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Series Five Finished

Posted by Atashi at 2015.08.02 16.25 in Racing

On Wednesday July 29th, our twentieth regatta of our fifth season was run and while Sandi won the day, Kim won the series.

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It was a close one, coming down to the last day, and at the end of it all, a mere 5 points separated Kim and Sandi.

Aquadoc placed third overall, and earlier in the season he picked up his first gold medal ever! Atashi placed fourth, only four points behind Aquadoc.

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Apart from our four regulars, we had a total of 13 racers make it to the points board over the course of the season.

With the conclusion of Series Five, we will take a break from the ‘serious points racing’. We’ll still meet up Wednesdays and Sundays for racing, but until we start Series Six, we’ll be racing for fun, and making some tweaks to the boats, the course, the rules, and so forth.

Series Five Starts May 24th

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.24 17.00 in News, Racing

Our fifth season of racing will begin on Sunday May 24th.

As with past seasons, there will be a total of twenty regattas, taking place every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon at 2:00pm Pacific (5:00pm Eastern).

The change this season is we’re going to be running 8 races per regatta. The 8 races will be as follows:

  1. 5 Lap Limited Race
  2. 5 Lap Limited Race
  3. 5 Lap Limited Race
  4. 5 Lap Limited Race
  5. 10 Lap Unlimited Race
  6. 10 Lap Unlimited Race
  7. 10 Lap Unlimited Race
  8. 20 Lap Unlimited Race

Limited races are those where Turbo is disabled and the boats are all locked to Manoevering mode.

In the Unlimited races, Turbo is available and the boats may  use both Manoevering and Speed modes.

So come over to the Waikiti Wharf, grab a boat, and join us for some exciting boat races!

Formula Wai Boat Speeds

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.09 10.57 in Racing

There have been some questions now and then about the speed of the Formula Wai racing boat in Manoever mode versus Speed mode.

I could give you the ‘raw’ numbers direct out of the script but those numbers do not directly translate into practical in-world speeds. The SL Havoc physics engine works with a lot of factors, and the ‘raw’ numbers that are fed into the ‘engine’ do not directly turn into realized meters-per-second speed.

The only way to know for sure is emprical testing of the boat.

For testing, I went into the openspace water region Frumatay (due west from the Waikiti Wharf) and ran the boats diagonally across the region to allow the longest uninterupted path.

The figures below are the absolute maximum possible speeds that the boats can achieve on a long straight track. You are unlikely to reach these speeds on the race course because there aren’t any straightaways long enough.

Maximum Speeds – Manoever Mode

  • Driving Speed: 18 meters per second
  • Turbo Speed: 26 meters per second
  • Reverse Speed: 6 meters per second
  • Pit Lane Speed: 10 meters per second

Maximum Speeds – Speed Mode

  • Driving Speed: 23 meters per second
  • Turbo Speed: 28 meters per second
  • Reverse Speed: 7 meters per second
  • Pit Lane Speed: 10 meters per second

At first glance looking at these numbers, one might automatically assume that Speed mode should be the obvious winner all the time. This might be the case if we were racing on a course with a very long straight track with very few turns.

However, the Manoever Mode has a hands-down advantage in turns and in accelleration. In fact, Manoever Mode would probably be the winner if we were doing boat drag racing, thanks to its greater accelleration.

The Wai race course has over a half dozen turns, some of which are very sharp.

While both boats slow down in a turn — and hard turns slow the boats even further — boats in Manoever mode recover quicker, again thanks to its better accelleration.

So yes, the Speed mode is faster over-all — that is why it’s called Speed mode. Manoever mode however, has the advantage in handling and manoeverability.

Ideally, this means that at the end of the day, the two modes are relatively well matched.

Boat Numbers

Posted by Atashi at 2015.05.07 9.54 in Racing

With the introduction of our new Formula Wai mark 2 (FW-2) boats, we’ve added numbers to all the boats.

Some of the drivers had already added their own numbers on their FW-1 boats, but going forward we’ll hopefully see all the boats with numbers on them.

Why? No real reason, other than it looks neat and texturing is easier on the FW-2 hulls.

Here is a list of all the numbers in use as of this writing:

Custom Boats

  1. Atashi Toshihiko
  2. Kim Link
  3. Aquadoc
  4. Kriss
  5. Sandi Omlet
  6. Rachel Corleone

Stock Colours

  1. Smoke
  2. Blue
  3. Charcoal
  4. Green
  5. Red
  6. Orange
  7. Yellow
  8. Olive
  9. Pink
  10. Purple

Hopefully we’ll see some more names and numbers added to the first list, as we get more racers involved!