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  • Equator Dash
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Unusual proposal for a one of a kind ocean race.
    The idea is to start at Antarctica and be first boat to cross the Equator anywhere between South America and Indonesia.
    (Created it on the test server and this should work fine.)

    Because there is no fixed point to route to, routing may be less useful and it becomes a challenge of reading the weather systems well.
    The start place (see kmz) is such that a tactical choice needs to be made to go for the Atlantic or Indian Ocean.
  • Re: Baikal Lake
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Hi Renegade,

    I didn't figure out their exact course and I believe it was/is done in stages. But could start from the South near Irkutsk.
    Winds are going to be unpredictable, so depending on how long the race is supposed to be a complete South to North, with a finish near Severobaikalsk would be my choice. The other way round with finish in the South could be done as well. It's a narrow lake, so I don't think waypoints are needed.
  • Re: SOL-itude - PICS OF WHERE WE SOL....
    Board » General Discussion
    Ready for the Sail around Turkey 2021, which starts from Hopa, only 30 kms from here. The weather is perfect, but no wind.

    In the background you see Batumi Technological University Tower, which is the 57th highest building in Europe, exactly 200 meters. There is a ferris wheel in the building, easier to see in the photos here: https://www.skyscrapercenter.com/building/batumi-technological-university-tower/15223



    --- Last Edited by Zorba777 at 2021-10-07 07:02:49 ---
  • Re: CARIB RUM RUN 2021
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    OK. This year I will go with the name: "Louzo Cannon"


    Thks

    if'n that mean yer bringin' ouzo, then that shall be yer moniker, me laddo!
    ______________

    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2021-09-11 10:03:43 ---
  • Re: Sušac X 2
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    @srce The procedure by which the SOL racing committee selects races for the calendar is a bit shrouded in mist. So, even members of the daily OPS team cannot force their proposals to be taken.

    Besides the proposal being well made and interesting enough, there are probably some things that help:
    1 - Buddied races that can be done alongside real races are generally considered first. (Non-real races can always be done in winter.)
    2 - If your proposal gets more response on the forum, then it probably gets more chance too.
    3 - And of course we all want variation on the calendar, so if your proposed race is in a part of the world where we rarely (or never) did a race then it probably has a better chance too.
  • Re: Sušac X 2
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Hi srce.
    Just saw your post and that RainbowChaser has picked up on it.

    You did not do anything wrong, far from it!
    But neither @RC nor me decide on the race calendar. And that calendar is typically made a month before each new quarter starts. So the calendar for Q2 was already made in March.

    So, to get this race in for June we would have needed to plan it in January-February already, especially for buddied races where the people of the real race are to be involved.

    But I think your proposal is good and hopefully something can be done with it for the next year edition.

    Proposing races is a hit or miss affair. I have proposed many and a few have made it to the calendar. Others may still get used in a next year, who knows?

    So, we are very happy to see race proposals, but nothing can be guaranteed.
  • Re: SOL-itude - PICS OF WHERE WE SOL....
    Board » General Discussion
    New SOL control room on 34th floor with sea view. 5AM.
    Batumi, Sakartvelo :-)



    --- Last Edited by Zorba777 at 2021-05-08 02:34:53 ---
  • Re: In Memoriam - Finn Møller Christensen
    Board » In memoriam
    RIP Finn. In my short time on SOL I have come to know you as a fine online sailor and active worker behind the screens. We will remember you for a long time through all the polar and particular sheets you have made.
    Now you can sail away between the stars.
  • Re: Santa Monica Nueva Regatta
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Hi Jan,

    Saw your comments on the chat.
    I wasn't here when those races were done 5 or 10 years ago. But I believe SOLing has evolved because routing (QT) has become better and more participants have learned to use it well. Some races, like this one, may need to be adjusted to avoid too much point to point sailing where the stretches between islands or waypoints are only 3 hours, so the optimal course becomes too fixed.
    Even during the race I was thinking already that the Tenerife Offshore waypoint is unneeded and without it there would have been choice to go from Lobos to La Palma in any way you want (could pass N or S of Tenerife depending on WX).
    When stretches are longer than 6 hours the races tend to become more varied. And it allows for more sleep in a lot of cases. Coastal navigation every 4 hours is hard to keep up for a week for people with working lives (never mind social lives:)

    I am a fan of always using islands for turns rather than buoys. Sometimes there are no islands of course. So, in this case, throwing Tenerife Offshore out, and replacing Selvagem Grande with a turn around Madeira would still keep it a one week race if a slightly faster boat is used.
    There are countless ways to set up a course using Canary islands + Madeira. You pic is an example. I think from Hiero I would turn directly to Alegranza next and then Fuertevantura. So, simply: Santa Monica > Madeira > Hiero > Alegranza > Fuerteventura > Santa Monica.
    That's enough waypoints for a one week race and the weather will serve up some coastal navigation to do anyway. But then we can blame the weather, not the race designer for the lost sleep ;-)
  • Re: Sušac X 2
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race proposals
    Hi srce,

    @RainbowChaser is our SOL expert for cooperation with IRL races and clubs. I will send her a note to look at your proposal.

    When the boats have position trackers then they can be made to appear on our screen during the SOL race.

    Dan

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