A Few Simple Rules 05/22/2017Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.
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Loïck Peyron helmed Sojana to victory in the 2017 America's Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda last month, now he's at the wheel of the ORMA 60 Trimaran, Mighty Merloe—first-to-finish and course record (22h09m18s) in the June 2017 SoCal 300—in the 2017 Transpac.
Jimmy Spithill, highly-touted America's Cup skipper, lost the America's Cup to Emirates Team New Zealand a few days later.
As late as June 28, 2017, Spithill was still listed as Comanche's helmsman in the 2017 Transpac, but as of July 1, 2017, his name has disappeared from the crew list.
Peyron's name however remains firmly embedded on Mighty Merloe's crew list.
Talk to me again about age having something to do with winning in the world of sailing and racing, gang.
"It's the best helmsmen who win." —Loïck Peyron ("From Lipton to Redbull," Journal de Bord, June 27, 2017, http://sailing-legends.com/journal/ )
—Captain Gigi, "Sailing Anarchy," July 2, 2017
P.S. Give us more, SA editors, on possibly the most exciting Transpac to date.
"In Class B the slightly stronger winds [in Day 2] were also good for 'Sojana,' Sir Peter Harrison’s 2017 Antigua Week winning 35m Farr ketch. With French ocean racing legend Loïck Peyron steering, 'Sojana' was more than one minute ahead of the second placed, 'Rebecca'" ("A solid debut for 'Svea' as 'Lionheart,' 'Highland Fling,' 'Sojana' and 'Bequia' win," America's Cup, June 14, 2017, https://www.americascup.com/en/news/2674_A-Solid-Debut-For-Svea-as-Lionheart-Highland-Fling-Sojana-and-Bequia-Win-.html).
@AuStarBird has been extricated from the Bird Cage Café and flies ecstatically today, more than eager to join Bermuda's finest feather friends tomorrow, dipping and wheeling with its new-found ohana over the America's Cup Superyacht race course.
We'll be joining LE and the other Big Boys for Bermudian cocktails for the next few days; Sojana, a Farr Yacht Design, is in our sights (http://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/design-and-technology/sojana/).
This is the America's Cup we've been waiting for, foils notwithstanding.
More from Scuttlebutt here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2017/06/09/twenty-teams-for-americas-cup-superyacht-regatta/.
—Captain Gigi, "Sailing Anarchy," June 12, 2017
We'll have our sights on Sojana, a Farr Yacht Design beauty, during the 2017 America's Cup Superyacht Regatta this month (http://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/the-superyacht-directory/sojana--45647).
While waiting, we've been reminiscing about another Farr gal we once knew well, Sweet Okole, built in Hawaii in 1976 from cold-molded cedar and Koa wood.
The old debate over ultralights being "strictly downwind boats" was a moot point with skipper Greg Gillette, "who nearly sailed Sweet Okole to overall victory in the  SORC."
'Sweet Okole has gone six knots dead upwind,' Gillette says of the boat designed by New Zealander Bruce Farr. 'I think we could have won the Hawaii Around-the-State race, and this is an event in which sailors often contend with 14- to 16-foot seas and winds of up to 35 knots'" (Richard W. Johnston, "Going with the Wind," Vault, Sports Illustrated, November 20, 1978, https://www.si.com/vault/1978/11/20/823171/going-with-the-wind-some-say-his-boats-can-only-go-downhill-but-bill-lee-who-holds-the-transpac-record-claims-that-ultralight-is-right-in-any-direction).
Sweet Okole went on to win the IOR Division in the inaugural 1980 Pacific Cup (Kauai Yacht Race), https://pacificcup.org/article/looking-back-first-pacific-cup; https://pacificcup.org/archive/pcupresults/PCup 1980 results.pdf. Among other races, she won Transpac overall in 1981 and placed second in 1985.
Sadly, she lost her rudder just 200 miles from the finish line in the 2014 Pacific Cup ("Failure to save Sweet Okole wasn't an option," http://www.latitude38.com/letters/201409.html), but most recently placed sixth overall in the 2016 Pacific Cup (https://pacificcup.org/results2016).
Ageing well, Sweet Okole continues to race on.
—Captain Gigi, Sailing Anarchy blog, June 4, 2017