Your Mom SA

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  1. Thanks again. I didn't know about 2D. That definitely makes a variety of things easier. Although it's a little less fun than 3D.
  2. Thanks! So I guess you and the others who take this seriously are spending money to buy green chips, then? I don't care enough about it to put money into it... So I use VMG only for maybe half my races, and nothing the rest of the time. Interesting that the wind sock information is so critical. Since I never use it (except when the game gives all options, which seems to be for the first race of each event), I hadn't figured out the timing yet, so I didn't pay much attention to it. I've just been sailing for dark water and hoping the shifts will average out. The truth is, though... I foul other boats way to much, which has nothing to do with options. I know the rules, and in real life, I can control my boat quite well and avoid contact, but... in the game, I find it very difficult to avoid contact without over-steering, etc. And then sometimes downwind I'll gybe into a boat I didn't know was there, etc. And I frequently approach the windward mark on port tack and decide it's better to plow in there and eat the foul than waste time trying to avoid the inevitable. I guess if I was paying for the options, sometimes I might be able to get out in front of the carnage, though.
  3. I don't do Inshore much... usually just at times like now when I have zero Offshore races going. I'm trying to get a better understanding of the options you can choose at the beginning of each race by spending green chips... I can't find any Help or other discussion about this. Am I missing it somewhere? -Start ling timing. I've seen what it does... when you're pointed at the start line, it gives you the straight-line time to get there. Is that at your current speed, or does it account for acceleration (which makes a big difference with F50s!)? -Layline. Seems pretty simple... it just extends the laylines out to infinity, right? -Best VMG. This is the only one I've been spending green chips on. Push B on the keyboard, and it steers VMG upwind or downwind for you. Nice. It seems to do it pretty well. Do the best racers use it, though, or is it actually possible to do better with hand-steering if you're good at it? And does this do anything else? -Wind Shadow. I've used this a couple times. I can see that it shows you your shadow and your opponents' shadows, which is helpful. My question is... If you don't pay for this... do you still have a shadow that you simply can't see? If so, then the competition is fair and this is just for visibility. But if you have to pay for this to have a wind shadow, then you need to be paying for this to be competitive. -Wind intelligence. Is this just the wind socks at the top of the chart? What do they show? Impending windshifts? How far into the future? Thanks! -Mom
  4. No, but he has experience with land that can only be seen when you remember to zoom in enough... www.www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2014/12/05/wouter-verbraak-team-vestas-wind-went-aground-volvo-ocean-race/
  5. Just ask Wouter Verbaak...
  6. As far as I know, blue should always be safe (as long as it's still blue at max zoom). VR doesn't care about depth. You can sail a supermaxi in a puddle.
  7. Thanks to both of you for responding quickly, but... My point is... If you sail through the gate that Pat-Rock circled... that will indeed validate G4... But then if you pass North of Lolland from there (passing near Vordingborg), you will be able to sail to the finish without ever validating G5.
  8. I believe there's a flaw... -The first pair of gates looks fine... One to the West for the normal route, and then an alternative at Helsinborg. -The second pair also looks fine... One to the West for the normal route, and then an alternative across the East alternative (near Stralsund). -The third set is the concern. There are three gates in that set. One in the middle for the normal route... And then one to the West (near Flensbourg) and one where the East route would rejoin the fleet (near Fehmarn). These are all ok, but there is a gap in their coverage. If a boat sails the East route, passing Copenhagen, and then passes North of Lolland, they would fail to validate any of the gates in that third set. I believe it is necessary to adjust one of the gates of that third set, or add a fourth gate to that set, so that boats sailing that route will still be validated. I realize that route is unlikely to make a lot of sense... but the forecast has some light winds that could make exploration of that area worth considering... and it would be preferable to have this scenario resolved before boats get there.
  9. Thanks, Pat. This matches my understanding. I was just asking for the purpose of advance public confirmation, to minimize risk of confusion. Thanks!
  10. For the sake of avoiding the situation from Beneteau that some people are upset about... May I ask @Pat-Rock @Vector or another moderator to verify that it is NOT necessary to follow the white line in this race? I believe that literally ANY route that gets you to the finishing circle will be acceptable. Northbound, this doesn't mean much... It just means that if we hard weird wind conditions that led you to want to sail among the islands of Nationalpark Vadenhavet, you could. Southbound, it matters. Listed from the Westernmost to Easternmost options, I believe you could go... -Aggressively West, around Middlefart, or -Follow the white line to Nyborg, and then go West of Langeland, or -Just follow the white line, passing East of Langeland, or -Through Helsinborg and around Copenhagen, and then North of the island of Mon, and then through any of the channels from the town of Nyord to the finish, or -Through Helsinborg and around Cpenhagen, and then South of the island of Mon and on to the finish, going to eiher side of Fehmarn. I think that covers all of the options, short of detailing every channel one could follow north of Mon. In most wind conditions, it probably won't matter... but I figure it's worth being very clear about it, just in case some weird wind conditions result in a strange course being fast. Also... I believe it is NOT possible to take a short-cut through the fjords... It looks like that path is closed by land in Aggersund. Correct?
  11. Thanks! Very nice artwork!
  12. Thanks for the information. It's good to hear that a significant donation was made to a recognizable charity!
  13. Will there be an announcement of how many Full Packs were sold, how much revenue that produced, how much of that revenue will go to charity, and which charity? I'm very roughly guessing $50,000 Euros of revenue...??
  14. That's great news, thanks. If someone official will state how much money, and exactly what organization, that would encourage me and others to pay the price to enter this event. Without that information, the price for this event seems very high.
  15. The race announcement says that part of the revenue from options for the Great Escape races will go to "an association or project engaged in safeguarding maritime heritage". Can anyone what percentage will be donated, and what organization it will go to? With four Category 2 races going at once, this will be a lot of money.
  16. I run into that a few times per week... Turning the phone off to force a reboot always solves it.
  17. Your Mom SA

