Hi all, This is to announce the general availability of Lasers at Tacticat (www.tacticat.com) . Tacticat is an internet simulator for tactical training intended for race around the buoys. Tacticat has been created and tested by sailors that race often and supported by various official sailing organizations. Tacticat is in fact a multi-user game where sailors meet, race, and learn. A big effort has been made to re-create the conditions of an around-the-buoys race, trying to face the users with the same tactical questions they would normally find in reality (which plan for the start, tack now or wait?, take the risk and what if wind changes?, boat-to-boat tactics, etc). Tacticat was born for fast catamarans, now a new boat can be sailed, the Laser. Laser sim is based on the boat polars, acceleration and shape and has incorporated the planning effect and by-the-lee sailing to the previous cat-sailing simulation. To sail Tacticat you don’t need to be registered. Just enter and try. Register is only required for those willing to have a boat named after his nick or wanting to keep the points for classifications. Any of you interested to give it a try?, please go to www.tacticat.com, and take a look to the Read-me-first and the FAQ. Just remember that Tacticat is been designed for simplicity and minimum key input. You will be a coach radio linked with the boat skipper, you are not at the helm, your orders will be: navigate by telltales! (space bar), tack! (enter), gybe! (enter) or, less often Up! or off! (arrow keys). Tacticat is a java application with NO USAGE of user system resources and running in a Java sand-box. The only requirement to play is to have an updated version of Java (downloadable from www.java.com or www.sun.com). Internet connection is also a requirement, the game is playable even with 56k modem lines or satellite connections, but don’t expect very good response times in those cases. Tacticat servers are located in Dallas (USA) and London , managed by a New-Zealand company and administered by Spanish sailors. Support and questions can be e-mailed directly to tacticat-at-adecat.com (change the at by @). All sailors are welcome, even those sailing big boats. We wait you at the races… Amando Estela, Tacticat admin and Laser sailor when younger.