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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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    Sailing, snow skiing, mountain biking, MilSim (airsoft), chasing pussy (mostly losing that endeavor)
  1. So, so, so yesterday of a boat. But have fun with it anyway, I suppose.
  2. I'm not surprised he pissed off others- he's really good at that, especially when he spews the Leftist bullshit. But his mean streak and temper is likely the result of unfortunate childhood issues- so I am sorry for that. Mr. Twatwaffle (great new term to me- thanks to the poster above for that!).
  3. Hard pressed to recall a lower point in my life...maybe when my marriage broke up 10 years ago? I dunno. Can only say that having to retire from the race after sailing just 180 miles has resulted in the worse case of the blues you can imagine- right now, we're feeling lower than whale shit. Just so randomly unfair. Pretty sporty conditions that first night (but nothing we didn't sign up for, or hadn't seen before), 25-28 knots TWS, 70 degree AWA, blasting through big, breaking seas at 9.5-12 knots boatspeed, double reef, 85% jib rolled up to 75%, moon out, spirits high. After 1.5 years of constant preparation, training, hard work and HUGE expense, we're finally on our way, and it looks to be a fast passage, definitely. Robb, down below getting ready to come up for the 0200-0600 watch. Boat gets lifted, big wave breaks on the beam; Robb loses handhold and gets flung (other crew said it looked like "he got shot out of cannon") clear across the beam of the boat, landing right on a steel bar that protects the stove. The bar did its job- stove fine. But Robb? Ugh. Two busted ribs. Had we been further along and the wind more backed, we probably would have continued. But with less than 10% of the course sailed, Robb in utter agony and no idea whether he had a punctured lung, lacerated or burst spleen- no way to tell but no way can that chance be taken less than 200 miles out- we turn around. Bitterness. Sadness. Melancholy. Have not been able to follow the race- just too heartbreaking. Anyone else experience this level of disappointment? It's absolutely devastating, crushing. Then when we read SA's description that "marginal boats and sailors are retiring," we went absolutely ape-shit: E-mailed the editor and invited him to kiss our asses. Fuck that asshole for taking such a cruel, inaccurate swipe at the boats that drew the short straws. We'll get our shot again next year, in Transpac. Until then.....
  4. An interesting discussion. From this 58 year old life-long sailor's 50,000 foot view, it comes down to this: Sailing is not for wimps. The population has become, in general, wimpier. More wimps. Fewer sailors. There it is.
  5. I watched/listened to Smith's interview. Don't know the guy, and I "never believe what I hear, and only half of what I see." But I'm pretty good at judging people based on body language. This guy KNOWS he should not be doing what he's doing. Why do I say that? Watch his face as he talks. Note how much he blinks his eyes! Whenever someone blinks their eyes at a rapid, abnormal rate while they're talking, they generally are either trying to bullshit their way out of something, cover up something, or in general, are being deceptive and/or insincere. So very obvious in this case.
  6. Well now! That was one sporty day on the Gulf of the Farallones, wasn't it? Certainly one of the breezier roundings of Bird Shit Rock that I've done. In awe of the amazing Moore 24. How the @!*k do those things handle 10-12 foot seas, 22-28 knots of wind, without reefing, and yet, consistently sail to weather over 6 knots???? Blows my mind. What was real trippy was how much windier it got after we got around the rock. Shook out the second reef, unfurled the headsail to the maximum 107%, 95 degree AWA, and rarely saw less that 9.5 knots of boat speed. Then the wind really came up- averaged 27-28 TWS all the way in- had to roll the jib back up to smallest size, and we still experienced something like a dozen round-ups as 30-32 knot gusts hit us. Fucking-A! We hit speeds of 15 knots+ dozens of times, top boat speed was 17.7 knots. Best of all- I don't think anything broke. I am sore as shit this morning.
  7. As usual, no one ever seems to know anything about the PERFECT 35 foot crossover sloop- the Archambault A35. Although Archambault is now out of business (not for long, we hope) there are plenty of used A35s available in Europe. I bought mine in '09, in Martinique, after it was raced doublehanded in the Transquadra race; I sailed it up to West Palm Beach and had her trucked to the west coast. Three years later, a guy from HI flew to SF to look my boat over. He didn't seem all that impressed (which sort of puzzled me), so I told him, "Go ahead. Look all over the world. And I bet, after you're through looking, you'll be buying one of these." I was right. To this day, we have the only 2 A35s in the Western Hemisphere. Some 135 were built. Hard to believe there isn't a single other U.S. sailor who has figured out this is an AMAZING design, and is beautifully built. Why is it that all U.S. sailors think only "J-Boats" or "so yesterday" hull shapes like the 1D35? So parochial in their thinking. People: The French are tops when it comes to offshore monohull designs. All this said- the A35 won't fit your budget. You can buy one for under $100K, but it will cost you about $20-$25K to ship it to the east coast. But sooooo worthwhile.