Windsurfing Race Day 1 with Sea Boss Rider at Saint Aubrey

Lucy, Izi, Lisa, Ella and Sanja joined me yesterday on our new course St AR – SBR – 5 with wind from North East and 21knots. The conditions were smooth, but the disconnect devil caught Sanja. She could come back and finish the race but fell back to the end of the fleet after leading the race at second buoy ON.

from left: Lucy, Izi, me, Lisa, Ella and Sanja

Our new course 5 is different to our others. While courses 1 and 2 are the high speed courses and courses 3 and 4 more the middle speed courses with more options of choosing routes is course 5 a long one (approx 31-34min). Exact tacking, fast and good tacking and fine tuning on the speed are the main points now. So i think its a good addition to the others.

Our new course 5

Sanja started as usual nearly perfect. Izi, Lucy, Ella, Lisa and me started a bit later but all really close together.
Sanja took alone the route first to the East after buoy CN while we others went first North.

Izi, Ella, Lisa, Lucy and me on the upwind leg to buoy ON

Sanja arrived first at buoy ON followed by Izi who passed me on the upwind leg. Ella, Lisa and Lucy followed only a bit later.
Poor Sanja got disconnected a bit later still leading the race and fell back to the end after she came back.
Izi took the lead now and she defended it until the finish line. I dont know how it was for her. But for me it was an exciting race to follow her. Trying my best i could catch up sometimes and come closer, but then she stroke back and found on some legs a little more speed again and sailed a bit more away again. The distance between us variied all the time between 45-55m.

my view of Izi most of the race

Ella, Lisa and Lucy had a triel behind me. After Lisa caught a corner and resat to reset her cam she passed Ella on the long upwind leg with more speed. She was now a little in front of Ella and defended bravely her lead against Ella into the finsh. It was about the same as Izi did with me.
Lucy followed the two in popcorn position and the three were all close together.

Lisa, Lucy and Ella behind me in their triel

Sanja was far behind the fleet and i had no chance to get a racing picture from her.

The finish: 1. Izi (sorry no picture) and then me

The Finish: 2. Lisa
The Finish: 3. Ella
The Finish: 4. Lucy
The Finish: 5. Sanja

Congrats to Izi for winning the first race in 2022 on our new course 5.

The new course 5 didnt have many position changes, but still exciting duels. The most important points on this course are to tack perfect and to find the best speed on the different legs. North East was the first wind we used and 3 other winds (SE, SW and NE) will follow in the next 3 weeks. Then we can say if this course is really a good addition to our 4 other courses.

Having our after race beer at out Tiki Bar again

Here is the result from yesterday:

01: 2022-01-06-St AR – SBR – 5 – NE21:

1: Izi Shinohara IDBS188a – Race Time: 0:31:40-8points
2: TgBianca Resident IDBSeb40 – Race Time: 0:31:48
3: Lisa Hyandi IDBS2145 – Race Time: 0:32:10-5points
4: eleanorvelvet Resident IDBSbccf – Race Time: 0:32:19-3points
5: LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDBS3536 – Race Time: 0:32:56-2points
6: SanjaSH Resident IDBS5fad – Race Time: 0:34:12-1point

Lap Times:
Izi Shinohara IDBS188a – Start: 0:00:11 – Last lap: 0:31:29
TgBianca Resident IDBSeb40 – Start: 0:00:10 – Last lap: 0:31:38
Lisa Hyandi IDBS2145 – Start: 0:00:13 – Last lap: 0:31:57
eleanorvelvet Resident IDBSbccf – Start: 0:00:14 – Last lap: 0:32:05
LucyInTheSky Afarensis IDBS3536 – Start: 0:00:11 – Last lap: 0:32:45
SanjaSH Resident IDBS5fad – Start: 0:00:03 – Last lap: 0:34:09

I expect about 70 races over the year and i plan to count the best 55 results for our 2022 SBR Championship.

Standing overall St AR 2022 SeaBossRider Championship (after 1 races):
Sailor-points (number of races)
Izi-8(1)
Lisa-5(1)
Ella-3(1)
Lucy-2(1)
Sanja-1(1)

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

Hugs and kisses
Bianca

16 comments

    • great video again Lucy
      The others have practiced this course and wind a couple of times before and i guess you didnt. For that you did really well, but the others had the little advantage of knowing the course better.. You will improve soon on this course more as well like you did on the other 4

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        • No the success of our races is that they know the next weeks course and wind and can practice. And we have already a little team that helps the new ones on our courses.
          I sent out the course 5 weeks ago with all information and it is up to the sailors to try it.
          Have you ever seen that experts fell out of the clouds? I havent, but i have seen that they are made on earth with lots of work… So why should a concept that works be illegal?

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    • Hah! I know why you slow: the amount of resource-stealing crap open on your screen. And then doing video on top of it … can’t be good for speed.
      And again I noticed how laggy you became in the flat area with the many rocks (orange marker). Is that normal?

