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  1. I do not see any speed reduction in the display, (unless it's because of my wind angle). If I get a maneuvering penalty, do I see a boat speed drop in the display?
  2. Thank you Pat-Rock So, set a programmation point 30 mins ahead of the boat, then simulate the course changes. Ok, that sounds good, however, even when I do that, I get a confirmation that a new course is validated, is this still without a penalty because the boat has not actually turned yet?
  3. Thank you Mick61 for the reply. So, if it is 5 minutes penalty for each change, and I make 20 movements of the compass to see what course works out best, then, I am getting a 100 minute penalty ! No wonder my boat is so slow :P Thank you also Vector, but the official help articles seem to be a conceptual guide only, and is of no benefit to understanding exactly how the simulator works, as there are no details at all. I have contacted VR and told them I am willing to write a detailed manual if they can tell me how it works, but I've ha
  4. Should I be selecting "Winches Pro" rather than "Light Wind Sails" when I fit out my boat for the race? I only get 2000VR to spend, so I can only choose one upgrade :P What is the time penalty difference between having Winches Pro and not having it?
  5. Hi, I just realised I am probably making a huge mistake when sailing VR Offshore, and I don't know what to do, so could someone please help me? I am new to VR, and I don't use any third party software to assist with navigation as yet. VR Support is extremely vague on all subjects regarding course navigation, and I want to know what truly happens when I sail VR, and how my actions affect the progress of my races. To deduce my next heading change, whether to use waypoints, programmation or whatever, I use the advanced wind tool as a temporary
  6. No reply? So, I shall sail to the middle of the ocean and be safe then?
  7. I would like to thank everyone for the help again. The matter of "grounding" was not one I planned on discussing in this thread on waypoints, however, I am going to ask it, as it is important, if not slightly related as well. So, in the real world, there is no guess work when it comes to landfall or hazards, it's precise, you either hit the darn rock or you miss it. It's on the chart for everyone to see. Shoal areas are avoided by whatever margin the Captain deems safe, and we get on just fine without smashing our boats up on all kinds of bad stuff,
  8. In addition to my question just above, just one more point to clear up for me if you don't mind please.... Is there any more risk of grounding with or without a waypoint in that scenario above, say, if you sail by a lee shore closely for example? As long as the heading clears the lee shore, I am not at risk of grounding whether I have a waypoint set or not?
  9. Thank you so much for your time and answers. It's really helped me. I have another question now regarding waypoints. Let's say I set a course manually with the compass heading tool, with no waypoint set, and no TWA locked on. Does the boat sail directly ahead as if to a waypoint, and the waypoint's only real function is to mark (and effect) a turn point? In other words, I don't need to use a waypoint if I only wish to plan a single leg on a route, the boat's track will stay straight on my set heading?
  10. Thanks HRobert23, So, in WP mode, there is NO tacking or gybing at all....... unless there is a wind shift enroute, then, "autosails" will change the sail for you to suit the new wind condition, (effecting a tack, gybe, sail change or sheet angle adjustment), without a course change, correct? So, if you, say, get a wind shift onto the bow while on WP mode, and you are offline, then your boat slows, stops or goes backwards until you fix it or the wind shifts favourably? I'm still not clear, sorry, VR should explain how the WP function works in det
  11. Thank you for the help. I am still unsure of how the waypoint works in my third question above. In real sailing, you can set a waypoint, say, directly upwind, clear of dangers ahead. However, there are dangers out on the tacking legs, I would have to avoid them. So, if a boat is tacking or gybing in VR, along a route to a virtual waypoint, is this represented in the track of your boat visually on the map or do you just see a straight line track to the waypoint, as if your boat is just heading directly upwind to the waypoint? In other words, could you
  12. Hi, I'm new to VR (3 weeks) and I am having a very difficult time finding any info on both Inshore and Offshore. I've made official requests and I get referred to a very simplistic "Help Centre" which has not been of much help unfortunately. Most importantly, I would like to access a game manual and a set of rule books if they exist. I am participating in 3 offshore races, but I am really confused about waypoint navigation. In the help centre, it says: "trust waypoints, especially near the coast" or similar..... So, my questions.... 1. Does the boat auto t
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