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  1. It doesn’t seem like three years since Sailonline last joined with with SSANZ to provide a virtual version of the challenging Round North Island Race, but three years it is. All participants, real and virtual, relish the opportunity to take part in this four-leg event. In reality, those brave enough to take part, have the opportunity to pit their courage, their skills and their competitive natures in a race where they will face the swirl of the Tasman Sea winds and currents mixing with the Pacific coupled with the formidable task of navigating the Cook Strait, where these waters funnel between New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Sailonline’s virtual event uses wind grib forecasts from NOAA downloaded four times a day and released into the game in 10 minute pieces, making this a truly realistic wind navigation competition. This is Sailonline’s fourth time of racing the Virtual RNI and Leg 1, the relatively short hop from Auckland to Mangonui, will start at 0100utc on 22 February 2020 - Sailonline’s virtual version will be available for preview from 17 February and registration will open for pre-race practice on 18 February. Essential Reading The real race has a formula by which race legs will open (after the initial one) which is explained here. PLEASE NOTE: Sailonline will be competing as closely as is virtually possible with the real yachts but will at all times give a minimum of 24hrs notice of a start time. It is intended to close each leg promptly, in harmony with the real race, but there will be some allowance here. The aim is for the overlap between legs of the virtual race to not exceed 24hrs. As always, race ranking will be your position at race close for each leg. Entry List Cook Strait
  2. Don't forget ... if you can't be on the water in reality, you can always race a virtual 60ft trimaran with Sailonline - still free to play with realistic/real-time winds from NOAA!! Full info on Sailonline's homepage or, if you prefer, right here on crew.org in the Sailonline Forum here: http://crew.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic/17276-pic-coastal-classic-yacht-race-2019/
  3. Welcome to the PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race 2019. Thirty-seven years ago a member of the Auckland Multihull Sailing Association had the idea of racing from the Devonport/Orakei area of Auckland's harbour up the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, to the harbour of Russell, in the tradition of the speedboats of the 1920s. Since then the race from Auckland to Russell has become known the world over as the Coastal Classic and these days is raced in classes with a wide range of prizes on offer - for division winners, for seamanship and even for the littlest boat finishing. Sailonline is delighted to again host the virtual version of this New Zealand classic race and this year we are again racing our 60ft Trimaran, which should keep us competitive with the IRL race front-runners. The virtual race will open for practice on 21 October at 2100utc. Entrants
  4. Sailonline is delighted to be returning to Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island. Feeling like a home-from-home, the waters of the Hauraki Gulf have, over the years, become more familiar to our virtual racers than our own home waters around the globe! For the eighth year in succession, Sailonline is looking forward to racing as the virtual partner of the Short-handed Sailing Association of New Zealand for the SSANZ Lewmar Triple Series 2019. Raced annually in the waters off Auckland, this three-race series remains the biggest two-handed sailing series in New Zealand. In 2014 Sailonline began an association with the Young 88 Owners Association and will again be racing all three events with our virtual Young 88. If any SOLers are taking part – remember to let us know and we’ll feature you in the blogpost! The three races will be raced on Sailonline on the following dates (UTC): Race 1 – Lewmar 60 Baltic --- 5 July Race 2 – Lewmar 100 Baltic ---2 August Race 3 – Lewmar 50 Baltic --- 30 August Sailonline’s first race is now open for registration and pre-race practice.
  5. Leg 1 of the Sailonline virtual version of #RNZ2019 is now open for pre-race practice - starting on 16 February at 0100utc, here's the info: Intro Blogpost Leg 1 description: Welcome to Leg 1 of the SSANZ Round New Zealand Race 2019. Leg 1, of four in total, takes us 160nm from Auckland to Mangonui. You don’t have long to get your Sunfast 3600 ready for this adventure! Race #1214 INFO from brainaid.de Sunfast 3600 Particulars WX Updates: 0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230 RANKING: SYC - RNZ
  6. Clipper - this will be the first time we are RNZ-ing in the Sunfast as it is a fairly new polar in our fleet - first used in the buddied-in-reality Melbourne to Osaka race last year where one of our racers was racing his Sunfast in reality! BUT In addition to several North Island races, Sailonline also buddies with various real races around the world - ORCV and RQYS in Australia, RHKYC in Hong Kong, SDYC in California, Stamford YC in Connecticut USA, Silverrudder Challenge in Denmark and, not forgetting Sail Training International for tall ships racing - and our polars do pretty well. Of course Sailonline tries to pick the boat/polar that fits in with the publicised real fleet which helps! Even thought BOPTYS isn't running the Auckland-Tauranga race this year, it is usually a "buddy" event, and it is currently open for pre-race practice with a start on 2 February at 0200utc Hope to see you racing with us!
  7. For anyone unable to race in reality, once again Sailonline is hosting a virtual version - we'll be doing our best to start Legs 2, 3 and 4 with the real fleet and keep up! We'll be racing our Sunfast 3600 polar this time round and hope to include the tracks of the real fleet on-screen as we've done before. Sailonline's complete 2019 Q1 racing calendar is here: To race on Sailonline remains absolutely free and the techniques for racing on the platform is the same for all races, so why not learn the basics ahead of the RNZ itself? ... we hope to see some of you joining in!
