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Official *** 2009 J-CLASSIC *** Thread

Postby Jane Fossett » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:22 pm

Cough cough (is this mike on?)

The most wonderous race boats of the past century, the J-CLASS,
have sadly lain in drydock for nearly three generations...
until now.
A few days ago, Trudeau Yachts released a J-Class v3.71 major upgrade.
That means there's no more time to waste.
The clock is running.

2009 J-CLASSIC

Four weeks from now, J-Class crews will converge on racelines across the grid to write a new page in nautical history.
Be There. Live the dream.

Information about the 2009 J-Classic will be organized in-world, on the Metaverse Sailing Website, and in Google Documents.

This thread in the Forum will include announcements, links, schedules, and hopefully discussions of issues that arise as we put together the final plans for the two month race series.
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2009 J-Classic Registration

Postby Jane Fossett » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:00 am

Here are a few links:

Please go here for a brief overview of the J-Classic Race series:
http://metaversesailing.wordpress.com/2 ... sic-moves/

Here's a link to the initial Regatta video by Surfwidow Beaumont:
http://metaversesailing.wordpress.com/f ... aumont.wmv

Please go here to Register for the competition:
http://metaversesailing.wordpress.com/2 ... istration/


There are passworded pages with discussion and people's suggestions about race details and rules for the competition:
http://metaversesailing.wordpress.com/j ... -comments/
IM Jane Fossett if you would like to be part of that discussion and you'll get a password.
Early this coming week draft versions of race details and racing rules will be posted on public pages for comment.

A draft version of the racing schedule will be posted (and linked here) over the next few days also. That should allow ample time to resolve any conflicts that arise.

In-world we will be setting up networked posters in all the clubs and many other sailing venues. If you click a poster, you'll get:
1. Notecards about the 2009 J-Classic Regatta Series;
2. A box of polo shirts and baseball shirts with the Regatta Logo;
3. A copy of the Introduction to Sailing notecard (mostly for newer sailors) with info and landmarks to all the different yacht clubs and racelines;
4. Information about other events and offers related to the Regatta (for example, Surfwidow Beaumont is offering J-Class racers a 50% discount on a number of racing-related items she sells).
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Draft Details for 2009 J-Classic

Postby Jane Fossett » Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:57 pm

The Name of the Race Series is "2009 J-Classic" -- a.k.a. "The 2009 J-Class Cup."

The 2009 J-Classic Committee is Jane Fossett, Tig Spijkers, and Charlz Price.
This troika began planning the event several months ago. Since that time, a host of other sailors have volunteered their help and are handling major details. Their roles are deeply appreciated and will be will be gratefully acknowledged.

Race Description:
The 2009 J-Classic is an open, multi-site, One Design race series for Trudeau J-Class boats. Each boat competing in the regatta will be registered to a "Sailing Team" of two or more individuals who sponsor that boat and work together over the duration of the series to help that boat win.
The competition will begin with a series of eight distance races, one each week on consecutive Saturdays. Each race will span 60-80 sims and take approximately 60min to complete. The host Club or Sailing Group will be involved in planning the event at their 'home' raceline.
Each race will feature two time slots for the convenience of sailors in different time zones.


Here is the draft schedule:

AUG 29 - START at PLUM GUT, FINISH at TRIUMPHAL [FIYC and TrYC host]
SEPT 5 - START/FINISH at MANGO, [MYC hosts]
SEPT 12 - NO RACE - ACA33 REGATTA at COSTA RICA sims
SEPT 19 - START at SPOONDRIFT, FINISH at WAYPOINT [SRYC and WYC host]
SEPT 26 - START at TRADEWINDS, FINISH at NANTUCKET YC [TYC and NYC host]
OCT 3 - START/ FINISH at SYC (SYC hosts)
OCT 10 - START/FINISH at BLAKE ATLANTIC (NYC hosts)
OCT 17 - START/FINISH at KINRARA [DYC and SLCG host]
OCT 24 - START/FINISH at DANSHIRE (DYC hosts)

NOV 8 - SUNDAY ** FINALS** BLAKE ARABIAN


The final scoring of the competition fleet will be decided by a point-based rank comparison of each boat's best four race results (out of eight total). The four fastest boats (and their associated Sailing Teams) will then go on to compete in a one-day J-Classic Finals Regatta. The Finals will consist of four heats on an Olympic-style short course designed to emphasize tactical sailing ability. The winner will be determined based on the point totals for each boat's best three races (i.e., one throw-out).

