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Third Annual Airship Regatta

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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk January 3, 2011

    *checks his paunch*

    good heavens. i really have let myself go.

  2. Darlingmonster Ember Darlingmonster Ember January 4, 2011

    Woot!!  Was just going to ask about this!  Huzzah!

    There were three classes last year (to save folks digging in the Ning).

    CLASS A (REALISTIC AIRSHIPS)

    CLASS B (RACING AIRSHIPS)

    CLASS C (AUTOGYROS AND OTHER)

  3. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin January 4, 2011

    …Tepic starts experimenting with vole bladders, wondering how many are needed to lift an airship…..

    Possible Class X – bloomin daft machines?

  4. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying January 5, 2011

    I would love to make and enter a Class X machine!  (“bloomin daft”  Why yes, I can do that….)

    • Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger January 11, 2011

      *Gets the handtruck and makes coffee*

  5. Aeolus Cleanslate Aeolus Cleanslate January 5, 2011

    Brilliant. Class X it is. Miss Harlequin: you are now committed to your vole-bladder contraption. I expect great things.

    • Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin January 5, 2011

      Thank you, it’s underway!

      …..  Tepic starts sharpening his teeth, last bloke as called him a Miss is still limping…..

      • Aeolus Cleanslate Aeolus Cleanslate January 25, 2011

        (Whoops. Sorry about that.)

  6. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska January 5, 2011

    I shall send Mrr Underwood to Caledon to see if he can secure some Cavorite.  I have come across an alloy recipe, thanks to Major Oldrich’s difficult expedition to the Faydum, of Cavorite called pludynium, that may have a greater lift to mass ratio, tho it does call for a larger galvanic charge (hopefully the Volta stacks will not weigh too much).  It might be the ticket for that flowering daftness, neh?  Say, is there not a musical ensemble called Daft Steam Punk?

  7. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska January 5, 2011

    By the bye, that is a handsome likeness of our Clockwinder on the poster.  What is it called, Tenk Rampant?  Or Tenk Penses?  Or perhaps Tenk Imperator!

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk January 5, 2011

      that’s my other uncle, vladimir ilyich tenkovich

  8. Darlingmonster Ember Darlingmonster Ember January 5, 2011

    CLASS X sounds Xciting!!!

    May I suggest then to avoid confusions, that the CLASS C be changed from ‘Other’ to—>

    CLASS C (AUTOGYROS AND ORNITHOPTERS)

  9. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires January 11, 2011

    been working on my Class X a bit.

    • Darlingmonster Ember Darlingmonster Ember January 11, 2011

      That’s it?

      M Spires, you really need to dress up your teasing with some dash and ominous tones.  Try casual reading of Chapter Seventeen in Prof Stillson’s ‘Foreboding Spark Asides’.

      or

      “Good citizens, if you find bolts, nails and other stray iron weights leaping to your ceilings and roof structures, please do not be alarmed. My ‘Class X’ aeroship for the verra exciting Babbage Regatta is nearly done and I’m sure the fine tuning will be accomplished in short order.  Thank you for your patience.”

  10. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires January 11, 2011

    well it’s not a very exciting airship, really.

  11. Blackberry Harvey Blackberry Harvey January 11, 2011

    How does one know if one’s airship qualifies as “Realistic” or “Racing”?

  12. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse January 25, 2011

    I can’t remember what distinctions were made last time but someone brought up an interesting point this evening as is there a class distinction between PHYSICAL vehicles in a category and LINKSET vehicles in the same category?

    • Aeolus Cleanslate Aeolus Cleanslate January 25, 2011

      Not formally. In practice we try to pair similar vessels in heats, though. The biggest concern is to make the contests entertaining, and to do that the competitors need to be comparable in speed, regardless of how they are scripted. A physical vessel racing neck-in-neck with a nonphysical one is still a good race.

      For the record, I’m a bit worried that too many categories will eventually mean categories of one (*grin*).

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