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      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.


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  1. TPSR here. Just want to give a shout out to Norse Horse for keeping the R2AK excitement going here on SA. As much as we'd like to help fuel the fires, we're finding, as many of our fellow competitors are, that there's simply never enough time to prepare for this sort of thing, no matter how far in advance you get started. So here we are, less than 3 weeks away from the R2AK start, and still way too much to get done. Sure, the big things - sails, electronics, rigging, etc. - are pretty much complete, but the punch list is filled with details, and we've yet to figure out which freeze dried food we can tolerate and how many cup o'noodles per person, per day, will suffice. We've been playing musical chairs with stowage - if it's Monday, gear bags are below deck; but last Thursday they were in the cockpit - and there's still considerable discussion about where, precisely, to stash the screacher and J-4. Meanwhile, Canadian Customs has decided to make our lives interesting by holding our APC propellers hostage (we've already given up on ever seeing those white plastic acorn nut covers we ordered from China). We're haven't picked up the phone to call Justin yet, but the clock is ticking. Nonetheless, we did get a chance to make a practice run up to Seymour Narrows the week before last. Details of that trip are posted on our blog (https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/). We try out best to post updates there and on our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Team-Pear-Shaped-Racing-602588409906850), which is why we're not posting here as often. While we've not be diligent about posting videos, that will change soon. Hoping to be able to provide video snippets as often as possible, going up the course (mobile coverage permitting). It won't be as cool as what Team Bunny Whaler did, last year, but we have high hopes to be at Sundance in the Fall. And since some have been playing the pundit game, here's our Vegas book for R2AK 2017: 1. Pure & Wild / Freeburd | Bad Kitty | Big Broderna (weather conditions will decide who gets the money) 2. Team SailPro | Team 3 1/2 Aussies (we're giving SailPro the benefit of the doubt because, on paper at least, they have mad, scary skills - boat is a question mark, though) 3. Team PT Watercraft (because it's Russell Brown, FFS! We have no doubt he can go 6-7 days without sleeping. Really!) 4. Humility and a healthy sense of our own limitations don't allow us to place TPSR in this spot. But TPSR Marketing overrode that decision, so... But if you ask an entirely different question: "Who will TPSR be rooting for on the 2017 R2AK?" 1. Team Fueled by Stroke and Team Fueled by Stroke Part Deux To us, these guys epitomize what the R2AK is all about - the true spirit of the race, if you will. Truth be told, when the Canadian was risking his life and reputation on Team MOB Racing, last year, I was rooting enthusiastically for the SUP, along with hundreds (if not thousands) of other fans. Nothing will make us happier than to see these intrepid adventurers cross the finish line in Ketchikan. What they will have earned will be worth infinitely more than $10K or some pinche steak knives. Anyway, will try to check back in before we leave for Port Townsend. Thanks for the sustained interest from everyone! MrPelicano
  2. Not really. The Tour de France a la Voile doesn't include any lake sailing. It's all coastal distance and around the cans off the beach. As you know, the Atlantic and Med coasts of France can be pretty rough, and the boats seem to handle the conditions fine. Needless to say, everyone wears a drysuit, but that's to be expected on a small, sporty multihull.
  3. Took delivery of the J-4 today. Put it up, took a look, nodded with sage appreciation, and promptly put it back in the bag. Can't say enough good things about Stuart and the gang at UK Sails Northwest, and really happy we decided to work with them, and they with us. Lost track of the amount of time we spent going over the design brief for what would ordinarily be a pretty straightforward order. TPSR has limited funds and, being a small boat, can't carry a large inventory. So we needed to figure out the best combination of sails and shapes, for the purpose at hand and available dollars. We'll find out soon enough how it all works. On a related note, really jazzed to see the two Diam 24s signed up for the Proving Ground leg. Had a chance to sail a D24 in Newport, Rhode Island, last Fall, and was totally impressed (see the TPSR blog for extended impressions). Came away from that experience with two conclusions: The Diam 24 really ought to be the "next big thing" in North American one-design racing. The factory concept, on display in the Tour de France a la Voile, is proven and throughly compelling. The boat is strict one design, turn-key, affordable, easy to transport, and an utter blast to sail. Yes, it's physically demanding, in breeze - as a Melges 24 is to a J/70, for example - and the closing speeds will take getting used to, for sailors transitioning from monohulls. But once you sail one you'll wonder why everyone isn't doing so. The Diam 24 really is unsuitable for the Race to Alaska. After actually sailing the boat, I texted the Canadian and told him how relieved I was we chose the Multi 23. As I note in my blog post (and Munt will relate to this), the D24 is meant to sail with the leeward hull piercing the water, not floating on top of it. This, coupled with the minimal dihedral, makes the boat stiff and quick, but also very, very wet, and much easier to pitchpole than the more forgiving M23 design. There's also no question whatsoever of getting out of the elements on the D24, something the Canadian has addressed (masterfully, IMHO) on the M23. Having said this, I can't help but admire the toughness of Team Mad Dog Racing (2016) and Team Freeburd (2015), for braving the elements in boats just as wet and wild as the Diam 24. Anyway, hope everyone has a chance to get a look at the Diam 24 and, perhaps, take one for a sail. If the class can gain traction in North America, it's certainly something TPSR will take a look at, post R2AK. Assuming we survive and remain on speaking terms. Finally, welcome to all the new teams who've signed up for the big show. See you all at the Ruckus!
