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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. Now a days all the sailors are pro athletes, they can adapt quickly and are paid to do so. If OR suddenly changes to bikes at this point in the cycle, can the team adapt quickly enough? If ETNZ has trained their team for a long period on the bikes then they may just have the advantage because the physiology of a grinder and a cyclist is quite different. The grinders would be built way bigger up top and have the ability to stay aerobic and switch to anaerobic from the waist up and the opposite is true for the bikers (down below). Spinning the handles or the cranks takes time to develop - speed vs. power or speed plus power. You don't create muscle memory overnight... To do this and switch effectively takes months of preparation. Not weeks. This is gonna be very interesting to watch!
  2. The shoes/cleat combination is a pretty basic Shimano set-up. They've been making stuff like that for over 20 years. Mountain bike cleats (double sided) and shoes normally come recessed port for the cleat. The more trick stuff has lots of carbon inside, especially in the sole. I see the challenge to make the sole stiff enough to transmit the power and comfortable to run across the boat during manoever, and make it an able running platform. A cyclocross shoe might be the ticket. Shimono created a "five finger" shoe that looks pretty neat a while ago.
  3. I've seen some boats mixing... but are there standouts in the particular sails?
  4. Does anyone know how we could get Tim Healey and Vince Brun's North Sails videos from YouTube over the "wall" to Qing in China via email or internet means? If there is no easy way, you might contact Tim Healey/North Sails directly and ask to send you the 4 videos. Cheers, G
  5. Chuso, ^+1 As long as you are sailing... It don't matter what it is as long as It makes you happy! Someday that 11th place finisher you noted above will finish 6th and he'll be over the moon! Go4
  6. I agree with you, here in Vigo there are 10 boats only (one of them is the top corinthian there at KWRW, "Marnatura"). Most of them are national or even world champions in different classes (Laser, vaurien, Snipe,VOR sailors, TP52, former AC sailors...) If I wanted to race OD with a chance of being top of the list I'd have to race J80s instead, now the pros are selling them at half the price of a J70 and regular club sailors like me are buying them.... Chuso, That's a cool opportunity. The J80 never took off here, but it was the boat we were going to buy before the J70 opportunity came along. Pissed to loose at big events? Where I live we have a small Corinthian fleet of J70s. Buying the J70 was the price of admission we paid to sail against some of the best out there - Roble, Hutchinson, Smith, Healy, etc. - folks I have only read about in magazines for years. For the most part you can't have that in other sports. Where am l going with this? Well the PROs beat us easily. But and this is key, they also provide an amazing amount of help when you get to shore, did you do this, that, etc. Even their shore guys were give tips in throw fleet. After attending a regatta with a big fleet of PROs, we easily came back 10% better. So it was worth it to get schooled. It didn't piss me off, I saw it as the best damn sailing education going. Plus we improved each day and had a couple results where statistically in the fleet we were beating PRO boats. It was an amazing experience. IMHO this is what can, and will attract more amateurs to the class. There are only so many PROs showing up to each regatta. Aside: As a PRO I can only assume it is not great for business showing up for an owner to finish 35th, or worse cause everyone can't finish first... I believe the fleet will balance out as the years go by. Sure, the pros will win national and named championships, but there will still be opportunity for the 80%+ of the boats not attending to sail at smaller OD events or handicap where the PROs are not so prevalent. My bet is 3000 hulls in 5 years time. Cheers, Go4
  7. ProOC, The asshat LS is long gone. His M/o is to stir shit and take off. Poor fella got his feelings hurt when his "chosen" sport boat got run outa dodge by a less than "able" boat in his esteemed opinion. It took me about 5 seconds in his profile and the power of Google to get an idea of who he is. He's a troll in other sports too. Sent him an olive branch on Sunday in a PM. No response. Surprise surprise he likes to have his tantrums in public. Poor thing... I am surprised he wasn't addressing himself in third person being important and entitled. Go4
