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If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: Interface lagging and jerky on map area of the display
    Board » Technical Support
    Where do I find the "Flash Cache"? I have to re-authorise Flash every time I log in to SOL, and click "allow always" again and again. Is this everyone elses experience of is it just me??
    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
    SOTP---as usual! Rod
    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.

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Endurance leaves the Weddell Sea and sails NW, arriving 599nm later at a bay to be named Endurance. The ice closes in on the ship.
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Ranking: Shackleton-SYC
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Sailonline’s 11th Birthday Balloon Race
Eleven is an odd number, numerically as well as numerologically. Boastful and extravagant, adding one to the complete and perfect ten, 11/11 is also the day and month WW1 ended, so a number well worth celebrating after all. Whimsically then, in honour of SOL’s 11th birthday, your SRC gives you a re-run of 2013’s Trans-Atlantic Balloon Race. This race to be the first to ‘land’ your balloon in the sea off the Cliffs of Moher is not for the faint-hearted, nor for the serious-minded. Unusually, SOL’s balloon, polarized by past SOLmaster 76Trombones, will not ‘sail’ over land and will actually ‘sail’ in other directions other than straight downwind, although beyond a ‘beam reach’ it will not go. Good luck!!
Race #1174
INFO by brainaid.de
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Ranking: unranked
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
Race starts: Sep 24th 16:00 Registration Open!
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Silverrudder 2018
Sailonline welcomes you to the third "buddy-up" with "Silverrudder - Challenge of the Sea" in the 2018 edition race around the Danish Island of Funen.
With shallow waters and a strong current this close inshore race is truly a challenge. One of three regattas around Funen each year, this race is the only one (and the biggest worldwide) for single handed racing. Will our new Seascape 18 be a match for the real fleet's 22 Seascape 18's?
Time will tell!

It is imperative that you read AND understand these special Starting Conditions for Silverrudder 2018
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Race #1183
INFO from brainaid.de
Seascape 18 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: SYC
ALT. CLIENT Classic

RACE CLOSE:Tuesday, 25 September at 23:00 UTC
Race starts: Sep 22nd 06:15 Registration Closed
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Carib Rum Run 2018
Welcome to the 2018 running of Sailonline’s annual Pirate PRIZE race run close to International Talk Like a Pirate Day on 19 September. This is a 1759nm slalom through the rum islands of the Caribbean, collecting barrels to bring to the rum-parched beaches of Mexico. If ye scurvy swabs are up ter it, then don a piratical disguise by becoming an SYC Member and requesting to change your boat name for this race only!
Race #1176
INFO from brainaid.de
Orange Cat Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking:
OCQ3-OCCH-SUPSOL-SYC
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
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RACE CLOSE: Wednesday, 26 September at 2300utc
Race starts: Sep 15th 16:00 Registration Closed
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Golden Globe Race 2018 - Leg 2 Storm Bay to Les-Sables d'Olonne
Welcome to Leg 2 of Sailonline's virtual version of the 2018 Golden Globe Race. After a brief respite in Storm Bay, Tasmania, of a minimum of 90 minutes after arrival, we are now racing across the Pacific, round Cape Horn and home to Les-Sables d'Olonne.
DO NOT START TOO EARLY
If you raced Leg 1 then you MUST wait 90 minutes before starting this leg. The penalty for starting Leg 2 before finishing Leg 1 is NO RANKING. The penalty for starting Leg 2 within 90 minutes of finishing Leg 1 is 5x the time you started too early.
Race #1181
INFO by brainaid.de
Rustler 36 PARTICULARS
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: GGR
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
Race starts: Sep 15th 12:00 Registration Open!
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Golden Globe Race - Leg 1 to Storm Bay
Welcome, all, to the 2018 Golden Globe Race and Sailonline’s virtual version of this iconic 50th anniversary rerun of 1968’s first ever non-stop single-handed round-the-world race in yachts and with technology in keeping with that historic time.
To reflect the challenge being undertaken by the real racers, as announced previously, SOL invites all who feel so inclined to add their boat name to the post in FORUM declaring you will race by the proverbial "Seat Of The Pants" (SOTP) with no outside assistance from routing software or other external aids, BEFORE THE STARTING GUN IS FIRED.
To simulate the real race which features a 90 minute minimum stopover in Storm Bay, SOL’s online version has been divided into two legs. This first leg then is from Les Sables-d’Olonne to Storm Bay. When the leaders approach Storm Bay, Leg 2 from thence back to Les Sables via Cape Horn, will open. YOU MAY NOT START LEG 2 UNTIL AT LEAST 90 MINUTES AFTER FINISHING LEG 1. The penalty for starting Leg 2 before finishing Leg 1 is NO RANKING. The penalty for starting Leg 2 within 90 minutes of finishing Leg 1 is 5x the time you started too early.
DO NOT START TOO EARLY!
Fair winds and good luck!!
Race #1154
INFO by brainaid.de
Rustler 36 PARTICULARS
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: GGR
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
Race starts: Jul 01st 10:00 Registration Closed
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