Danshire Yacht Club Opens
by Jane Fossett
(crossposted from Metaverse Sailing)
Tig Spijkers and I want to announce the start of Danshire Yacht Club.
Hold the drumroll please, it’s a bit of a preannouncement! Although we’ve dropped Hay Ah’s new raceline in Danshire and Tig held DYC’s first regatta two days ago, much remains to be done and we humbly ask your patience if there are delays over the next few weeks.
Geez…we don’t even have a logo, a burgee, or a clubhouse installed yet!
I actually don’t apologize for our lack of preplanning, though. Frankly, I never expected to be co-commodore of a Yacht Club. I’m part of Nantucket Yacht Club’s Steering Group, and NYC has been more than enough excitement for me. I was there when we ‘re-launched’ NYC, and 80 years from now I fully expect to be the old lady curmudgeon with a laptop in a rocking chair, furiously pecking out a note to Race Directors on the fateful day my power supply finally melts away.
The same is true for Tig. I can’t speak directly for my fellow DYC commodore, but I’m very sure about her passion for the Second Life Coast Guard. It’s a commitment, a responsibility, and a service that Tig takes very seriously. She will continue.
So, if that is the case, why are we starting Danshire Yacht Club? and do SL Sailors really need another club?
Well, I think the answers to those questions are pretty simple: It’s About Sailing.
Danshire Yacht Club is located on the northeast corner of the water corridor that connects Corsica with Geata V. that means sailors to our South in Nautilus, Santori or USS can reach us by boat (but be prepared for a long sail!). Once you get to DYC, tie up and look around. We connect two continents. The sailing opportunities in both directions are limitless.
Tig and I fell in love with Danshire immediately. We realized that the Club’s location would greatly expand SL Sailing options for cruising and racing; DYC seems uniquely suited for open ocean, long-distance competitions, races we couldn’t even imagine a few months ago. Tig’s instructions to the fleet for DYC’s opening race were simple, but also eye-opening:
“Around Gaeta, Clockwise! It’s about 100 sims!”
After a short pause, Tig corrected herself:
“Actually, it’s more!”
That is the reason we decided to start Danshire Yacht Club.
The local estate owners understood this as well; they were equally enthusiastic about a yacht club in Danshire. We have their cooperation, commitment, and most important… their excitement to expand sailing in Corsica and Gaeta in cooperation with the larger SL Sailing Community. After all, It’s About Sailing, isn’t it?
It’s About Sailing
DYC’s motto says it all. DYC is for sailing and sailors; we are not a business, we are not in competition with any other club or estate, and we are not an “alternative” to anything. We also have a single, slightly obsessive focus on sailing. Tig and I are proud to admit it: We promise DYC will be a lousy place to fly your airplane, shoot your ray gun, or buy a new low-prim refrigerator.
On the other hand, DYC’s commitment to sailing means we’ll do our best to work with all other clubs and groups to coordinate events, host our share of future cup qualifying races, and work on local and grid-wide projects to benefit our common SL Sailing community.
We’re still busy getting DYC up and running ,so I don’t yet have many details to share with you. Don’t worry, though; you know me and Tig. We’ll keep you posted, and please contact either of us if you have any questions, ideas, or issues as we’re getting under sail.
/ Jane Fossett