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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. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    It was pretty obvious that the thread was going to round down once "Jen" showed up. I had assumed the thread deletion was the result of Clean vouching for QTip's authenticity and then getting a note from someone.
  2. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Sorry for the grumpiness. He's gone silent for longer periods than this. Anyone know what a Rawson 30 with a broken tiller and a small amount of sail area up front might do? Will the bow be pulled downwind or will it just lie ahull and drift downwind/current?
  3. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I agree that he has no idea what the sea demands. Someday the sea will claim me too, but it's a solid bargain and I'd be terrified to face death any other way. I think his joy in many of the things we take for granted is genuine. A clear horizon, the stars as far as you can get from a well-lit city. A green flash. If his line in Richardson Bay had never chaffed through, things might be different. It would be simple to reduce him, Rimas, to the fiberglass shell he was tossed into by his 'benefactors'. But where a cynical view sees him as someone who would otherwise be living under a bridge, it's also possible to see him as a down-and-out who got to see and pursue a dream. Honestly, crowd, even so much as you disapprove of him setting a bad example of what can be expected of American cruisers, don't you still at each landfall feel some sense of happiness that he's made it through another leg?
  4. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    If your culture necessarily involves debasing the poor and the mentally challenged for sport, then yes screw it and screw you.
  5. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Most of the posters here are a few rungs up on the economic and social ladder. Handing someone a few rungs down some cash or goods with the deliberate intent of debasing them and using them for sport just because you can is despicable.
  6. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Rimas gets desperately lonely on his extended trips, just as any other psychologically healthy person would. I realize that Jean and Shannon have good intentions, but this escapade from an outsider watching the enablers has all the dignity of Bum Fights. Rimas is not able to hold a job and was I think literally living under a bridge before this all started. In Richardson Bay, he was given just enough so that he'd fear losing it and figuratively set loose. His asinine prattling while he took video selfies of himself while running every working piece of equipment on the boat at anchor is honest from his side. Think about it: the guy hoists sails upside down and in AS seems to have rigged a set of discount dress flags as a replacement backstay with the intention of continuing his voyage. Maybe I'll be proven a fool and everything from lashing his emergency signaling kit to the lifelines still in its cardboard box, to Delorme logs, to his benefactor and tutor posting videos of himself equipping his own boat with a propane tank not only inside the boat but immediately next to an ignition source, to multiple long term SA posters verifying his presence in ports of call matching the narrative and level of apparent seamanship plus witnessing deliberately constructed safety hazards are all some big charade. I prefer to believe that a relatively innocent soul has been chasing a dream I would not by any stretch of the imagination want to be having his adventure, but he's clearly gotten joy out of it and it has more than once brightened my day to see his simple delight in things I've become jaded about. Whether intentional or unintentional, and even if salted with some creative license, it's still a brilliant work of performance art and I'm glad to have been watching. I hope to continue watching. Go, the Rimas!
  7. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    As unlikely as his success is at each step, it's kind of nice to have him out there: not as a role model but a sign that any of us can make it work when it's time. There could be a manipulative side, but the childlike side has a Forest Gump thing to it.
  8. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    He wasn't towed out of the bay, he was swept out unexpectedly. I don't understand the level of enabling happening from Jean either- it's expensive and a time drain to put his friend in a potentially dangerous situation. And the USCG doesn't want to discourage people from making calls to them about hazardous situations. I wouldn't expect fines or legal hassles.
  9. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    One of the fb crowd told a joke.
  10. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    You may be overthinking it. Rimas just clicked Yes when Facebook suggested that he share a memory (old post). In current news: Rimas MeleshyusJuly 12, 2016 The expedition sailing solo around the world nonstop. I am missing the sea every day Dearly ! I must sail away from Hilo, Hawaii, why I am doing this, because I am do not have engine to sail to the ports.only Only one option to sail nonstop. Need two years supply food I got donation already from Hilo, Hawaii for two years supply food, that's very nice from people Hilo who are willing to help for my the extraordinary voyage.But drinking water and propane for the cooking not yet.I am very healthy and very strong. I am 64-years old sailor. It has undermined my ambitions and success of my dreams. I realize that sailing solo around the world I can endure and make that happen I know I am gifted and sincere stay strong, stay positive, and never give up. He's finally realized that he can't sail into and out of port and has decided that the only logical thing to do is to become the Flying Russman.
  11. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Check the date. This season's budget ran low so Rimas is running a clip show. This is from July 2014 on the old boat.
  12. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    More realistic about his destination(s)? From FB half an hour ago: No pic. "The expedition sailing solo around the world,this time I would like to do nonstop."
  13. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Does Rimas even have a flare pistol? Recall the principle of Chekov's Gun: "If you show a fire extinguisher in Act 1, a redheaded woman needs to hit a dude with it by Act 3." Does Rimas even have a fire extinguisher?If Rimas had a flare pistol , he would have either set the boat on fire or lost it overboard. If you scroll back far enough, you should see a picture of a flare pistol kit lashed to the rail of one of his previous boats. Still in its cardboard box.
  14. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Mimsy, secure at the dock, gently caressing a concrete post during rig maintenance involving a ladder on the foredeck.
  15. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    He's got 5 sheets tied to the flapping remnants of his jib. Main was ripped. Globs of caulk on stanchion base. Lower shrouds appear really loose. Rats nest of halyards wrapped around starboard rigging. Loves sailing so much it brings him to tears, yet he's completely uninterested in learning how to actually do it.Given his meager income, refusal to work, and dockage costs, I don't see him being any more prepared to head south in 4 months than he is now. He's going to get to the South Pacific at the height of typhoon season. At least we finally know what sailing "Kon-Tiki style" means. From his explanation it means using lots of lines.