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    • UnderDawg

      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing 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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  2. Dee said in the WISP interview that there will be 4 old timers and 6 under 30 on the boat. Both age groups evenly split into male and female. Switching crew between legs will be a thing, certainly for the under 30 division. A fun experience and competitive against the other teams is a tall order. Lots of spots to fill and little time left. I wonder if she'll take a page out of Charles playbook and adds single handed / generalist sailors into the mix. Not that there are that many old timer slots. Cheat and add Alan Roura? [Who has other commitments in the IMOCA class.]
  3. I perhaps combining two thoughts which are more easily discussed separately. #1 Was whether there were significant opportunities to improve process/outcomes with Bot/AI. Considering our discussion on failures on the Fitzgerld bridge/CiC, and the Vincennes (scenario fulfillment ignoring data), and Porter (hierarchy babble), and seeing what has been done with other similar tasks . . . . I would be of the opinion that many of the tasks could be improved with 'automation' - the tasks individually done to a higher quality with no random loss of attention, and the individual tasks better consolidated into a useful integrated decision making picture. A 'colregs' processor is child's play for current bot tech. Extending to the war fighting environment is obviously more difficult but still well within current capabilities. #2 Was whether traditional 'large' ships are both too vulnerable in a major country war and too expensive in asymmetric war - compared to swarm capability. The capital ships seem increasingly vulnerable on both ends of our war fighting - to a large salvo of antiship cruise missiles, and to a dinghy with a shaped charge. The war gaming I have seen with swarms seem to show them to be highly resilient and inflict severe damage (pack of wolves bringing down the bear). This thought is certainly more speculative than #1 above. Be curious in your opinion on each - but is perhaps taking us rather OT and we could discuss offline.
  4. Wrong cobber. He is deeply respected here.
  5. It's never that bimodal. Temperature is rising. CO2 is rising. The question is to what degree the two are correlated. The answer, thus far, is not as much as we originally thought. That doesn't mean they're NOT related - it just means the coefficients aren't as big and that there may be other factors. My personal boogieman is HFCs and CH4 but we'll see. I don't know enough about the models to know what their assumptions are - I can only judge based on what THEY actually say. Your boat analogy isn't far off. How safe do you want to be? CO2 is integrally tied to most energy production, either directly or indirectly, and energy production is literally the lifeblood of a modern economy. The argument has gone religiously toxic. To reject any principle of global warming is to threaten GAEA herself. The conservative reaction is not to do nothing. That's a straw man. There's 1.5 TRILLION dollars going into energy production and research globally. There's VAST piles of money being thrown at fusion, fission, advanced turbines, hydro, solar photovoltaics, solar concentrators, geothermal energy, wind, tidal, carbon capture and storage, advanced oil extraction, advance battery technology, flywheels, gas storage, hydrogen production, advanced fertilizers, and biochar, just to name a few of the things. Do you truly believe that all that work is being done ONLY by liberals? That conservatives truly don't care?
  6. Good idea to use luff tapes; I put some plain clear silicone grease on mine, just a bit, and run it up and down, does wonders for the ease of sail hoists. If the luff tape runs easily, then your sail should. The inside of the luff groove should not really be that "dirty" as such, so "cleaning" may not really be the issue, just needing some lube in there. Try this first to see if it addresses whatever issue you are having, if not, then more work as others have described might be needed. Thinking about it, my foil has been on the boat and up for 10 years and this is all I ever do for it.
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    Without all the numbers from those markets I can't make an accurate interpretation. What are the numbers outside the US? What were TV numbers from IACC Canoe days? Simply saying 'this is the wrong format' 'this isn't working' etc. without a feasible alternative is pointless. Also, I think you understate how hard it is for a new sports league to gather momentum and a supporter base - you'll only get this through consistency. Consistency in rules, boats, teams, scheduling etc. and it will take 3-4 cycles to really get the wheels turning. As stated earlier, theres been plenty of flops when it comes to televised sailing leagues, one thing none of those attempts had/have is the prestige and fame of the Auld Mug so I think the potential is there. Or maybe sailing is just doomed for a life on Youtube Live.
  8. Many thanks, I read it last night. Astonishing shenanigans which devalued the AC beyond belief and reminds me why I erased the shambles from memory. I do recall watching the racing and concluding it was farcical. It shows why billionaires acting like spoilt brats damages the entire event. And I think it speaks to the admiration many people have for the little guys, ETNZ, for having a right good go despite all the hurdles and adversaries.
  9. OK..we can make an exception for those suffering PTSD..you can hold on to it and believe you are special..no one will blame you.
  10. you should clearly be a team CEO with your knowledge!
  11. It's fun to chase scammers, posters without actual content. Where may I find your solid GVP presentation on our forums, Walker Dud?
  12. Maybe some actual hamsters on actual hamster wheels
  13. Still think it is Xer... see this link for Melges rigs...to compare... http://www.melges.com/boat.php?p=pages/boats/X-boat Very decent boats.
  14. It's good to have you here Mainesail, you I trust. Would you care to comment on Jack's statement about swapping out broken components and cells mid ocean?
  15. I'll really sit up when I see the people who tell us it's a serious threat start behaving like it's a serious threat and when the solutions offered by them would actually do something about it.
  16. Sorry, no you weren't. TV isn't seeing it in person. Nice try.
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  18. Agreed. The military considers global climate change to be a huge risk for future wars. Republicans are telling them they cannot plan for it, even when it will affect their readiness, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/pentagon-fights-climate-change-sea-level-rise-defense-department-military/ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/military-leaders-urge-trump-to-see-climate-as-a-security-threat/ the official UN stance is that climate change poses a huge risk. http://www.un.org/climatechange/blog/2014/11/climate-change-threatens-irreversible-dangerous-impacts-options-exist-limit-effects/ edit. For understandability by Republicans please replace huge with ginormous, I think that's the official adj now.
  19. That's awesome - stealing it.
  20. You'd be stunned how much I agree with your position. Your method of argument lacks so much though. It's actually hurting our position. Knock it off.
  21. Not a Cape Cod Mercury for sure.
  22. Saturday seems to line up, Sunday and Monday, particularly the latter in yours seem a bit undercooked. Next model runs using daylight sat data over that spot aren't due out for roughly another 6 hours and should start to provide a much better picture. That all said local knowledge there is king hence the resources the teams have on the ground there.
  23. Doggy can't see a threat worth mitigating. Trump’s defense chief cites climate change as national security challenge By Andrew Revkin, ProPublicaMar. 14, 2017 , 1:00 PM Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves. In unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee after his confirmation hearing in January, Mattis said it was incumbent on the U.S. military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners. He also stressed this is a real-time issue, not some distant what-if.
  24. Once the starting signal has been given, a boat has a proper course. Normally on a beat that would be close hauled. Because a boat has no proper course prior to the starting signal, then until the starting signal is given it can sail above close hauled to luff a windward boat without worrying about rule 17. However, once the starting signal is given, if that boat is required by rule 17 not to sail above its proper course, then, if there was no reason for that boat's proper course to be above close hauled, it could not continue to luff the windward boat by sailing above close hauled and , in your words, it would have to "let it through", even if the boats were 50 yards below the starting line.
  25. Broken OR foil, a few years ago. However foils may be done differently now.
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