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VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:22 pm
by Sparepresto
I've been a landlubber for a while, but want to join VOR 2014 again.
I remember full config files were available for races.
Can someone point out the VOR 2014 config file?

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:21 pm
by omar
You have to gather files around. This is what I do:

1) For charts, go to vrtoutoulz
donwload c_gshhs_h.cht. Save to your computer and load in vrtool.

Add regatta marks: start line, finish and intermediary waypoints.

2) The same website offers polars. Prefer the classic polars,
which go better with VRTool weather routing.

Alternatively you can import game vpp files into Polar Studio
and save the polar database. Put all VPP files in a folder.
In Polar Studio do:
select Menu>New database
>Import multiple VPP files.- Press Shift-A and select all vpps. Click Ok.
> Manually adjust the sail icon for each sail. Also adjust the sail names.
> Save in XML format. This keeps multiple sails separately
in one file. You get some extra functionality with that,
but old CSV files are also ok.

Go back to the main window, select the new polars file. Click load.

3) Winds can be downloaded from the source: GFS.
You have configurations to do both in the main window
and in the NOAA module. Don't forget to set time zone
in both panels. Getting the winds right is tricky.
Ask around.

4) VORG boat data can be downloaded directly from
VR site. Use Firefox plugin httpFox to find out
the correct URL to get access to your boat data.
Copy-Paste that URL to the GetUser field, in the Boat tab.
Set automatic updates every 10 min and update friends too.

5) Save the desktop to a new file called "VOR14-leg1.nav".

6) Drink a espresso.

For more information go to our

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:54 pm
by Sparepresto
Hello Omar,
Thanks for the info.
1/ I have a map. that was easy.
2/ I have the standard polars; easy too.
3/ I have wind. Used the NOAA button in the toolbar and chose download.
4/ But I have NO BOAT (data)

I installed and checked the httpfox add on for Firefox
Difficult to interprete which command delivers boat data.
I find two servers used in the game: 1/ and 2/
Neihter of them gets me the boat data
Which path to use I cannot decide ..

Do you have a clue to find my boat ?


Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:49 pm
by omar
For boat data:
- Install and activate httpFox Firefox plugin (with Ctrl-Shift F2)
(I guess there are similar plugins for Chrome)
- In the httpFox search field type "GetUser" (without the quotes)
- In httpFox press [ |> Start] button
- Open VORG page and do your login. Game will load.
- HttpFox will display one line, with the URL to the right.
- Right click on the URL and select
Copy "
- Go to VRTool and paste (with Ctrl-V) to the GetUser field (in Boats tab)
- Press button to the right to download. Your boat track will be created

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:04 am
by FS Neroform 100
Hi Omar
I do have some problems with VRTool 6.30 .......... most boaties included the mine the boat-attitude does not show all indications - some boaties it shows everything, some boaties it shows the angle to the wind but not the course and some boaties it shows the course but not the angle to the wind, some boaties it shows whether the angle nor the course ............ but it's not always the same boaties - it's changing all the time

what's wrong ??? do you have an idea ????

thanks in advance

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:21 pm
by Sparepresto
Thanks for my boat Omar!
That was a clear explanation!

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:42 pm
by POR36
Hi Omar,

Starting with my lack of ability to run the VRTool and invested the last couple of hours on a failed attempt! Crossed over YouTube tutorials, browse over the forum. Simply can't get data (e.g. message: servidor de regata não identificado).

The software is in Portuguese and reference to the one available on the tutorial which is in english.

Coudl you point out a few links where I could download VRT in english and on a few steps out to set it going?

I have used previous version during the last VOR and, so far I can remember it was pretty easy, now I cannot even start it!!!

This is reference to a windows XP laptop and not using firefox. By the way this link for me doesn't work. (just to let you aware)

I would like to use this tool very much.


Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:54 pm
by POR36
Hi Omar,

Invested the last couple of hours, and confess my lack of ability to run the VR Toll.

I used it on the last VRTool and it was, so far I can remember, very simple. Now I get a message for a start "servidor de regata não especificado"!

It would be easy if the software would run in English, not in Portuguese. I saw it in English on the You tube tutorials, but just can't find it anywhere.

To be honest, it would be possible to guide me with a link with steps to follow in running the VRTool?


PS:Not my day! Second attempt to post, the previous just vanished!!!

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:29 am
by omar
It should not show portuguese messsages, unless your computer is
setup with that language. Primary VRTool language is english.
There are french and portuguese translations included in the installation.

See Windows Control Panel > Regional settings

Tip: In case you want to override the program's language
to english, create a batch file in VRTool's program directory
( in Windows 8 it is c:\program files (x86)\VRTool\v.bat )

v.bat contents:

Code: Select all
set lang=EN

Use v.bat to start the program. You may create a
shortcut in your desktop to run it.

BTW, that message means 'Regatta host field is empty'
You probably tried to download boat data without specifying
your boat data URL in the Virtual Regatta's server.
See VRTool Wiki on how to get boat data.

VRToutoulz server has been out of reach for some time.
It is a partner website, but not controlled by me.
We hope it comes back soon. :geek:

Setting up VRTool is not simple I'm afraid.
To emulate different regatta conditions, there are many
configuration points. You need charts, polars, wind forecasts
and boat data to make it work.

For help there is the Wiki
( thanks Mr Mclean for the excellent work on the Wiki :ugeek: )

Most Youtube videos about the program are obsolete at this time. :roll:

Your posts didn't appear in the Forum at first because, as a new user,
the first couple posts were subject to admin approval. Sorry about that.
Is the price to pay to avoid spammers.

Re: VOR 2014 config

PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:43 pm
by POR36
Hi Omar (boa noite!)

My computer settings are in Portuguese but so used, as a user, to EN!

Appreciated your detailed explanation, but I guess the use of VRtool will be for the 3rd Leg. There are a few fundamentals for me which are the weather routing and easy access to VMC calculation. It is also important to have the chance to set more than one possibility (route) and assess the risk of a fast track (get there asap) vs a more conservative/direct route.

Bons ventos e obrigado | Cheers!