  8. LS,Maybe you could help out Qing with the other part of his question you neglected to quote - "what tip can you pass to me to make mine go faster." With your expertise in obviously much faster & better boats you gotta have something to add, and not just a "sell that POS and buy a ___________." Shit man help us all learn! Go4
  9. LS,Jesus that is some deep seeded resentment! Yes, I was sharing reality. Mine and I can only surmise some other owners too. Please tell me this doesn't come from you buying an emerging OD fleet boat and it subsequently getting run outa your club by the J70... If you don't have a dog in the fight, go somewhere you do and do something there to move the needle. Or go to the "J70 Impressions" board, there are many like minded folks to you there... It hasnt been very active since May 2015, but I'm sure your comments and opinions could change that. The commercial success overall and of this JBoat is now global. So your points about the US (fat sailor) market are weak, and getting weaker. JBoats success is making what the market wants and the market either determining success or failure - they've had hulls on each side of that ledger. So far the J70 is successful, and JBoats because of it. You are out of business otherwise. Regardless, enjoy your book, I hope your armchair (or Adirondack) is comfortable. Go4
  10. LS, I am with Qing on this one. Now mind you "kill" is a strong term... However, it is hard to argue with the other 900ish owners around the world who have chosen the boat over the last three years. Not everyone will have a Porsche parked in the driveway, not everyone wants (needs) one. Buy what you want and need given the purpose it is intended. I'm an amateur, who wants to sail with family (wife, my 5 and 7 year old), friends, newbies, OD, 4 crew, shorthanded, alone, etc. I want to be able to sail (and have) when others in fear will not leave the dock. I searched for years for a good all around compromise and for all these things and the J70 became the answer. To date it has never failed me. Now don't get me wrong, the emerging tech of foiling is awesome! From cats to Moths, all very cool. With the proliferation of GoPro and Drones it makes one almost feel like being there. Thanks for being a proponent on the front trying to push high performance forward! Eventually the advances make it back to the slow moving crowd. Perhaps there is more under the surface of your note, are you upset your chosen fleet/design is not growing? One sailor and one boat can make a difference. Take somebody out on your adrenaline machine and show them how easy, fun and SAFE it is. They may just be the next owner in your fleet! Cheers, Go4
  11. 10th,I forget exactly who it was... But I think it was a North American team (may have been Helly Hansen) who attended the worlds in La Rochelle that wrote a post-event piece about the differences they found between the SS rig and the Selden rig. It was quite well written and it detailed the changes they made to maximize their performance given their old settings were not getting them what they wanted with the Selden rig. There may be some stuff in there that can help you out. After getting the boat I found the sailmakers tuning guides a great place to start. We use Quantum and Scott Nixons old guide has been very helpful. Scott even helped us out at a regatta with some extra tips to tell if we were set-up correctly with the rig. Cheers, Go4
  12. ProOC, Have you ever found yourself in a spot with no time to adjust before the sequence and have the choice of one adjustment? We had a race this year where a velocity change came in from the same direction with like 1 minute to make our adjustment, we thought it would pass but it didn't. What is your favorite without blowing it in the setting if the pressure drops. 1) a couple of fast turns on the inner stays? 2) a big change on the gross tune of the Backstay legs? 3) others We left it as it was and the boat was a mess upwind. Couldn't press the job at all. Hands down the worst miss we ever had in rig set-up. Cheers, Go4
  13. Quingdaosog, Have you used this- Doyle's M2 Tuning Guide - www.doylesails.com/onedesign/j70/tuning.html They have details on the car position there as well as full set-up guidelines.
  14. Yes they are different. NA (my) rig is made by Southern Spars. Check out the newest North Tuning Guide... There are notes and tables for both the Selen and the SS mast. I was told one is built as a one piece tube, the other is in two pieces. You can gather from reading some of the info that one is a littler stiffer out of the box than the other. Go4
  15. +1 Ease of transport to regattas for your boat And/or Numerous OD events and opportunities to charter a hull on another continent Does anyone know if hull numbers have cracked the 1000 mark worldwide?