Race Day 12 with Bandit 22LTE at Saint Aubrey

The weather conditions were normal for these times after the restarts during the day. But the weather conditions in general become worse since weeks.
– Disconnect crashes and crashes during TP (like we had 2 years ago) return more and more
– you have to pass a sim cross now with a lot more distance to be safe, 5-10m in the past, 20-25m now
– after hitting a sim cross it becomes harder to tp back on the boat again and the avi will be send to somewhere but not back on the boat
– sims and simboarders turn boats randomly around without any reasons and with different angles
– after a sim crossing it can take up to 30s until you get control of your boat back, while it continues sailing, but mostly not really into the right direction

But besides all these issues coming up we had an exciting race again with many close duels and battles. Lisa, Reni, Lucy, Ella, Alya, Erika, Adeli, Viv, Laured, Nicci, Moon and Rugger came out for yesterdays race on our normal course with wind from North West and 21knots. Laured, Adeli and Nicci crashed after sim crosses and couldnt get back on her boat. Nicci had some issues with her ID and wasnt registered as well, if you miss her in the result list. Viv lost control on a crossing and the boat went into circle mode with all scripts down. Her tries to get back on the boat let her be only crew but never the skipper again and so she gave up.

the fleet at the briefing
nice close up of all racers (video by Hakiria)

The start went pretty well. Only Rugger was very close to a foul this time for his tack in front of Adeli. She reacted perfectly and fast and could sail around him, but that was only luck in this case. A little more lag and Rugger would have gotten a penalty.

the start (video by Hakiria)

It was an amazing picture seeing the fleet coming closer short after the start on their first upwind leg.

the fleet on the first upwind leg to buoy CS
Lisa, Reni, Viv and Adeli first at buoy CS followed by all others
the fleet on the first downwind leg to buoy OE (video by Hakiria)
Lisa first at buoy OE,
followed by Reni and Viv,
Adeli, Nicci and Rugger,
Moon, Lucy and Ella
and Alya and Erika at the end of the fleet
Lisa, Viv, Reni, Adeli and Moon on their upwind leg to buoy CN (video by Hakiria)
Lisa, Reni and Viv at buoy CN
followed by Adeli, Lucy, Nicci, Rugger and Ella

On the way to buoy ON we lost Adeli who was just starting to pass Reni.

Moon, Lucy, Nicci, Ella and Laured chasing the 3 in front short after buoy ON
followed by Alya and Erika

We saw several different strategies on the long upwind to buoy OW and the sailors crossed several times each others lines without any accidents.

Moon and Rugger crossing Lucys line on the way to buoy OW

On the way to buoy OW we lost Laured and Viv, who was slowly catching up with Lisa. After that Lisa was still in front and Reni followed her now a little behind.

Moon, Nicci, Rugger and Lucy at buoy IS
Ella and Alya following them at buoy IS
Erika at the end of the fleet at buoy IS

Moon, Nicci, Rugger and Lucy had a nice battle on the long downwind legs back home until Nicci crashed short before last buoy CS and then they were only 3 until the finish.

1. Lisa, 2. Reni, 3. Moon, 4. Rugger, 5. Lucy, 6. Ella, 7. Alya, 8. Erika (video by Hakiria)

Imagine how exciting the races could be if the performance of SL wouldnt become slowly worse and worse. Not sure how long people will accept this before starting to send massively complains about the worse becoming performance to LL. I hope i can motivate some with this report to start with it now already.

And here is the result from yesterday:

Race 12: 2021-03-23-ST AR- B22LTE-1 – NW21:

1: Lisa Hyandi BS2145 – Race Time: 0:26:31-12points
2: SerenityAeon Resident BS8584 – Race Time: 0:27:07-9points
3: moonglownight Resident BSbf2e – Race Time: 0:28:03-7points
4: ruggeromare Resident BSf78d – Race Time: 0:28:11-6points
5: LucyInTheSky Afarensis BS3536 – Race Time: 0:28:16-5points
6: eleanorvelvet Resident BSbccf – Race Time: 0:28:51-4points
7: Alya Bloodrose BS7077 – Race Time: 0:28:55-3points
8: ErikaTwinkle Resident BSb378 – Race Time: 0:29:41-2points
9: Adeli Panthar BSb673 – Not Finished-1point
9: vivipezz Resident BS42d3 – Not Finished-1point
9: laured Cabassoun BSaa47 – Not Finished-1point

Lap Times:
Lisa Hyandi BS2145 – Start: 0:00:00 – Last lap: 0:26:31
SerenityAeon Resident BS8584 – Start: 0:00:04 – Last lap: 0:27:03
moonglownight Resident BSbf2e – Start: 0:00:19 – Last lap: 0:27:44
ruggeromare Resident BSf78d – Start: 0:00:01 – Last lap: 0:28:10
LucyInTheSky Afarensis BS3536 – Start: 0:00:09 – Last lap: 0:28:07
eleanorvelvet Resident BSbccf – Start: 0:00:11 – Last lap: 0:28:40
Alya Bloodrose BS7077 – Start: 0:00:16 – Last lap: 0:28:39
ErikaTwinkle Resident BSb378 – Start: 0:00:31 – Last lap: 0:29:10
Adeli Panthar BSb673 – Start: 0:00:00 – Last lap: Not Finished
vivipezz Resident BS42d3 – Start: 0:00:06 – Last lap: Not Finished
laured Cabassoun BSaa47 – Start: 0:00:19 – Last lap: Not Finished

