Aboard again

After a long break, it was nice to sail in the Blake Sea again and in the surrounding estates too. It seems, that there have been some restructuring in Sailors Cove. Trudeau New York 30 is a nice boat, even if needs a lot of open water.

Deck Party?

Deck Party?

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Sailboat Prototype

I wanted to find out, if it was be possible to build a sailboat in Cloud Party. One of the content creators was kind to build a simple reference sailing ship. It didn’t support collisions, advanced sailing physics or even keyboard controls, but still it was an exciting experience and I’m thankful for his demo and helpfulness.

One of the Cloud Party developers gave me some ideas, how to start the sailboat project. I made a simple sailboat prototype mesh and script, to see how a simulated floating vehicle would behave. However, the first challenge was to make the sailboat float. Since the Cloud Party physics doesn’t know the water level, water doesn’t have any effect on the boat. A natural consequence of this was, that the boat sank like a stone, that was a quite discouraging experience. :(

But it doesn't float...

But it doesn’t float…

The only solution, to prevent the boat from sinking, was to disable gravity and simulate floating behavior in the sailboat script. That may not be the most elegant solution, but currently we don’t have anything else. Since keyboard controls (namely the arrow keys) can’t be dispatched to the boat script, the sailboat was controlled with local chat commands.

Here we go!

Here we go!

Eventually the boat moved, turned and heeled without major issues. At moment the boat is closer to a motorboat than a sailboat. Still, I’m happy that the proof of concept succeeded!

Next it’s time to replace the ad-hoc physics of the prototype with something more realistic and try make the boat use wind. If Cloud Party development team added a feature, to control simulated vehicles with keyboard, we should have all needed ingredients, to put together a usable sailboat. One day we will be there. :)

Walking on the deck as the boat moves

Walking on the deck as the boat moves

Never Ever Give Up

It’s easy to sail in the big waters, but sometimes you may get “landlocked”, when circumstances change. Still, there is hope for better always… ;)

Land, Ho!

Cruising in the waters of Dryland

Dryland is an impressive creation by Anita Witt. The place may remind you of The Aral Sea, where the irrigation project of Soviet Union turned a large lake into a desert and forced the local fishers to find a new profession. Dryland is open for the public.

Cats

Catamarans are interesting boats to sail, because they have their special tricks compared to keel boats. They are bit more challenging to master, but can offer you a really fast sporty ride. The Blake Sea felt so small place in a HepCat. When sailing on the northern shore of Satori continent, I got a hitchhiker aboard. She asked me about yacht clubs and sailing schools.

Trudeau HepCat in the Blake Sea

Trudeau HepCat in the Blake Sea

Morning Wind

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
–William Arthur Ward

Flying Fizz cup 2012

No posts for ages, but I’m still alive and kicking sailing!

Flying Fizz Cup is an annual sailing event, which is possibly the most famous competition of the year. Flying Fizz 3 itself is considered by many as the most realistic boat in SL. It’s easy enough for a novice but offers challenge for even the most experienced sailors. A remarkable feature of Flying Fizz is its dial, which shows visually boat direction relative to the wind and boat speed.

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Krysha, Ronin and Silber approaching the race line

Today, it was time for the final, with the following finalists Ayahoshi Resident, Krysha Lundquist, Silber Sands, Ralf80 Titanium, Ronin Zane and Kris Hollysharp. It was really interesting to follow the race of those six highly skilled sailors. After four races, the cup was over with the following results:

Gold: Silber Sands
Silver: Ralf80 Titanium
Bronze: Ronin Zane

Congratulations to the winners! :)

Ralf80, Ayahoshi, Silber, Krysha and Ronin on the 2nd race

Ralf80, Ayahoshi, Silber, Krysha and Ronin in the 2nd race

Quest Q-2m

Q-2m in Blake Sea

Most of the boats, I usually sail are from the same line, but sometimes it’s good to try something new. Quest Q-2m is a quite fresh sailboat powered by BWind engine, which has its own special “touch”.

I would say, that the boat is surprisingly easy to sail, because there is a clear color indication helping to find an optimal sail angle. The heavy keel also seems to keep the boat in balance very efficiently. This boat might be good for those learning basics of sailings, because there are not too many things to adjust and you can’t make to boat go upside down accidentally (also known as capsizing). The jib can be winged out, that is something, which sailors should take care of by themselves, if they want to maximize speed. There is only one real weakness in this boat, because it’s sometimes difficult to perceive wind direction, because there is only numerical indicator in the advanced hud mode. Q-2m is already included in SLSA rankings, that should make it a famous boat in races.

Quest boat models and demos in Eden Gannet

Q-2m supports two persons, skipper included. It’s clearly designed as a racing boat, but still looks beautiful. It should be noticed too, that minimum depth of the water is two meters because of the keel. In Blake Sea and United Sailing Sims area this should not be a problem, but there are shallower waters, where you need to be more careful.

Anyway, Q-2m is a nice and easy boat to sail. You can buy one in Eden Gannet, where the main Quest shipyard is located. All the boats have also demos and manuals available for free.