DETAILS:
3. The Boat. All competitors will race the Trudeau J-Class v3.71 sloop.
3.1 Script or prim modifications that change the boat' sailing characteristics (in theory or practice) will not be allowed. This is a One-Design race; use the boat as God and Trudeau intended it.
3.2 Third party HUDs and sailing aids such as "landmark setters" will not be allowed.
3.3 Changes to hull and sail textures that personalize each boat will be allowed, and in fact are encouraged.

4. Sail Teams.
Please note: This is a boat race, not a skipper race.
4.1 Boats competing in the regatta will be registered to a "sailing team" of two or more individuals. Competing boats will be recognized by their ID number, not by their skippers or owners. The sailing team sponsors the boat and works with each other for the duration of the series. Boats will win this regatta, not skippers, and the boat's entire sponsoring team can savor the victory.
4.11 The J-Classic Race Committee is aware that many sailors have a Real Life, and some even spend time on the Real Water. The Committee's emphasis on Sailing Teams and crewed boats that can be skippered by any team member is one way the Committee plans to make the scheduling pressure of a long race series less bothersome to the participants. For Example: If you win three races but go on vacation for the two weeks that follow, you can still win the J-Classic; the other members on your Sailing Team will take over.
4.12 For any particular race, the boat's team will decide among themselves how large a crew will sail (2-4 sailors), who should be on that crew, and which crew member should take the helm and serve as Captain for that race.
Please note: On the new J-Class sloop, crew members can increase boat speed by hiking to windward and leveling the boat. With a strong breeze, more crew on the rail could be an advantage. On the other hand, more crew might result in increased lag or 'man-overboard' events that would have a negative impact on race outcome.
4.13 Please also note that
Sailors can be on more than one team. In addition, even in the middle of the regatta series, a team can decide to add new members, and a sailor on one team can conceivably jump over and join a different team. This happens in RL; it may as well happen in SL.

5. J-Classic Distance Race Series. There are two phases to the competition, a series of Distance Qualifying Races and a one-day Final Olympic Regatta:
5.1 Distance Races may begin from a 'starting' club and proceed to a 'destination' club approximately 60 sims distant. There will only be one race each week (although usually split into two time slots for sailors' convenience). Club-to-club races may not appropriate for all race settings, and the committee will work with each hosting group to come up with a solution that retains the spirit of a crewed, ocean, big-boat race.

6. J-Classic Finals. The details for the Finals will be announced separately.

9. Boat and Team Registration. The registration page is here: http://metaversesailing.wordpress.com/2 ... istration/
9.1 A single sailor can register to race. Although this is a crewed race, the Committee recognizes that most sailors won't yet have their crew lined up when they register; that's ok. An individual sailor can register for the regatta by entering their name and their racing ID number. That individual then becomes the 'team coordinator' for their race boat, and they then just need to recruit crew. If a sailor has any difficulty arranging crew, that's no problem too; they should just notify the committee prior to a race. The Committee is happy to work with the yacht clubs to fill all the boats -- and race teams -- that want to compete.

11. Judging and Race Rules.The Race Rules and the Judging Policy/ Procedures will be published in detail a week prior to the race. They will be based on a revised version of the standard SL Race Ruleset with several modifications that are still under discussion. The modifications include:
11.1 Rules regarding boats that crash during a distance race.
11.11 Crashes on a long distance race are inevitable and there will be no penalty if a boat 'crashes' (goes off-grid or loses helm control) during the race. A list of course 'rez points' will be provided; the crew should return to the nearest prior rez point, re-rez their boat, and continue racing. A team may also decide to have a 'backup boat and crew' ready. If the teams' boat crashes offline, the team may immediately launch a new boat and new crew at the rez point prior to the crash. The new boat must have the same race ID number and manually load the correct race wind. The boat must have the same number of crew as well.
11.2 Rules regarding Man Overboard [MOB] incidents and crew substitutions while a vessel is on the racecourse.
If a crew member crashes offline [MOB], the boat can continue sailing, but must replace the crewmember before leaving the sim in which the MOB event occurred.
11.3 Rules regarding collision with the EOW on the race course. The EOW is considered an 'obstruction.' It is illegal to intentionally collide with the EOW to gain advantage racing.
11.4 Rules regarding collision with race markers. It is illegal to strike a race mark (other than a start buoy).
11.5 The judges will recongnize a three boat-length zone at race marks to decide overlap and ROW under Rule 18.
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Grin, grab your reading glasses, there's lots to follow in the next couple weeks, but I promise it's all fun!
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Re: Official *** 2009 J-CLASSIC *** Thread

