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Wings are not sails something I had to explain to Jane Fossit many many times when we Beta tested the
The AC 45. Wildcat . Soft sails on a catamaran most time's if you dump your main sail you will de power your boat .
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Sailing at twice the speed of wind is truly a Art and in Second-life what we are learning is that these Wild Wind AC45 Wildcats have hidden speed inside them .. They are no forgiving boat in Capsizes and Pitchpoling penalties to Wing adjustments and head sail choices . Which allows for racers to always have a fighting chance to Catch there competitors .
Practice of course is always a added advantage in any type of vessel . But What we have seen first hand is These Ac45 Wildcats seem to have a almost unlimited reward system in them .. What does that mean? Well it means they never seem to bottom out in some sort of programmed Hull speed which like ACA boats have the older [Version Five Lead Sleds] they are so well know to be called by there Past cup crews.
And unlike BWind engined in world boats that have a Pre programmed top hull speed . Some how Corry discovered a way for the boat to reward perfection . At any given day you will find in AC Park in Second life someone always practicing this Art . Studying the courses and doing lap after lap after lap . Why? because when you do finally become Competitive and this curve isnt big to be up front with the big boys its some if not the most adrenaline powered racing available in Virtual Sailing.
The art of split second decisions like that those in Rl cant be compared to any boat in second-life today,flying a hull over the next mark at 25 knots is really something to see and experience . but doing so with three or four boats right next to you or right behind you even more hair raising ,
The term sweaty palms can be heard a lot at the end of our races . That just how intense it is . Races are won in seconds tenth of seconds in AC park ... A miss que racing with your wing tweaked to all she has at 44 degrees to the water your racing literally on the edge. the edge of victory the edge of hull speed edge of technology . in Real Word and SL Sailing both push the boundaries of what we have always taken for granted .
Ive been lucky enough to sail both in Real life and Actually the first was a AC45 in Plymouth England and with my countries Team, Oracle Team USA. Aboard Spithill boat four . I probly got one the wildest rides a Guest racer has ever had .. We defied gravity almost capsizing we were at the point of no return . The tiller Breaking and taking my host skipper flying by me some how I grabbed the rudder arm and pushed the arm over into the wind . Like a slow motion thoroughbred horse slowed down we miraculously started coming back up . And then with a great Slam we were back. Jimmy first comment to me mate you just saved us about 60'000 dollars . A priceless day caught on so many high light reals and photographers it was at one time Americas cups Number one High light real .
The second America's cup vessel came at this years America's cup Super Yacht Races . At the last minute I got phone call early in the morning two days before the start of the America's Cup Finals in San Francisco . It was my Australian friend the ex head of the failed Australian challenge for this 34th America's cup PBaker. I had done a lot work on this campaign on again off again on again . Then woking for Fox Sports AUS for the Vuitton with PB I was then offered the media spot on The Team Objective Australia Red bull Boat . I had covered them up till now for Fox now I was a Team member ..
Any way Pete explained to me if you can find crew I have Chartered the USA 77 version Five Oracle boat now owned by Team Member Brad Webb.. How would I like to Co Skipper . WOW would I .
I called my buddies Locke Peyron he was busy I called his press secretary he was busy. I called my buddy the rear commodore at the Gold Gate Yacht club they had full schedule for the day at the club .
I called my Norbert he as well was busy with tours up in Ac park .
Could this be i cant find crew , I called one last person Bruno Trouble as he thanked me he said he would be on the Adelle . But had I considered asking the Media desk they finally had a day of and they would just love it .
I jumped on My bike flew down to AC village from Up town probly one the wildest bike rides yet all down hill I think i did it in Five minutes a New record . first stop Iain Murrays Office . I asked would it be ok to steal away half his family today to come crew with us . See half the media desk is his wife and Daughters as well as head of Ac operations daughter all internal Ac family really . He was like John Thats a great idea. But first you better win and second you better bring them all home LOLO.
Now these college bound girls had grown up on probly some the most advanced yacht in the world Sallied the Sydney Hobart well in Harbor and had a pretty pedigree background as far as America's Cup goes .
I could go on and one about this but long story short We won we won the first race I had ever skippers a Version Five not at the Atlantic line of o on San Francisco Bay against some of the worlds most beautiful Yachts in the world we won ..Ill tell one thing I learned the ACA is second-life while about as good as its gonna get is missing on thing . The heavy weather helm these boats have . man was I tired at end of the race.
The third boat I got to helm America's cup class was the America her self not the original of course but the exact replica . Finally's day of the Super Yacht regatta. And guess what we won that race I cant take credit for skippering that day my time at helm was brief but I did man the head sails most the race .
So my point Ive raced some AC Class boats and all where exciting in there own way . Unforunately I didnt get sail the AC72 after Andrew Simpsons death that was illuminated not be the safest idea.
I did get to ride crew chase boat just in case a window opened it never did . Over 10 months last year i chased these Flying AC 72s sometime tied to the bow of a chase Rib so close we could reach out and touch it . Most time getting soaked in Foil spray There no way to explain it its just like chasing the space shuttle or something like that Ive ridden on Mod 70s I ve chased them and ths is just a complete different monster .
The Ac 72 Wild Wind demo was released not finishes not near complete but does give you a sense of what to come ..
Im happy to say also the AC72 we had been development and AC45 programs are back on track lead completely By Midi she has what i wold have to say the most realistic AC72 In World Yet , with Four working Flap elements realistic scale and animations the Wind script is still being tweeked . We were promised the Bwind 2 engine that seemed to take some kind of Political turn and only was re;eased to a certain few. Mid not one to wait rewrote her own engine a engine that like the Windwind will reward Practice and perfection lets cross our fingers the AC 62 is being built . and when we have more specs she will be scaling the AC72 and our AC45 Into one boat.
Until then we race race The AC45 every friday and will start scoring for the Challenger series soon like the Rl will starting in 2015 that will use the AC45 some rumor foiling Ac45s that remains to seen .
I would remittent if I didn't thank many people here . from Corry for her great designs to Midi hours of coding as well . To supporters that race every week and practice for hours ,
To the support from GGYC in Rl the America's cup and Stan Honey sharing his Data with us to everyone that believed in iSail media.com But most I have to thank Bruno Trouble and Louis Vuitton for my Start . from Second Life to screaming across Sf bay or the Canals of Venice to the Coast of England to the great historic Newport and NYC Yacht club . Him and one other person made alot this happen for me . And that would be My love Roan Blackburn . who with her financial support her personal support and love we would of never made it Out of the BOX we call Second-life .
Also Irish Gent having had the same vision as me to bring the America's Cup to Second-life lots more to come like water lost and lots of water for AC Park and Pavilion and Seychelles Isles Sailing sims . So come grab your spot in SL Sailing History the best is yet to come .
We are taking candidates to be on our AC Committee lead by Roan Blackburn Kentrock Messimer mark tenders course makers Umpires and Judges .
We also have a Sail for life Challenge coming up on the 17 this is a AC45 Bid to race Regatta that will kick of Sail fest a Sail for life Jazz fest in the estates all day . you can sign up here . Sign up Sheet