It has been three weeks since the world heard of the tragic natural disaster in the North East of Japan.
So far it is rather sketchy news from our friends in the North East of Japan. I have contacted Taku to find out as much as I can on the friends we have made in that country. It was with great relief today I found Miwha Masala‘s blog, and she is safe!
I am watching NHK news cast as I am writing this. Personally speaking I am very very humbled by the way the Japanese people have reacted to this disaster. Calmly and with intelligence that the country has reacted and coped with the situation.
So, the question is what can we do in Second Life to help?
Tradewinds Yacht club held a very successful auction event supporting relief efforts. They have a huge mountain of Linden bears which have collected a total of $L400,00! Click here for a link to the blog page.
The Linden donation bears were a real positive step by Linden Labs to aid the relief efforts they can still be found here.
Caf has also been raising the awareness and showing support for the Japanese people. He has created a suit of ACA sails that will show all around that you support.
They can be found at ACA Island. The money donated for these sails will go to earthquake relief. Wear yours with pride and show your support, not just now, but in the future, the clean up and reconstruction of this area of Japan will take a long time. This is no fashion accessory this is showing long-term commitment to our friends, and in Second Life we stand firmly besides our friends no matter where they are in the world.
Unfortunately there are times in life that just make us sit down and wonder what is going on. Some times life is beyond our comprehension and defies reason. This week we have witnessed two very bad pieces of news, and it would be remiss of us to let them go unnoticed in this blog.
It was with great shock and sadness that on Thursday we learnt of the death of a truly great figure in Second Life sailing. Epicurus (or Epi to his friends) was one of those truly nice and helpful people we meet along the way. He was a co-founder of Fishers Island Yacht Club, he was selfless in his help, he was truly unlimited in his friendship.He will be sadly sadly missed.
Below is a wonderful video prepared by Surfwidow Beaumont it truly reflects Epi. I would like to thank Surfwidow for this tribute. I will let the video do the talking. It is more eloquent than any words i could possibly type. It left me with a tear in my eye and a hump in my throat that simply will not go away, nor should it. We are mising a friend
He will be so very badly missed in the real world and in our virtual world. Our thoughts go out to Pippa Rexen (his second life wife and real life wife) and the family he left with a huge hole in their lives.
Fair winds Epi
The virtual world is a small one, however our friends are from all corners of the world. Therefore it is with increasing incredulity and sadness that we witness the events unfolding in Japan. We have many sailors friends that we have grown to know and respect in that part of the world.
Our thoughts go out to all affected by this ongoing disaster. I have still to hear of many of our friends in that part of the world, with each day of not knowing our prayers grow stronger that they are free from harm.
As of yet I am reluctant to give out information on how one may financially help this area of the country, however if there is any thing concrete we can do I will be the first to relay that information to you. It will probably be to the Redcross in Japan, however let the authorities do their job and inform us how they want help.
Just a few news snippets from ACA to keep you all up to date on happenings with all that is ACA.
Firstly I am really happy that we have a growing number of ACA Light users welcome to the family guys! As promised we are starting a set of selected races/training sessions for this boat. Last night we had our first complete beginners race. Sailing Conditions weren’t the best, but we did get a flavour of racing. Many thanks go out to Miwha, Massy and Bolt for coming down in their 3.0’s and to Tingle and Anastasia for trying out racing. And of course to Colin for winning both races!
Anastasia in front of Massy!!
You cant beat coco!
After racing it was a cup of steaming coco! lovely. More events to follow. Keep your eyes peeled.
Lastly in this section I am producing a short video on the Light as a quick guide to sail it. I will announce it in the owners groups as soon as it is finalised.
Its getting to that time of year… excitement is growing questions are being asked. To be honest we want to give sailors in SL a short break from large sailing events. However that being said we having a great conversation with leading SL/RL sailors about the format and the shape of the Trophy. That being said there are a few details I can announce. Firstly the racing will not be drawn out, it will be short and fast. It will be a lot fairer than last year. The boats will not be crewed it will be the skipper alone that sails (so no waiting for your crew to log back on before you finnish a race)
Lastly I can confirm the finals will be held at Starboard Yacht Club.
II have produced a short informational video on youtube to help you recognise ACA33 3.0 boats from ACA Light boats.
I hope it is of use to you.
Last note on racing
The Second Life Sailing calendar is being updated If you want to race your ACA33 Please take a look here for information of races going on in your time zone. If you are interested in holding races please contact either myself or the commodore of the club you wish to race at. I am personally happy to give as much help as i can to ensure ACA stays at the top of Second Life sailing. At the moment from experiance i can see we have regular ACA33 3.0 Racing at the following times and locations
Tuesday 4.00pm @ NYC
Wedensday 5.30am @NYC
Thursday 12.00 @ FIYC
Friday 6pm @ NYC
Saturday 6.00pm @ NYC
You can of course sail your ACA33 at big boat events such as:-
Sunday 4.00pm @ NYC
Tuesday 11.00am @ FIYC
Happy sailing to you alll and remember to keep the flappy side of your boat up!