Postby Jane Fossett » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:42 am

Jane Fossett wrote:... usually 6AM and 9AM...
Several sailors commented that 6AM and 9AM were inconvenient for them.
It makes sense to to therefore leave the times for the individual races up to the clubs sponsoring them, in the hope that some time slots in different weeks will prove convenient for different members of your team.
Please also remember that your team's score in the Distance Races will be determined by only the best four Finishes out of eight events. It's therefore quite possible for a team to miss half the races but still qualify for the Finals on November 8.
(The Race Committee does not recommend that strategy, however).
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Beta Charts for Rounds one and two

Postby Jane Fossett » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:10 pm

Thank you to Naeve Rossini for working on possible courses and charts. Naeve and I did the "Plum Gut to Triumphal" in one hour.

Today Orca Flotta lead a fleet of six boats on a shorter version of the route. Lag at the start was managable, and sim crossings were ok. Only two boats crashed out of six. In the regatta on Aug 29, those teams would hopefully re-rez and only lose the time it takes to get going again.

I'm also attaching a first draft of the "Round Two: Fruit Islands" chart.
Both charts are subject to change based on suggestions and sailing tests during the next two weeks.

The rest of the draft charts will be ready this week.
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Re: Beta Charts for Rounds one and two

Postby Massy Johin » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:02 am

Thanks Jane :)
It seems looooooong ride :)

BTW, Please let us know where's the "REZ POINTS" for boat crash?
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Re: Beta Charts for Rounds one and two

Postby Jane Fossett » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:57 am

Massy Johin wrote:Thanks Jane :)
It seems looooooong ride :)
BTW, Please let us know where's the "REZ POINTS" for boat crash?

Hi!
I'm trying to get a race that is about one hour long in each case. That way, even with a bad start, a team has a good deal of time to catch up, and even a team that crashes has a good chance to make up the couple minutes lost rezzing a new boat.

I agree about showing rez points with the charts. I'm still thinking of good ways to show them on the charts without making it too cluttered. It's probably worthwhile handing out notecards with the rez-point landmarks on them as well, so everyone can have landmarks pre-loaded and get to that spot as quickly as possible in case of a crash and re-rez.

Round Two is at Fruit Islands Estate. They permit rezzing (with autoreturn) over most of the sims (I'll confirm that with the estate manager), but also use teleport landing points for some sims. In that case, the rez-site is the crash site (or clear water adjacent to it), and you may need to hustle from that landing point over to that re-rez site.

I'm distributing Naeve Rossini's first-pass draft charts for the other six courses through the "2009 J Classic" group in-world today, and I'll post them here when people have had a chance to comment.

I'll also go through the current list of sailors on the different teams and invite everyone to that Group so everyone has the same information. If some team member's don't have a group to spare, no worries; all the important stuff will be posted online, summarized on google docs, and available by notecard well in advance of the race dates.
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Fruitloops

Postby Jane Fossett » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:34 am

Thank you to Fiona Haworth, Charlz Price, Nuboku Cris, Francois Jacques and Chaos Mandelbrot. Last night we did a 'test run' of the Fruit Islands course above.
It takes about 44 minutes, and is full of sharp turns and some rather narrow passages; there are some shallow spots too.
Since most of the other seven 'distance' events are ocean races with long tacks, this should be fun!

Also-- Naeve made the good suggestion that mark #2 should be CW rather than CCW; I'll change it.
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Third Round: SCHIFFSRATTEN to WAYPOINT (DRAFT)

Postby Jane Fossett » Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:51 am

Here's a Draft by Naeve of a SrYC to WYC distance race course.
This is just a draft for comment and test-trials; WYC and SrYC will make the final call.
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Round Five Draft: Starboards

Postby Jane Fossett » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:23 am

Here's a draft for discussion for Round FIVE.
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Re: Official *** 2009 J-CLASSIC *** Thread

Postby Surfwidow Beaumont » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:31 am

Jane Fossett wrote:Cough cough (is this mike on?)

