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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. There's also an Atlantic crossing requirement I believe. Time is running out. I'd say two weeks tops.
  2. The VOR as organized is so well vertically and horizontally integrated anyone with money can just show up, agree on price and get the last boat. The sails are one design and have already been fabricated for the Fastnet qualifiers- boat can be ready to go within a week.
  3. Is this Bob Perry as in designer behind the Taiwanese explosion in the 70s!?
  4. I think the discussion on CIC rules need to take into account the type of boat class that'll be in place. There are only a handful of technical builders with experience with AC sized multihull on foils. OTOH if the rules are more open development class, a lot of countries have the talent needed to put together a competitive boat via means they have. For example? Team Japan won't have a problem building a boat, fabricating composites isn't a technical hurdle for Japan. Japan's weakness is more a lack of sailing talent/team org and design. If the rules permit them to build in Yokohama but import foreign expertise, Japan can be competitive in a hurry. There's definitely enough discipline and money if they can get enough sponsors together. For me the biggest questions are whether France and Australia is going to bother to put together a program. As for folks complaining about a lack of details? It is not yet August. Relax.
  5. Do we know the boat weight variances? SCA was hull #1. And no matter what smart people try and put effort in, the way those one design builds were started and completed, there's probably lessons learned that made subsequent hulls better built. I wouldn't be surprised if SCA also had the most miles with all the testing and additional training that the team went through? Of the boats, boat 8 and Vestas would be in the best shape.
  6. There are various systems around. Some use a crushing washer. The most recent ones I've seen have an indicator that changes shade from black to red depending on tension. At trade show it worked also when loosened and would allow a quick glance comparison with reference card to see whether bolts are at proper tension.
  7. Don't they hurt downwind performance compared to a deep thin keel? Unless there's a draft limit why do it.
  8. In other industries there are torque indicating bolts. If there were industry effort it can prob be as simple as opening your bilge to check the bolt indicator color.
  9. Maybe I'm missing something. Boat 8, the new boat isn't missing. It's the AkzoNobel boat. If you're looking for intel on the 8th team, no one in the know can comment. In the meantime, just pay attention to Fastnet entry list. I check it a couple times a week to see updates. Since it is a qualifier folks won't be able to hide. Notice the class number says 8, even though there are only 7current .
  10. Some teams are still trying out. He's going enough for even Caffari's under 30 thing.
  11. Save the sanctimonious nonsense. The poor kid is dead. What relief would a bunch of RIP responses in a random forum accomplish? All these threads, except for ones where there's actual community request for assistance re repair ideas/boat search and the like are basically pointless if you're taking the view that thousands of RIP responses will advance some interest.
  12. I should have been more clear. I don't mean they didn't know how to zoom, but there's a fundamental misunderstanding re whether grounding depths will be apparent at the zoom level they were at.
  13. TBF both the navigator and skipper missed it because they were not familiar with the software/chart zoom. While they were clearly in error and responsible, software surprisingly didn't have grounding alarms, the race organization didn't help with last minute route changes. The navigators IMO are overworked with trying to squeeze out that last bit of speed. I think a bunch of teams accidently entered TSS, exclusion zones. Just signs they're overly strained and focused on weather and less on charts.
  14. They obviously did some analytical work and screwed up. Paid for and built a new eighth boat - only to find no interested sponsors at the right price. Problem for young skippers is networking and finding money. With the small size of the crew now there's really no room for much talent development opportunities for navigators and skippers, only two job that allow old guys. Hopefully they learn from this cycle, get rid of the silly inport cat class. If I were VOR CEO I'll put together a team on boat 8 called Team Future - with young folks with 6.5 exp out of my own pocket. Market the shit out of it.
  15. Ppl are ppl. Don't see how it is improper discrimination. Do you pay for airline tickets by weight or by seat? Improper discrimination is when you refuse to give a certain type of people a chance even though they objectively meet all the requirements for the role. *Cough cough*