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Season Seven Changes

Posted by Atashi at 2016.01.04 17.47 in News, Racing

Just a heads-up on some changes we are making for our seventh series.

First, we’re not going to do the qualifications round any more, and we’re not going to use the starting gates any more.

The idea behind the starting gates, was to try and avoid the ‘first turn pile-up’ when all the boats try and squeeze through the first turn or gate at once and inevitably end up in a big crash.

We still had the big pile-ups even using starting gates, so they did not solve the problem they were meant to. And without starting gates, there’s no need for qualifications.

Second, rather than 6 or 8 separate races, we’re cutting it down to just three races.

The first two will be shorter, being 5 to 10 laps. The third race will be a longer one, between 20 and 40 laps.

And finally, the points allocations will be adjusted slightly to account for the difference between long- and short- races. The short races will maintain our 4-3-2-1 points breakdown, but the long race will earn double points, eg. 8-6-4-2 points.

There will be two additional points awarded to the winner of the gold medallion for each race. In the event of a tie in the points after the three races are over, a tie-breaking race will be run and the winner of that race will get the extra 2 points and the medallion.

The Official Rules have been updated accordingly to reflect these changes.

New Season Starts Wednesday January 6th

Posted by Atashi at 2015.12.29 19.42 in News

After a month of hiatus, we’re getting ready to begin Series Seven, on Wednesday January 6th!

Be there at the Waikiti Wharf at 2pmPST (5pm Eastern) when we kick off our seventh season of virtual airboat racing!

Stay tuned for moreĀ info to follow soon.

Boat Update

Posted by Atashi at 2015.11.25 16.50 in News

The Formula Wai racing boats have been updated today.

The most notable change is that the boats are no longer destroyed, when their health reaches zero!

As before, the engine does blow up, throwing a couple pistons out, and the back of the propeller cage / rudders still falls off leaving debris in the water.

What’s different is the boat remains drivable! Just… slower. You can get back to the pit lane where the boat is fully repaired, same as before!

A damaged FW-2 limps to the pit lane for repairs.

A damaged FW-2 limps to the pit lane for repairs.

The ‘destroyed’ boat is slow enough that drivers will have a strong incentive to pit before catastrophe, but the difference is now they are still in the race – no more DNFs!

(Technically you can still DNF if you quit the race.)

The other change is in Manoever mode, the lower rudder has returned. It was there in the original FW-1 boats, but due to script constraints was removed with the early FW-2 versions.

Finally, there is an updated HUD to go with the updated boats. No new features, but it’s been tweaked to work with the newly-unkillable boats.

To find out how to get your free updates, click here!

Series Six Concluded

Posted by Atashi at 2015.11.19 9.16 in News, Racing

With the 20th regatta yesterday, our sixth season has come to a close.

I think it was a fairly successful season, we had a few new faces join us for a couple races, and one new driver join us for all the races – Ilaria not only made it to all 20 regattas, but also took 3rd place overall in the points!

Second place went to Sandi Omlet once again, after leading the drivers’ championship for a few regattas.

Kim Link held on to her 1st place overall for another season, besting Sandi by 15 points after 20 regattas / 160 races.

Series 6 Totals

Our official races are now on hiatus, likely until January, when we’ll begin Series Seven!

Until then, we’ll continue to meet every Wednesday and Sunday at 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern) for practise races. During the off-season we do a bit of experimentation with the boats, the format, the course.

See you all at the hydrodrome!