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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 more info to follow soon.

Season Six: Sunday September 13th

Posted by Atashi at 2015.09.05 12.13 in News

Our sixth season of racing will begin on Sunday September 13th.

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).

This season brings a few more changes to the formatting.

We are keeping the 8-races per regatta, but changing up the types of races. There will be five 5-Lap races, which will be a mix of Limited and Unlimited. The actual breakdown will depend on participants — more newcomers will mean more Limited races.

Generally though, we’re looking for something like this:

  1. 5 Lap Limited Race
  2. 5 Lap Limited Race
  3. 5 Lap Unlimited Race
  4. 5 Lap Unlimited Race
  5. 5 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.

The other significant change, is we’re going to use a ‘qualifying’ session prior to the first race, then have assigned starting positions for all 8 races. This is a bit complicated to explain, so bear with us:

  • The qualfying round is Open Qualifying, so everyone is on the track trying to set a good time. Qualifying will last 5 minutes or so.
  • After qualifying, the gates will be assigned with fastest person in gate 1, then moving backward from there so the slowest qualifying time is in the last gate.
  • After each race, your starting-gate for the next race is based on your position in the preceeding race — BUT assigned in reverse. So whomever finished race 1 in last place, starts race 2 in gate 1.

The gates will have the drivers’ name visible over them in hovertext, and the gate positions will be announced in chat; the whole thing is automated and hopefully people wil pay attention.

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

Big Course Change

Posted by Atashi at 2015.06.06 16.01 in Hydrodrome

I’ve been working on this for a long time, and here it finally is! The course has just had some major changes imposed upon it.

2015-06-06

The biggest new thing is that the Pit Lane is no longer where it used to be. The area formerly known as the pit lane is now more of a drivers’ prep area – a place to rez your boat before the race, and to park your boat after the race. It is not part of the race line at any time, and does not contain any of the gates or start/finish line.

The new Pit Lane is out by gate 2, instead of being by the start/finish line. It is also inside the course instead of outside the course.

And finally, the course is a lot twistier than it has been lately. This may favour Manoever mode more than Speed mode. There are still some straightaways, but they are shorter and have more abrupt turns at the ends of them.

Finally, the top ten Fastest Lap times have been removed as this new course is slower than the old one. So you get to push for a new fastest lap again!