.

During the course of the 2019 sailing season in The North Sea, there were 25 races held on North Sea Olympic Course (Long), the course used as the basis for the North Sea Standard1. The winners of those races were added to the table used to generate the standard. Since it’s inception in 2014, the North Sea Standard stood at 00:10:42. With the addition of the times from the 2019 race season, the time has now gone down, for the first time, to 00:10:40. The entirety of the handicap table was adjusted to reflect this change. We also added all the times for each boat that participated in those races to further adjust and update their handicaps. Some boats handicaps saw a single point drop from their previous handicap value, others saw no drop due to its value still falling within the bounds of the updated standard, and some boats saw an increase due to faster sailing times from racers increasing the value.

Several highlights:


The handicaps for the The Mesh Shop (TMS) Flying Shadow, solo and crewed, were entirely refactored using only times from 2019. All previous times were considered tainted or stale due to previous versions of the boat having a flaw that allowed a percentage speed gain across all polars when exploited. V2.0 of the boat does not contain this flaw. The Flying Shadow X V2.0 is the version currently allowed in North Sea races.

Boat Old Value New Value
TMS Flying Shadow 0.96 0.99
Flying Shadow Crew 1.13 1.16

In Monday’s Bandit Regatta results post, we noted the updates to some of the Bandit boats. Specifically, the Bandit IF saw a new separate handicap created for crewed IFs. 74 race times were added to the Bandit IFs handicap tab, which helped in creating the new handicap.

Boat Old Value New Value
Bandit IF 0.58 0.57
Bandit IF Crewed N/A 0.59

The TMS Star Class had its handicap refactored off of the Backwater Bay Standard and onto the North Sea Standard, with its new value sitting at 0.64. Plus, its sibling boat, the recently released TMS Star Class – Vintage, was introduced to the table with a handicap time of 0.50.

Some more highlights, in no particular order:

Boat Old Value New Value
Nacra 17 1.01 1.04
Quest M-24 0.94 0.92
One Design 65 1.03 1.01
Volvo Open 70 1.00 1.01
Wildwind OP-60 1.05 1.05 (no change)
Wildwind AC-45 1.22 1.21
Widlwind AC-62 1.64 1.61

As always, we will continue to look at and evaluate the values on the table over the course of the year as new data is generated from races. Please see North Sea Handicap Table for more (click on the tabs along the bottom of the sheet to see individual boat data).

1 The North Sea Standard is the average sailing time of all race winners on North Sea Olympic Course (Long) racing with a 225° (SW) 18 knot wind. This is the time that all handicaps on the North Sea Handicap Table are weighted against.

Ocean Beach Handicap

ocean-beach

We have started to handicap the Ocean Beach catamaran from The Mesh Shop. I have had one set of results in, and I would appreciate a few more. If you have the yacht, and are willing to help, take it to Breadnut in the North Sea, Race the North Sea Olympic (long) with a SW wind (225°), of 18 Kts. Then send me (Petra) the results as given by the race-line in local chat when you finish.

For now, the handicap is 0.58, the same as the Bandit IF. This is subject to change as we get more results in, but it shouldn’t change too much.

Thanks to Aneke for the times so far, thanks to Cat for the photo.

Trudeau Patch II Class Racing – Dec 1st 2016

From the left (in Patchogue IIs): Cryptic and Peachie, Peter (behind the commmittee boat), Kurt and Asami, Susi, and Luna. On the dock: Rulette, Joshua, Petra, and Gabi.

From the left (in Patchogue IIs): Cryptic and Peachie, Peter (behind the commmittee boat), Kurt and Asami, Susi, and Luna.
On the dock: Rulette, Joshua, Petra, and Gabi.

