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      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. Barometer with logging

    If you are a cheapskate like me, then buy the Misol on Aliexpress. Does almost everything, but no logging, who cares anyway... Incl alarms, and it really works, for over a year now. Display is much sharper then the picture shows. I use the outside temp. in the fridge, with alarms set... It even comes with a decent manual ! https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-UNIT-of-wireless-Weather-Station-with-Outdoor-Temperature-and-humidity-sensor-LCD-display-Barometer/1853002854.html wireless Weather Station, wireless thermometer with Outdoor Temperature and humidity sensor LCD display, Barometer Rated 4.8/5 based on 15 customer reviews 4.8 (15 votes) 9 orders Discount Price: US $21.49 / piece Shipping: US $7.36 to Australia via Singapore Post Estimated Delivery Time:26-51days Total Price: US $28.85
  2. Will send my grandpa too, he's a mumblefuck allright, but won't remember any of you. His back is still good and his medical ganja is even better. Told me he's got an election every morning. Oh, has this leg started already?
  3. No, why are you asking??? I am just a poet. And did you ever steer in +20 knots ???
  4. Oh jerry_sparrow , you are so funny. First confusing me with Randumb and then with my grandpa, who's also got Rtwr-heimer, and who incidentally won a couple of Whitbreads, was not asleep when they broke the noon to noon 24 hr. record, and the outright round the world record. Maybe you won a Whitbread too, but forgot to set any records, right ? I only said that Stu might be a BIT too powerful for my liking. It's a sentiment I picked up in the Bay of Islands (NZ), home of many ex Whitbread legends and current Volvo sailors as well. Some of them might have been sailing friends of you, as they were talking about a humorless Aussy bowman, who they would not let drive in 20+ knot winds. Anyway, all I meant to say was that it is not all about strength, and that pure power might even be a potential liability in regards to breaking things. And that I prefer a more sensitive helmsman, maybe a Queen of the Southern Ocean, who senses every wave and anticipates the windshifts, let the boat surf forever, and effortless steers for the full hour. Let's hope that the OBR's will show plenty of the steering, not just a few short shots, but nice minutes long shots of all the great powerful and sensitive steering, an art of beauty and a joy forever. Go for it, all you old and young boys and girls, we will be watching you !
  5. Always thought that the Flying Dutchman was about Cape Horn (Kaap Hoorn), but Martine Also Noble got it right, its origin is at the Good Hope (Kaap De Goede Hoop), very appropriately named, really. https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Vliegende_Hollander_(volkskunde)&prev=search A version of the saga wants the Dutch captain Willem van der Decken insisted to leave the port on his way to the East Indies with his VOC ship on Easter morning, despite the bad weather conditions and against the will of his wife.After all, it was a power struggle to sail to Batavia as quickly as possible and the captain did not have time to lose. Weather or no weather, Easter or no Easter party. After a long journey the ship reached the southwestern point of Africa, Cape of Good Hope . The captain tried to pass the land point, whereupon the crew protested. They begged him to return to Table Bay . The captain refused and became so angry that he threw the helmsman overboard and exclaimed: "God or the devil ... I sail the Cape, although I must sail until the last judgment ."Before punishment, the ship fell into the power of the devil, and the captain must continue to sail at sea for eternity.The dead crew performs their duties in silence.Sometimes the Flying Dutchman sends a sloop to passing unfortunate people, asking if they want to take a pile of letters to relatives who turned out to have died centuries ago According to traditions of people who saw De Vliegende Hollander, the ship sailed with blood-red sails against the wind above the water.
  6. Thanks Crux, for posting all that good stuff. I noticed that Stief left you out of his eulogy, must have been a bit of a brain fart. Trust he will write a niece piece just for you ! And as far as this earlier post goes, this time there was no sex involved, honestly. I seem to have provoked a few comments with my "too powerful" and "sensitive" remarks, and have given it a bit more thought. The easy one is sensitive, as that relates to sensing. A lot of sensing is involved, that's obvious. The too powerful comment is a bit harder to explain and I will come back on that one, promise.
  7. Jack, I will help you a little. Was she offended by Witty ? Nah ! Is she a delicate driver ? Yeah !
  8. We all love this place, most of the time. And we all love you , all the time.
  9. Really, you're surfing on top of Table Mountain? You're an epic monkey dragon! Thanks for posting all that stuff ! Gone look at it now.
  10. Dragon, you're pretty fucking epic yourself, give us a bit of a show tomorrow at the start, please ! Much appreciated !
