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Old 29th Jun 2016, 15:30   #1 (permalink)

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Cool Join the Sailonline PPRuNe Flotilla - Round the World Race 2016 (the "wrong" way)

AHOY PPRuNe

Do you sail? Do you race? Do you race inshore, offshore across oceans? If you do any of these things in reality, OR have done so in the past and hanker for more such adventuring, why not try Sailonline's armchair equivalent.

The most realistic wind sailing navsim online - despite its somewhat old-fashioned UI - Sailonline takes you, in partnernship with many real yacht clubs/racing organisations (buddied races) or just through own-design courses, to pretty much every corner of the globe.

If you wish to learn how to use a sailing router, or even just the basics of sailing navigation for FREE ... then come and join in.

As an added element of fun, you can announce your participation in ocean races, and race as a member of the PPRuNe Flotilla - all very ad hoc and informal, but if you search this platform for Sailonline, you'll get a sense of the cameraderie that persists there if you wear a PRU_ prefix to your name!

NOW is the time to sign up to Sailonline and register in the first leg of the four-leg Round the World Race 2016 - here is it's info:

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RTWR 2016 - Leg 1 - Southampton to Uruguay

Sailonline is delighted to offer our sailors a reverse course before doing it the ‘usual’ way. This is leg one of a four race series, with no discards, to get us back to Europe in time for the big one.
Race #948

INFO from brainaid.de
VO70 Boat Info
WX Updates: 0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: SYC - SUPSOL - OCQ3 - OCCH - RTWR
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
PRIZE: SMPF
Registration for this race opened this morning so let's get registered and practising!


PPRuNe Name ................ SOL Boatname

beaufort ........................... beaufort1
Blink182 ........................... golfsierrakilo
brockenspectre .................. RainbowChaser
Cazalet33 ......................... Whaler
Gordy .............................. MerryTime
India Four Two .................. Miss_Saigon
reflex ------------------------- reflex
SMT Member .................... VikingAhoy
steve757 .......................... truckie
Wodrick ............................ lyric




Definitely time to spread the word!

If you wish to join in, please just announce your registered Sailonline username (boatname) in this thread and I, as a volunteer Admin in Sailonline, will add PRU_ to your boatname.

This prefix has no impact on your username/boatname which will remain un-PRU-ed .... and, of course, as your password is encrypted, that will not be affected either.

Tell everyone you know, old or young, who might like to try their hand at this - with wind forecasts from NOAA updating 4x a day and being released into the game every 10mins, this is the closest to realistic sailing windnav you are going to find!




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Old 3rd Jul 2016, 16:02   #2 (permalink)

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The race has been open for practice for a couple of days and folks are making best use of it!



Anyone else joining in?
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Old 3rd Jul 2016, 18:45   #3 (permalink)
 
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Hi RC,

Just pointing out a minor error in your post announcing the race.

You clipped off the start details: 5 June 1000Z.

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with wind forecasts ... being released into the game every 10mins,
I wasn't aware of this. Can you clarify?
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 21:01   #4 (permalink)
 
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Reflex has registered - just got to remember to start!
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 22:25   #5 (permalink)
 
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just got to remember to start!
You can do this automatically, just set your course for the start and in the delay box type "Start" even works if you are asleep.
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Reflex....Were off....I guess you forgot to start huh?

All is not lost, you can catch up....
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Old 5th Jul 2016, 21:46   #7 (permalink)
 
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Whaler started three hours late, but I really don't think that will make any difference by the time we get to Punta del Este or wherever we're going.

Not sure that it's such a good idea to include Whaler in the squadron's batting average, but if the Commodore wishes to do so, then she has my salute.

I don't do that software prediction thing. Not clever enough. I'll just bimble along and enjoy the sunshine and try to conserve the gin supply, at least until the sun reverses direction across the sky.
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Old 5th Jul 2016, 23:02   #8 (permalink)
 
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Damn! Set a good DC two hours before the start and then forgot to check when I woke up.

Just discovered I was aground at Roscoff! Not too much ground lost though. 0:18 behind the leader.

Caz, the sun is ALWAYS over the yard arm somewhere.
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Old 5th Jul 2016, 23:08   #9 (permalink)
 
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I see Truckie ran aground also, set course to get out but I suspect has now forgotten to turn back the right way.
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Old 5th Jul 2016, 23:14   #10 (permalink)
 
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Caz, the sun is ALWAYS over the yard arm somewhere.
I'm looking! I'm looking!
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Old 7th Jul 2016, 13:47   #11 (permalink)
 
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Clearly I forgot to set a delayed command and now find myself further West than I wanted to be..... Coming back....
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 13:24   #12 (permalink)

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IndiaFourTwo Re WX ... this is how Sailonline's weather has always worked.

Four times a day the current 7-day forecast GRIBs produced by NOAA are auto-sent to Sailonline's server. The server divides the gribs into the weather systems (by lat/lon coords) that we have set up. Then the WX Update "arrives" (with the wind-rushing sound if you have that activated).

The first hour of wx is "smoothed" so that any significant changes between the preceding grib and the new one doesn't create a cliff or drop in course-planning.

All wx is drip-fed into Sailonline in 10min pieces.. which is why if you use the WX slider (wee triangle icon along the ruler at the bottom of the race screen) you can quickly see where windholes are emerging over the forecast period, or storms are a-brewing.

If you look in the Sailonline Manual you'll see this info in more detail (Y)
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 14:30   #13 (permalink)

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Here we all are - this pic shows us in relation to the usual suspects currently in Podium positions!



Some of us are doing better than others
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Old 17th Jul 2016, 16:23   #14 (permalink)
 
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Whaler made an inexplicable visit to Cadiz. No idea why.
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And "Lyric" was fortunate to get round the Cape Verde Islands afore the blue arrived.
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 16:57   #16 (permalink)
 
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Well I finally finished 104th......Shout out to those still in the race.

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Old 29th Jul 2016, 21:18   #17 (permalink)
 
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Miss_Saigon is still struggling to make the finish line. I haven't been paying as much attention as I should. I've been a bit distracted- I'm at Oshkosh!

Right now, I'm at the EAA seaplane base on Lake Winnebago. Just watched the Mars takeoff and return. Saw Harrison Ford get off and then the Mars took off again to do a water drop at the airshow. Later it will be doing a drop in the bay, 600' from the shore.
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Old 29th Jul 2016, 21:35   #18 (permalink)
 
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I worked with the Martin Mars on the San Diego fires back in the fall of 07 and again on the Northern California fires in 08. The thing is impressive.
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Gordy,

Saw Hawaii Mars do a low pass and a pickup before heading off to the airfield for a display. Then waited three hours for the demonstration at the seaplane base. She took off, picked up water and then disappeared.

We heard after a short while that she had shut down No. 4 after a bird strike, dumped the load, landed and was taxying back.

As you say, impressive. It not often you see a 747-sized aircraft operating at tree-top height.
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Old 30th Jul 2016, 17:52   #20 (permalink)
 
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Yep....it is pretty cool. I took this right before it dropped on the San Diego fires in 07.



I am signed up for the tall ship race starting tomorrow----Is anyone else in?
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