We’re used to hearing news about physical world events being cancelled – and some attempting to relocate to virtual spaces, including Second Life (see: Balticon 54: a real world sci-fi convention using Second Life, and MuseWeb: utilising Second Life in support of a global conference as two examples in these pages, for example).
One real-world event is still going ahead this year – one that can make fairly good use of social / physical distancing – is the annual Summer Sailstice, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2020. However, because the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic can sill have an impact on sailing in the physical world – particularly for crews who may not all be in the same household – a special partner event is also being held in Second Life.
Coordinated by Second Life resident and sailor in both the physical and virtual realms, Dale Irata, and involving the Second Life sailing community, under the banner of Sailors in Second Life, the in-world event has offered physical world sailors an open invitation to come in to Second Life and share a weekend’s sailing and events at marinas across the grid and within popular sailing areas such as North Sea and Blake Sea – and the Second Life sailing community can get involved as well.
To help engage sailing enthusiasts from the physical world to both understand Second Life and potential get involved in the virtual event, a number of on-line resources have been made available over the last couple of months, including:
- A special Summer Sailstice in SL web page.
- A special introductory page at Latitude 38 sailing magazine website.
- A virtual sailing introduction to the event.
- A tutorial on Second Life sailing.
The core event – as with the physical world one – takes place on Saturday, June 20th. However, supporting it in-world an in-world exhibition celebrating 15 years of sailing and boating in Second Life, featuring trade stands by some of the platform’s top marine designers and brands. Having opened on June 13th, the expo run through until Sunday, June 21st.
The events scheduled for Saturday, June 20th comprises (all times SLT):
|24-hours||Camping event – rez your boat for free all weekend|
|Rainbow Sails Yacht Club|
Cruise – More info
|Flying Manta Yacht Club|
|09:00||DJ Dance Party||Flying Manta Yacht Club|
Bandit 25R racing
|Triumphal Yacht Club|
|Corona Cup SRV210 motorboat racing||Starboards Yacht Club|
|11:00||Nacra 17 Race||Nantucket Yacht Club|
Queen Tribute Concert and Second Sailstice Novice Regatta Kickoff Party
|North Sea (Merfolk TP)|
|Shields Class Racing||Triumphal Yacht Club|
|13:00||Bandit race preparation time||North Sea|
Party at Wicked Good Beach
|Nantucket Yacht Club (Merfolk TP)|
|14:00||Second Sailstice Novice Regatta – see below for more||North Sea|
Second Sailstice Novice Regatta Afterparty
|17:00||Sails and Tails Party (all sailors and merfolk invited) with DJ Night||Nantucket Park (Merfolk TP)|
Note also that all events are Merfolk friendly!
The Novice Regatta is especially for new SL sailors, and a free boat – the brand new Bandit 22 LTE – will be provided for eligible sailors! You won’t be on the course with folks who’ve been here before, so come out and have a really fun time! More details can be found in the SL Novice Regatta web page.
Follow the links above the event schedule for more information.