  11. Aha, so Chuny was the driver. Not too impressive then... But I think, in the Southern Ocean, he will be a more "sensitive" driver then Stu, ref above +100 As I said earlier, "powerful people are not always the most "sensitive" drivers, if you know what I mean." Apparently Jack and Terra don't know what I mean. Will try to explain, after dinner, if you don'y mind. Hold your course, "it's all about fast, in the right direction", exactly, not strength...
  12. No irony at all really, it simply was the result of pushing too hard before the Horn, like bending the rig and having to repair it several times. Not greed either, it's ocean racing, but knowing the technical limits is a factor, and a factor that is difficult to gauge. And as far as Stu goes, no doubt he is a great and very experienced driver, but he seems a bit too powerful for my liking, and powerful people are not always the most "sensitive" drivers, if you know what I mean. Wish them all the best of luck though !
  13. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Thaaat's not funny...
  14. It says 4 for Ferris on the VOR crew profiles : Previous Volvo Ocean Races:2011-12 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing2008-09 PUMA OCEAN RACING2005-06 Pirates of the Caribbean1997-98 EF Language And for Alex Pella a Route du Rhum win in a Class 40, and a Jules Verne on IDEC, and a 2nd and 3rd in the Mini-Transat, all quite formidable ! And it's Luke Molloy, I see it spelled wrong on the Akzo site too...
  15. BTW, noticed that Justin Ferris replaced van Niekerk on the Paintwagon. Jack, you are usually well informed on Paint, do you know why Niekerk is off, and do you know Ferris ?
  16. In-port hardly worth getting up for, methinks. The 7 best sailing teams in the world according to the VOR, well, didn't see that today. Wouldn't trust them on my bicycle! Back to bed now.
  17. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Sorry, but I am losing you here. As I read it you say you don't want your daughter's mind fucked up by YOU. Surely, I am reading this wrong ?
  18. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    I have ordered one ambulance for both of them, then going to the same institution. The end result might be a lot of fun, or not...
  19. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Yeah, posting good things, and then getting mixed up sometimes. Happens to most of us here...
  20. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Also in: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/9601_The-world-according-to-David-Witt.html On his first memory of the Volvo Ocean Race… Actually, a current Volvo Ocean Race legend, Neal McDonald, introduced me to the race back in 1993. It was the first time I’d seen this event, and as a skiff sailor from Australia, I remember being really inspired by it. I realised it was a whole other way of life. I then went on to do part of the race on board Innovation Kvaerner in 1997-98. The fact that I haven’t done the whole thing is one of the attractions of doing this for me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’m pretty headstrong and I can’t put up with a lot of the more political, corporate crap that goes on in some campaigns, which is why I haven’t been involved until now. This time, I get to do things my way. Worth a (re)-read methinks. Just an honest, open, ...blunt guy, a sailor who loves the sport.
  21. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Gentleman Jim, a bogan ? Really ?
  22. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Breaking SA News, you read it here first ! Just now, Annemock Bes, aka Dr. Clogs, the victim, was called before the Grand Vulva Jury, and was asked how indeed she would have applied the Suckocrem, if Captain Witty, the accused, would have insisted that this question was not a joke. And believe it or not, she again started grimacing and clearly showed her medically approved method. Picture or it is not true :
  23. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Thanks Sparrow ! That is a very clear message to the Jury and the VOR, and it will help to put this in perspective. I am confident that sanity will prevail, and that they will say "please be considerate of the viewers", and hope they will not even give a slap on the wrist. They should also recommend that WS and VOR look into all the Rule 69 ramifications in this regard. Just in case there will be a penalty, or worse, for Witt or Scallywag, then not only Scallywag should refuse to start, but all the other teams should refuse to start as well. In solidarity and in their own interest in the long term. You know, the RTW Race was originally a yacht Race, THE RACE, and it should still be a Race in the first place. The media spectacle and commercial considerations, ego's and sensitivities, should be second to the sport, always !
  24. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Briaindead Mumblefuck Hangcock is back-tracking on the Front Page, for those interested. I am not, please do not quote the SOF here.
  25. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    Holy shit, that opens a Pandora box full of it, Google does it again: https://www.google.com/search?q=arse+wiper&newwindow=1&rlz=1C1CHBD_enFJ723FJ723&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9ueq_k_TXAhVE3IMKHUXqDrAQsAQIJQ&biw=1220&bih=629#imgrc=-xU6T26Ocwzd2M: The Groom of the Stool was a male servant in the household of an English monarch who, among other duties, “preside[d] over the office of royal excretion,” that is, he had the task of cleaning the monarch’s anus after defecation. http://listverse.com/2009/09/24/top-10-strangest-jobs-in-history/