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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. I came down with MRSA here in San Diego. It's way more serious then is being reported here. MRSA often enters through the nose, and can travel to the brain. I had a giant hole in my leg, and half my head swelled up like a balloon as it traveled towards my brain. I spent a week in intensive care, and the doctors weren't confident I would live. After a long recovery and alot of IV antibiotics, I'm still alive and sailing. Also I was at risk for losing my leg. Sailors should get together and boycott the event. Demand moving the venue. It's not worth the risk. Take this out of the hands of the idiots that can't make the right call. This is serious shit, and can result in death. Good sailing,
  2. I've been in the charter business for 28 years, drove 2 large ribs during 3 America's Cups in San Diego with spectators. Also took Il moro VIPs, and operated as support boat for Il Moro's cup boats during the cup. I have thousands of hours driving these RIBs in all sorts of conditions. 1st the Rib driver used poor risk assessment with the crew he allowed on board. When the wife and spectators are aboard, a Captain needs to operate the boat in a more conservative way, and leave a better margin for error. If he is operating officially in a spectator control capacity, that crew shouldn't have been on the boat. When I was working tight in with the cup boats tranferring and supporting, I never took any spectators, friends, family etc. Only me and the pros on the boat. Passengers are like fragile eggs. Even just falling off the RIB tube onto the deck can cause a serious injury. 2nd From the photos, that is not my idea of anything even close to being crowded. In San Diego during the cup, often there were so many boats out that it was very difficult to keep an exit open. Always need to keep an exit path in mind in case another boat does something unpredictable. During the San Diego cups, we had all sorts of various speed cup boats sailing through the spectator fleet. Looking at the photos, there is clearly plenty of open water around the RIB to stay clear of the tri. He wasn't boxed in, and had plenty of options. 3rd The operator always has to assume the sailboat will do something unexpected. I've had Dennis Connor come fast at me out of control on a collision course with both bows under the water, and that winged cat's rudders out of the water, and useless. All these RIBS have the power to turn hard and get the hell out of the way. That giant tri doesn't turn that fast, and there is no excuse for the rib not getting out of his way. 115 hp is plenty of power to accelerate enough to stay clear. Maybe the tri shouldn't have been where he was. That doesn't take away the responsibility of the RIB to keep his crew safe. With friends aboard, it's very easy to get distracted, and it only takes a moment for something really bad to happen. I always tell my Captains that work in my business, "you are at the party, but you are never in the party". 100% attention all the time. To let that giant tri run over his RIB, that operator had to be distracted. This is a very sad mistake that several people are going to have to live with for the rest of their lives. I feel bad for all involved. In my business, we've taken over 100,000 and never hurt anybody. I can't imagine carrying around that sort of guilt.
  3. Can anyone tell me what the optimum crew weight range for a foiling A Cat is? I know I'm too fat, but I'm wondering how much I'm going to have to lose to join this fleet. Thank you,
  4. I've watched the video a few times, and at .45 it looks like to me the crew sitting behind the helmsman on the windward stern stepped on the tiller tie bar pushing it to leeward causing the helmsman to not be able to drive off. Does anybody else see this?
  5. Ok I'm going to throw in my .02 I've cruised long term my Valiant 42, Shannon, BCC, 2 big cats, and some Hunters many years ago. The odds are that you will go enjoy your dream for 18 to 36 months, and then the boat will be back on the market. Lifetime cruising dreams, and reality are miles apart. So think about the exit plan right now. Buy a boat that you can drop off at your favorite broker, unload your crap into a rental van, and drive away. Buy a boat that the broker can sell within 3-6 months and you won't lose huge amounts of money, because you had to refit some old boat with tons of expensive equipment. Buy a name brand that cruisers talk about, and the next dreamer is going to want to buy...... Here it comes....... 1. Valiant 40/42 (Newer have no wood) 2. Passport There are many, many other great boats, but you will be able to get out of these with your money. And make sure it has a good windvane hanging on the stern such as a monitor, so WHEN your autopilot breaks mid ocean, the hand steering won't lead you to divorce court. Don't debate this one, just do it. Lots of people like to talk about the initial investment figure. You will only know how much that boat is going to cost you when you try to sell it. Often better to spend more up front, and buy a bit newer so it will be more marketable at the end. Humans and monkeys are similar in that they both like shiny things..... Good sailing.