  4. Thanks for the heads-up, Munt. Boat structure has been gone over with the proverbial fine-tooth comb, including by people who know more than we do. Pretty confident at this point. Optimistically speaking, the boat floated for 7 years before we got our hands on it, so factory layup probably wasn't done on a Monday morning. Not at liberty to disclose how much carbon reinforcement has been done, but enough for my credit card company to call and ask what the hell was going on with the massive flow of money into Canada. We're counting on those sweet, sweet bows to keep us safe, as well as the three reef points in the new UK main, and the new "we probably shouldn't be out in these conditions" J-4. As we've noted on our blog, there's no question VPLP's design brief for the M23 didn't include the R2AK. As one veteran multihull designer, who posts regularly on SA and whose initials are not "RP", noted, the M23 is wholly inappropriate for what we're planning to do. Presumably he felt the same way about the Hobie 16 that entered last year, as well as the M32, which won the race. The Canadian has put it well: the most appropriate boat for a jaunt to Ketchikan is 1,000 ft. long, with dinner at eight, Ukrainian dancers, and a cigar bar. H'wood
  5. TPSR chiming in again. Thanks very much to Norse Horse, for including us in his periodic updates. After a winter of intensive activity, involving carbon, epoxy, sandpaper, and make-shift vacuum bagging paraphenalia, Nice Pear is back in the water. Still have a few things to do, but looking much closer to the tunnel exit than the entrance, with no trains approaching. All the structural reinforcements are designed to shift the points of failure firmly onto the crew, which, to be honest, does induce a certain amount of trepidation, every time we reach for another adult beverage. Remaining items on the punch list include: Install pedal drive system, from ProPed Complete installation of bow nets Take delivery of the new J4 from UK Sails PNW (while praying we never have to use it) Install the GoalZero solar charging systems and panels After that, it's practice, practice, practice until the big day, which, as is always the case in such circumstances, will arrive way too soon. I'll be heading up to Victoria, at the end of the month, to join forces with the Canadian, which should go a long way towards calming his anxiety and paranoia. Best regards, H'wood
  6. Thanks very much, Randy. We do have extended overnights planned for April / May. The logistics of racing out of West Vancouver aren't optimal for us, and we'll be covering the relevant parts of that course in our training sails, as well as points further north. And, truth be told, the roughest conditions I've ever experienced were on the 2005 Straits Race, where we saw steady 40+ knots, gusting to 60 (and ended up bailing out in Secret Cove, with half-a-dozen other boats). Would prefer not getting caught up in anything like that on a practice race, even if it would be an extreme test of the boat. If we're going to sacrifice the rig and sails, we want it to be on the R2AK proper. I read your account of the Straits Race, last year, and I think you faced bigger challenges preparing the M32 than we are, with the M23. We're fortunate to have some semblance of a protected sleeping / galley space, and have been thinking about some kind of small dodger arrangement at the front of the cockpit. I've been lobbying for a comfy beanbag, to steer from, but the Canadian isn't amused. Cheers! H'wood
  7. Made a lot of progress on the boat, over the past couple of months - structural reinforcements, rig upgrades, interior ergonometric stuff, etc. Photos and updates can be found here: TPSR Blog: https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/ TPSR FB: https://www.facebook.com/Team-Pear-Shaped-Racing-602588409906850 We'd like to thank the folks at Blackline Marine for all the professional, innovative work they've performed on the Pear. We understood, from the start, the Multi 23 was not designed or spec'd for extended offshore sailing, and we'd have to invest time and money into ruggedizing everything. We're pretty confident, now, the crew will be the weakest link in this program. Necessity also provided the incentive for the Canadian to develop some pretty serious composite fabrication skills, though I'm not sure his family was thrilled about him using the oven to cure carbon epoxy bits. Still a fair amount to do, including fitting the pedal-drive system, adding the solar panels and charging equipment, then painting and fairing the hulls. The rudder casing is also in the process of being ruggedized. We're planning to splash the boat in early March, then get out and sail the lower end of the course through April and May. We debated whether or not to do some racing - e.g., Southern Strait, Swiftsure, etc. - but we've done those races before and we're more interested in validating our strategy and optimizing the boat specifically for R2AK. Feel free to ping us on FB if you have any specific questions or just want to abuse us. H'wood
  8. + Got my vote!
  9. Rumors are completely true. Team Pear Shaped Racing, paid up and ready to rumble. Just waiting for our official 2017 R2AK team biography (really the only reason we entered, to be honest).
  10. Team Pear Shaped Racing has entered. As soon as our application is confirmed we'll update our blog. But, in the meantime, for those of you who may not have visited it before: https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/ We can be found on Facebook, as well. Like us if you like. Otherwise, feel free to hate us, too.
  11. Nope, not yet. SA is always the first place I go for information.
  12. I've Googled high and low, and checked the OD specification on the builder's site, but can't find any sourcing information for the primary winches on the DIAM 24. Anyone know what size and brand they're using? Thanks very much.
  13. In this horribly translated article (http://archyworldys.com/sail-nacra-injured-back-besson-will-attend-anyway/) it says Billy and Marie will compete despite his back injury, which appears to be getting better. Long and short: He won't be 100%, but they're so good that he may not need to be. We'll see. They didn't win at the last ISAF Gold Cup.
  14. Wow! What a serious disappointment this would be. Billy and Marie have dominated the class for the past several years.
  15. Well, to the best of my knowledge there are only 4 in North America, and I'm familiar with three of them, one rather intimately. By "modify" I suspect we mean different things, but since at least three of the 4 have made the conversion from centerboard to daggerboard, there may only be 1 OEM Multi 23 in North America, in which case, we're wasting our time with this conversation because we're talking about three 22'7" trimarans that, once upon a time, happened to be Multi 23s but are now something else. Ultimately, we'll find out if a boat which started life as a Multi 23 but was modified into something else will be suitable for the R2AK if it finishes the race.