I’ve made some personal changes that really don’t affect anyone else. That is the point. After 18 months I quit Facebook, becoming a member of the leading edge of a trend (for once). This will give me more time for NSL, as a minor side benefit.
In the meantime, I’ve started playing Virtual Regatta, which is another time sink, but at least will teach me something about routing and racing strategy. It’s free, and fairly compelling. Right now the Velux 5 Oceans Race is on, and on 31 October the Route du Rhum will begin both in its real and on-line forms.
There is a bit of a learning curve to VR as well — I started about a day and a half late, and the game inserted me at the back of the fleet at around 18500th. I had the wrong sail up for half a day, and then in the middle of the night there was a big wind shift that I did not correct for (serious players get up a couple of times a night to check on their boats) and so lost a lot of places, down to 23000 or something. Then I got lucky for a bit, and worked back up to 18300. Some serious inattention and an overnight grounding (see figure below) has me again in the back of the fleet at 25394. So I will have to write off this leg to learning, and try to do better on the RdR when it starts.