    iTunes Login?

    For the last few days, my iPhone has asked me to provide my iTunes password every time I access a race. Even if I log in, it asks again the next time I access a race. Is anyone else having this problem?
  18. @Oxven Thank you for responding quickly to explain the situation. While the decision to proceed without isolating in-process events is very upsetting, I appreciate your efforts to explain the decision. Will anything be done for the people who feel wronged about this? Is there any value in submitting a support request, or would we be wasting our time? Personally, I haven't decided yet if this actually helps me or hurts me. It definitely kills my chances of beating the boats who have already finished under 40 days. I don't think I can achieve that now, whereas I had a chance before this change. It cost me at least a few hours. But... it probably also killed the chances of 100+ boats behind me of beating 41 days... so if I get to the finish under 41.5 days or so, it's possible that my result might be better as a result of this rather than worse... In which case I would feel bad for those who were hurt worse than me, but I would not feel justified in asking for a refund.
  19. If this is applied to JVT before it closes, I will be requesting a refund of my JVT entry fee. It will destroy the validity of that event by forcing those of us who are still racing to clear the doldrums in less wind than those who have already finished. I am very happy about this decision, but PLEASE don't apply it to in-process races, especially the JVT.
  20. Thanks! With it all being in French, it's hard to know what has already been discussed.
  21. By the way... I'm not talking about people trying to simply use the rules to win with aggressive racing. That's ok as far as I'm concerned. For example... a quick gybe from port to starboard too close for a boat to get away, resulting in them fouling you... in real life, you wouldn't be able to get away with that... in virtual racing, you usually can... I don't have a problem with that, and will do that kind of thing myself. I'm talking about people abandoning all efforts to actually race, specifically to ruin someone else's race.
  22. On occasion, I have encountered cases where a boat will ignore the race course and instead try to ruin my race. For example, a boat that turns downwind before getting to the windward mark, and then sits on my wind no matter how much I try to get away from him. Even if I let him pass me, he'll turn back to get back on me again. There are other cases where it's harder to know if it's intentional or not... For example, if a boat stays on starboard tack after the start beyond the layline, forcing me to overstand by a lot... maybe they're doing that just to hurt me, but I think more often that it's just that they don't realize they've passed the layline. When this is intentional, there are two possible explanations... one is that partners are "team racing" where one boat slows down the competition so that the other can win. The other is simply "trolling" where someone alone simply enjoys ruining someone else's race. This doesn't matter in free beta testing. I don't really care if someone ruins my race if I didn't pay for it. But... What can be done about this when VR eventually starts running Inshore regattas that cost credits? This is the equivalent of a Rule 69 protest in real racing. Do we have to take note of the offending boat's name and email it to VR Support, or is there a simpler way to file a complaint? Would we get any redress for our ruined race (or credits back), or is disqualification of the offender the only thing we can ask for? Does VR retain any logs of the races so that they could check to see what really happened if necessary? That's all re-active... can anything be done pro-actively? For example, maybe if a boat hasn't rounded a mark yet, it shouldn't be able to affect the wind of a boat that has rounded that mark? The truth is, though, that I've never paid for an Inshore virtual race and I'm not sure if I ever will. I'm here for the Offshore stuff. I just do Inshore when there aren't any active Offshore races. So... I don't mind if nothing is done about this. I just thought it might be an interesting topic for discussion.
  23. For what it's worth... I think I figured out why my autosails turned off in that Clipper leg. I have posted an explanation in the "Indicate a bug" forum, for anyone interested in how to avoid that risk. The bottom line, though, is that it simply isn't worthwhile to pay for options for a race unless you can do it on a desktop machine. The App simply can't support the paid for options well enough to be worthwhile. I hope VR will improve the App to work as well as the desktop interface eventually, as I would prefer to be able to race just as competitively on my phone as on a desktop... but it doesn't appear to be a priority for them right now.