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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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  1. blooper time!

    Unlike many I enjoyed the IOR boats and the terrific competition of the time. When I had a masthead boat flying a blooper was often faster and more fun. On the Peterson 43 a tallboy staysail was often in the mix as well (everyone had a sail to trim or a winch to grind). If the rule you are racing under permits a blooper by all means use it to determine when it works and particularly when it permits beating your polars. Robin
  2. One of my drills ( when I still had my own program or when I have been asked to do crew training) was to actually set up a starting line with a couple of cheap bouys. Surprisingly easy to do (I often also set a windward mark). If there are other boats in the vicinity invite them to join (does not matter if they are the same the purpose is to create the confusion of the starting line. Do 3 to 5, 3 min rolling starts and then maybe go to the windward mark and do the same all over again. Depending on the boat and team you may make the person in the bow responsible for providing distance to line information as opposed to time information. This kind of thing is best accomplished during pre season practice, not on race day. Robin
  3. Race tracking

    I am old school so I would love to go back to the day when unless you were in physical sight of another sailboat you knew nothing of their position or they of yours. That said, the cat is out of the bag never to be put back, so lets have tracking available in real time without delay and require AIS for all open water races of any distance. Technology advances being what they are satellite access to the internet will soon be available at a more reasonable price. Robin
  4. Computer wireless remote screen

    Thank you so much. I will try to put this in practice and will get back to you if I have trouble (likely). I appreciate your help. Robin
  5. Computer wireless remote screen

    Thank you. When you say that I will need a wifi network on the boat. What do I need to do. Thanks in advance. Robin
  6. I have a pc with operating system Windows 10 running Expedition at the Nav station. I would like to bring screen (and if possible the control of the pc) on deck by using an ipad. As this is offshore there is no internet connection of any kind. Both the iPad and the PC have wifi and Bluetooth capability. I can do this when both are connected to the internet. What do I need to do on the boat. I am not a techy. Thanks in advance. Robin
  7. I am a big proponent of "back in the day" better attendance, better racing, better sport, etc., however, anyone that believe that the Chicago to Mackinac attendance is down has not done their homework. "Back in the day" the fleets were typically in the 250s to 275s in big years. The fact that they are now consistently over 300 is a big change. I know that the addition of the cruising fleet and the multihulls is part of it but give credit where credit is due. Robin
  8. Chicago Area III

    RIP Jim Webb. I have been informed that Jim Webb, owner of Witchcraft among other things, was painting the clubhouse at Jackson Park on the 25th when he lost his balance and fell to his death. "hale fellow, jolly well met" an all around good guy. Robin
  9. Older well known IOR Boats

    Around 1980 owned a Cal3-30 inventory was all Dacron or nylon. Mylar laminate sails were appearing on other boats. One race day during pre start maneuvering my foredeck at the mast during a tack pulls out a big sheet of Saran wrap and shakes and snaps it yelling "Mylar" to the fleet. He got me laughing so hard we were late for the start. Robin
  10. there was a thread that was full of boat pictures from this era titled something like "some of my old sailing photographs" Robin
  11. Any tips on Windward islands?

    Many years ago, while staying in Mustique (so this may be out of date) chartered a boat for a day sail and tour of St Vincent. Left early in the morning and left St Vincent before dark. Left the boat in Kingston, hired a car and guide for the rainforest which was absolutely spectacular. Had no trouble and would highly recommend it. I have not stayed overnight on a yacht in St Vincent. Robin
  12. Binoculars?

    I have a very old pair (late 1980s or early 90s) of Steiner Commander RS 2000 (7x50) (military--ugly green) with compass that were so beaten up (used and abused for more than 20 years on various race boats) that my crew actually bought me a new pair of sailing binoculars and I put the Steiner's aside. I recently sent them back to the factory to see if they could be refurbished and requested a quote. About 8 weeks later a completely refurbished pair appeared on my doorstep, free of charge. They are like new and I do mean like new. All of the optics are great and the compass is working, etc. There is real value in a company like that. Consider finding a pair on ebay if you do not want to purchase new. Robin
  13. too much?

    3 boat length circle
  14. too much?

    PS. As it happens, in my opinion (not fact) course configuration and an over emphasis on "pure" windward--leeward racing has diminished participation. Robin