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  1. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    It was introduced sometime around the start of Vendee. Maybe a month or two prior. Presumably to reduce the load on their servers when they were anticipating hundreds of thousands of entries for that event. Before that, it auto-refreshed every 5 minutes. Now it doesn't refresh unless you click the button. Your boat moves, but its position may have slight inaccuracies (and the rest of the fleet doesn't move). When you click the button, it syncs your position with the server-level computation (which is what matters for things like mark roundings and groundings). When they first introduced it, its frequency was the same as the auto-refresh... 5 minutes. But then the server got overloaded anyway, so they moved it to 10. I don't know if they'll ever move it back or not. But yeah... I can't imagine doing this race without knowing about that... The only other way to accurately know your position would be to close and re-open the race to force a refresh. Must have been extremely frustrating at times.
  2. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    Regarding Dashboard... In-game, in the top right corner, you get a refresh button once every 10 minutes. When you click that and it refreshes the data (or if you exit the game and re-enter), it'll post the latest data to your Dashboard Log.
  3. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    BigBalls pipped Your Mom by 10 seconds, making the pass in the final 10-minute cycle. Nice work! Good race, folks. Time to catch up on sleep.
  4. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

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  5. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    My final move to try to regain some spots was to tack as early as possible and then pinch like a pervert to try to make the finish line. I think I can fetch, but of course the boats who tacked later will footing down over me... Not sure if I can regain the top 10 or not. I got to 10th at mark 10, and then was something like 18th at mark 11, having lost half a mile or so.
  6. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    Nope. There are controls in the Dashboard Fleet page that control whose position will be shown, but yours should always be there. You can turn others' off to simplify your view.
  7. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    My decision to try to avoid changing from C0 to LG was a poor decision, and I kept going a long time after I should have given up on it. By the time I gave up, I had to sail TWA 138 to get around mark 11... About a knot slower than the fleet for half an hour. that was painful. The boats who went straight to LG and TWA 130 after mark 10 made the best gains.
  8. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    The simple answer is to use waypoints. All coastal stuff, and tight buoy roundings, need waypoints. Which of course is almost impossible if you're running on credits because with credits you can only have two waypoints planned at any given time. But.. to really cut it close, you need to be playing on a Google Chrome browser and running the VR Dashboard extension. (There's a link to it in Zezo). The Dashboard shows you your specific coordinates, and the specific coordinates of your waypoints, as well as detailed data from each 10-minute update about things like windspeed, direction, boatspeed, etc. The piece of the Dashboard that matters for this question is its Map tab. In the Map, it shows the buoys, and if you hover over a buoy, it shows you the precise coordinates of the buoy. If you're running on waypoints, it will also show your waypoints on the map. So, for buoys like number 10, it's possible to try to cut it very very close, as I did this time. But... It's risky. Sometimes you'll think you nailed it and VR will fail to validate your rounding. So don't push it exceptionally close unless you're willing to risk the possibility that you might have to go back and re-round. (Also, be patient... wait until the next 10-minute cycle after your roudning, and then close VR and re-open, before deciding to turn back... sometimes it takes 10 minutes for it to confirm your rounding). But!!! DON'T expect that to work with land. The game's cartography isn't precisely identical to the real world, and the Dashboard map is the real world's Google map. So you have to use your eyes in the game to decide how close to land to go, not count on the land in the Dashboard to tell you if it's safe. And then it's a risk/reward decision. If you're trying to win, you have to take some risks and hope to not get lucky. If you're content with 50th or 100th, then take more margin because 0.06 nm on a rounding won't be the key to your result. If you're running on credits without full options, just have fun and don't worry about trying to cut it insanely close. It's actually pretty realistic... If you were racing a real Class 40 in a one-design fleet of 50,000 boats, how close to the beach would you risk sailing? And if you push it, would you be surprised if your keel found a rock?
