Race Day 37 with Bandit 22LTE at Saint Aubrey

Yesterday Lisa, Amy, Erin, Lucy, Jessi, Nicci, Mizi, Ella, Erica, Hart, Moon, Rugger and Angus came to our B22 race on our new course 2 with wind from South East and 21knots. LL restarted all our 29 sims 3 hours before the race and caused smooth conditions. Hart hit a corner and crashed and Ella got disconnected. But both came back, found their boats and finished.

the fleet at the briefing
a closer look at the sailors and their boats (video by Noe)

We got the latest version of Lalia’s race line and it worked very well. When you looked at the older blogs you might have noticed that the timer numbers changed their color during the prestart (yellow 1min before start, orange 30sec before start, red 10sec before start and green with start). With this new version the line does the same and its a lot better to see and calculate for the racers.

the prestart (video by Noe)

Lisa and Ella had the best timing at the start, followed by a first triel Moon, Rugger and Erin, then Nicci, a second triel Lucy, Mizi and Amy, then Jessi and the third triel Hart, Erica and Angus.

the start

Lisa and Ella took the advantage of the best starts and were on the first leg already a little in the lead. The others started to find their place in the string of pearls.

on the first leg to Oprince race line (video by Noe)

The map shows clearly 2 dots at Oprince race line and all… well nearly all did it right. Only Nicci turned a bit too early, made an extra circle around the second race line buoy and got nearly passed by all others. She started an exciting chase after that.

sailing around race line Oprince

On the following downwind leg a couple of fighting couples found together. Lisa and Ella for the lead. Moon and Amy for third place, Erin and Rugger, Jessi and Mizi in the middle of the fleet.

upwind leg between buoy CN and buoy OE (video by Noe)

The last crossing before buoy OE stopped the duel between Lisa and Ella, because LL decided to disconnect Ella. It took her a while to come back, to find her boat and to continue the race. I was really looking forward to an exciting duel between Lisa and Ella for the first place. But now Lisa was safe in the lead and kept that until the finish line.

at buoy OE: 2. Erin and Amy, 4. Moon, 5. Rugger, 6. Lucy
7. Mizi, 8. Jessi. 9. Erica

Nicci after her mistake at Oprince, Hart after her 4-way-cross crash, Ella after her disconnect and Angus followed the fleet.

the downwind leg between buoy OE and CS (video by Noe)

The very long leg to buoy OW via ON, CN and IN are high speed legs. I watched the boats having their duels close together and all with mostly spin up. It was awesome to watch and such a nice view that i totally forgot to take a picture of that.
All tried hard to catch up with the boat in front of them and to defend their lead to the boat behind them. The result was no one made a big mistake and they kept nearly all their positions with Lisa far in the front of all. Only Moon and Amy passed Erin and sailed a bit away from her.

at buoy IN: 2. Moon, 3. Amy
4. Erin
5. Lucy, 6. Rugger, 7. Mizi, 8. Jessi
9. Nicci
10. Erica
11. Ella
Nicci chasing Mizi and Jessi after buoy OW

After buoy OW followed the long upwind part back to the finish line with lots of open water between the private sims around and lots of options to tack earlier or later for different routes and to try to catch up with others. The fleet looked a bit like busy ants finding their way back home.

the finish: 1. Lisa
2. Moon
3. Amy
4. Erin
5. Rugger
6. Lucy
7. Jessi
photo finish: 8. Nicci and 9. Mizi
10. Ella
11. Erica
12. Angus
13. Hart

Congrats to Lisa for her win. Shame that SL stopped the exciting duel with Ella so early. Congrats to Ella and Hart who didn’t give up after their crashes and finished bravely. And congrats to all others for awesome sailing and for exciting and fair duels.

the after race party at the Tiki Bar

Here is the result from yesterday:

Race 37 2021-09-28-ST AR-B22LTE-2- SE21:

1: Lisa Hyandi BS2145 – Race Time: 0:33:21-16points
2: moonglownight Resident BSbf2e – Race Time: 0:34:23-13points
3: Montserrat Naidoo BSce61 – Race Time: 0:34:36-11points
4: clairehunt Resident BSfe0f – Race Time: 0:35:09-10points
5: ruggeromare Resident BSf78d – Race Time: 0:35:22-9points
6: LucyInTheSky Afarensis BS3536 – Race Time: 0:35:44-8points
7: jessikalne Resident BS327f – Race Time: 0:36:08-7points
8: Nicci Neox BSa594 – Race Time: 0:36:40-6points
9: Mizogoi Resident BSca61 – Race Time: 0:36:41-5points
10: eleanorvelvet Resident BSbccf – Race Time: 0:36:59-4points
11: EricaMusashi Resident BSaf13 – Race Time: 0:37:38-3points
12: Angus Finlayson BS35ee – Race Time: 0:46:23-2points
13: Hart Flatley BSf36b – Race Time: 0:50:02-1point