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  1. Great video again Lucy, thanks!

    The only things on Lucy’s screen adding to load are the USB nav HUD and PPS course/position viewer.
    Because of my old Core Duo iMac, I have to use a low draw distance (50m) and non-transparent water when sailing. To make her super videos, Lucy uses a much higher DD (at least 150m) so when she approaches a shoreline like at the yellow marker (IN) she gets that stuttering when loading all the objects on the shore that are coming into view. Transparent water also significantly adds to the load / reduces frame rate, and any objects on the sea bed, although often pretty, don’t help either.
    But, excuse me for asking, how would a ‘slow’ sailor get a podium place in last year’s series? (Answer: she ain’t ‘slow’!)

    It was exciting for me too, Bianca. I had to do all my turns nearly perfect, and still at times I thought ‘this is the leg where she catches me’. But, as you say, somehow I always found an extra bit of speed to keep my slender lead! A super fun race, although I feel for poor Sanja and her disconnect, the race would surely have been hers otherwise, after a good start and sailing a bit away from her chasers.

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    • “But, excuse me for asking, how would a โ€˜slowโ€™ sailor get a podium place in last yearโ€™s series? (Answer: she ainโ€™t โ€˜slowโ€™!)”

      When sailors – not only Lucy – sail above those rocks, they looks as if they hit a pot of honey and struggling to break free. At least that’s how it looks like in the video. And I know the amount of huds and shit doesn’t reduce the boat speed, as that is independent of the user’s computer.But it may add to the user’s apparent lag. In other words: My boat sails the same speed but I can’t see it on my screen and all my inputs only affect my boat much later. Here from SA I never have less than 300 m/s latency, so despite having a good computer and graphics card and RAM up the wazoo, I’ll never be good in boat vs boat duels. It all comes together.

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      • podium means you are either fastest, second fastest or third fastest… and if there arent so many faster ones you reach the podium… But in SL it unfortunately not always your racing skill that decides you result in the end.

        We all know and we tell all beginners how to reduce the script numbers for races, but as always it is a question of personal taste and what people like to use and feel comfortable with – We can lead the horse to the water, but we cant make it drink.

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  2. Correction: my iMac is a quad core i5, but I’m led to believe that multiple cores make no difference for SL as it only uses one. A single ‘thread’, or something like that?

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    • Far as I know, and I don’t known shit, a fast single core is better than a slow, multicore/multithread CPU. But my info is about 1000 years old. So anyway, your Mac isn’t giving you probs coz of the sweet i5 proci but since they are generally shitty for gaming. I don’t know your specific model but I bet you’re restricted to the intel onboard graphics. No wonder SL ain’t fun for you.

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      • We all have different PCs, have different internet connections, have a different numbers of people using our home network, we have a different way to our next main server and to the SL servers, we have to deal with SL on different days and times…
        For me that system is far too complicated to say what it is best and what is good for me doesnt mean to be good for someone else.
        I have a friend and she has a better PC, a lot better Internet connection and lives a couple of hundred kilometers nearer to SL servers, but i finish 90% of my races and she crashes in most of hers, even with my settings. And i can tell you we tried the whole preference menues and it didnt improve for her. So one or two explanations are much too easy to help everyone.

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  3. Orca, where on earth did you get the idea that SL isn’t fun for me? Am I some kind of masochist who carries on spending my time there anyway? (Answers: it is, and no I’m not.)

    My ancient iMac has an ancient NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB. As for Macs being ‘generally shitty for gaming’, I rather believe my own experience than what any Win/Linux user believes to be true! It’s served me very well (for work and play) for 10 years with not one HW/SW problem/virus/malware. That’s what I like. But now it’s time for a replacement, so I can begin to enjoy SL in all it’s beautiful EEPness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • See, that’s what I meant to say. A GT650 will l only get you so far. For a full featured SL experience you need at least a GTX card. And, yes Macs are generally shitty for gaming since they never get the good GPUs and the number of games you can play on a Mac is very very small. Even in their more expensive, professional models Apple rather puts in a production graphics card than a gamers’. Since Macs were traditionally used for DTP and modelling tasks and not for gaming.

      If I were in video editing or magazine layout or architecture or music production I’d buy a Mac first thing. For SL and real gaming … rather not.

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  4. I suppose the thing is that for play I only do SL, which is quite different to real gaming when it comes to ‘puter resources. So in spite of your claim that you ‘don’t know shit’, I bow to your superior knowledge in that respect! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • See, I, too, don’t rate SL as a game per se but we must not forget that it is based on an old graphics game engine and in so far to get the best out of SL we need beefy gaming computers. I’m not on the latest level of info but afaik SL is one of the last bastions where we are better of with Nvidia graphics over AMD’s.

      But please don’t take my word as gospel, I’m an old hippie bish in a much too modern world.

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