There’s plenty talk about Burt’s new sexy little Boat, the Shields, in the SL Sailing forum. Particularly Ginger Henderson is very busy establishing this brandnew freebie boat as a racing class. So her forum posts are very motivating and it’s hard to resist grabbing a Shields and go racing it right away … and it’s no problem neither: the Shields is a freebie and available at many yacht clubs (for example @ TrYC). So just go there, grab yourself a boat and get familiarized with it. In that part Ginger is an irreplaceable beacon of guidance light as well, as you can see from her forum posts and even video.
I showed you the Shields a while ago in a unscripted early alpha version but now I got myself the real one. For my taste she sails rather unspectacular but then it’s a remodel of a very old IOD-style boat so she sails obviously pretty realistically. Well, the 10 minutes I sailed her I spend mostly trying to get some good snapshots and didn’t concentrate on her sailing abilities too much.
TrYC’s Orca will follow suit with their first Shields race at a more EU-friendly slot on Saturday, 23 May at 12 p.m. SLT. I’ll prolly use this nice up n down course. Nevermind the Quest Cup name, it’s the official Shields course for Saturday. 😉