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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. Worldwide Solent Alternatives?

  2. Sydney To Hobart 2018

    ^^^ THIS. "Line honours" = yawn.
  3. The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    Augie Diaz briefly touches on all of the local clubs in this video. I believe he personally belongs to CRYC, CGSC, and BBYC. He's a nice guy, very friendly and approachable; so if you want more information from a knowledgeable source, you could try asking him directly. F&B requirements are a feature of essentially all YCs that have restaurants. Most such requirements are pretty limited, i.e. the amount you have to spend is equal to about one meal for two, each month. I don't think that's onerous, but if it really bothers you just look for a small club that doesn't have a restaurant; then it's a non-issue.
  4. Oyster Yachts gone bust

    I have heard a rumour that the rally organization, and Oyster Brokerage, are to be kept operating as separate entities from Oyster Yachts. I don't know if that's true or merely someone's wishful thinking: I have no connection with, or inside information from, Oyster. I'm not optimistic that Oyster can carry on. But if they do have a future, it will certainly require a thorough house-cleaning of senior management, and perhaps middle management too.
  5. Oyster Yachts gone bust

    Fully supported around-the-world rallies? I don't believe Swan or any other manufacturer does that. Perhaps I'm wrong.
  6. Fast "safe" boat....

    Only Yanks.
  7. Few people have more experience of minimal sailing than Roger Taylor. You can order his books directly from the author.
  8. Oyster Yachts gone bust

    Well, there is/was the Oyster World Rally (currently in NZ). I am unaware of any other yacht manufacturer organizing rallies for their customers. So that's unique. I'm not personally a fan of rallies, but many people do like them and I guess it might be a factor in one's deliberations when choosing a high-end cruising boat. But as socalrider has pointed out, there are other more important factors that will deter potential buyers.
  9. Oyster Yachts gone bust

    She was lucky he didn't sue her!
  10. Defending an existing PHRF rating

    Absolutely! I don't understand that complaint. Sure it costs serious money to own and campaign a FAST 40+ or a TP 52; but there are many other options, including those where the class rules limit spending on sails (e.g., IODs, Albacores). As you note, simply "buy a boat you can afford". OD racing is just as fun and interesting in J/24s as it is in J/105s. Good attitude.
  11. Defending an existing PHRF rating

    Certainly he should get to race; and as I said, he has broken no rules. What I believe diminishes his reputation - and it is just my opinion - is that he has plenty of opportunities to compete in OD but chooses to focus on PHRF. There are plenty of "serious" racing opportunities in Etchells, and he used to be very active in that scene; but not any more AFAIK.
  12. Defending an existing PHRF rating

    Like Elizabeth Swaney, Connor has broken no rules, and is perfectly within his rights to game the system as much as he can. But ... The curious thing is that Connor is undeniably a great sailor, with so many real accomplishments to be proud of: four-time America's Cup victor, Olympic bronze medalist, ISAF Hall of Fame inductee, etc. Why he is jeopardizing his reputation by stomping on amateurs in the bush league, only he can say.
  13. Defending an existing PHRF rating

    Nothing in your post actually spoke to his point ... let alone contradicted its alleged inaccuracy.
  14. Defending an existing PHRF rating

    Post #2! PHRF is so corrupt.