We set out the first long distance race in Sailaway as an experiment. To see if people would be engaged enough to undertake a longer event. And to test the program, to see if the waypoint system worked, see if the boats would still perform well when the user went offline and to see if everything else would work ok.
It turned out to be so much more than that. Completing the race took me 35 hours. Halfway after 17 hours I was only fighting Alvaro over 3rd and 4th place with only 3 seconds between us. Nrs 1, 2 and 3 were 10 minutes ahead of us. So close. With identical boats it all comes down to sailtrim and tactics.
Ker2x chose a southerly course upwind to Selkirk island and that turned out to be a wrong choice when the wind turned from South-West to West. It put him in 6th place.
After we rounded Selkirk island and headed back to Robinson’s Island, 2 people took a bold decision and sailed further south. When the wind turn to North-West it brought Guiseppe a solid lead and Ker2x climbed back from 6 to 4th place. Bad luck struck Guiseppe: Only a few hundred meters before the finish line his boat ran aground in the treacherous and shallow waters while he himself was offline. Frank Black, Ezra and Ker2X and sailed passed the poor guy and ended in 1, 2 and 3.
During the race you could taste the friendly competition over the VHF chat. Everyone was joking around, willing to help each other and at the same time very keen to beat everyone. It was so much fun.
- 1d. 11h. 02m. Frank Black
- 1d. 11h. 05m. Ezra
- 1d. 11h. 34m. Ker2x
- 1d. 12h. 06m. Alvaro
- 1d. 12h. 52m. CocoRhum
- 1d. 13h. 20m. DK1
- 1d. 14h. 08m. Groove
- 1d. 14h. 10m. Tsyal
- 1d. 14h. 26m. Mr Mustard
- 1d. 18h. 39m. Guiseppe Mazei
- (not a real) Captain Philyfil
- DNF Skipp
- DSQ Richard Knol