  6. I've gotten myself into all sorts of situations that scared the crap out of me from the Worrell 1000 to a 60 knot papagayo off of Nicaragua on my Seawind catamaran. Recently aboard my Maine Cat I got into dangerous conditions in the Gulf Stream between Key West and Cuba heading for the Panama Canal. No mainsails and tiny jibs got me through severe weather while on my cruising "7 knot shitbox" catamarans. Triple reef mainsails were too much sail area and made the boats surf way too fast. Weather is pretty difficult to dodge when sailing the slow catamarans that I can afford, and I expect the get the crap kicked out of me once in a while. Now here is my wtf about rainmakers dumbass pro Capt. Allowing that freighter to come along side that seaworthy Gunboat was reckless and showed extreme poor judgement. The crew was safe until he pulled that move. There is no condition I would ever let a ship near me in a seaway unless I was climbing up out of a life raft. At least he changed his mind after some smashing, and didn't try to get his crew up a ladder in those seas. There's plenty of history of boats being sunk and crews being smashed between the hulls trying to pull this off. If the owner was pressuring him,and was out of control, he should have tied him up and put him to bed. The Capt. has to make the big calls when the time comes. Rory Mc Dougal sailed around the world in his little Tiki 21 foot catamaran, and has finished top 5 in the singlehanded Jester transatlantic race more then once. Catamarans make very stable rafts in bad weather. Rig or no rig, lines in prop, whatever. Being hoisted up into a Coast Guard helicopter flying at the edge of its fuel range just can't be as safe as drifting along aboard the most expensive stable carbon fiber raft ever built. Many many characters and elderly sailors have made it around the world in their home built plywood epoxy Wharram catamarans enduring all sorts of worse weather including some full force hurricanes. And that photo of Rainmaker's crew posing with the Coast Guard rescuers with their shit eating stupid grins on their faces......JFC.
  7. On cats going backwards.....lol. They go backwards if you get them in irons sailing upwind. They go backwards when you try to reef them if you get the boat a bit too high on the wind, and don't start the engines. They go backwards if you get disoriented at night during any sort of tacking or gybing and get the boat too high. (With the high cabin, you can't feel the wind, and on a very dark night, it's not hard for this to happen). Learning to handle a big cat backwards is one of the 1st skills a new big cat owner needs to learn. In a gale, just the windage on the rig can get the boat going backwards at high speed. During reefing in a gale, I got my seawind too high one time, and the boat started going backwards at such high speed that water rushed up the swim steps into the cockpit......that was a bit shocking. All of these things happend in the 1st month I owned the boat while getting used to the differences between mono and multi cruising. Good cat builders know their boats are going to go in reverse, and build strength into their rudder systems. Cat rudders are small rudders to begin with, and they don't need to turn very far. Most good cat builders build their rudders strong enough to take the weight of the sterns sitting on the beach. My seawind had very strong rudder stops in the sterns, and they didn't turn very far. There usually is a water tight compartment back there on most cats so this boat shouldn't have been sinking with a broken shaft. Steering a big cat with the sails and no rudders in a gale with big waves.....good luck on that one. Cats like most boats sit broadside to the waves when not under sail. The motion of a big cat broadside in big waves is absolutely hideous, and I suspect the entire crew were seasick. That will definately effect a crews decision to take the helicopter home.
  8. I had a sistership to the Pardey's Taleisin. Plank on frame hull, but with a more modern deck with marine ply, epoxy saturated dynel, and teak overlay on top of that. I had mine custom built, and she was, and is amazing. A bit more modern then Taleisin with a yanmar, electrical system, frig, but all the modern stuff on the boat was cleverly hidden behind beautiful panels. So when you stepped aboard my Hess cutter, the boat felt identical to Taleisin. Even my engine controls and throttles were hidden in the coamings. She was a very nice sailing boat, and I enjoyed her alot. I sailed her in all sorts of conditions up to survival conditions off the Oregon coast.....very safe strong boat. I've owned lots of boats: Valiant 42, Shannon, Seawind Catamaran, Maine Cat, some Hunters, and lots of little boats. I just love almost all boats. Boats are cool, and there are a thousand ways to enjoy them. Taleisin for sale is like selling artwork. How much is a painting worth. I see people buying new big Hunters, and losing 100k a few years later after the depreciation. How much was the dream worth? How much is a boat worth? How much is it worth to walk down the dock and admire your own boat? It's all very subjective. I just love to see people enjoying their boats. and it's great to stand back and say....wow that's cool! I know the Pardeys, and they are real nice people. Yes they have some opinions, but I don't know many sailors that aren't opinionated. It makes them interesting. When I look at Lin and Larry, their boats, and what they've done, I just have to say "wow.....cool"! My Hess cutter attached...
  9. Haven't spent as much time looking at this situation frame by frame as you guys, but I saw the video on Anderson 360. In the video it shows the left rear passenger door being pulled open just before he sped forward running over the biker on the ground. As he accelerates forward, the back door then slams shut. I think when the back door was yanked open, this is what caused the range rover driver to panic. If my toddler daughter was in the back seat, and someone who was attacking my car pulled the back door open, I would have done the exact same thing to protect my child. His biggest mistake was getting off the freeway.