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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. Damn. I was so busy looking behind us that I missed you in front of is
  2. Shear Beauty In the category of better late than never, I finally found some time to cobble together a recap. Sunday the 9th dawned as forecast, sunny and warm and with a 10 knot westerly blowing down in Boston harbor where we had docked Dragon for a few days prior to the race. The proximity to marina, hotel, food and transportation choices all made it the logical place to base this particular effort out of and it all worked out perfectly. Well, other than accidently taking my car keys with me when we shoved off the dock for Marblehead. After that bit of drama, we banged out the 2 hour motor sail up to Marblehead and got there with plenty of time to reconnoiter the starting legs. The RC sets up a line well outside of the Harbor and sends the boats down a 1.5 mile leg to the shore, then turns 90 degrees to port for another 1.5 mile leg along the shore to give the spectators a good show, then turns another 90 degrees at a second inflatable mark to send the boats directly to the southeast corner of Nova Scotia, 126 miles down the track. Imagine three sides of a box. By the time we got there, the wind was doing some funky stuff. Clouds over the shore marked an early start to the sea breeze on what was turning into a hot day, and the sea breeze was fighting gradient for dominance. In the hour leading up to the start, we were seeing shifts of 70 degrees, and wind that ranged from 4 knots to 13 knots. Sail selection for the first two short legs could have ranged from the A2 kite to the Code 5 to a Solent. By the time we left the line, we were seeing some unexpected NNW breeze in the 10 knot range with the Sea breeze dominate in that particular location We had a good start, first or near first over the line after luffing up to hold a position at the eastern boat end. We carried it out to be the western boat, then banged a tack back towards the shore and carried that over to the layline, crossing our class. A final tack took us to the first mark comfortably ahead of the two Farr 40s from Oakcliff that were in 2nd and 3rd. The short second leg was a shy reach parade under the same solent, and we rounded the mark in to a kite set, with some deep VMG running. Initially as we started down the long leg, sea breeze meant no one could hold the distant mark, and we were all cheating off to the west. But over the next hour as we cleared the short, the gradient reassumed dominance and the breeze pulled a bit forward which meant a vigilant helm could keep the boat pointed at Brazil Rock. Or the point on the horizon where we knew Brazil Rock to be. Complicating the effort was a crap load of shear, a story that was to turn out to be a constant across the race course. Breeze at the top of the rig was a deep, deep run, practically by-the-lee. And down on the deck, we were seeing breeze that was forward of the beam. Trimming the sails was an active exercise, inducing plenty of twist into the main and some odd use of the articulating sprit and twing for the kite Towards the latter part of Sunday as we fought our way through the boats from the 5 classes that started before us, the breeze did pull further forward to the SW and was a 115 to 120 TWA. It also picked up to high teens, and caused us to think for a bit about putting up the Code 5. Instead, we loaded some ballast and pressed on, and as night fell the breeze pulled back to the west and softened (with the shear returning) making the kite the continued choice. In fact, we were to stick with the kite for the entire trip, hoisting it off the beach in Marblehead and dropping it in the harbor in Halifax. A great run under a full moon on Sunday night and Monday morning, plus a bit of good fortune in timing put us off the south coast of Nova Scotia around lunch time on Monday. We had tide running with us as we rounded within a half mile of Brazil Rock, and I saw the Brazil bouy for what was the first and likely last time of my life. I have been around that corner a half dozen time at this point, but never on a clear day with unlimited viz. Turning the corner we were back to VMG running and starboard board favored. At this point, we were leading our class (PHRF class 1) and had pulled through all of the rest of the fleet except the boats in IRC 1 and ORR 1. While we were actually within 9 miles of the ORR 1 boats and had made some decent progress of clawing back a couple of miles on them here and there, we knew that was an unlikely outcome and our goal was to consolidate and hold our lead on our class. Toothface was the closest boat, and occasionally visible on AIS. We put a good cover on them as we gybed down the coast over Monday night, each maneuver lit up by the same full moon shining across the clear, fog free sky. Every inch counted, and after a hearty debate about the differences between VMG and VMC, we rotated helms every 60 minutes to keep things fresh and focused. Our nipper, 18 year old Evan Langford, turned out to be a keen hand on the tiller and more than held up his end. The wind had softened after turning the corner and the last 100 miles were rolling along with about 9 knots of breeze until 4 Am on Tuesday when it went sub 5 knots. At this point, the ORR boats had managed to get into the outer harbor of Halifax and we lost touch with them, but we held our lead on Toothface. Boats further back in the fleet held the breeze and started pulling up into us, losing us any chance for the overall PHRF prize, but we still had a good shot for Class 1. Dragon likes the light stuff as well as any Class 40, and we used that to our advantage to squeeze a few more miles lead out to Toothface as we ooched our way to what we thought was the final gybe off enjoyed the harbor mouth and 10 miles out from the finish line. The harbor turned out to be more tricky than expected, if for no other reason than the 2 or 3 mile band of fog we ran into. The only fog of the race, I think it turned up to remind us of what a Halfax race usually is like. As we worked our way through the harbor, shear continued to be a factor and we also started seeing 30+ degree shifts and wind that ranged from 4 knots to 14 knots. It forced us out to the west side of the harbor and necessitated one final gybe a mile below the finish line. We crossed on Tuesday morning and started counting down the 28 minutes we needed to beat Toothface by as we sorted the boat and motored for the Squadron. We tied up as that milestone passed, and enjoyed a cold beer courtesy of Nautigirl when we got to the dock. A quick and efficient trip to customs, 20 minutes of work and the boat was sorted as Toothface rafted up to us. At dinner on Saturday before the race with the lads from Toothface, we had talked about how in college rowing the losing boat pulls up to the winning boat and gives up their shirts. In what I hope becomes a new tradition in the Class 40, Toothface surrendered her shirts to Dragon when they got to the dock. After a through trip to the laundry, I am going to sport mine with pride. Racing with Evan Langford, Kyle Hubley and Mark Washeim was a blast, in what has to be one of the finest sets of conditions that a Halifax race has seen in quite some time.
