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Series Seven Ended

Posted by Atashi at 2016.04.06 18.11 in News, Racing

Series Seven has come to an end, with our 24th Regatta today.

Once again, Kim has taken the top spot.

The final scores are as follows:

Series Seven Final Scores

For now, we’ll have some casual races, or maybe we’ll take a break. Either way the pressure is off and we’re in between seasons.

Looking ahead, a completely new boat design is in the works, and perhaps a complete overhaul of our Regatta system.

Thank you everyone who joined us to race over the past couple months, and congratulations to Kim for her win!

Series 7 Trophy

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.

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!

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!