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      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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  1. 7 points
    Here are tonight's rankings. More big changes in the last 24 hours. Rank Group SA Name Boat Name DTL 1 A,B,C spadadua 0.0 2 C puckhead 6.2 3 B Rimike rider1982 21.5 4 A Rainbow Spirit Rainbow Spirit II 27.0 5 A Lat21 Hamachi SA 44.6 6 A daan62 hutspot77 49.3 7 B mkgsailor J2B2 49.3 8 C wpbeardsley wpbeardsley 50.4 9 C mred mistered 53.5 10 C rolltak Awkward Turtle 62.1 11 B gary hschutz 63.7 12 A Hike, Bitches HikeBitches 66.7 13 B hmsmweasel Stay Thirsty M 43 67.0 14 A Vibroman Vibroman_SA 67.7 15 C Dirty Sea Rag 69.5 16 B unplugged Dcarr 70.2 17 A prettyhatemachine prettyhatemachine 70.4 18 A BlueMountainsYC shockwave11 70.6 19 B Shorthanded Shorty 71.1 20 C Will Lee Lorraine III 71.2 21 C JeSa-SA JeSa 71.2 22 A Breitling Breitling_SA 71.5 23 B Gufmiester Gufmiester 71.6 24 A Marty6 Cambodunum 71.7 25 B sailon2 jahmbo SA 71.7 26 B jacksparrow Malamute 71.9 27 B N/A Walkaround 71.9 28 B Iluvitar 71.9 29 B Mr. Fixit Yodaman 72.3 30 A HKG1203 HKG1203 72.5 31 C Sapphire Girl Sapphire Girl 73.0 32 B Milli Blitzquart 73.2 33 C Sambaopreis Sambaopreis 74.3 34 B Swamp Swamp Rat 74.8 35 A Ozzy Ozzy 85 77.3 36 A From The Rail A-Squared 81.6 37 A Golden Rose Golden Rose SA 82.5 38 C Loon Localdog 82.6 39 A Tunnel Rat Mongrel 82.8 40 A Mike G Mike Ventura 84.8 41 A I Sail The Black Boat Thistle1678 85.5 42 C sailingk8 She Wolf 100.0 43 B GrandbendOnt 236.1 44 B cg_ 395.8 45 C Vin Divided Sky 421.7 46 B Alpina ColombaRacing 435.7 47 B Magool Magool 438.60 48 B kea.nn kea.nn SA 441.3 49 B EquusAsinusDomesticus ON9270 461.5 50 A Gybe Turkey Gybe Turkey 468.6 51 A Driftwood Me Rongo Rekohu SA 470.2 52 A Kapt'n Kirk prowler_1-SA 473.9 53 B stanlutz USA644RAVEN_SA 481.0 54 A Mud Sailor Mudsailor SA 922.8 55 A Wet Hog WetHog-SA 973.8 56 B Tommmzzz tommmzzz 1074.0 57 A Your Mom Your Mom SA 1077.1 58 B stufishing Stufishing_SA 1124.6 59 B CaptainSENer CaptainSENer DNS 60 B RunSampRun Samsonite SA DNS
  2. 5 points
    Nearly 5 years after Oracle's incredible come from behind victory, a small group of bitter ETNZ fans/internet trolls still wake up every day with a searing pain in their gut, awash in waves of humiliation and self-loathing. One would think that time and their team's resounding victory in Bermuda would have healed the wounds - like it has for so many of their fellow countrymen, who are basking in the glory of the still fresh win - but no, this sad little island of perpetual misery spends nearly every day spewing out a litany of ever more delusional conspiracy theories and straight up bullshit out of sheer desperation. Indio's endless uninformed and totally irrational babbling about hydraulic actuators would provide valuable material for anyone studying schizophrenics, and Random's pathetic need for attention and confirmation of his transparent bias is the very definition of trolling, right down to the memes he compulsively posts over and over in every thread (there is little doubt that he self-identifies with the shrieking baby that is his go to visual in almost every debate he trolls). They are literally stuck at the very first stage of grief - denial - and show no evidence of even the slightest movement in the direction of inner peace. Oracle will not be competing in AC 36 - but thanks to trolls like Random and Indio, and their slavish sycophants (RH2600 springs to mind), we can count on this thread to live on for all of eternity at or near the top of the AC forum. Such is the amazing power - even in absentia - of Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and of course Jimmy Spithill over their weak-minded internet stalkers.
