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If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Golden Globe Races 2018 - Seat Of The Pants commitment
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    It is not suffering! It is exercising your OWN brain, rather than relying on the previous exercise of someone else's brain...
    Just consider it a Gift from SOL!
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Golden Globe Races 2018 - Seat Of The Pants commitment
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Total agreement! I sail SOTP all the time, not because I am old-fashioned, but because I am 84 and need to keep the "old grey cells" churning away at problems---like the wind and weather!
    It is just too easy to stop thinking...and then you stop living.
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Proposition for a race San Sebastian-La Rochelle
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Races
    In view of the continuing concern about racial inequalities and the slave trade, what about having a race on the old "Triangle Route"---Britain to Africa to the Caribbean and back to Britain. This would be intended to enlighten the sailing community to the great wrong that was perpetrated during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries by the sailing industry, among others.
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: VOR, Vestas incident & report.
    Board » General Discussion
    I am not ever likely to need the "Guide" to plan an ocean voyage/race....but I would like to make a related comment about SOL.
    The Sol program was developed originally as part of a course in yacht design, to allow the students' work to be evaluated. However it has become a "computer game" for many people in which they try to use the mechanics of the game to 'win' bragging rights. For others, it is a way of practicing tactics for sailboat racing.
    For many, however, it forms an educational program in reading the weather for the beginning sailor.
    For all of these groups, there is a marked deficiency in the "chart" upon which we sail.
    Is it not possible to use a more realistic chart that includes most of the hazards to navigation that must be avoided by any "real" sailor, such as the reefs and shallows which are such a major part of any "real" voyage at sea? The Vestas report shows clearly the importance of the "charts" on which we "sail".
    Rod
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: CARIB RUM RUN 2017
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    I am going to retain the well respected name "Rod". I am, after all, the most fearsome, the most feared, the deadliest pirate of them all------and on top of that, I speak to the Queen in the Queen's English, as grammatically correct and as well typed as I can make it.....
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Name the boat...
    Board » General Discussion
    The best name is obvious---"INVINCIBLE"----Your friends can give you the short version as a nickname----"Vince"

    --- Last Edited by Rod at 2017-03-13 15:59:28 ---
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Getting TWA and TWS of "friends" boats.
    Board » Technical Support
    May I refer you to an existing program called VirtualSailor 7.5, by Ilan Papini, which produces a much more realistic sailing experience than SOL. It does not, however, have a lot of the SOL features, such as polars, predictor lines, NOAA Wx, or as many sailing sites. It also cannot handle more than about 20-25 boats at a time.
    It does have a free demo feature, and is entirely self contained within your own computer.
    While these are definitely deficiencies from the point of view of SOLers, it has many features which would increase the sailing experience for those who are less "competitive", and gives a greatly improved 'visual' look at sailing and racing. It has small freighters, small submarines, motor cruisers, speedy racing run-abouts, guns, torpedoes, lighthouses, navigation buoys, harbours, houses, old castles, etc.. along with waves, rain, hail, and snow. It even has men jogging for exercise along the piers in the harbours. Most of these things may be ignored for our purposes in SOL.
    Perhaps Mr Papini might be induced to collaborate with SOL to produce a much improved and much more extensive sailing experience.
    The VirtualSailor 7.5 program costs about $35.00 Can. but volunteers have designed extensive additions to the basic program in terms of boats, scenery and sailing sites.
    There is no need to "re-invent the wheel" when so much of the work has already been done.
    One aspect that may be helpful to SOL is that this could be a program that could be purchased from SOL, and this would help markedly in the overall finances of the SOL operation.

    --- Last Edited by Rod at 2017-02-26 15:10:42 ---
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Wx Inspector temporary solution
    Board » Technical Support
    Many thanks...BUT, I cannot choose a race to enter--it needs me to make a choice but the choice slot is empty, so I cannot proceed any further. Has anyone tested this?
    It may be important to note that I am using Windows 10, with it's new "Edge" program. Will it work with Chrome or Firefox, which I will need to retrieve from "the dustbin of history"?

    --- Last Edited by Rod at 2017-02-05 15:16:51 ---
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: “Clause 4” and ISAF rule #69.
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Rules and Decisions
    One point that hasn't been mentioned in these discussions is that SOL seems to be slipping into a set of "Championships" for all possible kinds of races. Only a dozen or so SOLers have any chance of winning by using a lot of computer skills not available to the rest of us. I notice two consequences of this:- The "Winners" get bored and drop out---and the "Losers" get dissatisfied with losing all the time, and also drop out.
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Optimal Angles Solution
    Board » Technical Support
    That little screen is what I now get, I also don't get "Wx Inspector" with its very convenient isochrones- it says it takes too long to respond. What has happened to disrupt Agages programs?--it certainly isn't Agage!!!!!
    As an SOTP "sailor", I found both of those programs very convenient to use. I don't, of course, know what the "router fiends" have found with what they use!!!!!
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.

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