  3. 9 to 12 knots from SW. Deep running, fetching Brazil Rock 220 miles down the track. Boat is moving well, spent the afternoon so far clawing our way through the fleet thst started before us. Just about to get through all but IRC 1 Magic Bus is moving particularly well. We are going 4 up for this one. Great team..
  4. Ha. If only we can see it through the fog.
  5. No one bud, so I am giving an 18 year old nipper the opportunity.
  6. And the duel continues...
  7. Don't muddy this thread with actual fact or experience.
  8. You really have no idea who is reading and (in some cases ) contributing to this thread. I see some posters who have forgotten more about this topic then you will ever know. Yet on-and-on you plod. Let me guess. ..you are on the spectrum.
  9. This is truth. The only redeeming value in it is the fact that so much passion can be generated over two WOMEN skippers. We really have seen some progress. Potter, pass congrats to Dee. Very well earned.
  10. I love this race. We are on the way, off newport after a tacking battle to get out of the east passage. A battle that Tristan and Clay beat me in. We are pointed roughly in the direction of Bermuda in SW breeze that is ranging from 8 to 17. The forecast models don't agree on what a low coming down from Canada is going to do, and it's starkly different routing for each model. Ho hum. Time to make the boat go fast. I will try to post from out here. Beautiful, lonely here.
  11. Dragon is entered for her second run at this east coast classic. After a long drift in the fog in 2013, I am hoping for a bit of breeze this time around. As I have done in a couple of races in the past, I am auctioning off the fourth and final crew spot to whomever shows the most generosity to Rocking the Boat. These guys provide after school programing to the kids of Hunts Point. Teaching boat building, sailing, STEM projects and counseling - they are doing great things for a community that deserves great things. Unlike prior times where attendance at the Whitehall Awards was required to bid, the auction has been augmented with on-line bidding. Head over to www.rockingtheboat.org or go straight to the bidding page. Stand watches, eat freeze dried, shit in a bucket.... it don't get any better than this!
  12. Sure, in WW2 they weren't very accurate at hitting a target The US were good at area bombing of precision targets. The RAF were good at precision bombing of area targets. That is pretty much a myth that is repeated over and over. The US had the Norden bomb sight which was hailed as being very accurate. Many factors made it less so. The Brits bombed at night mostly from lower altitudes, the US during the day, from high altitude, because of the alleged accuracy of the Norden sight and to avoid the heavy flak. There was little difference in the end as far as accuracy between the Brits and the US. On the British side, indiscriminate bombing of any part of Germany, not just industrial and military targets was advocated at the highest levels as a strategic policy. The highest accuracy accuracy rate was about 30% at best, and often lower, hardly stellar accuracy. Navigation was one problem, groups of bombers often couldn't find their target due to cloud cover and radio navigation beams were often jammed. Around the big cities and industrial sites, the flak was very heavy and often bomber crews dumped their bombs before reaching the target and turned around and went home to fight another day. In short, the bombing campaign was not nearly effective as claimed by the Allies. It didn't significantly demoralize the enemy as was predicted. The Brits just took it as a fact that obviously the Brits had the stamina to endure the Blitz but the Germans were morally inferior in that regard. The Brits were were wrong. Until 1944 German production of war materials was steadily increasing. The British Bombing Command chief, Sir Richard "Bomber" Harris was a staunch advocate of carpet bombing and terror bombing, and overcame Churchill's moral objections to that. Had Harris been a Nazi, he would probably would have been hanged in Nurnberg as a war criminal for his campaign of terror bombing, purposely targeting civilians. If you want to read one book about the bombing campaign in Europe during WWII, Richard Overy's book, The Bombing War: Europe 1939‑1945, is by far the definitive work on the subject. Recently published, the book is thoroughly researched, meticulously documented, full of valuable information, and without the annoying British attitude that they won WWII single handedly and did no wrong, that you particularly find in older books on the war by many well known British authors. Now that a new generation that didn't live through the war, has taken over writing the history, some welcome objectivity has arrived from British authors such as Overy, Norman Davies and others. If you think I have an anti British bias, you are right. I have studied WWII in Europe for 45 years and read hundreds of books on the subject. I believe my opinion of them on this subject is justified. It wasn't until the Viet Nam war that 'smart' bombs began to be developed. Today's laser guided and GPS guided bombs, when all goes well, have achieved near pinpoint accuracy which helps reduce collateral damage and uses far less resources. In many cases, a small number of bombs can be placed right on the target,instead of dropping many bombs and hoping some of them will actually hit the target. GPS guided cruise missiles also eliminate the need to risk air crews to destroy enemy targets. I am sure many here remember the video from the first Gulf war, where cruise missiles flew into a designated window or down an air shaft on the targeted building. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They're not much bigger than 2 meters.
  13. Amen! I suspect the big guns are just waiting out the patent and refuse to pay Mukesh's pipe dream valuation.. Oh man, what's that like? 10 years minimum until someone with some balls takes over and builds these things like they're supposed to be? US patents are good for 17 years from issuance. Those big guns better hope to leapfrog with Li
  14. I bought a short piece of Regatta Braid to test splice. The first one was a learning, the sceond one came out rather nice and smooth. I would imagine Salsa is about the same? Not in my experience. You need to pre taper, tape or lube and then plan on getting tendinitis milking it.
  15. Salsa is horrific to splice.