The most wonderous race boats of the past century, the J-CLASS,
have sadly lain in drydock for nearly three generations...
until now.
A few days ago, Trudeau Yachts released a J-Class v3.71 major upgrade.
That means there's no more time to waste.
The clock is running.

Image

2009 J-CLASSIC

Four weeks from now, J-Class crews will converge on racelines across the grid to write a new page in nautical history.
Be There. Live the dream.

Information about the 2009 J-Classic will be organized in-world, on the Metaverse Sailing Website, and in Google Documents.

This thread in the Forum will include announcements, links, schedules, and hopefully discussions of issues that arise as we put together the final plans for the two month race series.



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Tradewinds to Madaket TEST DRIVE

Postby Jane Fossett » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:32 pm

Woots to Naeve Rossini for holding a "test-drive, shake-down" fun race today from Siracusa to Madaket with Seventy-Seven sims in between!
The race conditions were far worse than we anticipate for any of the actual J-Classic events: A total of eight J-Class were at the start line in Siracusa, at least four with crew; two ACA33's joined in, and an eleventh boat casually sauntered into the start region during the countdown!
Nonetheless, the fleet got off OK and we had a great fun race that took about an hour.

Some things we learned:
1. The Schiffsratten Team is way fast! Seraina Binelli left us all in the dust. Julia Ceres'boat wasn't far behind, followed by Isis Rexi! (Naeve and I waddled in a bit later....)
2. The course is a bit long with a wind speed of 9.25m/s. Consensus was to raise the wind to 10m/s, and consider cutting the distance a bit if possible.
3. Everyone agreed providing teams with a notecard with the 'wind command' to manually enter would be helpful when post-crash skippers rez new boats in the middle of a race.
4. A system should be worked out to coordinate the START and FINISH lines. They are both Cynthia Centaur lines, so this should not be a problem.
5. Triumphal and Tradewinds have GORGEOUS sails.
6. (Did I miss anything?)
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Re: Beta Charts for Rounds one and two

Postby Massy Johin » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:43 pm

Jane Fossett wrote:
I'm also attaching a first draft of the "Round Two: Fruit Islands" chart.
Both charts are subject to change based on suggestions and sailing tests during the next two weeks.



I sailed "Round Two" Fruit Island course.
It was nice and tricky :)

But, some Fruit Island residents have set "ban line" or "restricted area" on the water. Especially it was on the way from #4 to #5.
Do racers have to accept those situation? or Will those situation be improved?

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Re: Beta Charts for Rounds one and two

Postby Jane Fossett » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:53 pm

Massy Johin wrote:
Jane Fossett wrote:
I'm also attaching a first draft of the "Round Two: Fruit Islands" chart.
Both charts are subject to change based on suggestions and sailing tests during the next two weeks.


I sailed "Round Two" Fruit Island course.
It was nice and tricky :)
But, some Fruit Island residents have set "ban line" or "restricted area" on the water. Especially it was on the way from #4 to #5.
Do racers have to accept those situation? or Will those situation be improved?
Thanks,
It's my understanding this will be corrected well in advance of the race!
Lets give them another week to work that issue out with residents before we re-write that course!
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TYC/Madaket Test Race (Part Deux)

Postby Naeve Rossini » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:25 pm

Aleister Biondetti and I ran the race again, each with a crew member aboard. This time, we ran it at 20 kts (10.20 m/s). Thanks to Glorfindel Arrow and Kailtyn Apfelbaum for joining us.

Aleister won at 49 mins and I came in at 52 mins. We still had to pay attention to reefing and the pace was good. I think this is our "winner" wind setting.

Thanks also to Isis Rexie who re-ran the course earlier at 10 m/s and came to the same conclusion.

I think this course will do well for TYC-Madaket, at 270 deg (true south wind) and 20 kts (10.20 m/s).

The upwind beats at the start were fun and the two marks at Sea of Tranquility and Howe were both challenging. The former could be where you make or break your race.

Beware of shallows! You'd do well to practice this course and find out where the underwater hazards are located.
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