It gets the best of me
When I’m sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me
What makes SL a much richer place than we realize some times is that there are whole groups of people who never mix but enjoy their second lives pursuing their dreams. For some it’s building beautiful fantasy spaces and role playing,for some of us it’s dressing up and photographing, and for some it’s breeding pets. This sort of really intense, really passionate hobbyism in an already hobbyist space is incredibly interesting when you think about it.
A whole lot of people enjoy the wonder of sailing in SL, using the sailing sims for water pleasure that they may or may not have in RL. I met one such person who introduced me to the abso-freakin-lutely amazing watercraft of Jacqueline Trudeau. Jacqueline has researched every nook and cranny of every boat she makes in SL and probably knows so much about SL programming, graphics, etc, that it would make your head spin. (Her boats make sex beds and prim toes look like child’s play—just sayin.’) This is evident in the Trudeau One, which is a modest-seeming boat but has great features for the beginning (like me) and the expert (who races boats in SL). Jacqueline based the design on a Scandinavian keelboat from the 30s that is well known for racing. It’s sleek and beautiful and so perfect for a woman like me.
I rezzed my boat in a suitable spot on Blake Sea, which is one of LL’s sponsored sailing areas. My first venture out, a motorboat ran me over, but I suspect that is unusual. (I IM’d the guy, who apologized profusely with the excuse of lag. I personally think I saw a beer can in his hand.) After that I had no other “encounters.” The sims were wide open and interesting—LL and the moderators did not leave them just empty open water. There are special little islands and finds scattered all around. They are truly for the adventurer. I found it truly relaxing and lots of fun as I looked around.
Sailing was a breeze for a beginner like me—I was able to control the boat with ease using the HUD and my left and right keyboard controls. The boat has MANY built in things—you can control everything from the sail colors to how hard the wind is blowing. However, it is perfectly easy to just jump in and sail. I learned quickly what “luffing” is because the sails (incredibly, amazingly) “luff” when you are not at the right angle to the wind. A combination of sounds and animation tied with cleverly sculpty sails bring RL sailing to SL. (One RL sailor assessed the boat as being about as close to RL as anything in SL.) Your senses are very engaged—all you’re missing is the feel of the spray of water in your face and the heat of the sun on your skin.
I had to, of course, dress correctly to sail, and I asked a friend who sails in RL to check my outfit, which was given a thumbs up. I start with a bikini from Kimberly Flagon, who offers this in two colors for My Second Wardrobe. With its fantastic textures and styling it’s a great start but I always think it’s a risk to sail alone in barely nothing, so I slipped on Rob Moonites’ Heatherfield Shorts, which do duty for both men and women. Finally, little boat shoes from Ding Fotherington help me keep a grip on the deck. My fresh sunkissed skin is one of Gala Phoenix’s summer beauties with a ponytail from Elikapeka Tiramisu.
Takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free
~ “Sailing” by Christopher Cross
Hair: [e] Alright – Brown 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]
Skin: :GP: Sundust Frex [Dark] Summer-Pure 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *
Shorts: *FIR & MNA* The Heathersfield Shorts Olive by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *
Shoes: 50 flats – Boat shoes cucumber salad by Ding Fotherington for 50 Flats (no longer available)
Magnificent sailboat: The Trudeau One by Jacqueline Trudeau for Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts *
Read more about sailing in SL at the following:
Trudeau Classic Sailing Yachts blog (learn about the terrific boats and Jacqueline)
Wiki about Sailing in SL (read the basics—where to go, etc.)
SLSailing.com (OMG, chock full of stuff like events, rankings, etc.)
Metaverse Sailing (great news stories)