In 2008, the United Sailing Sims and Linden Labs agreed to an offical Community Partnership, supporting a unique area within SL who’s primary purpose was to promote the sailing community within SL. This partnership led to its own guidelines on activities within the Blake Sea area. These guidelines are to promote that “All Residents are welcome and encouraged to enjoy and explore the Blake Sea” http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Blake_Sea_Code_of_Conduct
One of the main points in this community partnership is to provide an open space for the Residents of SL to enjoy sailing. The partnership is between LL and representatives from several active members of the Sailing Association, these include: Starboards Yacht Club, Nantucket Yacht Club, Fishers Island Yacht Club, Waypoint Yacht Club, Les Glenans, and Schiffsratten Yacht Club;who’s goal is to actively promote sailing in SL. LL donated a series of Linden water sims to connect the privately owned sailing regions. Today, there are approx. 126 sims of connected (mainland and private) and open waterways in the area.
These members are still actively promoting sailing in SL. There are always activities going on to help “new” sailors begin their journeys. The yacht clubs in SL offer activities such as free beginning sailor courses to races! Most yacht clubs have a demo boat which you can use for free! There are organized regattas and dock side hangouts, something for everyone and a wonderful community feeling.
There are certain standards which have been set for the Blake Sea area and surrounding sailing sims (USS), f.ex. No Ban Lines are allowed, so boats, planes etc can pass through. Public access for everyone to enjoy (except the privacy of Residents homes), skyboxes etc are to be over 2000 meters and some more guidelines on area development. All of this to keep the “aire” of the wind in your hair.
I must say, I have visited many of the sailing sims throughout my journeys, and they are some of the most beautiful areas in sl. From tropical sailing paradises to the coastal feel of small villages. They are definitely worth a visit, even just as a tourist.