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.

Vi er Større!

Havna

Havna harbor in the northern part

It’s really refreshing to see, that there are places in Second Life, that grow, when so many other places shrink or vanish permanently. Second Norway is a great example of this. It’s not a long time ago, when it was merged to United Sailing Sims area near the Blake Sea. Now there are several new sims, that have some open waters available for sailing and several islands for living. Vik region has even its own race line, which can be used for sailing races. I would even say, that those new sims are the best part of Second Norway so far.

Swedish house in Havna

Traditional Scandinavian house in Havna

Rez your boat and head to Second Norway! Så, hva venter du på?! :)

Circumventing Terric

Honah Lee from Terric

Those, who ever have sailed the coast of Satori continent, have likely encountered an obstacle in its eastern waters. There is a peninsula-like region called Terric (slurl), which has a huge shopping area. South from it there are some sailable waters, but the only way to access them is to fly or teleport over Terric and rez your boat somewhere after the region.

Fortunately, the recent good news are, that Linden Lab added finally few new sims (Monarque, AlcideBelliqueux and Impetueux) in the east coast of Satori, that allow sailors to bypass this problematic sim by sailing. Some time ago the new waterway in the northwest opened a route to the west coast of Satori and now this new change does the same for the east coast. If Linden Labs keeps on improving waterways in the area, who knows, if we can sail around Satori continent one day in future… :)

There is another change related to the new waterway too. Honah Lee Estates expanded their area to west, filling the cap between their estate and Satori. In other words, there is a nice new waterway connecting United Sailing Sims and mainland. Actually this is the first place outside of Blake Sea, where the USS area connects to the mainland.

In other words, there are new waters and waterways for sailors to explore. Also the aviation fans should be happy for the new airspace.

Sailing in Nascera

Near the modern part

Nascera is not a typical mainland continent, because look of houses and landscaping there is taken care by Linden Labs instead of residents. Aesthetically this guarantees a very consistent environment, where many new residents have found their first homes. Still, it has attracted some more experienced people too, especially if they already have a premium account, which is the only requirement of citizenship. When living in a Linden house, you have a lot of neighbors, that allows you to make new friends easily, if you are not shy to initiate a chat. :)

The landscape of the continent looks best, when viewed bit further, that may require looking for an open place in the world map. For  some reason frame rates tend to get low near Linden homes.

In the waters of Nascera

How about sailing? Probably sailboats are not often seen in the waters of Nascera. Still, there is at least one less well-known pier (slurl), which you can use to rez your sailboat and start cruising. The southern water area consists of about 30 sims with a lot of open water. It’s a great experience to sail under Hoshigarei bridge, which is an impressive landmark connecting two Japanese-themed shores together. Nascera is a quiet and peaceful place to sail and worth trying for those sailors, who would like to try something new.

Western Satori Waterway

Western Satori

Linden Department of Public Works is a program in Linden Labs focused on improvements related to the experience of living on or visiting the Linden mainland. It coordinated creation of Bay City, Nautilus, highways, railroad (in Heterocera Atoll), Blake Sea, Zindra and The Coastal Waterway, which is stillan ongoing project. The actual work is done by Residents and Moles, who are not Linden employees but kind of freelancers, that create content to LL and are paid an hourly rate. Linden lab has recognized their talents and invited them to help on improving mainland. The LDPW program is open to all residents and if you feel talented, you can send LL an application. Currently the program is managed by Michael Linden.

Orlop

For some time Rodel island has been known as the westernmost lonely island in the strait accessible from Blake Sea. However, moles have done their silent work in the background, that has resulted an enhanced waterway at the western shore of Satori continent. There are several new sailable regions added to the northwest shore and new islands created in Tweehdeck, Orlop, Wardroom, Ballast, Scar, Hathor and Innini.

Aproaching Wardroom

We decided to try the new route from Rodel (slurl) to Innini (slurl) by sailboat. The waterway from Rodel to Orlop was very good and the sailing conditions felt normal too despite of the weekend. Orlop is a mountaneous island with waterfalls and and a cable bridge. It doesn’t have a rez zone.

Wardroom is the next island south from Orlop and has hilly terrain. In the island there is a house, a broken pier (with rez zone), an old boat, some chairs and other detail. The next island to south is Ballast, where you can relax in a hammock between palm trees. For divers there is some nice detail below the sea surface.

The waterway continues to south but channel passing Atira is very narrow. Fortunately after Chloris there is more water to sail again. The last new islands in the sequence were Hathor and Innini, which was my favorite, because of its pier (with a rez zone), hammock and couple of swimming rings, you could use with your friend.

Innini

Recently I chatted with one of the Moles about their plans but unfortunately he couldn’t reveal much about them. Who knows, if we can sail around Satori continent in the future but the new waterway is a really nice place for the sailors and the residents of the continent, especially when sailing conditions are good. Great work moles!

At West Shore Of Satori