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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. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    So settled in the last few days past the bottom of the race course. Water temp is lower than normal. Best start to the cray season in living memory even though it was held back a week So odds on it is the water temperature. Another low on the way, blocking highs do not seem to be that strong so good chance a good low will barrel though and not be forced south. Like the one a bit over a week ago that went through Melbourne. So all in the timing. Bet is low passing over Victoria not south of Tasmania and it is a question of when the 48 hour window falls. Back to the fishing.
  2. Yacht Club Safety Review

    Clubs should never recommend anything beyond the standard equipment as it creates a standard (some dip shit lawyer will hold up later as the minimum equipment you needed)
  3. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    let it begin! Models starting to show a tight little low rolling past Gabo at midnight on the 19th. Settled high after that so, how quickly does the next one come?
  4. Yacht Club Safety Review

    If you are going to mandate safety equipment remember the mouth guards.
  5. Yacht Club Safety Review

    You need to sail at the Lota fishing and Fighting Club. Zero drowning but three as a result of injuries sustained in beer can race collisions.
  6. Yacht Club Safety Review

    No doubt you will get your usual yacht club fuckwits who will not understand and want to mandate everything in a inch of it life.
  7. Yacht Club Safety Review

    Simple to do. Disregard every national federation guideline. Under no circumstance allow any administrator on any review panel. Do not specify any safety equipment ever. Under no circumstances do inspections or require inspections. Yacht are only required carry that equipment mandated by local law. You only need one rule. The master will ensure that the vessel is suitable for the voyage to be undertaken and that it is equipped and crewed to undertake such voyage. Otherwise known in some jurisdiction as the "Primary Safety Obligation". A master gets it wrong and the local authority will prosecute on that basis. Do not make a rod for the backs of owners or your club. You mandate you must ensure compliance and you fail it is your fault.
  8. Safety Gear versus Practice

    You are right of course. Now try to get your administrators to change. A few of us here on this site have been engaged in a pitch battle with local administrators about this very thing for some time now. Good training is the best solution. But good training is hard to police and does not easily fit on the check sheet. Further smart administrators should be running a million miles way from compulsory equipment as it creates a standard that then has to policed and enforced. Even AMSA (Australian Marine Rescue authority) has recently done a big about face on the issue because if you don't enforce you are liable. Once upon a time a good sailor had what was described a "body of knowledge and a body of experience", now you just need some toys apparently. Of course the perverse part of my nature through down a challenge to a overbearing administrator before an offshore race a while back saying "you swim the length of the marina in your wet weather gear then we can talk about epribs because you could not stay afloat long enough to turn in on". Conversely, the case of a recent local fatality where the boat was fitted with a mega buck survival MOB pod but the only guy who knew how to deploy it was the poor guy in the water. Never deployed. You see the point.
  9. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    With that idea you get another member, well known long term owner just joined the 109 club after a keel modification. Maybe it is like the DRS in the cricket. Defaults to 109 like over the stumps.
  10. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Gotta love it. Jury convened and flown in for a video comment The Rumble in Rocky gets a protest committee were every member then resigns because it got hot in the kitchen!
  11. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Think I will start a new thread. "Best Sailing Australia Fuck up of the Year" Could be a very long thread.
  12. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Another two victims of the voodoo physics that is AVS!
  13. Mind you, same regatta with TP52s and 100 foot canters would shake things up.
  14. And now we get the Hamilton Race week video, fashion shows and celebratory chefs. And no one sails in the dark! All show, no real go. No wonder we are faaaaaacked.
  15. Sailing a frac rig under jib only

    Headsail only is standard delivery mode on most race boats these days. Usually with motor ticking over. Less wear and tear and cheaper for the owner. Most importantly boat never gets away from a shorthanded crew.