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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  3. Ok. Here is a shot story about my first offshore racing experience.

    It was difficult to choose race because of the standart long distance 600nm. A lot of people said that it's boring. Who knows if I don't like first 100nm how can I get out at last 500nm. That's right I will not be able. So I need smth shorter. Some research and I've got a link for "Offshore Challenge 2017"  which was organized by Offshore racing club of Austria and Croatian sailing federation. The place was not so far. It was Adriatic sea. I have to fly app.4 hours. The distance was shorter and interesting.  It was a half of the standart race. I mean 300 nm. Moreover it was a break for a day at the middle of the race. So, there are 2 rounds measured by 150 mn. We sailed from Biograd-na-more to Dubrovnik and then go back. 

    The first round was exciting with fresh wind 15-20 knots blowing in our course. So we sailed broadreach or deadrun all the distance. Some times wind changed direction rapidly up to 30 degrees and it was nice practice of sttering with spinnaker. To the end of the race at last 4-5 nm all wind dissapeared because we get into the land shadow at night. So race became ordinary inshore distance. All the other story was awasome. 

    The second distance was passed on a half and wind was ended at all. So how was good anyone we don't know by tracking system. But I suppose that such calm conditions make officers to cancel results of the second stage.

    Anyway, here is the second race of the Offshore Challenge 2017:
     

     

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  8. Man, I dig nationality when it comes to the America's Cup.  When I first became aware of the America's Cup back in 1987 national pride dominated those of us in America who were rooting for Dennis Conner to bring the Cup back home from Australia.  DC's boat was even named "Stars and Stripes" for God's sake.  And when he successfully won he went on a celebration tour around America starting with a ticker tape parade in New York City.  As an 11 year old kid at that time national pride is what hooked me on the America's Cup and the same thing happened a year later during the Seoul Olympics when American athletes like Matt Biondi and Carl Lewis opened my eyes to the Olympics for the first time and made me proud to be an American.  Sure growing up in Annapolis I spent a lot of time on my Step Father's sail boats so it stands to reason I should be a fan of the Cup right?  Not necessarily.  

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    When it comes to nationality in the America's Cup I've compared it to the Olympics many times in the past while debating in America's Cup Anarchy (ACA).  Every four years TV ratings in the US go through the roof for such sports as Men's/Women's Swimming, Women's Gymnastics, Men's/Women's Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing events, etc...  Sports that no one not intimately involved in said sports give a rats ass about the 3 1/2 years between Olympics.  Nationality is the reason why these sports matter every 4 years, the only reason.  Hell, just the other day one of the biggest beneficiaries of Nationalism in regards to the Olympics, Michael Phelps, was on TV for an hour getting ready to, and actually racing, a computer generated great white shark to see which was faster of a 100m course.  If it wasn't the nationalistic pull of the Olympics no one would of given two shits who Michael Phelps was never mind wasting an hour waiting for him to race a fake shark.  Another good example of nationalism making certain sports popular look at Women's Soccer.  Women like Mia Hamm and the shirtless Brandi Chastain rocketed to stardom on the back of the American flag.  At one point they thought they were the reason for their success, not USA on their chest, so they started a professional Women's Soccer league.   It lasted three years and lost approximately 100 million before it folded.  Why?  People wanted to see the USA Women's Soccer team not the Bay Area CyberRays or the Washington Freedom.  

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    The America's Cup falls in the same category as Swimming and Women's Soccer in my opinion.  Embrace nationalism and people will pay attention.  Will the Cup ever be on the level of the Olympics?  Doubtful, but nationalism could generate enough interest to successfully fund teams from many different nations and secure the future viability of the Cup for years to come.  But when I say embrace nationalism in regards to the Cup I don't mean half assed measures like what Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts tried to pull for AC34 and AC35.  Where they slapped TEAM USA on every part of their boats and gear yet had the entire sailing team jabbering on with an Aussie twang.  American's might be largely ignorant when it comes to sail boat racing, but they know when someone is trying to bullshit them when they see a boat with TEAM USA on it but the guy behind the wheel sounds like Crocodile DunDee's kid.  

