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Tacticat Euro Regatta

by Amando Estela 16 Aug 2007 12:37 BST 13 August 2007
The race starts in the Tacticat Euro Race (virtual tactical racing on the internet) © Tacticat

Tacticat (www.tacticat.com) is an Internet environment where sailors of different countries and sailing classes meet to train tactics virtually racing each other.

Although races are open 24 hours a day every day of the year, every now and then special events are scheduled. Mid August we started to host a weekly regatta, on Mondays. To be hosted in London Server, USA server and Australia Server in different Mondays.

Tacticat is free, administered and maintained by sailors.

August 16, 20:30 GMT (that's 9:30 for us Brits) 36 Tacticat users logged on for the first weekly regatta this week hosted by Europe with sailors coming from as far as Venezuela and America to take part (some Canadians also took part whilst feigning work I believe).

With 8 races scheduled (two for each class) with lasers chosen as the first class to sail using the I flag to make sure of the discipline on the line. BigNeil fired off the line to early start which he held throughout the race with HamB and Rafel chasing and pushing hard all the way round.

Race 2 again raced in lasers was a blistering win for MagicMatt who was a rather large distance away from second place JoeFalchetto and third place Zirimiri. For the third race the class was changed to Cats and Can2809 took this one, though it was the only race he sailed, with mickeymouse2007 in close pursuit and HamB showing consistency in third.

Race 4 got under way with a slightly starboard biased line which Topper159 Tillerman and Heini took advantage of pushing hard out to the left to take advantage of the swinging wind and more wind. At the finish Topper159 just took it from Tllerman after Tillerman clipped Topper's stern and had to do a 360 but he still managed to hold off Heini to the finish.

We changed class again for the start of the fifth race to skiffs with new improved downwind wind shadows. With the wind swinging more and more to port the right paid bringing MagicMatt out on top again for his second win of the evening with Fin007 in second and Vilan in third.

The sixth race provided the most drama of the evening with starboard bias again on the line Topper159 and HamB started well at the boat end tacking early to take advantage of the shift leading the boats into the windaward mark with Heini following close behind. This held until halfway up the last beat Topper159's internet connection went and he disappeared from the race, leaving a very confused HamB in the lead and Heini promoted to second (also a distraught Topper159 banging his head against the keyboard and cursing his Internet provider). HamB looked certain of winning until 2 boat lengths from the finish his boat somehow capsized him and drowned his hopes of a race win as Heini cruised past to take gun.

The final two races were sailed in the newly made keelboats (modelled I think on the Americas Cup boats). In which HamB made up for the last race and took the win from MagicMatt and Rhodes. In the final race Hobiecat and Galibuli stormed off to and early lead with the ever consistent HamB in close pursuit and it remained this way at the finish.

HamB showed that consistency pays taking the regatta from Heini and MagicMatt. Thank all competitors for turning up and making it a fantastic event.

Overall Results:

Pos Boat Nat Laser-1 Laser-2 Cat-1 Cat-2 Skiff-1 Skiff-2 Keel-1 Keel-2 Total Nett Notes
1st HamB USA 2 8 3 5 (16) 2 1 3 40 24  
2nd Heini GER (37 DNC) 7 9 3 6 1 7 4 74 37  
3rd MagicMatt FRA 12 1 18 (37 DNC) 1 14 2 5 90 53  
4th zirimiri ESP 4 3 4 11 (24) 16 5 11 78 54  
5th Tillerman USA 10 19 8 2 8 (21) 4 13 85 64  
6th mickeymouse2007 FRA 17 5 2 6 13 (37 DNC) 16 8 104 67  
7th FIN007 FIN 9 16 13 8 2 13 (19) 7 87 68  
8th bluenose CAN 5 4 17 12 (37 DNC) 10 9 12 106 69  
9th BigNeil GBR 1 10 5 19 10 4 22 (37 DNC) 108 71  
10th Topper159 GBR 11 14 14 1 7 (37 DNC) 15 10 109 72  
11th joe_falchetto ITA 13 2 22 9 11 (24) 17 14 112 88  
12th JohnB GBR 14 13 20 (37 DNC) 5 17 13 9 128 91  
13th mcscw USA (37 DNC) 6 11 14 17 8 11 37 DNC 141 104  
14th Fin100 FIN (37 DNC) 20 24 7 21 11 6 16 142 105  
15th Rafel ESP 3 9 7 16 25 18 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 152 115  
16th Rhodes USA (37 DNC) 37 DNC 10 15 15 20 3 15 152 115  
17th windvane USA 16 17 16 20 9 12 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 164 127  
18th Activator GBR 21 22 12 22 27 5 20 (37 DNC) 166 129  
19th theycallmegod GBR 20 24 25 17 12 19 18 (37 DNC) 172 135  
20th ywurry USA (37 DNC) 37 DNC 15 13 14 7 23 37 DNC 183 146  
21st Jefferson CAN (37 DNC) 15 6 4 18 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 191 154  
22nd giorgiogiorgi ITA (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 24 4 6 10 37 DNC 192 155  
23rd hobiecat ISR (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 23 19 25 14 1 193 156  
24th vilan ESP (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 10 3 3 37 DNC 37 DNC 201 164  
25th ricardo77 ESP 18 18 23 26 26 22 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 207 170  
26th phantom GBR 15 11 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 15 24 37 DNC 213 176  
27th FinnishGuy FIN 7 21 19 21 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 216 179  
28th rds USA 8 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 18 23 23 37 DNC 37 DNC 220 183  
29th coconero VEN 22 23 (37 DNC) 25 22 27 37 DNC 37 DNC 230 193  
30th galibuli ITA (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 12 2 236 199  
31st MonnenII   19 12 21 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 237 200  
32nd Wiggy USA (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 26 21 6 238 201  
33rd va_va_voom GBR (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 20 9 37 DNC 37 DNC 251 214  
34th isonic GBR 6 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 25 37 DNC 253 216  
35th CAN_2809 CAN (37 DNC) 37 DNC 1 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 260 223  
36th s8j4mphyc USA (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 37 DNC 8 37 DNC 267 230  

News submitted using Sailwave sailing scoring software.

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