Sunday, December 07, 2008

Blue Water Yacht Racing for Blue Collar Skippers

In the winter of my discontent and lingering Bush Derangement Syndrome, I seek diversion from politics wherever it can be found. One of the distractions I have found is the Volvo Ocean Race.

Well, actually it's not the Volvo Ocean Race itself. I'm not nearly physically nor fiscally capable of racing around the world in anything as demanding as a sailing yacht. What I've sunk a few hours into is the Volvo Ocean Racing Game (VORG). Instead of eight physical yachts racing around the world in 10 legs in extreme conditions, I get to race with 82,000+ competitors from 191 countries around the world in the moderate conditions of my own study. And, more importantly, it doesn't cost me a dime.
However, it would be more fun and less impersonal to race with friends I know, so I thought I might entice my pals from the Blogosphere into testing the waters of the world.

On 13 December, 8 real yachts and 82,000 virtual yachts will start the 3rd leg which goes from Cochin, India to Qingdao, China, taking Singapore to port. I would like any of my readers to be in that number!

VORG (the virtual race) has been sanitized so that there are no collisions, no rules of rightaway to be enforced, and no piracy! The demands on steerage consist in adjusting sails and course at least twice a day, although more attention is recommended.

Between now and sometime on 11 December - the deadline for finishing the 2nd Leg - there's an opportunity to register, name, design (paint), and launch your virtual yacht. During this interval, you will be able to test-drive your yacht. And I'll have a boat in the water, giving you pointers. The game allows for communications between boats.

So, I hope some readers, you valiant few, will take me up on this invitation. In hopeful anticipation, I'm hoisting my very excellent second glass of Nerello del Bastardo Marchesi di Montecristo to all who do, as well as to an end to a diminution of politics.

17 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Beach Bum said...

Sounds cool, and I will look into it.

12/07/2008 07:51:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

GR8, Beach! I was hoping for you, especially. If you do decide to splash a hull, contact my boat, Wyliecat-30!

12/07/2008 08:50:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

This is not a good prescription for getting a good night's sleep.

12/08/2008 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger LTE said...

Hey, this is fun!

12/09/2008 06:26:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Ahoy! Someone is stalking me off the coast of India! Is it LTE or Beach, or....? Vessel, please identify yourself!

12/11/2008 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Next Leg, I'll be more than stalking you.

1/02/2009 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

We're all batting for Sam Davis.

She's subcdr's heroine.

1/17/2009 06:04:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

I'll look her up!

1/17/2009 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous AdB said...

Have you looked up Sam yet, Vig?

She's one good looking daredevil of a sailor.

1/19/2009 05:08:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

I have not yet been provided with the exact spelling. Can't find the boat....?

1/19/2009 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

Sorry, my bad - Sam is actually doing the Vendée Globe and is racing Roxy.

1/21/2009 03:40:00 AM  
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

Sam's race video here here

1/21/2009 03:43:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Wowee! She's actually on a physical boat? Like, actually getting wet?

1/21/2009 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Love the clips! As always (unfortunately) the only times we have a moment to take pictures in light winds when we have hands free!

1/21/2009 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

I anticipate posting about the current VORG leg in the next few days.

1/21/2009 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

Yep, but she made a mistake two days ago -- she should have gone out instead of waiting for the wind; she was overtaken.

She's one helluva of a sailor.

1/21/2009 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

But she's fortunately found the wind.

1/21/2009 05:23:00 PM  

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