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    Now with Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) the new defenders of the Cup there is talk of a true nationality rule.  Nothing specific has been announced but there is talk of anywhere from 50% to 80% of the sailing team must be from the nation of the yacht club (challenger) they represent.  I would much rather 60% to 80% for this cycle of the Cup but 50% is better than nothing, IMO.  After the debacle that was AC35 (American Defender not defending in America) a nationality rule is crucial for the much needed reset of the Cup.  Especially when it comes to America's involvement in the Cup.  Not since AC31 back in 2003 has there been more than one American team competing for the Cup.  Since 2003 Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing team has been the sole American, in name only, team.  Between 2007 and now Ellison's Oracle Team has went from being ashamed to fly the American flag over their team base in Valencia, Spain to riding off to Bermuda to defend the Cup because cities like San Francisco wouldn't pony up money and property to Uncle Larry Ellison.  

    But now us American fans of the Cup may be done with Larry Ellison supposedly representing America in the Cup.  With Ellison's sworn enemy in Grant Dalton part of the organization effort, and reportedly up to three American teams not affiliated with Ellsion expressing interest in challenging for the Cup, there is hope that at least one true American challenger will be on the water in New Zealand when AC36 kicks off.  And with American sailors like Bora Gulari saying that they only have interest being part of the Cup if its with a true American challenge (http://sailinganarchy.com/2017/07/24/thats-a-wrap-5/) it says to me nationality is not dead when it comes to the Cup.  At least I hope not...

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    We have been asked so many times about how we set up our boat to sail across oceans, that we thought we'd make a video about it. It was just our thought processes and not necessarily the gold standard. However it has provided us with as stress free an ocean crossing as you could hope for. I hope it helps others who are thinking of dropping their lines and sailing across oceans. Cheers.

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    Choate 27 sailboats seem to attract a lot of heated conversation and I am not sure why. I am currently racing on one (Jessie's Girl) as skipper. I picked the boat from several lists of best PHRF boats for the money based on research of the boats and research of the NOAA database of wind speeds recorded on Lake Murray for many years. Some people feel the Choate 27 has a gift rating in light air but that has not been my experience. Yes, we have won quite a few races and we do seem to have an edge in light air. Of course, in the really light air when we are the only boat moving the race committee will postpone the start, shorten the course or abandon the race. We are also a very experienced crew. I have raced on that particular lake over 40 years. I have experience on J-24s , Soverel 33, Hobie 33's, Hobie 16's, SORC, one design and many other types of boats. The bottom of Jessie's Girl is cleaned before just about every race, we have new composite racing sails built by a local sailmaker and have upgraded the rigging. If we did not do well I would wonder why. Even with all of the above being true it is still our opponents mistakes that allow us to win. For instance, in our next to last race a Capri 25 corrected to one second slower than us. He lost that race at the start when we had a great start and he didn't. If you are never over early you aren't even trying to get a good start. The same boat lost the last race to us on the down wind leg. We owe him time and he was ahead of us 3/4 the way down the leg. He must have felt we were covering him and we may have had a little coverage. His response was to heat it up to weather. I knew when he headed up I had him. Sooner or later he had to come back down and by the time he did we were clear ahead well before the mark and the whole time I had right of way. If he had just maintained his course there was no way I could pass him and he could have covered us back to weather. I just don't think the Choate 27 has a gift rating. In the hands of good sailors, and they have been raced by some of the best, with better than average prep work and a sail locker full of sails they are hard to beat in a division were they are one of the faster ratings. We leave most of our sails on the dock and use a sponge to get the water out. If you want to win, prepare like a winner, sail like a winner and accept that every dog has his day and sometimes it will be you and sometimes not. When people tell us that we only won because we have a ratings beater I just smile and agree with them. They don't want to hear the truth and I am not educating my competitors for free.