The sims were well behaved with a nice spectator turn out for this weeks North Sea Trudeau Patchogue II Class Races. We had no crashes as the sim crossings were smooth and relatively lag free for the entire fleet through both races on the day. We also saw a nice turnout of spectators along the coast of the Eden Alabatros region, the beaches along Lighthouse Isle in the Ziziphus region, at the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier in the Eden Puffin region, and at the committee boat dock in the Breadnut region. This weeks wind was a bit gustier out of the south west, at 20 kts with 2 kt gusts and 18 degree shifts.

The first race, on the North Sea Circle course, saw Kurt, with Asami as crew, get off to a speedy start, at 00:00:02, as I, with Peachie as crew, just nicked across the line a second early and had to go around again to finally get started at 00:01:00. Peter, with Luna as crew, was more fortune, getting across the start line at 00:00:10, followed by Susi, crossing the start line at 00:00:19. Kurt, with Asami, would pace the fleet, as Peter, with Luna, and Susi fell in right behind. I, with Peachie, was not giving up however, and continued to tack with the wind shifts and made moves to pass Susi, and eventually Peter, with Luna. Kurt, with Asami, held his strong lead, crossing the finish line first, followed by myself, with Peachie, and then Peter, with Luna, and then Susi.

The second race, on the North Sea Copacabana course, saw Kurt, with Asami, repeat his quick start, crossing the start line at 00:00:02 again. I, with Peachie, followed right behind, crossing the start line at 00:00:08, followed by Susi, crossing the start line at 00:00:13, and Peter, crossing the start line at 00:00:19. Kurt, with Asami, once again paced the fleet, with myself, with Peachie, following right behind, keeping them in site. Peter kept things competitive with myself, as he was on my stern for most of the course, even getting into a great wind shadowing duel with me on the reach from Soncoya to Eden Fulmer. Susi was not far behind Peter. Kurt, with Asami, would cross the finish line first, as I, with Peachie, followed right behind. Peter crossed next, followed by Susi.

Race Director: Petra
Wind: 225 deg, 20 kts, gusts 2 kts, shifts 18 deg

Race 1: North Sea Circle
Race Results:
1: Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — 00:19:44
2: Cryptic Resident IDCR42 — 00:21:29
3: Susicat Oh IDTITTIE — 00:23:28
4: PeterSailor Resident ID228 –DSQ

Lap Times:
Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — Start: 00:00:02 — Last lap: 00:19:42
Cryptic Resident IDCR42 — Start: 00:01:00 — Last lap: 00:20:29
Susicat Oh IDTITTIE — Start: 00:00:19 — Last lap: 00:23:09
PeterSailor Resident ID228 — Start: 00:00:10 — Last lap: –DSQ

Race 2: North Sea Copacabana
Race Results:
1: Cryptic Resident IDCR42 — 00:26:33
2: PeterSailor Resident ID228 — 00:28:50
3: Susicat Oh IDTITTIE — 00:31:23
4: Kurt Calamity IDKC01 –DSQ

Lap Times:
Cryptic Resident IDCR42 — Start: 00:00:08 — Last lap: 00:26:25
PeterSailor Resident ID228 — Start: 00:00:19 — Last lap: 00:28:31
Susicat Oh IDTITTIE — Start: 00:00:13 — Last lap: 00:31:10
Kurt Calamity IDKC01 — Start: 00:00:02 — Last lap: –DSQ


Points:

Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Total Final Placing
Cryptic Resident 2 1 3 1
Kurt Calamity 1 4 5 2
PeterSailor Resident 4 2 6 3
Susicat Oh 3 3 6 4

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

Today’s winner was Cryptic (Cryptic Resident), with Kurt (Kurt Calamity) second, and Peter (PeterSailor Resident) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.

Race Note:
Peter was unfortunately disqualified from the first race for not racing the correct course.

Kurt was unfortunately disqualified from the second race for finishing the race without completing a penalty 360 for a ROW violation just before the finish.

Peter (PeterSailor Resident) and Susi (Susicat Oh) both finished tied with 6 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
PeterSailor Resident 2 4
Susicat Oh 3 3

With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Peter’s favor with having a second place finish over Susi’s third place finish as her best.