Standing overall St AR 2021 B22LTE Championship (after 12 races):
Sailor – points – number of races
Adeli – 103 – 11
Lisa – 89 – 8
Moon – 85 – 11
Reni – 75 – 9
Lucy – 67 – 11
Jenna – 65 – 7
Nicole – 53 – 8
Nicci – 36 – 10
Rugger 36 – 12
Balut – 32 – 7
Laured – 27 – 7
Deacon – 18 – 3
Erika – 17 – 7
Viv – 15 – 3
Sea – 14 – 6
Cilian – 14 – 6
Daenery – 12 – 1
Juicy – 10 – 6
Sirius – 7 – 1
Ella – 7 – 3
Erin – 6 – 2
Delphine – 2 – 1
Alya – 2 – 1
Rolo – 1 – 1
Cate – 1 – 1
Alvar – 1 – 1

Congrats to Lisa for winning and a big thank all for a fair and exciting race.

Stay all safe and healthy and i hope to see you next week again. Then we will be back on normal time 1:30PM SLT, because Europe will have changed to summertime as well and on reversed course with wind North East and 21knots.

hugs and kisses
Bianca

9 comments

  1. For sure, it was a fun and exciting race!… while it lasted for me 🙂
    On the strict application of the sailing rules, there is no need to wait for contact to register a foul: the rule states to “keep clear” and keeping clear means leaving the space for the right-of-way boat. As soon as you force the RoW boat to steer away from her course, you foul!
    From what we see on the video, Ruggero typically was barging Adeli in pre-start by bearing down to avoid taking an early start: as RD, I would have penalised him without hesitation.
    There is always the possibility to slow down your boat instead, by pointing up while leaving the sails loose: like that you don’t foul and you make a timely start.. I was precisely in that case (pink boat at the windward end of the line): very early, so I slowed down a lot keeping close to the wind. My start was (very) slow but clear, and I was in the position I wanted, to windward of all the fleet. That allowed me to open a tiny bit more towards first mark and make up the distance lost on the line by better speed to mark 1: I started 6th or 7th but was already 3rd around mark 1, very close behind Reni, 2nd.
    BTW, Congrats to Lisa for her perfect start: full speed on the dot, close to the windward end… Cannot do better!!
    Cheers & bon vent, y’all 🙂

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    • Just to talk and with my desire to learn the rules better talking of them.,..
      I agree with Vivi interpretation of the rules and i consider this a barging situation, Similar thing happened a week ago but that time Ruggero was leeward so he had Row, This time the boat had to keep clear from Adeli one. Please . again , just to talk and let me learn more.. not to criticize … And yes it was a very fun race .,. too bad that lately many lovely duels stop becaue of external causes. .. I too had bad issues yesterday even totally lost USB support for the last 3 buoys .. good that i know the course quite well. :
      It would be much better if the “lottery” component of SL sail races woud be much less, because the situation seem to get worse lateli.
      Thank yuou all for the fun and many many thanks to Bianca for the organization.

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      • As a RD, a good question I ask myself when wondering whether to call a penalty or not is as follow:
        Did the offending boat benefit from fouling ? And conversely, did the other suffer from the foul?
        Here, obviously the answer is yes to both: Ruggero would have crossed early and lost much time without his move, and Adeli ended in a less favourable position after the start, further downwind than before.

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    • You are right with the foul of Rugger and i sent him the original video link and gave him that for a last warning. I told him to calm down more at the start and told him as well “no more mercy” next times… I am still optimistic we can educate even Rugger a bit.

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  2. One tactical remark about Adeli’s start: Given the NW wind, the windward end was favoured. So, seeing Ruggero ahead, bearing down, and seeing I was a bit early (despite avoiding Ruggero, Adeli still made an on-the-dot start like Lisa), I would have luffed up a bit to duck behind him and start closer to the windward end. I would have started nearly on par with Lisa, instead of 30-40m downwind from her.

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    • Hi Vivi ,. thank you ,. posts like this help me to learn better how to react to this kind of situation. I made the “symmetric” mistake a week ago with NE wind : to avoid Ruggero (who had ROW) i luffed up instead of bearing down and pass behind him.. Luffing up very close to the line .. i crossed the line over early and abandoned the race due to the “anger of the moment” for my mistake…

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    • maybe you remember the B22 monday race at NYC when i went around you and Moon with full speed and turned behind you two to the line and waved for Goodbye… both can be at a time a success and has to be decided in a part of a sec…

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  3. At buoy CN, where I passed Reni, it was really tight! She had RoW as the starboard boat, so I had to let her pass ahead. It was very close and I didn’t have much room to duck behind her given how closely I had layed the mark. I was fortunate the timing of our 2 boats was perfect for me to sneak in between the mark and Reni’s boat. Then I was in good position to accelerate and change sails while Reni was still tacking around the mark.

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    • Yes i watched that situation, because i knew it could be very close. All was clear which is shown on the video as well.
      And all the other situations when sailors crossed their ways or turned around buoys were yesterday close but fair.
      It was really amazing to see that this can work like this in an exciting race with so many motivated sailors.

      thank you all for that

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