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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. GD having a dig at two teams following his example? Makes perfect sense. WetHog
  2. I can read. He is a decent person but was a shitty President. Better? And the comments about TeKootie is revisionist history at its best. Or did everyone love it when he used to drone on and on about stuff with no connection with the AC, like Gallipoli, and I missed it? I wish him nothing but health and happiness in real life, but... I'll leave it there. WetHog
  3. Who is digging? Allowing first Fast 2000 then Alinghi to challenge for the Cup, those stalwarts of sportsmanship RNZYS got the ball rolling to where we are today. Or are you going to suggest, if taken to court, Lake Geneva would be considered on an arm of the sea by a Judge like Lake Michigan was? Hey Accidental, nothing would please me more if my country could stop being the police of the world. we got a pretty good gig here in North America, other countries should be able to take care of themselves. But if it did German would be the official language of Europe, the Pacific Rim, including Australia and NZ, would be speaking Japanese and the US would really have an immigrant/refugee problem. Having said that, no country is perfect. America being a prime example, but some on here need to take the old saying "Those in glass houses..." to heart. Especially our Kiwi friends. WetHog
  4. He did invade Iran. Carter was/is a hayseed. A smart hayseed, but a hayseed none the less. He barely beat Gerald Ford who was never elected as Vice President/President and had the ultimate political kryptonite, the pardon of Richard Nixon, hanging around his neck. Carter brought us the aforementioned invasion of Iran, sweaters and solar water heating panels to the White House and the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. Then he lost to a B list actor in Ronald Reagan. Carter was by no means a great President. With that, please stop talking about American politics, stick to your own country and lets leave this place politics free. WetHog
  5. Jimmy Carter? You need a new line of work. I was thinking the same about you. I suggest those commenting on US politics that are not American's stop commenting. You get incomplete information and you make dumb comments. But if you cannot help yourself take it to PA. That is the place to embrace your inner dumb. WetHog
  6. NZ made the shitty rule of allowing a team from Switzerland to challenge. It could be argued that was the moment that led to the current debacle that is the AC. WetHog
  7. Any more word on the new wing mentioned earlier? WetHog
  8. I used a stop watch on some of their maneuvers and I have between 29 and 34 seconds. Thats from the first guys to move to the last guy. I even took a second off each because it was me doing it on my wristwatch while watching a jumpy video and maneuvers at different distances from the camera. Anyway, 29 to 34 seconds. On the flip side, I watched some of the other teams in the practice videos. I have OR between 22 and 25 seconds. ART at 26 seconds and one from BARF at 20 seconds. Interesting. Thanks. Another interesting measurement would be the time from the first guy crossing (which signifies a maneuver) to the time the boat makes the tack or gybe and/or the helm takes control on the windward side. The time it takes for the balance of the crew to move up seems less relevant. If it only matters when the boat is done making the maneuver than why not leave half of the crew on one side and half on another? The entire crew change from side to side for a reason. WetHog watching the top element of the ETNZ boat you can see it compensating for the balance of the crew change. Perhaps its not so important when there is lots of gas left in the tank? Clearly a lot of "ifs" to sort out. And some "ifs" that will never be sorted out. I fall back to my previous statement, if you don't have to move everyone to one side of the boat then why do it? The power produced by having two crew per side not moving would be huge wouldn't it not? WetHog
  9. How far behind Oates design upgrade wise is this boat? WetHog
  10. DC would have had a heart attack running between the wheels. Looks like DC gave it a try after all. https://twitter.com/americascup/status/855505062294106112 A for effort.
  11. I used a stop watch on some of their maneuvers and I have between 29 and 34 seconds. Thats from the first guys to move to the last guy. I even took a second off each because it was me doing it on my wristwatch while watching a jumpy video and maneuvers at different distances from the camera. Anyway, 29 to 34 seconds. On the flip side, I watched some of the other teams in the practice videos. I have OR between 22 and 25 seconds. ART at 26 seconds and one from BARF at 20 seconds. Interesting. Thanks. Another interesting measurement would be the time from the first guy crossing (which signifies a maneuver) to the time the boat makes the tack or gybe and/or the helm takes control on the windward side. The time it takes for the balance of the crew to move up seems less relevant. If it only matters when the boat is done making the maneuver than why not leave half of the crew on one side and half on another? The entire crew change from side to side for a reason. WetHog
  12. 2nd days of what? In Bermuda? Ok, but they have been doing this for a while down in NZ have they not? I used a stop watch on some of their maneuvers and I have between 29 and 34 seconds. Thats from the first guys to move to the last guy. I even took a second off each because it was me doing it on my wristwatch while watching a jumpy video and maneuvers at different distances from the camera. Anyway, 29 to 34 seconds. On the flip side, I watched some of the other teams in the practice videos. I have OR between 22 and 25 seconds. ART at 26 seconds and one from BARF at 20 seconds. Hardly scientific but there is a noticeable gap. Does leg power bridge the gap? Thats something to pay attention to when the real racing starts. WetHog
  13. DC would have had a heart attack running between the wheels. Nah, there would of been a seat and track system designed to run along the stern beam for DC to slide back and forth. WetHog
  14. The early (and wrong) suggestions were that ETNZ would overcome any such transition time issues by .. not doing them Turns out that was wrong (you want the weight windward for righting moment) but what they have shown is a bit in between, running the last two across well after the transition, and well after the G Forces. So the jury is still out in regards to overall efficiency of this set up it would seem. Hand grinding the guys just need to grab the handles. These guys need to straddle their "bikes", clip in and start pumping right? I have to believe the other teams will do whatever they can to get these guys running back and forth as much as possible. To negate the added power of pumping legs and/or force a mistake. I guess I need to see ETNZ in a practice race to get the benefit because I don't see it at the moment. WetHog I initially had the same thoughts. There are several flaws in this line of thought. The hand grinders are not able to deliver enough power to outgun the foot. If you watch some of the recent video, the transition times are on par with the hand grinders, and they have the added advantage that 2 of the pedlars can create nearly as much power as 4 of the hand cranks. I just don't think that that will be the way to attack them. But right now we have no video of ETNZ against another boat, in race conditions. Hard to say which line of thought has the flaws at this time. WetHog
  15. The early (and wrong) suggestions were that ETNZ would overcome any such transition time issues by .. not doing them Turns out that was wrong (you want the weight windward for righting moment) but what they have shown is a bit in between, running the last two across well after the transition, and well after the G Forces. So the jury is still out in regards to overall efficiency of this set up it would seem. Hand grinding the guys just need to grab the handles. These guys need to straddle their "bikes", clip in and start pumping right? I have to believe the other teams will do whatever they can to get these guys running back and forth as much as possible. To negate the added power of pumping legs and/or force a mistake. I guess I need to see ETNZ in a practice race to get the benefit because I don't see it at the moment. WetHog