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Up Helly Aa 2020


This will be the tenth consecutive year in which Sailonline, in association with Shetland Tourism brings it’s virtual fleet to Lerwick in celebration of the 2020 Up Helly Aa fire festival.

You may have heard of Shetland but you may not know that much about its history or its remarkably vibrant community. Shetland is the name given to a group of about 100 islands off the NE coast of the British mainland, as close to Norway as they are to Aberdeen in Scotland. The islands have been inhabited for about 5000 years and have to this day retained many of the traditions and customs of those who lived there over the centuries. Little is known about the original Pictish people as they appear to have been displaced when the Vikings arrived in the 700s. Over many years there was a strong Viking and Scandinavian influence until the islands were given to Scotland by Norway in the 15th century as part of a royal dowry.

Fire festivals on Shetland are a relatively modern tradition – thought originally to have taken place when tar-barrel fires were lit to celebrate victory in the Napoleonic wars in the early part of the 19th century and when these caught people’s imagination, over the years, the tar barrels were replaced with Viking ships and so, nowadays, the festivals serve the dual purpose of raising spirits in the long dark winter and of reminding folk of historic Viking influences. Up Helly Aa in Lerwick has developed into an inclusive, entertaining and colourful fire festival involving almost the entire community, when the streets fill with "guizers" - groups of people in themed disguises of all kinds - and the Jarl Squad (the Vikings) while a livestream of the event is broadcast over the internet enabling everyone around the globe to join in!

Sailonline’s Race:
Sailonline will again be racing Elan 410s from Aberdeen to Lerwick, starting on Monday, 27 January @1100utc. Our route is unchanged from previous years and takes us past Inverness, a mark in the Moray Firth, past Fair Isle and then around several of the islands of Shetland to the finish in Lerwick Harbour. The Lerwick Up Helly Aa festival this year is on Tuesday, 28 January. Sailonline’s race will open for practice on Thursday, 23 January at 1100utc.

What the Helly Aa? VIDEO
Visitors’ Guide to Up Helly Aa

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New HTML5 client

Today a button appeared above the usual "GO TO RACE" button. This new button reads "New HTML5 client" and clicking it brings you to the new HTML5 client. You may have heard the rumours that this new client was under development and will eventually replace the Flash client we are used to. As Flash is being phased out it is becoming increasingly difficult to use sailonline in new browsers, so it is vital to have an alternative. Let me take this opportunity to thank our SOLer ij, who has been responsible for the existence of this new client, brightening the future of sailonline.

We are now making this new HTML5 client available for everyone to use. Be aware that the client is still in a testing phase and that there may still be some bugs and problems with it. The user interface and general functionality are mostly the same as in the Flash client, but you may notice some differences, for example:

  • There are no contour lines indicating wind strength. The client is not completely finished yet and this is one aspect where work is still being done.
  • The TWA input field for steering requires a + or - sign. This should prevent some of the accidental tacks we have probably all experienced when we forgot the - sign.
  • You can monitor multiple chatrooms at the same time. You can now use the chatrooms English and the one for your native language at the same time!
A longer list of changes can be found here. Use that chat and forum to talk with each other about using the new client and its new features. Some SOLers already have some experience with it and may be able to give you some tips and tricks. A forum thread for discussion can be found here

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Formentera Sprint 2019 - RESULTS


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GEFELICITEERD bonknhoot!!!
ONNITTELUT BS1!! ЧЕСТИТО Beliberda!

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A short cruise, a good breeze, an idyllic setting and a luxury yacht with an unusually bumpy polar might have provided a tactically very challenging race, if the wind direction had been different. But as it turned out, on the day, the three legs of the course became a beat mostly on starboard, a two-part reach mostly on the deeper angle, and a run, mostly on port gybe.

And thus it was that less than 5 minutes separated the first bot home, led in on this occasion by bonknhoot, with BS1 and Beliberda in hot pursuit.

Well done all!

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Up Helly Aa 2020
A-OI!!! The dark of winter is beginning to lift and across the Shetland Islands the light of fire festivals hastens the arrival of spring. The Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick is the biggest of them all and so, as is Sailonline's tradition, we shall be racing to Lerwick to (virtually) take part in the Up Helly Aa festivities there which take place this year on Tuesday, 28 January. SAILING NOTE: Gruney may be approached from any direction but must be passed for rounding purposes as indicated on the chart.
Race #1321
INFO from brainaid.de
Elan 410 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
RANKING: SYC
ALT. CLIENT: Classic
Race starts: Jan 27th 11:00 Registration will open soon
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Martinique Sprint 2020
One of the surprising things about France is that you find nice little departments of it everywhere; here, par example, in the Caribbean Sea's Windward Isles. Yes, Martinique is part of the European Union, and for a few Euro coin you can charter an F18 catamaran to explore the beaches along its eastern coast. There's an online race on here as well on Saturday, January 25; just 21.5nm from Île Cabrits to Le Robert. Why not join in?
Race #1313
INFO by brainaid.de
F18 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking:
SPRCH - SUPSOL - SRQ1 - SYC
ALT. CLIENT:Classic

Race starts: Jan 25th 18:00 Registration will open soon
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3CR - Caen Channel Craic 2020
This 975 NM course first run in 2011 mixes challenging coastal sailing through the Solent with a tricky triangular course across the Celtic Sea before finishing in Normandy.
You are provided with our excellent "Club Swan 50" to do it!
Race #1320
INFO from brainaid.de
Club Swan 50 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: SYC
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
Race starts: Jan 19th 16:00 Registration Open!
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South Sandwich Islands TIMED Race 2020
No time to stop off for a quick snack as we hit a truly fire and ice trail round volcanoes and a stationary iceberg in this 93nm TIMEDrace. We sail in our VO70_4's on a course provided by NZL_Scotsman.
RE-REGISTER HEREto race again after finishing a run.
Race #1318
INFOby brainaid.de
VO70_v4 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking:
TRQ1-TRCH-SUPSOL-SYC
ALT. CLIENT:Classic
REGISTRATION CLOSE: Sunday, 26. January at 22:00 UTC
RACE CLOSE: Sunday, 26. January at 23:00 UTC.
Race starts: Jan 13th 12:00 Registration Open!
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Abu Dhabi to Dondra 2020
Almost exactly five years ago, SOL, shadowing a real live ocean race, set a mighty fleet of honed and updated OD65s off on a gruelling voyage from Abu Dhabi to Sanya on the southern tip of China's Hainan Island. A month later, the race closed with half the fleet still out at sea. This year, this January, we re-enact this race, but are putting in a stop halfway, after about 2000nm, at Sri Lanka's Dondra, with the second leg scheduled to start a month later; both to count towards 2020's OCCH series. Fair winds!
PRIZE: SMPF
Race #1308
INFOby brainaid.de
OD65v3 Particulars
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking:
OCCH – OCQ1 - SUPSOL - SYC
ALT. CLIENT: Classic
RACE CLOSE: Sunday,
January 26 at 2300 UTC.
Race starts: Jan 06th 17:00 Registration Closed
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