Penalties and partial cicle.
Post by iconPost by Sir_Petrus | 2015-09-08 | 15:20:22

Hi Cvetan and everybody

1 - Does penalties are applied at wind change time?
Someone told me that no penalties are applied in this case. Is it true.

2 - Does partial cycle works? IE if I schedule a half cycle tack does the boat turn in the half cycle or it turns at the end of the cycle?

Maybe this is an old subject, and maybe I could not find it in the forum.

Best regards and Fair wind to all,
Pedro

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Post by iconPost by zezo | 2015-09-08 | 18:29:19
Partial cycles work - every minute counts for 1/10 of the distance.

Not sure what exactly happens if you schedule at 9 minutes past the change.

No idea about the wind changes, but they are weird in general and the top players do (ab)use the quirks of the game engine to gain some speed.
Post by iconPost by Sir_Petrus | 2015-09-08 | 19:14:12
Thaks a lot Cvetan
partial cyles is good news.

What kind of quirks are you talking about? looks like a master secret or not?

Good winds and thaks for your company so close to my boat ;)

Pedro on Sir Petrus boat.
Post by iconPost by zezo | 2015-09-08 | 21:02:58
Wish I knew all the tricks. The only thing I know is that the TPN group gains on me on wind changes with apparently same heading and initial position.

Not sure how exactly e.g. partial cycle with heading programmer during the wind update is executed.
Post by iconPost by Sir_Petrus | 2015-09-08 | 21:09:01
curious.
got to teste in one regatta.
Thanks a lot. And may Eole force be with us on the Eastern group.
Pedro
Post by iconPost by Sir_Petrus | 2015-09-10 | 13:17:18
Hi all
Is there a way to check the penalties?
Should we only believe that it is like so?
As simple way would be better, but a more sophisticated one would also be welcome.

Thanks.
Pedro
Post by iconPost by zezo | 2015-09-10 | 13:47:11
Should be possible with VRTool. Plot a track, wait the game to sail it and compare the two. But I don't use other tools myself and can't give more details.
Post by iconPost by Sir_Petrus | 2015-09-10 | 14:01:20
I am using the same line used to get boat data into VRtool, in a excel file.
But so far, could not see a way if the speed was or was not afected. Also because it changes at every 10 minuts without any tack or sail change. :(
The only way I can foresee wold be expensive: 2 boat tacking at the race start, in several starts in diferent situations.
ARGH!!!
Could also be done by a moderator willing to help, since they have free boats...
ARGH!!!

BR
Pedro
Post by iconPost by zezo | 2015-09-10 | 14:43:26
You could also use Pacotool, but it has own ways of dealing with the penalties which should be studied.

Excel file with GC formulas would also do the trick.

The router uses

#define EarthRadius (6378.14/1.852) // 3443.92

But I haven't checked if it is still the same in the game
Post by iconPost by Sir_Petrus | 2015-09-11 | 20:30:00
Sorry guys but I can not find the VR penalties rule.
If someone could give me the link, I will appreciate it.

Thanks in advance
Pedro.
Post by iconPost by zezo | 2015-09-12 | 14:08:48
The official FAQ is actually quite good:

http://www.virtualregatta.com/en/faq.php

Section "Navigation & Route"

The penalty is 2 minutes at half speed.

But it still says "direction change" and not "tack change" ... Confusing
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