Race Day 6 with Bandit 22LTE at TrYC

The race yesterday was shadowed by pretty bad weather conditions and the story of the race is told quite fast. Only 2 of 7 boats finished. Nicole, Lucy, Jenna, Julie, Sea, Cilian and Moon joined the race on our B25 Course with wind from South West and 18knots.
The story around the race and the reactions and behavior of the cruise directors of Topless Cruise is a lot more interesting and need definetly to be mentioned here.

The wind from South West and start to the South West out of Triumphal is the most risky one we have in our program. But our Racers know that even in a race a fair sailing together is the only way to have a safe and exciting race

6 boats parallel at the Triumphal exit
and on their way to start an exciting race
Nicole before Lucy at buoy 2
followed by Moon, Julie and Sea

On the Right you see 2 of the Cruisers who slowed down to let the Racers pass. Compliment to these Cruisers who understood that sailing together is the only way how this work in sl. Unfortunately after this sl disconnected me following the fleet and i got back when they already reached buoy 4.

Nicole (already passed), Moon, Lucy and Julie at buoy 4

Jenna and Cilian were already out of the race, Moon, Sea and Lucy were kicked by sl on their way to buoy 5.
So only Nicole and Julie were still racing. Nicole was leading the fleet far ahead after some awesome sailng, but got unseated and after she was back on the boat Julie had passed her.

Julie in front of Nicole at the Roman Boat

But on the following turn and the Long upwind back to Dunai area Nicole managed to pass Julie aagin and stayed in front until the finish.

starting the last zigzag part
at the last buoy before finish
Nicole finishing before Julie

And here is the result of the race

Race 6: 2020-08-11-TrYC Bandit 22LTE-SW18

1: Nicole Myhre IDBS8754 — 00:31:23 6 points
2: JulieRoyale Resident IDBSDD96 — 00:31:37 3 points
3: moonglownight Resident IDBSBF2E — not Finished 1 point
4: jnx1e Resident IDBSD171 — not Finished 1 point
5: LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDBS3536 — not Finished 1 point
6: filax Carter IDBS71EC — not Finished 1 point
7: Cilian McCullough IDBSF7A8 — not Finished 1 point

Lap Times:
Nicole Myhre IDBS8754 — Start: 00:00:27 — Last lap: 00:30:56
JulieRoyale Resident IDBSDD96 — Start: 00:00:20 — Last lap: 00:31:17
moonglownight Resident IDBSBF2E — Start: 00:00:23 — Last lap: not finished
jnx1e Resident IDBSD171 — Start: 00:00:24 — Last lap: not finished
LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDBS3536 — Start: 00:00:24 — Last lap: not finished
filax Carter IDBS71EC — Start: 00:00:31 — Last lap: not finished
Cilian McCullough IDBSF7A8 — Start: 00:00:36 — Last lap: not finished

Standing overall TrYC 2020 B22LTE Championchip (after 6 races):
Sailor – points – number of races
Porter – 41 – 4
Moon – 35 – 6
Lisa – 31 – 4
Nicole – 30 – 6
Jenna – 28 – 6
Lucy – 17 – 6
Emileigh -15 – 3
Adeli – 13 – 2
Joris – 8 – 1
Julie – 8 – 4
Sea – 7 – 4
Isa – 5 – 2
Dream – 1 – 1
Viv – 1 – 1
Meireles – 1 – 1
Cilian – 1 – 1

The race started exciting, but sl killed most of it. Only Nicole and Julie had an exciting duell until the finish.

But now back to the story around this race. You might remember the Topless Cruise running into our race some weeks ago ( https://orcaflotta.blog/2020/07/15/race-day-3-with-b22lte-at-tryc/ ). Orca suggested i should ask the cruise directors to mention our race to the cruisers (knowing it wouldnt help at all):

[2020/08/10 14:47] Bianca: hiya Cryp, will you please tell your cruisers tomorrow that there will be a race at their first part and that they please give way to the racers?

And here is the answer of Cryptic:


We recognize that no club or entity has ‘right of way’ in the main LL waters, including Bingo Strait. The only area LL considers special is The Blake Sea regions, with it’s own TOS/EULA. Even reading that, ‘racing’ does not garner it’s own special right of way. Our cruisers use the mainland waters per LL’s usage policy. They also use the accepted real world “the vessel with the wind on their starboard side has the right of way” passing rule. Topless Cruisers have been sailing in this area for six years, and will continue to use this area per LL’s usage rights granted every SL resident. There was a reason the club accord/hand-shake agreement existed, to prevent overlap of usage of the same areas. You removed Triumphal from this agreement with this knowledge.

Cryptic Resident
Director of Sailing and Racing – BrendaRex/Backwater Bay Yacht Club

1. Cryptic is a experienced sailor and race director for years. The suggested cruise wind was NE so they were on starboard tack on their way west and our race wind was SW (which she definetely knew) and the Racers were on starboard tack on their way east. Cryptic refers on the ROW of starboard tack, but which is the right one, theirs or ours (scroll down to 3.) ? The only way to avoid trouble is now when a Cruisers who have the time and know about a race on their route just slows down a bit and let the racers pass. But as you can read in Cryptics answer she wasnt willing to tell her Cruisers that there is a race going on on their route. All other Cruise Directors tell their Cruisers about races on their routes (again 4.)

