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Virtual Sailing - Sailonline - Race from Christmas to Christmas 2016

Old 29th Nov 2016, 22:12
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Virtual Sailing - Sailonline - Race from Christmas to Christmas 2016

How about sailing the world from your armchair or computer desk? Learn how to navigate and use routing software during the "off season"... hone your sailing navigation skills in a wide variety of races and boats by racing for free on Sailonline armchair equivalent.

The most realistic sailing navsim online - Sailonline is often partnered with real yacht clubs/racing organisations (buddied races) and its Quarterly Calendar brings races in pretty much every ocean, sea or lake!

Some of us from PPRuNe race ocean races as a group - all very ad hoc and informal - identified by the addition of a PRU_ prefix to your user (boat) name in specific races.

NEXT PPRuNe FLOTILLA RACE



Christmas to Christmas 2016
**Start: 3 December at 2000utc**

Hands up everyone! Who knew there were TWO Christmas Islands?! OK, maybe you have sailed this Sailonline course before, but this time the race area has been expanded to the south to make it possible to go through the Bass Strait and even south of Tasmania... so, it's time to get ready for the 2016 challenge of racing the 5,837nm between Christmas Island in the Pacific to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean!
Race #994

INFO by brainaid.de

OD65v3: Particulars

WX Updates: 0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
RANKING: OCCH-OCQ4-SUPSOL-SYC
Registration for this race is already open so you can get practising right away!

PPRUNE FLOTILLA

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

beaufort ........................... beaufort1
Blink182 ........................... golfsierrakilo
brockenspectre .................. RainbowChaser
Cazalet33 ......................... Whaler
Gordy .............................. MerryTime
India Four Two .................. Miss_Saigon
piperpa46 ........................ piperpa46
reflex ............................... reflex
SMT Member .................... VikingAhoy
steve757 .......................... truckie
Wodrick ............................ lyric


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

Why not come and try your hand at virtual sailing - 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 Dec 2016, 18:06
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I count six registered, 1 hour to go, fair winds all.
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Old 3rd Dec 2016, 19:52
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I count seven.....and were off. Two different approaches however.

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Old 4th Dec 2016, 01:15
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I count seven
That's only because I was reminded by someone and set my course with one minute to the gun!
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Old 7th Dec 2016, 09:23
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Go "Truckie" screen shot time!
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Old 7th Dec 2016, 14:25
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t will not last Wodders, at work full on for the next 4 days, then in Berlin for 4 nights, during which the islands have to be navigated and I will not have access to a PC. A BBQ looms methinks
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Old 7th Dec 2016, 15:21
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Steve's "moment of fame"



Steve,
Do you have an iPhone? If so, I recommend the Puffin app for use with Sailonline. A bit cumbersome, but it works.

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Old 8th Dec 2016, 10:18
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Don't like the look of all that blue stuff, North we go better or worse, seem to remember it worked last year.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 17:44
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I've just seen this thread and joined the race. Just looking to learn how it works.
My boat is piperpa46
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 17:45
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Welcome, it's addictive. Wod (boat Lyric)
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 18:24
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Welcome from me too - Miss_Saigon.

As Wodrick says, it's addictive. I've had a lot of fun and learned quite a few things applicable to real life sailing.

If you want, you can ask brockenspectre (Rainbow Chaser) to add a temporary PRU prefix to your vessel's name.

It doesn't look as though you've started yet. Try putting 260 in the COG field and then click Send Command. I take that back - I see you have started.

You are a bit late for this race. Why not also try the "A3 2016 - Leg 5 - Brisbane to Hamilton Island" race, which starts in 35 minutes - 2000Z
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 19:25
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Thank you.


I have joined the race you suggested as well, I'm only 15 minutes behind the starters there.
I sailed for 5-6 years when I was 8-13 in an Optimist. But that is way too long ago.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 19:49
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An Opti is a great way to start sailing! Here's some nostalgia for you - an Opti race at Changi Sailing Club in 2015, abandoned half-way through for obvious reasons:




A couple of tips to get you started.

1. Click the Question Mark tab, Options and check Enable Both Predictors. You will then see the COG and TWA predictors for the next six hours. Of course, the TWA predictor may change radically at the next weather update!

2. Clicking the Compass icon on the left, puts a green course line on the map, which you can move around. When you click it, the course gets transferred to the box on the right.

Even better, if you double-click the Compass icon, the polar and courses and speeds are displayed on the map. Very useful.
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 21:15
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I thoroughly enjoyed sailing, it was just that other things became more interesting. I have contemplated getting a 15-20ft boat to and start sailing again, the biggest issue is that the North Sea is not the most friendly place to be.

Thanks for the hints. I was going to ask if there is a way to program course changes based on waypoints rather than time only, but when I saw half the participants continue straight on after rounding Cowan Cowan light I came to the conclusion you have to calculate the time ahead. This is in the A3 2016 leg 5.












What happens if I hit land?
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Old 11th Dec 2016, 21:32
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You can only set a delayed course based on time, but here's a trick to help.

Put a time in the "Delay for" value box, for example "1h48m". An orange dot will show up on the predicted track. Adjust the time until the orange dot is just past the mark, enter the desired course, click the "Delay for" check box and then click "Send Command".

This of course is only valid if the weather doesn't change before rounding the mark! To find the time of the next weather update, set the weather forecast slider to 12 hours. You will see tick marks at six-hour intervals, but there will be one unevenly spaced tick mark, which is the time of the next update.

To find the appropriate course, use the yellow Divider icon, to measure distance and bearing.

Finally, if you go aground, the TWA and your speed is set to zero. Just set a new course that will allow you to claw your way offshore. No damage, just wounded pride and lost time!

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Old 12th Dec 2016, 16:21
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What happens if I hit land?
Like I did last night---hit the Marshall Islands....
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Old 26th Dec 2016, 13:16
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Welcome piperpa46 - I have added the prefix PRU_ to your username in the Christmas race but I see you are on the edge of the racing zone there so, in fairness, I will remove the prefix again so that the Christmas race isn't your first ocean race with PPRuNe Flotilla! It wouldn't be fair :-D

BUT we race as a PRU_ group in most long ocean races, and tend to keep an eye on each other in other races too!

There is a good Sailonline Manual, so please do check it out (it is linked from the Manual tab on the homepage). Lots of good info.

Many SOLers are sailors in reality (or have been) - inshore, offshore and ocean and we even have an America's Cup yacht designer who occasionally races.

Right now, in the Sydney to Hobart is a young professional sailor who was a regular real-life crew with one of our New Zealand SOLers so... there's a great overlap with reality.

This year we buddied with the Danish round Fyn race, the Silverudder Challenge, and I know it will be happening again next year too :-)

and now... here is where the flotilla is in the Christmas race:


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Old 28th Dec 2016, 15:17
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I can't see the image in the previous post, using an iPhone or, on a MacBook Pro, Firefox or Safari.

I've been in touch with brockenspectre. She can see the image.

Anyone else who can't see it?
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Old 28th Dec 2016, 15:19
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Me and I think with different equipment, PC I5 W10 Firefox etc wheras you mac IIRC

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Old 29th Dec 2016, 23:16
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Wodrick,

Thanks for the confirmation. I have posted a request for help on the Computer forum:

http://www.pprune.org/computer-inter...ml#post9624300
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