Quickmarch

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  1. Thanks @Corsaire31, Yes, I took early access into account. There was much more to the decision than that . The real killer was the Steam interface. A lot had to do with the fact that I could not run it on my netbook (Win10, Intel Celeron N2807 1.58Ghz with 2Gb of memory). I was hoping it would be something I could take to Europe with me this fall for rainy day entertainment. I was recalling the times when a friend and I whiled away a lot of time on the Navimag Ferry heading down through Patagonia in the fog and rain. You're right, it was Virtual Skipper, I'd forgotten the name.
  2. I played for an hour, sorry guys, but I gave it back to them this morning. IMHO they have a long, long, way to go with the UI before this will work as a sailing simulation. There was an Americas Cup simulation many years ago that was a lot more intuitive than this one. I found it way too "busy". Click spots all over the place and awkward mouse movements to effect trim. The steering simulation was very good, though. Instrumentation was also good. In all fairness, I loaded it to a laptop (with a trackball). It might be better on a larger screen.
  3. Sorry boys, been out racing on my Mini 12 today (not joking). It was really interesting when I was learning to fly. Especially the navigation part using the #1 Eyeball. The instructor was quite amazed that I could intuitively track my course over the ground and plug in appropriate direction adjustments to allow for drift. That was until I told him that looking over the side of an aircraft was immensely more informative than looking over the side of a boat. Compass and watch. Compass and watch. Compass and watch. One thing I learned when using a sextant to navigate across large stretches of open water; Always plug in a tiny bit of left (or right) error when marking your calculated position on the chart. That way when the clock runs out and the island isn't visible, you know which way to turn. Still entertaining rellies, so no playing with the Steam thing tonight. Can't wait to get at it!
  4. Hey @brett, we'll give you one new term per day. You'll be talkin the talk before August. Today's- Lee means the side of the boat away from the wind. (opposite side to where the wind is coming from). Ref: Lee shore - the shoreline that is on the lee side of the boat. Ref: If you feel seasick, head for the lee rail (extremely important tip) Ref: Seasick - a malady brought on by the lack of a tree to sit under. Most often encountered while "at sea". Please start taking notes - there WILL be a test.
  5. Got the game this morning. Still too many rellies around to start playing. I might get a look at it later tonight. If I feed the rellies a lot of red wine with dinner, they'll be sound asleep by 2100. Then the cat can play.
  6. By saying "opening the top" Loic, I'm actually referring to "twisting" the sail so that the AOA at the top is greater than at the bottom. This has the effect of spilling the sideforce up high in the sailplan, reducing the heeling moment. It's the same as wing washout in an aircraft. The same is done on the mainsail by dropping the traveller to leeward, increasing the cunningham load, bending the top of the mast and tightening the outhaul. I'll be in Toulouse in the fall. Happy to show you, first hand. Fair winds March
  7. Reefing is definitely in the cards. When racing I never let the heel angle exceed five degrees. The loss in VMG through increased side slip is tremendous. Leeway while cruising is also important. If you're trying top sail to windward, every foot you loose to leeway must be made up on the opposite tack. Cruising: Heel angle is controlled by dropping the traveler to leeward, increasing luff and foot tensions, and moving the genoa lead cars aft to twist off the top of the genoa. Finally I change to a smaller jib and/or reef the main. Racing: I control heel angle with sail tensions (flatten the sails and move the CE forward with Cunningham and outhaul), mast bend and "feathering". In fact, on my racing boat I cannot reef the main, it's on a halyard lock, so all mainsail power reductions are done through mast and sail control. I do not have a traveler on the race boat either.
  8. In light of the most recent thread on Sailing Sims, I offer this: When sailors were real sailors! “Nelson: “Order the signal, Hardy.” Hardy: “Aye, aye sir.” Nelson: “Hold on, that’s not what I dictated to Flags. What’s the meaning of this?” Hardy: “Sorry sir?” Nelson (reading aloud): “England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.’ - What gobbledegook is this?” Hardy: “Admiralty policy, I’m afraid, sir. We’re an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil’s own job getting ‘England ‘ past the censors, lest it be considered racist.” Nelson: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco.” Hardy: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments.” Nelson: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the mainbrace to steel the men before battle.” Hardy: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.” Nelson: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we’d better get on with it .......... full speed ahead.” Hardy: “I think you’ll find that there’s a 5 knot speed limit in this stretch of water.” Nelson: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow’s nest please.” Hardy: “That won’t be possible, sir.” Nelson: “What?” Hardy: “Health and Safety have closed the crow’s nest, sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don’t meet regulations They won’t let anyone up there until a proper scaffolding can be erected.” Nelson: “Then get me the ship’s carpenter without delay, Hardy.” Hardy: “He’s busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral.” Nelson: “Wheelchair access? I’ve never heard anything so absurd.” Hardy: “Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled.” Nelson: “Differently abled? I’ve only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn’t rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card.” Hardy: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency.” Nelson: “Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons.” Hardy: “A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and Safety won’t let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don’t want anyone breathing in too much salt- haven’t you seen the adverts?” Nelson: “I’ve never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy.” Hardy: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral.” Nelson: “What? This is mutiny!” Hardy: “It’s not that, sir. It’s just that they’re afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There’s a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.” Nelson: “Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?” Hardy: “Actually, sir, we’re not.” Nelson: “We’re not?” Hardy: “No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn’t even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.” Nelson: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.” Hardy: “I wouldn’t let the ship’s diversity co-ordinator hear you saying that sir. You’ll be up on disciplinary report.” Nelson: “You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King.” Hardy: “Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it’s the rules. It could save your life” Nelson: “Don’t tell me - health and safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?” Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there’s a ban on corporal punishment.” Nelson: “What about sodomy?” Hardy: “I believe that is now legal, sir.” Nelson: “Bugger”
  9. AAAARRRRRR Billy!
  10. Welcome back, @mutley and motley crew. I've missed you.
  11. You might give it a go with the genoa unfurled and set inside the gennaker. Depending on the boat and the apparent wind angle, double-slotting can give you an extra 1/4 Kt. Never worked for me on "Passages". Passages is a 20T double ender and I always found that it was not possible to heat the boat up enough to gain any VMG if the course was lower than 160. My wife and I would never set a symmetrical chute while offshore as the risks with a kite that size and a short-handed crew were not acceptable. Cool sim though. Maybe I should look into it and we can have us a race.
  12. I'm surprised no one has picked up this as yet. It occurred on the 15th of this month. An approach accident near Teterboro Airport (KTEB). See: https://www.google.ca/search?q=teterboro+crash&oq=tet&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i57j0l3.4424j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Condolences to families and friends of the two pilots who lost their lives in this accident.
  13. Thanks John, I still had the devil's own time finding the file - despite the, literal, map that you showed me. A search for the string gps6.zip or just gps6 returned nothing. Even when I went to FSX - FSX Panels nothing showed up until I cut the search back to gps. That returned four pages. The file we're referring to was on the first page. I'm using a VPN, but I doubt that would have any bearing. I was logged in to the Flightsim site in all cases. Ah well! Once again MH (and @allardjd) comes to the rescue of the technically challenged.
  14. Thanks JA, Lookin' in all the wrong places......
  15. No sign of a file with that name on Flightsim (or in the library) - gps6.zip