Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

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Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Orca Flotta » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:37 am

Ahoy Gurlz'n'Buoyz!
As promised earlier I used my offline time for groceries shopping, watching South Africa beating the snot out of Ireland in the Cricket ODI Worldcup, munching on lekker sushi, falling asleeep on the couch ... and thinking about the future of sailboat racing in SL. I don't want to recap all the posts about this, so I spare you from a defracting link collection and leave you to read all the clever opinions yourself. One idea I really liked was that of independent, rotating RDs. So without much ado let me present to you a new group (yes, one more group; it sux, I know); a group I'm going to create as soon as I'm logged into SL.

The Race Directors Union - RDU

... snappy abbreviation, dontcha think? And totally without use of the letters S, L and A, or any combination thereof.

The basic ideas of this group are:

# independence
# sharing of info
# sharing of ressources
# organising a rotation rooster
# sharing of responsibilities
# organising a general race charts giver system
# organizing a general job description and roadmap for aspiring new RDs
# getting more sailors interested and involved into the exciting and glamourus but dangerous profession and rock'n'roll lifestyle of Race Directors (you know RDs get to score more girls and ... well, girls)
# negotiating a minimum wages contract with those evil, lazy, über-capitalist club owners :wink:

I intend to make this a really independent group, make every member an officer/owner with the full sets of rights over the group. I know anarchy isn't the easiest way to get stuff done but in the long run it's the only way. I want to avoid any feelings throughout the group to be leaded by any kind of club or group affiliated entity. The Union is not anti anything, it is pro sailing, pro racing! It's a tool first and foremost; an authority if we make it happen.
It's not good, it's not bad, it just is.

Can please everybody interested add to this thread, so I can send out invites later?

Thank you
Orca Breen-Flotta (typing for herself, not for TrYC, not for the LCC, not for the Forty44Four, not for the Super6, not for the OrCafé)
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Naeve Rossini » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:19 pm

Orca Flotta wrote:As promised earlier I used my offline time for ... munching on lekker sushi


Learned a new word today!

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lekker wrote:Lekker is a commonly used word in the Dutch language that is more similar to the word English word luscious than the word tasty. Lekker is used to denote something delicious or sweet, and is more commonly used by the under 30 crowd as a term for a woman having sex appeal. Lekker, like luscious, has a sexual connotation. In South Africa, however, lekker has primarly been used in place of the English terms "cool" or "sweet," with a much more broad, less sexual, undertone.


Orca Flotta wrote:The Race Directors Union - RDU

... snappy abbreviation, dontcha think? And totally without use of the letters S, L and A, or any combination thereof.


Well, I suppose if you were trying to avoid S'es, that's okay. Sure you don't want to try Race Organising Union of Sailors? ;)

The basic ideas of this group are:

# independence
# sharing of info
# sharing of ressources
# organising a rotation rooster
# sharing of responsibilities
# organising a general race charts giver system
# organizing a general job description and roadmap for aspiring new RDs
# getting more sailors interested and involved into the exciting and glamourus but dangerous profession and rock'n'roll lifestyle of Race Directors (you know RDs get to score more girls and ... well, girls)
# negotiating a minimum wages contract with those evil, lazy, über-capitalist club owners :wink:


Some of these are fascinating. I am definitely interested in growing the number of race directors we have. It's really not that difficult.

Also, little secret, the best view of races is following in the air.

I intend to make this a really independent group, make every member an officer/owner with the full sets of rights over the group. I know anarchy isn't the easiest way to get stuff done but in the long run it's the only way.


Anarchy would be interesting... but how would you deal with someone who is belligerently unruly and refuses to be anything but? At some point, I wonder if this becomes less an issue of governance and more about workability.

Orca Breen-Flotta (typing for herself, not for TrYC, not for the LCC, not for the Forty44Four, not for the Super6, not for the OrCafé)


What's the OrCafé?
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Jane Fossett » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:12 pm

Orca Flotta wrote:The basic ideas of this group are:
independence
# sharing of info
# sharing of ressources
# organising a rotation rooster
# sharing of responsibilities
# organising a general race charts giver system
# organizing a general job description and roadmap for aspiring new RDs


Naeve Rossini wrote:
Orca Flotta wrote:What's the OrCafé?


Cough; far more important...
What is a "Rotation Rooster?"
(images of "large cocks" come to mind...)
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Orca Flotta » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:45 pm

@ Naeve: The term lekker sprang to mind since I couldn't remember the word 'tasty', and I knew that at least the Dutch portion of RDs would understand what I mean, In Germany we have the similar 'lecker' which just means tasty without the added dutch meanings
I'd love to watch races from the sky but my handicap keeps me pretty much grounded. So I'm good for nothing but pressing the start button.
The OrCafé is my little private enterprise, a café, a hangout, a gallery, a LCC outpost, a whatever, which I also wanted to keep out of the mix.

@ Jane: Don't you use the word rooster like schedule or system, table or so? Or was that roaster? Fuck, I was hungry and in a hurry when I wrote the post.


BTW, group is founded and invitation progress has begun. If anyone is interested to join the steadily growing number of the sexiest people in SL, pls don't hesitate to holler me. Expect the initial work to begin soon-ish.
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Joyofrlc Acker » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:07 pm

Second
Life
Union of
Race
Directors

NO thats NOT a serious suggestion.