2. If i am nice and polite i would say some of the leaders behind Topless Cruise havent realised that time has changed and that we are not living in the last century anymore. Cryptic is referring to an old agrement about the area here. But since then a lot of new boats were built and a lot more sailors are out there now using them. Unfortunately another thing they dont realise is that the week still has only 7 days and the time slot to get most sailors together is very limited. A lot more Cruises and races popped up lately and offers the sailors more events they can choose from. But this works only when we respect each others and dont insist on old Agreements for their own advantage.

3. But i am realistic and not polite. So in this case i say the leaders of Topless Cruise interpretate rules for their own advantage, pick out some points and use them to tell the others that they are always wrong. This is ignorance par excellance and reminds me of the catholic church who have the Pope and who they say is always right. Another relict from the very past that doesnt fit in the present anymore.
There is a book called “Animal Farm” and its about Russian Revolution. After the Revolution they set up several new laws. One of them was “All Animals are equal”, but it was changed after some time by the new Leaders to “All Animals are equal, but some are more equal”. Yesterday reminded me of that book again and it describes the Topless Cruise Leaders and their thinking perfectly.

4. But i am very glad that most of the cruisers didnt follow the ignorance of their leaders and respected the racers, slowed down or turned around them. Thank You very much for that and i am glad you realised what sailing together in sl means in these modern times.

5. I could write a lot more around these people, believing they own the world and only their rules are valid and all others have to follow their rules. But that is another story.

Again my big compliment and thank to the Cruisers yesterday…

hugs and kisses

P.S. Find some more Pictures from Sunday here
This https://www.flickr.com/photos/123025483@N07/50215717041/in/dateposted/ and the following ones


  1. Bia, I don’t know if the SLSA calendar is still a thing and if all SL Sailing clubs adhere to it. And I have no idea if all TrYC races are in the calendar. I only remember that we had the Saturday noon timeslot reserved since the stone age … and one or two others. In that case it should be clear who has the right to have events in Bingo Strait.

    But I know exactly that Cryptic opened her marina only after I had retired and Lucy was already the TrYC RD. So at least her race should be save from any interference by other clubs.


    • “There was a reason the club accord/hand-shake agreement existed, to prevent overlap of usage of the same areas. You removed Triumphal from this agreement with this knowledge.”

      Fuk me if I still remember this accord. 😮

      Best would be to find the SLSA calendar and the person responsible for it. Too bad the Sailing Community doesn’t have neither a website nor a forum anymore and you all are dangling in the air. :/


      • well as i said only 7 days a week and limited timeslots for most people, more boats and more sailors… so probably more events and sailors can choose… and then you will see what race will be a success and what wont…but i think my Intension to write that was more about the ignorance of this little leader Group and their rule Interpretation for only their advantage

        Liked by 1 person

      • For some years it worked quite well. Until a certain Don Berithos entered the scene and tried to take over all of SL Sailing and make it all America’s Cup … without any cooperation. He had the power of the RL AC behind him … and had to notice that SL Sailing didn’t give a fuk about his antics.

        And then the chapter Maiti … and after she was gone, so was the spirit of the community. We were all just run-down, damaged, disturbed and tired.

        I remember I once had a M24 race at the same time as a Fizz race. But mine was in Bingo Strait and the Fizzes were in Sailors Cove. And, most important, Fizzers are too arrogant to race on baby easy Bwind boats anyway, so we didn’t even steal the other event’s racers. And: We co-operated, we talked, we came to an agreement. It can be so easy.

        Anyhoo, traditionally we only had the LCC doing cruises, at their standard times that didn’t interfere with any racing. Or at least were far off the usual race courses.

        Unwritten law among RL sailors: When a cruiser happens to set their course through a race course, they will plot a way around the race or just wait until the race peloton has passed. After all, as cruiser they are not in any hurry.

        Liked by 1 person

          She interpretates rules for her own Advantage. She was here in this area first and she uses this old agreement to argue that racers dont have Row.
          At North Sea every boat that isnt racing but close to the racecourse will be returned. There racers have ROW. Well there she is the Boss and has the rights to do so and doesnt have to argue.

          You can easier make Mount Everest to move 1m than to change Cryp’s mind when she made a descision.

          Liked by 2 people

          • “She was here in this area first”
            I can’t remember but didn’t TrYC always have a Tuesday race? No? Okayyyyy, then it’s her event and you are intruding on it. Plain and simple. But is she really using the same course each week? How boring. I thought cruises were about exploration and sailing in new, sometimes dangerous, areas.

            “and she uses this old agreement to argue that racers dont have Row.”
            It’s not a ROW question. Particularly not when both fleets are on different winds.

            Liked by 1 person

            • I am intruding yes. That is her point not to mention it in their groupchat. But there popped up a lot of new cruises and races as well and there it works. Its just a question of respect and not of old rules, agreements or who was there first.
              They have a little library of courses and wont always cross our course. So its not the problem every week


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s