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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".
    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.
  • Re: Optimal Angles Solution
    Board » Technical Support
    What has happened to the AGage's Optimal Angles tool? I used to be able to call it up quite simply, and use both it and the Isochrones facility. Now it requires several steps each time and I get only a little screen that is specific to one race only. If I wish to use it in another race, I have to call it up with Google all over again, and the Isochrone tool is not available. I was recently 'converted' to Windows 10, and it has disrupted all my previous systems and names, so it may be the cause of all my problems.
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: 40' Series Championship 2017Q1 & Q2
    Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Championships
    Spin of a three-sided coin, eh????
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
  • Re: 2017 SRC Programme
    Board » General Discussion
    Races that are matched with a 'real' race should start and finish where and when the real races start and finish.
    I realize that this may be inconvenient for SOLers who live in 'other' time zones, but part of seafaring has always been that you must be awake and alert at the beginning and end of any voyage. Races rarely start or finish far out on the open sea. Rather they do so in the confines of a busy harbour, and SOL should conform to this as well.

    --- Last Edited by Rod at 2017-01-09 19:05:43 ---
    If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.


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