Seriously, a chart server would be a great idea (Ive discussed this with Hay). It may have possibilities to expand into other aspects of a "sailing server". Big issues about support, maintenance where its hosted etc though.

Im guessing that a loose networking of RDs will give us some bag for the buck; formal committees etc will likely get mired in the usual stuff we mire ourselves in.
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Naeve Rossini » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:56 pm

Joyofrlc Acker wrote:SLURD

NO thats NOT a serious suggestion.


My ROUSes wasn't serious either. ;)

Seriously, a chart server would be a great idea (Ive discussed this with Hay). It may have possibilities to expand into other aspects of a "sailing server". Big issues about support, maintenance where its hosted etc though.


That'd be cool. A slightly lower tech version might be to have a group Flickr stream where charts could be uploaded. Periodically, someone could grab baseline maps of the grid and post them as PSDs somewhere.

A loose network would probably work best. It's not like this would be a group with authority or power anywhere, as I read Orca's intent. It's more like a trade association where we get to share ideas and resources and help each other out, in case one of us can't make it to our race or something.
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Joyofrlc Acker » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:37 pm

Flickr wouldnt handle Notecards with LMs though would it?
The chart givers in Sailors Ciove (and perhpas elsewhere) handle notecards as well as textures.
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Naeve Rossini » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:14 pm

Joyofrlc Acker wrote:Flickr wouldnt handle Notecards with LMs though would it?
The chart givers in Sailors Ciove (and perhpas elsewhere) handle notecards as well as textures.


No, it wouldn't. Those are SL-specific objects.

Flickr would only be good for putting up high-res charts.
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Orca Flotta » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:21 am

Naeve Rossini wrote:A loose network would probably work best. It's not like this would be a group with authority or power anywhere, as I read Orca's intent. It's more like a trade association where we get to share ideas and resources and help each other out, in case one of us can't make it to our race or something.

Uh ... well, my intent was to follow the suggestions of the thread. But yes, a trade association, a loose network is as how I understood it. Get as many RDs together as possible and if possible recruit new RDs without the need to subscribe to a specific YC. The hesitation to commit to a steady weekly "job" is the biggest problem we have to face these days. Th group would give the possibility for newcomers to RD sometimes without the need to repeat their events. So a "loose" network indeed.
The other thing: raec charts are easy to manage. In Triumphal we used to have a pretty box hovering at the line which gave out notecards and charts. When you clickered it a blue menu box appeared from which a racer could chose the chart of the race in question. It's easy peasy to make. And easy for the attending racers. RD shouts out: "Next race is famous 'Around Shoobidoo Island', is everyone ready?" Racer shouts: "Moment please!" and clicks corresponding chart in the menu. Voila.
I dunno exactly why we don't have that box anymore ...
Much more easy is to have a notecard which contains all charts known to SLankind, sorted by YC. Someone needs to maintain that monster though.
Anyway, speaking about authority, the groups intend is very well to have some power and authority, as stated in a former posting, if we make it so. Which wouldn't make it a more tighter group in any way.

Ooooh, just having a new idea ...
Trade
Union of
Race
Directors

Eeeeeks, LOL. :mrgreen:
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Joyofrlc Acker » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:39 am

Association of
Race
Directors

And
Sailing
Supoervisors
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Chaos Mandelbrot » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:50 am

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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Jane Fossett » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:09 pm

<--deleted my post;
feared someone might take it seriously :-).
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby noodleqt exonar » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:39 am

Confederated Racedirecting Associated Professionals

No, really... I think it is a great idea.

We need to raise the level of the RDs in order to provide better races. The RD is the single most important person in setting up and executing a good race. The RD sets the course, the time, the place, the wind, the rules and the results. The RD is the gamemaster. So many problems would go away - including bargers - if the RDs where better trained.

Orcs, where do I sign up?

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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Chad Sawson » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:59 am

Hummmm...

International Longshoreman's Association: The roots of the International Longshoreman's Association date to colonial America when the arrival of ships bearing goods from Europe was greeted with cries for "Men ‘long shore!" At first, the "longshoremen" who came to the ships were normally engaged in any number of full-time occupations, but left their work freely to unload the anxiously awaited and sometimes desperately needed supplies without compensation. As America began to develop a fledgling economy, and the ships increased, longshore work became a full-time occupation.

Let's see...

SL Race Directors Union: The roots of the Second Life Sailing Race Directors Union date to the pre-prim hair days in SL when the arrival of ships bearing competitive sailors from all over the grid were greeted with cries for "Who's gonna run the line?" At first, the "avatars" who came to the ships were normally engaged in any number of full-time occupations (like pole dancing, club hosts and escorts) but left their work freely to provide the anxiously awaited and sometimes desperately needed organization of regattas and adhoc races without compensation. As the Second Life sailors began to develop a fledgling community, and the number of racers and races increased, race directing in SL became a virtual full-time occupation.

Thanks for the invite! Great idea Orca! Regarding "the sexiest people in SL", don't tell them I joined the group 'cause it will destroy that facade!
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Re: Proposing the Race Directors Union - RDU

Postby Orca Flotta » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:03 pm

Sorry for late reply, couldn't spend much time in world, and here in forum I was kinda busy dealing with a certain Dutch sailing developer's alt. :roll:

@ Noodle: Good to hear you wanna join our little club. Invitation is on its way.

@ Chad: nice story, gave this new group already some history. Me likey.
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