Lap Times:
Lisa Hyandi BS2145 – Start: 0:00:08 – Last lap: 0:33:13
moonglownight Resident BSbf2e – Start: 0:00:14 – Last lap: 0:34:09
Montserrat Naidoo BSce61 – Start: 0:00:27 – Last lap: 0:34:09
clairehunt Resident BSfe0f – Start: 0:00:18 – Last lap: 0:34:51
ruggeromare Resident BSf78d – Start: 0:00:16 – Last lap: 0:35:06
LucyInTheSky Afarensis BS3536 – Start: 0:00:26 – Last lap: 0:35:18
jessikalne Resident BS327f – Start: 0:00:38 – Last lap: 0:35:30
Nicci Neox BSa594 – Start: 0:00:16 – Last lap: 0:36:24
Mizogoi Resident BSca61 – Start: 0:00:27 – Last lap: 0:36:14
eleanorvelvet Resident BSbccf – Start: 0:00:08 – Last lap: 0:36:51
EricaMusashi Resident BSaf13 – Start: 0:01:22 – Last lap: 0:36:16
Angus Finlayson BS35ee – Start: 0:01:28 – Last lap: 0:44:55
Hart Flatley BSf36b – Start: 0:01:17 – Last lap: 0:48:45

Standing overall St AR 2021 B22LTE Championship (after 37 races):
Sailor-points (number of races)
Rugger 133(30)

Stay all safe and healthy and hope to see you all next week again on the same course, but then with wind from South West and 21knots.

hugs and kisses


    • Forgot the colors in minimap:

      Yellow – Amy (Monty), Ruggero
      White – Erin (claire), Hart
      Cyan – Nicci
      Red – Moon
      Black – Jessika
      Marrom – Angus (Angus)
      Purple – Lisa, Mizi (mizogoi)
      Green – Ella (eleanor), Ericca
      and myself in center of yellow circle

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    • awesome video of an exciting duel with Rugger again, shame that you used the spin a little to late and he could sail away and managed to keep that lead until the finish

      After Viv told me a couple of hours before that she had so much lag on the hotlaps course i asked LL to restart all our 29 sims around this course and it looked in your video as if that worked very well.


  1. Whoa! Did I count 13 boats at the startline? Either this boat is really great or you’re doing something extremely right, Bianca. I guess it’s a bit of both. πŸ˜‰

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    • i think i was lucky that i found good and interesting designs with my courses and they are long enough to catch up again after mistakes. People like them now in 37 races this year.
      Well and i try not to scare them away.
      This in combination with a boat that is quite easy to learn at first and then very exciting to sail in races at the limit seems to be a good base for exciting races and duels every week.


  2. Great video indeed! I loved the duel with Ruggero, who I think, fouled you at 3:38′ when you are both under spin, you on starboard tack…. yet you amicably veered away, gybing to avoid collision: Always the fair play one, Lucy! Cheers!

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    • “you amicably veered away, gybing to avoid collision”

      That’s the difference between RL sailors and PC gamers, Viv. We know how expensive all the gear on our boats is and also how easy human bones break or how fast humans can drown/freeze to death in the water after a collision. So we veer away. It’s even our duty, avoiding collisions at all costs. But of course it’s not at all amicably. πŸ˜‰ I was witness of many shouting duels and after race judge hearings and hard decisions.

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      • Back in my days of RL sailing, participating in club regattas with a Snipe, this was my complain: people used to say that it was just a weekend regatta so rules didn’t need to be always reinforced.

        My point was that many young and newbies were participating or watching, and this way they would learn that rules are not that important, so one can push its limits.

        No! That was the moment to be hard in rules in order to teach them its value!

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        • Exactly! Rules are rules. We all agreed to follow them before we entered the sport of race sailing. Doesn’t matter if you’re 7 y/o and racing an Opti or 68 years old and sailing an America’s Cupper.

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      • yes, Orca, absolutely, and I have witnessed (even been part of some long arguments) in SL before. For all my comments, I do enjoy it better the Bianca’s “laid-back” way of running things, especially for these mostly friendly weekly races. I mean, this is only SL, right?

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    • the time between the moment Lucy tacked into Ruggers direction and tacked back were less than 3sec at a speed of about 15knots. That means less than 20m distance between the two.
      I am not a very experienced RD, but with the different internet speed, computer hardware and viewer preferences we all have i would say that this was not much time for Rugger see Lucy tacking, realize the different tacks and then do the right thing to tack away.
      Theoretical you might be right Viv, but practical i would say it was good that Lucy tacked away again.

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      • Given where the next mark was, Ruggero may have anticipated Lucy was about to tack. She did fully complete her tack to starboard and was indeed quick to assess Ruggero was not paying attention. Good reaction by Lucy, which does not exonerate Ruggero. and I am just commenting here, not trying to lecture anyone. All in good faith and spirits! Cheers!

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