  3. 4 points
    Well, at least my part of the world is preparing for the Chinese invasion! If you visit us, you can pay with your local methods. Union Pay (they have outnumbered Visa) is available in most places where tourists go, and Alipay is also just introduced. But it’s been a lot of work to implement this, and I’m happy to be leaving the payment industry in a few weeks All right, back to sailing.
  4. 4 points
    Andalay, why don't you think before you post. Your stream of consciousness posting is a complete pain. Potter does not have to justify himself to you and if you haven't figured out the links then you are a complete fool.
  5. 4 points
    Well the couple of crew members on TTTOP have been through training with the UNEP Ocean Observation Group scientists that built and tested the machine. The water is collected at one spot, filtered over a couple of days and then the filters are changed. They are then taken off the boat and given to the scientists at each stopover. UNEP have been very happy to get the results, in some cases it has been for confirmation, and in others entirely new data. I can guarantee that if it was not proving useful to the UNEP then it would be thrown off the boats pretty quickly.
  6. 4 points
    Getting sick of the weasel words, today's Nial's, about promising to broadcast information about Vestas Investigation "when something comes available". Like they have nothing to report at all after 3 1/2 weeks???...give us a break.
  7. 4 points
    Love some of the comments about HK & China. When will the world wake up? China 2nd biggest economy in the world, Volvo Cars Owned by Chinese, Volvo AB 8.4% owned by Chinese. Pro-Am in Guangzhou unofficially livestreamed - using 2 iPhones would you believe - through we chat and a using a total of 17 channels to 1.98 MILLION active viewers. VOR could only manage a delayed broadcast of the previous day's in-port race. I wonder what VOR's all time record for a livestream viewership is, I bet it doesn't come close to 2 million. Does VOR need China? Well as the sponsors depend on ROI and every single team in the current race (and previous one if I remember correctly) have either a business benefit from visiting China or an important message to tell in China. Quite simply VOR cannot afford to ignore China or the opportunities it presents. Of course I am biased but as I actually live here I can actually see the opportunities rather more clearly than those who have never even visited. Just sayin SS
  8. 4 points
    Steif, the RAW's are always the best. Yachting according to Witt and a nod to Andalay. https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/raw/6584.html Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 to Auckland, day 07 on board Sun hung Kai/Scallywag. Crossing path with USA territory islands, lookied like a small vulcano from the boat.13 February, 2018.
  9. 3 points
    DF and MF tracks are something else. They should just color it pink and give them a trophy for Synchronized Sailing.
  10. 3 points
    I did not realize the boats are collecting data on microplastics as they race through some of the most remote stretches of the ocean. What a great idea! This is truly more than “just a race”.
  11. 3 points
    A drag race to a crap shoot, this is why we love sailing. Someone has to.
  12. 3 points
    No fair question. Here is my press release. Hello fellow inhabitants of this beautiful planet. You will have seen many requests on this site all for very worthy and personal reasons. I am raising money to buy a Super yacht and race it at all the great regattas around the world, for the future of this planet. Saving the environment. Like so many people I am horrified by the plastic in our oceans, and to help save the seas i will be leading a global awareness campaign to stop beer being sold in plastic bottles. As we attend the various super yacht regattas we will not only be show casing the glass bottle product in an aspirational setting, we will be rubbing shoulders with our fellow owners- captains of industry who's support we can gain over cocktails with the Aga Khan. Only by gaining their trust and respect can we on the left hope to change hearts and minds of the capitalist elite, and to join our worthy crusade. It is a high profile, low key approach and it is for this reason we have reluctantly decided not to name the boat 'Save the Ocean'. We are hopping to have 'Pussy Galore' ready for this season. Here are some more boats we are considering. We also will be giving some young people a chance to experience working in the industry. We have already begun interviewing potential crew. Please help us make the world a better place.
  13. 3 points
    Is the Trump Administration hiring him right away, or do they want to wait until he gets his security clearances?
  14. 3 points
    Volvo Race Tracker = 1 hour excitement + 5 hours thread drift and abuse = 6 hour updates.
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    I still say that those who are donating know where the money is going and they are giving. Their choice. To say they should give the remainder of the money, after paying to remove the boat is ludicrous. Then you should tell the 1%ers, that they should give their excess money to charity. At least these folks are more honest than many of the 1%. They made no secret of the fact that they want to try again. I am with RKoch, I think the jury is till out on how stupid they really are. I am not optimistic, but I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they learned something.