  8. First Event: SITraN Challenge – Falmouth to Les Sables-d’Olonne -- Start 13:30UTC, Thursday 14 June 2018 The host club for the passage race and the main event, the Golden Globe 2018 Race is The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club of Tonga A new buddy-up and what a mammoth event this is going to be. Sailonline.org will be partnering with the organisers and sponsors of the Golden Globe Race 2018 to bring not one, but two races to armchair navigators around the world. First, we have the SITraN Challenge from Falmouth, UK to Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on 14 June 2018. This will be a ‘shakedown’ passage for the ‘real’ yachts and a chance for virtual sailors to get to know the characteristics of the Rustler 36. Then, on 1 July the solo round the world non-stop Golden Globe 2018 Race will start from Les Sables-d’Olonne. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 ocean classic won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in his 32 footer, ‘Suhaili’. The GGR SITraN Challenge will start off Pendennis Point following the Suhaili Parade of Sail. The Suhaili Parade of Sail will be led by Sir Robin and include a fleet of classic yachts from the past as well as the competitors in the GGR18. At 13:30, Sir Robin will fire a cannon from the deck of Suhaili to start the GGR SITraN Challenge charity race to Les Sables-d’Olonne. Entrants include some of the world’s best known skippers – legends of single-handed sailing. Rustler 36 The virtual GGR18 boat will have characteristics close to those of a Rustler 36 of which there are six yachts entered in the passage race and the main event. Participants in the virtual GGR18 will be able to test their navigational skills against the real Rustler 36s as well as the other yachts in the fleet. Also, with the permission of the race organisers and with the cooperation of YB Tracking, Sailonline.org will display the real fleet on the virtual race screen. This adds a sense of ‘reality’, competitiveness and involvement in the race. Sailonline's virtual SITraN Challenge – Falmouth to Les Sables-d’Olonne is now open for registration to allow ample time to practise. Competing in virtual races on Sailonline is free and no advantage can be gained by buying a better suit of sails or including ‘rock star’ crew members. This is true one-design racing and a test of skill. GGR 2018 Entry List
  9. 2018 sees the eighth season of Sailonline’s association with tall ships races organised by Sail Training International. This year’s racing will take us not only around Europe but also into the Far East and the Sailonline series will include all five of the scheduled races. As always we will endeavour to bring a selection of Class A ships on-screen so that we can compare our performance(s)! This is what we have in store: The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta - starting in May, two races from Liverpool, England, to Dublin, Ireland and then from Dublin to Bordeaux in France. The Tall Ships Races 2018 - two races in July – Race 1 from Sunderland, England, to Esbjerg, Denmark and Race 2 from Stavanger, Norway, to Harlingen, Netherlands. In between, the real ships will Cruise-In-Company between Esbjerg and Stavanger but shore-hugging our Class A polars is not a good idea so again this year we will be leaving the real tall ships to their meanderings! SCF Far East Tall Ships Regatta- one race starting at the end of August from Yeosu, S Korea to Vladivostock in Russia. This virtual sailing experience runs hand in hand with Sail Training International's mission - the development and education of young people through the sail training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. Sail Training International and Sailonline both count heavily on volunteer support with financial gain excluded from the equation. Navigating a tall ship is a remarkably challenging affair, especially if you are more familiar with modern yachts, and gives a real insight into the true nature of ocean exploration in days gone by, so why not start learning the basics today so you will be ready for your Tall Ships experience! There are four classes of Tall Ship in the real races, ranging from the biggest Class A Square Rigged ships of more than 40m in length, down to training yachts of 9.14m. Sailonline has developed performance polars based on published data for several different tall ships, and races to compete against Class A ships. Sailonline's first race will open for practice on Sunday, 20 May.
  10. After two years of 'practice', Sailonline.org is pleased to team up with the organisers of the Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 Double Handed Yacht Race to bring the virtual version of the race to armchair navigators around the world. Time to race against the real fleet. The Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race is a 5,500 nautical mile 2 handed yacht race - one of the longest two handed yacht races in the world and the only one running from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. It encounters multiple weather systems and seasons as it crosses the Pacific ocean. The course takes the competitors into Bass Strait, up the east coast of Australia into the southeast tradewinds then through the doldrums on the equator. It then heads into the northeast tradewinds to the finish in the port of Osaka. The race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, is held approx. every four years to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka sister city relationship. The 2018 event coincides with the 40th anniversary of this relationship and is a collaborative effort of three yacht clubs: Sandringham Yacht Club - the Melbourne Host Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - administering the on-water activities, & Osaka Hokko Yacht Club - the Osaka Host For the virtual Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018, Sailonline will be using the polar of a Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 yacht. There are three Sunfast 3600s entered in the main fleet starting on Sunday, March 25th including 'Kraken', 'Mister Lucky' and 'Maverick' sailed by Sailonline regular Rod 'Roddo' Smallman. The Sailonline race is now open for pre-race practice to enable everyone, especially newcomers, to learn the ropes in time to be competitive. Gill Australia has, once again, generously donated prizes for the placegetters in the Sailonline.org Virtual Melbourne to Osaka 2018. Prizes will be from the Gill Official Event Merchandise. Details to follow.
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