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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 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Imagine if Mapfre or Dongfeng had tried going far east. They literally had nothing to lose, as explained by Shanghai on FP, and might have won the leg and put themselves in the catbird seat.
  2. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    If TTOP can keep this going I will be happy they did not try taking a far east loop around Fiji, but I still wish someone had tried that. If nothing else it would have been a lot more fun sailing that this drifting.
  3. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Surely someone is brave enough to head off east and see if they can sail around this mess. TTOP?
  4. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    I had never visited GoFundMe before, so checked out some of the "sailing around the world" hopefuls, in part because I will hopefully be one soon, and most have gotten $0 so far. And no, I will not have to go there, I've worked hard for 40 years and will retire soon in good financial shape.
  5. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Pretty depressing for a scientist to watch that. None of them would prefer a Nobel Prize over winning the VOR, despite this boat having some interest in science with their water/plastic collections. Not to mention that the person who wrote the captions spelled it Noble! Perhaps an autocorrect they did not notice, let's hope so!
  6. Reasonable Gun Control

    Sorry but I don't see any hope for the US in this regard, as long as this country can elect an idiot like Trump, and the Koch brothers and NRA can keep enough state legislatures red so they can gerrymander GOPs into the house, there is no hope. We'll just sacrifice more kids on the almighty gun altar.
  7. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    So good to see some of the underdogs have a shot at winning this leg. While I'd love to see TTOP in front, they got unlucky, so either Akzo or Brunel would be great. I'd really like to see Bouwe at least get a leg win.
  8. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    Year of the Dog in China, gonna be eating a lot of them. My daughter almost threw up once when walking through a market in southern China and coming across a string of dog carcasses hanging from hooks in a stall.
  9. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Perhaps you would care to write a weekly column of general interest to the sailing community?? Give it a try, you can start your own thread in SA and see what people think of it, who knows maybe Scot will supplant Brain with you and then everyone can throw eggs at you.
  10. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    Cool, so now if they stop just short of $20k and actually use that to salvage and document the process, they could start another GFM for another $20k to get a new boat. This is looking good for them.
  11. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    The forecasts on the tracker are schizophrenic. Right now it shows the northern four in a hole, go ahead 3 hours and all six are into the NE trades, another 3 hours and the NW front has caught them again, another 3 hours and back to NE trades. Something not right here, but how painful for the northern boats and sweet redemption for Scally and Akzo.
  12. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    If it were not for the exclusion zone might the northern bunch have avoided this hole by staying further south, or was this the only path available to them other than the early turn north like Scally and Akzo?
  13. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    So, if they head back to Philly can they dodge the $10k fine, or does the CG collect across state lines?
  14. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Bouwe said they would tack north after Taiwan, but in fact it is Akzo and Scally that have done that. I'm guessing they anticipate that north will get the new northerly wind first this weekend and slingshot them around the top of everyone else, unless everyone tacks north soon. I hope in that case the Plastics stay south and try something different.
  15. Diesel engine maintenance courses?

    Thanks everyone, very helpful!