  9. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    Tipapacheri is the other half of that couple. They've been 1-2 in the world rankings a good chunk of the last year or so. They're very good and usually sail almost identical courses. Most of the top 10 are very familiar to me... boats who have done very well for years. Tough to bear. For marks 10 and 11, I'm just trying to stay clean. There aren't any passing opportunities, aside from hoping someone else makes a mistake. I'm tentatively trying to sail the leg from 10 to 11 without changing sails from C0, which would be a small gain on anyone who changes to LG and back. But sailing exactly TWA 130 with LG for a while would give better boatspeed. Not sure if it's enough to overcome the two sailchanges or not. Anyway... I'll probably get to mark 11 between 8th and 15th... Most likely still 11th... And then will see what I can do on the final upwind leg. I'll have the advantage of it being the middle of the night in Europe and simply evening here. But... I also need to cook dinner, help my older son get to a couple events, and help manage a toddler, so... it's not like I'll be sitting in front of it micro-tuning my VMG angles. Update: I was approaching Mark 10 and didn't want to jinx myself by posting this before rounding it... I cut the mark very close, and was worried I might miss it. You can't win races like this without pushing the limits, so it's always somewhat of a war of attrition as boats run aground or accidentally cut marks. Anyway... Mark 10 has turned green for me, and I'm successfully still flying C0, so I'm happy. Looks like I picked up Rafal, and got about 0.02 on the leader. I doubt I can win this thing... But I'll try like hell to pick up a couple. Shockwave and BigBalls are doing a nice job of making me work hard just to win the SA group!
  10. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    I made the same mistake the first time I did this race. Most people do.
  11. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    I'm expecting to get there just before 1 AM Central US time... So I guess I'll just stay up a bit late. I'm hoping the forecast will continue to support sailing straight from there to the next mark so that I can sleep on that next leg. Last night, I had to lose sleep because of the waypoint limit of 9... I went to sleep shortly after (4) and could only set enough waypoints to get halfway from (5) to (6), so I woke up around 3:30 AM to set waypoints for the rounding of (6) and went back to bed. I hate getting up in the middle of the night for these races, and rarely do... because it's hard to go back to sleep afterward. But I like this race in particular, so I'll do it for this one. The issues with the 10-minute update cycle take some getting used to and are indeed serious negatives about the game for the user experience. With a lot of experience in the game, it becomes something you're familiar with, but for a new user it's really awful. It's less of an issue in long offshore passages like Vendee, where you aren't trying to maneuver every few minutes around tight corners, etc. My guess is that those who did Vendee are enjoying this race for the most part, and those who jumped in here without having played VR at all recently are probably hating it. In the past, it was a 5-minute cycle, which was more tolerable. They changed it to 10 when their servers were overloaded by the Vendee traffic. I don't know if they'll eventually change it back or not. Ideally, it would be 1-minute cycles.
  12. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    It works on 10 minute cycles. If you execute a maneuver, or had a maneuver scheduled earlier in the current 10-minute cycle that has been executed, and you then refresh before the end of the 10-minute cycle, it fails to show that (including clearance of a grounding). You need to be calm and wait for the next 10-minute cycle, and then a new refresh should show it. Not defending it... just explaining how it is.
  13. Your Mom

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    The new VSR is a participation contest. You can be ranked higher finishing 1,000th in every race than entering only 70% of races and winning every race you enter. Don't allow yourself to care about it unless you want to race in every event.
  14. Your Mom

    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    I also skipped the Tara, but FWIW... Apparently they improved the boatspeed starting with leg 2.
  15. Your Mom

    RORC 600 - Virtual Race

    Sorry - didn't realize you didn't do Vendee. Card game is gone. Maneuvers are unlimited in the overall race, but there's a cap on how many programmations or waypoints you can plan at any particular time. Racing for free, no matter how many credits you spend, the limit is 2. Running with a full pack, the limit is 9. If you pay a monthly cost for VIP, you get 15, even if you're doing the race on credits. I've never paid for VIP, but one could argue that if you have a pile of credits and want to spend them while running multiple races at once, it would be cheaper to buy options with credits and pay for VIP.