On the 24th of this month I was rudely prized away from my Evening of Minecraft and Beer by the cries of my Skype exploding. This is not unusual since most of my Second Life Skype friends take any hint of Drama to it’s logical conclusion Israel style. By the time you find that convoy of armoured vehicles was just a kid playing with an RC car they are already firing White Phosphorous at hospitals.
But this one was different “The Sailors are back” the cry came “and they’ve got their friends in the Coastguard trying to re-claim the Blake!” Airports were being shut down, ships were being rammed and returned en masse just to keep a few sailors safe from seeing anything that disturbed them during one of their ridiculous ‘four people’ Sailing races.
I logged in and was immediately greeted with this sight.
The SL Aviation channel was already buzzing with people reading their artillery shells, the confused mumbles of people who didn’t catch the first half of the conversation and the usual suspects attempting to White Knight on everybodies behalf.
So, being the normal calm….reactively calm person who ,as you know, lies all the time and is just trying to destroy the community, I investigated.
So just to calm everyone down this is what actually happened:
An Airport was blocked off by one of the Nautilus Coastguard, it was only one Airport which was Honah Lee Surf. The person doing it was asked to leave twice by Airport Staff before being ejected. The Nautilus Coastguard have informed us that this person was not acting under orders and has since been removed from their services. All other members of the Nautilus Coastguard acted very Civil when approached and no other complaints were received.
They have also agreed that the word “Official” will be dropped when posting for future events.
The event itself is one of the first times the Sailors have used the Blake Sea in this way for nearly two years. Hundreds of racing events and cruises pass through the Blake every year and largely go undetected. What made this one different was it was a Memorial event to Francois Jacques, the Cubey Terra of the Sailing World, who died of cancer a few years ago. Around 70 people, all mounted in boats, participated and ,for the best part, were all on their best behaviour.
After speaking with Gemma Vuckovic, the events organiser, the sailors agreed that either they or the Coastguard will post something in SL Aviation group notices warning of any future events that uses the Blake Sea in this manner.
As far as I am aware only one ship was returned. Mid-way during the event some asshat in a Battleship decided to attempt to ram the Sailboats. His boat was returned and he was ejected.
This is the only thing I hold objection too. While I agree the decision to remove this person was required during the set-up of the Jeogeot Gulf we were promised by Linden Labs that Admin powers would not be granted to the Jeogeot Gulf organisers as Linden Labs would assign our own small Abuse Team that could respond quickly in any greifer situation. This was on the pre-tense that Linden Labs could no longer trust residents with powers over Public Land (See the History of Marktwain White and the Ironclad community for further information) and that all residents who held admin powers in the Blake Sea would have those powers removed.
This was to ensure that both the Blake and the Gulf would no longer be dominated by one Group or Community and would remain open to any who wished to use them.
The fact that the sailors still have this power means that Linden labs have lied to us and I find myself entirely unsurprised by this. However this being the case I have expressed my “Disappointment” towards Linden Labs which will most likely be added to my pending Lawsuit against Linden Research Inc (which I will talk about on a different day).
So what actually happened during the entire day was, one person was an Asshole to us, the other was an Asshole to the sailors (in fact there is evidence suggesting it may have been the same guy using an Alt) both were quickly removed by Staff and the entire event continued without a Hitch. Anyone who wished to use the Blake, did so. The 70 sailboats in the event were being periodically released one at a time so as not to choke the Blake with their numbers, making it easy to sail around as Both me and a friend proved in our Oil tankers.
People who wanted to fly, flew, people who wanted to sail, sailed. And the sailors themselves had a big party, congratulated each other on turning up, wandered off for private skybox Poseball rubbing and totally forgot who’s memory they were supporting.
Life carried On.