  17. 3 points
    Or they left it because only someone with shit for brains would trophy hunt in the first place.
  18. 3 points
    That's a random thought, MV.
  19. 2 points
    It's not the 14th of every month? I'm so disappointed.
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    Wait, found the link to my donations and cropped my name out. He'll probably accuse me of stealing someone else's donation receipt. Ass.
  22. 2 points
    Today's paper.... The couple is grateful for the contributions, and they expect the wreck will be removed before the end of week.
  23. 2 points
    Please forgive me but that is a ridiculous statement. Many folks here seem to think the public is on the edge of their seats, just waiting for someone to do something stupid so they can shake their heads at those stupid sailors. I think the reality is that most people that read the story will shake their heads a moment, move on, and forget all about in about 5 minutes. The average non sailing person couldn't give two shits what the sailing world is up to, most of them don't even think about it. It seems to me that this is just another example of the power of the internet to take normal, everyday, boring stuff and turn it into something it isn't. It is right up their with the folks that rant and rave on social media about people buying steak and lobster with their food stamps. Guess what? Mind your own fucking business. There is enough real, damaging stupidity out there. There is no need to create a straw man of 'Idiots ruining the reputation of sailing.' Get over it, do what you like, take care of your stuff and let others be stupid if they wish. Let's be honest, it isn't hurting you one bit. Deal with your own life and issues and stop worrying about others. I can just hear all of the rebuttals about the cost of rescue, the danger to others, blah, blah, blah. You can't do shit about it. You can only control your behavior and actions, perhaps ones energies are best spent closer to home. It is so easy to criticize the actions of others. It's so much easier to do that, because that way we don't need to examine our own failings.
  24. 2 points
    Teapot goes for the backdoor..they have wide grins...wonder why?
  25. 2 points
    Exactly, it's better to know where to go before you hop on a plane...
  26. 2 points
    Ripped off another forum. What can I say? I love my mother land... 1. Ribadavia 2. Praza da Leña, Pontevedra 3. Torre de Hércules, A Coruña. The oldest working lighthouse in the world, over 2000 years old (the old tower is inside that façade) 4. O Cebreiro 5. Bayona 7. Panorámica de Mondoñedo 9. Una pequeña cala en las Islas Cíes 10. Allariz 11. Estaca de Bares 12. Rúa Barrera, A Coruña 13. Acantilados de Vixía Herbeira 14. Dunas de Corrubedo 15. Muros 16. Playa de Melide, Islas Ons 17. Cañones del Sil 18. Catedral de Santiago desde la Alameda 19. Combarro 20. Belesar 22. Cascada do Ézaro 23. San Andrés de Teixido, "vai de morto quen non vai de vivo" 24. Finisterre 25. Vista aérea de Betanzos 27. Parque de Bonaval, Santiago de Compostela 28. Playa de Las Catedrales 29. Cabo Ortegal 30. Rúa da Raíña, Santiago de Compostela 31. Ourense y sus termas. also in working order since the Romans lived here. 32. Serra do Courel 33. Lago, duna y playa de Doniños 34. Caminando por la muralla de Lugo 35. Playa de Baleo
  27. 2 points
    You keep forgetting to post the link to your GoFundMe page. Idiot!!!
  28. 2 points
    It's rarely more effective to pay dock fees for 26 years.
  29. 2 points
    Shhhhhh. I am baiting Randumb....
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  33. 2 points
    Pretty damn close. This thread is just another...
  34. 2 points
    crazy thing is I think he might actually believe that shit.
  35. 2 points
    I tried to report the drift but had no luck I'm running Windows Network Diagnostics now so we're sure to get to the bottom of this...
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  38. 2 points
    Heck, the SR-71 had a real life R2-D2 in the back that did celestial navigation with star sights. The nice advantage jets have is that they get above the clouds and the turbulence. Just on the subject of GPS - from the point of view of the satellites there is now close to zero chance they will go away, there is GPS, Galileo, Glonnas, and BeiDou-2. US, European, Russian and Chinese. All provide open access, and most modern chipsets have the ability to use more than one of these services. Even your humble iPhone. If every one of these constellations went away when you were at sea, I would be looking very hard for a small island community to offer your services as boat owner and seafarer to, in order to eek out the rest of your life. You could safely assume there was nothing to go home to. The biggest risk is failure of your navigation systems. No matter how much redundancy you might have, you need to power nav systems, and it isn't hard to concoct an accident that leaves you dependant upon only a handful of dry batteries to power your reserve GPS receivers, and thus with a drop dead date depressingly close by. A well aimed lightning strike may well leave you very short on capability. There is an argument that this risk is so low that you are better off spending time on more important things, and this is a human failing. But it remains a real risk, and it is one that takes little to no mitigation, so why would you not keep manual tools to hand? Celestial nav is a fascinating subject. Len Beadell's Gunbarrel Highway was driven across the middle of Australia with nothing but star sightings. There is a reason for the name, and Len's survey and nav skills were it.
