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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. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    REDBOATS : Sailing to form. Still have an edge. TTOP staying in the game.......not only challenging TRBU, Akzo and Vestas but ahead of them.....for now. Hope I am wrong about the long game...but... TBRU is not getting between the two red boats yet. It looks like form is triumphing over hope. But it hasnt got tricky enough yet. AKZO is not shown that they are best of the rest so far but the middle pack are all close. SHKS is carving their own path to a huge welcome in Newport. Its like Libby and Witt deliberately dont listen to the position updates on the other boats.
  2. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    I'm not sure about the great? Choose not to comment. BUT I seriously question "good". Jack seems to revel in the bad. As I was just saying to the twins mother the other day.....
  3. VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    MAPF : They still have an edge TRBU : Just because I respect Bouwe so much for his leadership and contribution to the VOR and I want him to go out a podium winner. Secretly, down in my heart I would love Bouwe to win the whole thing but I realize this is unrealistic. DFRT : Still have an edge but its gets whittled away each leg AKZO: Best of the rest, now that Vestas is off the pace. Finding their inspiration and cohesion as pre-race problems fade into the distance. CN is on eof best watch captains in the race. VESTAS : Mast tune slows early progress. SciFi navigation keeps them in the picture until they find their pace in second half of the leg TTOP: They challenge TRBU, AKZO and VESTAS all the way up the coast but dont quite close the deal on this long leg. SHKS : To a huge welcome in Newport.
  4. Oh dear, that would indicate an inauspicious start for the Really Fugly Twenty One aka RS21.
  5. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Vestas vs Scallwag : The smart money is on Scally...... Maybe VOR should throw in an extra point for the winner of the delivery crew race. Spice it up for us fans who believe in following leg 7 until the last boat is in Itajai and give the delivery crew a little extra incentive.
  6. What's the best small sport boat to buy?

    We have a saying in our family. ..."You are never too old to hike" When you see 80+ year old lightening sailors (who dont have a bulb on their keel) whup the young uns (the 50 year olds) , you will realize that its not about the years, its about the head.
  7. What's the best small sport boat to buy?

    Okay, so the advice is that one option is to get a one design, sail it and eventually sell it. The second option is to get an esoteric and stand it in the middle of a field in thunderstorms.
  8. Say It from the FP

    At least Clean could string a set of entertaining and coherent sentences together and could talk about contemporary sail boat racing. BH is a fossil. Its like Scot has decided to pivot and compete with Scuttlebutt as to who can find the most inaccurate, most outdated and most boring writers that they can. Maybe Scot has been driven into a reverie of nostalgia by the old ads everyone has sent him.
  9. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Please can someone point me to the post up thread...I missed all the lavish praise heaped on Vestas . Ahhhhh my lads.....they were right proper seaman in the old days, they had chefs on board! Three hot meals a day and a roast on Sundays.....none of this pansy freeze dried.
  10. where'd ya go?

    Sailing was a white guys sport when I was growing up. So was tennis. Both have got much better. Tennis more so than Sailing.
  11. spider cracks?

    Impact on 12 year old gelcoat. If a 12 year old boat has no gelcoat cracks then it is the exception not the norm.
  12. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Vestas is the team with co-leaders. I was surprised that both left the crew and flew to Brazil. Couldnt one have gone to Brazil to organize the new rig and the other stayed in Falklands to lead the effort to get the hull and team home?
  13. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Jack, good point actually. Scally is a private team and the owner has the right to choose to protect the privacy of his team. I thought his post about John, remembering the man he sailed many races with, was moving. One imagines that he will quietly and confidentially make sure that Kirsten and the kids are taken care of. It is his wealth, his passion for the sport and his team, so he will do what he damn well pleases. However, I think he will have seen the outpouring of support for his lost crew and his team and I'm going to guess that this means something and he will authorize some kind of updates from time to time.
  14. Hancock

    How's that working for you? He is Hancock's audience of one. Would you expect anything different? Put another way, if Randymum is a fan, what does that say about Hancock? Q.E.D.
  15. Hancock

    Is Blind Hancock even paying attention? The nonsense in quotes is his. My comments after. Nope , it was a major shift in wind direction that closed the gap. Really still! Even now. After a statement from the boat, that he was knocked overboard by the gear from the boom during a crash jibe? No remorse for his earlier piece. I hate to split hairs but it was the other way round. Vestas mast came down before TTOP reported a problem with their mast and it was a full day later before they made the fix that got them back to full speed racing. If all you are going to do is regurgitate news days after it has already been published elsewhere, please at least try and get it in the right order.