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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. There are three speeds compiled (see spreadsheet at http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ranking-history ) Average over thirty minutes (what we usually see on the tracker), 4 hr average, and 24 hr average. Try the 'classement' option to see more at http://bastideotio.geovoile.com/vendeeglobe/2016/mainboard/?leg=1 Ask and thou shalt shalt receive........... thanks very much!
  2. Great how once again we see HB & BP neck and neck and now lined up in pretty much the same conditions. Difficult to tell from individual scheds but once again it looks like boss maybe has the edge on speed? The next day or so will be telling..... Does anyone know if the boat speeds recorded for the tracker are instantaneous snapshots taken at each recording time or are they some form of average taken over previous minutes/hours?
  3. I seem to remember hearing somewhere (in this thread or perhaps one of the dockside videos) that some of the teams were being very secretive about potential contingency plans for if/when foils broke. Alex is clearly getting something right - he's reportedly taken some major damage, but still managing to stay very competitive. Good routing and being in the right place has helped, but he's still seriously quick. I can't find where I saw the discussion originally - any thoughts?
  4. That looks like a giant sushi slice to me.
  5. I also remember that a few months ago AT Racing announced with some fanfare that they were playing with ultra-thin graphene. I wonder if this actually made it into any of the final design of the boat?
  6. Tracker showing something going on with HB......... Big round up and then currently heading east........... nothing on the newswires yet?
  7. Looking forward to seeing the footage of Hugo Boss - they seem to be keeping very quiet at the moment. Watching the wall of water coming off the bow of Safran, its going to be fascinating to see the effect of the cutaway bow/deck on HB
  8. Is there any information around on the new Hugo Boss? Am I right in thinking it's in build at Green Marine - Is it close to launching? Theres not much on the Alex Thomson website. Is he joining this particular gun(foil)fight?
  9. Starts in 4 hrs - live start, so we'll see how it goes...... This should be interesting - good rookie fleet with a growing contingent from Artemis http://www.lasolitaire.com/en/s01_home/s01p01_home.php
  10. I was looking for any updates on Alex Thomsons new boat - but couldnt find much, although this looks interesting........Lifted straight from alexthomsonracing.com/ ...... "A collaboration agreement with Alex Thomson Racing has been signed today with Haydale Graphene Industries plc Alex Thomson Racing (ATR) has reached an agreement with Haydale Graphene Industries plc (Haydale). The Technical Team at ATR will implement their graphene based products and technology in their latest Research and Development programme. Haydale technology has been selected to be used in future design concepts of the HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 which Alex Thomson competes on in the Ocean Masters Championships. The Technical Team at ATR are developing materials and techniques never used before to improve on overall strength and stiffness, which could be implemented in prospective projects. ATR will provide a review for Haydale on areas such as the bearings and friction points and provide reports looking at critical areas such as delamination of materials and thermal heat management." I dont know much about graphene except that its potential is only just being scratched at - has anyone tried this before? Do they use it in Formula 1? Is HB well ahead of the curve on this?
  11. Forgive my ignorance but isnt all Gabart's experience in imoca and figaro? Yes, he's dominated both but isnt going to a maxi-tri quite a departure with one hell of a learning curve? I have no doubt he'll excel at this as well but is he leaving the imoca circuit for a while?
  12. +1 - Great to see - she has been steadily clawing her way towards the front over the last 24 hrs. Good to see Conrad Humphries back on the track as well after a quick pit-stop (sail repairs I think?)
  13. Conrad Humphries heading for Brest with sail damage - I was looking forward to him doing well. From the tracker it looks like a couple of other 40s are heading that way too. RKJ posted his thoughts on the first night on the RdR website - he always said that he was going to be cautious and not break anything but it sounds like a pretty typical grim November night in the Channel.
  14. +1 on the great coverage - lessons to be learned for other events methinks.... although my schoolboy French has been tested to the limit this afternoon. The RdR website has obviously been a bit overwhelmed but has just sprung back into life - although I just checked the tracker which shows Francois Gabart currently doing 33.8 knots at 126deg! Vincent Riou just behind him doing a more stately 11knots. I cant wait to see how the PRB/Macif battle works out over the next few days