  39. 2 points
    If a Maxi skipper feels the racetrack is so short that he'd rather risk losing a protest than do a 720 then, yeah, too short.
  40. 2 points
    No. You would have heard about her. Such a Macho boat to be called Her. In France boats are He. On the subject: very difficult in the US. to get anybody interested in the Class 40; very little actions in one offs of any kind, and you can even forget about starting a sailboat production line. Except for the herd mentality that seems to hover the general population in general. Just observation.
  41. 2 points
    I passionately condemn this terrible incident. Corn starch should not be wantonly wasted in such a cavalier manner. Soggy meat and watery curry will not be tolerated in the name of vigilante culinary attacks. I also condem real and faux terrorism attacks, but that’s boring to say.
  42. 2 points
    resigned before the government could fire him Now that's what I call a coverup. Better set up a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of it. You're pathetic.
  43. 2 points
    There must be an advanced search to count the number of times he has asked that strawman question, and a matching number of times he has been reamed by facts. But fuckwits can't learn, they just stay at the limits of their mental capacities and just continue asking the same stupid questions again and again. And again in this thread facts are reported and this stupid cunt attacks the journalist. "oh look over there!" YCMTSU
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    Look how Wharram crossed the Atlantic the first time : https://www.sailmagazine.com/multihulls/james-wharram-sailed-across-atlantic-home-built-catamaran When Moitessier left Asia, it was similar stuff. Obviously they became good sailors soon after.
  46. 2 points
    If all comms went on the boat then the 2 x extra hand helds they carry (I assume they do.... I do) will suffice.... But if Kim Jong Un lets off fireworks, maybe the GPS accuracy is affected or lost, then what.... Why wouldn't all navigators know celestial navigation..? I still think it should be mandatory to at least know how to do a noon sight on any boat crossing an ocean. But i'm 52 so maybe it's the era I was born into They must feel Scally is right to get down there at all costs.. As someone else said, what a difference one day makes.... I didn't think the northerners would out run that wind line.....
  47. 2 points
    The fact that they even lived in Breckenridge and left to go sailing ether means that they had no Idea what they were getting into in Brek in the first place... $$$$$ and probably could not ski or they would have at least stay'd through the season. Every ski bum I ever met would never ever leave mid season, let alone to go sailing when they obviously had no experience or any idea what they were getting into. Especially with the housing crunch up there. If he was selling timeshares at the rate they suggest, he prob had free lodging which is worth it's weight in gold. I think they are as dumb as they come off and are undeserving of the $$$ they are receiving with the go fund me stuff.
  48. 2 points
    Yep, another NEW YORK POST article which is likely to be slightly more accurate & factual than what you read on restroom stall dividers. There you go, TM, Dog, etc etc....... your choice: whine about Hillary some more, or start explaining why after 1 year in the White House, President Trumps has approx 40 times the number of totally unsecure handling of US state & military secrets............ -DSK
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    The majority of long range cruisers do not know much about sailing, so you can skip that. Maybe read a primer about it on the way across. That leaves anchoring skills. The easy way to learn about anchoring is start a new thread with the words "How to Anchor" in the subject. Most everthing else you need can simply be purchased. You do have money, right? The YouTube/GoFundMe sailing the seas gimmick is a thoroughly occupied space. Sailing to CA from QLD directly is not advised. You can go via the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, or via Japan. The best thing about the Japan route is that the Philippines lies along the way. Most sailors stop in the Philippines, immediately come to their senses, and go no further. This will save you much time, distance and risk. There is really no reason to go on to California. I speak from experience. There is nothing here for you. California can be a nice stopover on the way to Latin America, however. But you will find the airline connections from QLD quite affordable compared to the anchoring gear recommended by the forum. That is all I know.