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    After servicing my Yanmar 2GM changing oil, filters and belts, I noticed a leak on top of the injectors. After some research, I found that it is easy to replace the bolts and gaskets, and that removing them won't affect the injectors. It is a low pressure return pipe that ends open in the tank, so no high pressure involved. I also change the pipe.

     

    These are the replacements pieces:

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    (1) 105311-59500 Fuel return pipe

    (2) 101147-59810 Bolt

    (4) 23414-080000 Gasket

     

    Here are some pictures:

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    It's great to have a newsletter/sailing magazine called Anarchy Sailing, as true anarchy does live the life of freedom. What better way to express freedom than being out on the water, free (sort of ) and with a crew that voluntarily interacts, exchanges, cooperates to help each other.

     

    What I'd like to know is what the level of awareness is regarding what true anarchy really is. A wiki search on the term shows about 12 schools of thoughts on the subject.

     

    more later. it's late.

     

    feel free to comment. It's anarchy!

     

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    When's the last time you waved at someone?

     

    Palm forward, all fingers extended wave.

     

    I was just reading a thread about "My motorcycle is best because...", actually it was more like," your bike sucks because..."

     

    Wah, wah, wah

     

    I've been fortunate enough to own three vehicles in my life that consistently drew waves, thumbs-ups, and smiles. I bought two of them not knowing this phenomenon exsisted. The first was a '62 bug, the second was a '86 jeep.

     

    The beetle is probably a no brainer. Everybody loves bugs. Well at least the thought or memory of a Volksie. They're so different. It dosent matter about their shortcomings, everybody waved and smiled.

     

    The CJ might catch a few people by surprise. Jeep people wave at jeep people. My old AMC was green and tan, rusty, loud and fun. We were going out one evening and hit a patch of ice from an overpass and flipped over a fire plug landing on our roof. Walked away. Had it towed to the house where after sitting for a year was pressed back into service, by chopping the top to look like a mini pickup, buying a new windshield frame, and putting the seatbelt through the door handle/pull to hold the doors shut. Good Times!

     

    The third one was exspected. Moto scooter people wave. A lot.

     

    The best one was when I was on my way home just after I bought it. A buddy of mine had demonstrated his fantasy wave technique. His wife loved him enough to ask him to get any sports car he wanted, just please don't start riding a big, fat, powerful, Barcolounger in your mid fifties. He complied and is happy. His demonstration, however, started me thinking.

     

    How would I wave? Who would I wave to? When would waving be inappropriate? Am I putting to much thought into this? When's Jepordy on?

     

    Leaving the divided four lanes of Rt119 onto the narrower two lane I looked ahead and saw rounding the corner a Goldwing, as I recall, decision time.

     

    But the die was already cast. It was as if this rider, knight of the highway, knew my dilemma.

     

    On cue, he saw me, rose from his saddle, STOOD on his pegs, and using his shoulder, elbow, and wrist WAVED!

     

    This wave reminded of leaving grandmas house, dad leaving for work, or maybe a freight train passing at a crossing. One of those waves.

     

    As he came closer he didn't stop. I could also see him smiling a just-won-the-lottery smile. My first wave. Thanks whoever you are.

     

    I wave at all motorcycles. Waved at a riding mower once (He started it). Wave at "The Company" guys, they don't wave back. Don't wave at scooters, trikes or an ekirt, that's a trike going backwards, I will return one though.

     

    My wave? Ok, I'll concede this to the silly department, but I saw a poster of Steve McQueen throwing a victory sign, palm forward, fingers down. Below the bars, bikes only. Everybody else palm forward, above the bars, Amish included.

     

    Yes it's juvenile, it's my "Waving Game". I don't care.

     

    If I wave and they don't wave back, well, maybe they're having a bad day.

     

    I'll wave harder.

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