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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. Clap. Clap. Clap. Joyon is the most under rated sailor alive. Hero.
  2. I'm not a developer but all of this makes sense to me. The fact that people start insulting Yann for not doing things their way is beyond me.. but i guess we all love a SA shitfight (although this is my first post in may years). I don't know any of the parties involved, including the Geovoile team, but i would just like to say one more thing: many years ago, Geovoile created the first "nice" tracker. Back then, when i was following Joyon, this tracker was much more revolutionary than Forss' today. Thank you for that. Yes there may be things to improve now, but let's not forget what we owe Yann... and that unless i missed something he is not a million dollar-making developer in the Silicon Valley but a one-man show living in a small coastal city. C.
  3. V&A Waterfront, in front of the Table Bay Hotel. thank you!
  4. Hello, i am visiting South Africa for my honeymoon, and I am reaching Cape Town now for a couple of days. Anyone knows where the Imoca are parked?
  5. So it says on my passport. Brits abroad, well known for their quiet and restrained behaviour, especially when drink is involved. Sarcasm? You mean as in "Brits and Europeans are well known for their lack of mastering sarcasm and other subtle forms of humour " or "so cal people are well known for their cultural awareness "?
  6. Great stuff Chasm. As often.
  7. Merci !!!
  8. Excellent points. But even a B2B activation platform requires to engage the larger public, otherwise no executive will be interested to go as they will never have heard of it... C.
  9. great phrase to portrait the biggest issue of todays' VOR On the underpowered boat issue, let me disagree. The Whitbread was raced on 9-knot-shitboxes, with "comfortable" bunks and no carbon or pendular keels, yet has that undefined je-ne-sais-quoi that you guys are missing. I'm afraid these days are just gone, and the current VOR makes a lot of sense from many angles (ability to attract sponsors, high level racing, etc). But yes i somehow miss those days when a boat could be called L'Esprit d'Equipe (team spirit), when trimming was something that happened every half hour, once everybody had enjoyed a good meal, a good nap and a good cigarette, but at the same time the guys were going for an adventure that could last for three or five weeks, nobody knew as there were no routing softwares... On the other hand, we surely wouldn't get 3-hour tracker updates!!! C.
  10. in the video Josse comments that some CoG choices were made knowingly at the expense of deck ergonomy
  11. looks like the official tracker has slightly improved on laptops (wind and currents).
  12. Sure Sam the skipper doesn't want to let down her crew. The "lack of winning spirit" and the "team dynamics" you mention comes from the team philosophy as rigidly managed by SCA's race management team (men). Not from the skipper or the girls. Search the web and check out the history. SCA team manager didn't even want to have a named skipper for the race and, (supported by VOR!), even resisted naming Sam publicly with equal status to the male skippers, until pretty much forced into it after the race started. Also, male SCA team managers and coaches selected Sam and the crew. Sam didn't choose them. How would you feel skippering a boat full of people you didn't select? Sam is a professional. Its no small wonder that only now after sailing a few thousand miles with a little less interference from the SCA men, are we seeing the team perhaps gelling a bit and a noticeable performance improvement this leg. "Poison Chalice" are words that come to mind. Can you imagine the inverse situation. A male team entirely selected, like reality game show contestants, by a management group of women. That is what happened in Lanzarote. They even made a cringeworth TV show of it! "No Ordinary Women". This all has nothing to do with female sailing ability but as you rightly say, it does affect the probability of winning. Given an even break, proper crew forming, bonding and training opportunities, Sam and a female crew can beat the men I am sure, and I really do hope that these girls do triumph over the adversity which they have faced and are still facing and can at least win a leg. They sure do have the raw ability to do it. If you are talking about charisma, check out how Sam performed when sailing for Roxy in the Vendee Globe. (Different kind of team management support that time. Senior Roxy management woman with a lot of confidence in Sam much in the forefront of the campaign.) I hope that many of these girls will get a chance to do it again and I do think they will have learened valuable lessons from this VOR, not so much about sailing, which they are already good at, but about the team dynamics which you are right to criticise, and with a more favourable climate they will win. +1 - the team selection process and reluctance to have a 'skipper' was just......stupid.... Although IIRC Charles and Pascal had to choose ther chinese teammates from a limited pool of government selected candidates. But they were free to pick well-known buddies for the rest... and they both have a long experience of single handed but also crewed racing (and all possible pitfalls in the case of PB). As much as Sam is a talented and charismatic skipper she doesn't have such a broad experience i think. And being an "employee among others", she probably doesn't feel as comfortable being autocratic in her decision making as IW for instance. Can't Clean interview one of those "men who manage SCA from the shadow" to get his views on the selection/traing/results?
  13. Mostly agree (strongly). One correction--the data for minute by minute tracking can be reviewed in the desktop app or the Virtual Eye tracker on the Dashboard. However, unlike the geovoile tracker, I can't keep the Virtual Eye app open for long. Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 4.10.36 PM.png This virtual eye app sucks big time. Slow, constantly needing a software update and bugging, not compatible with most browsers... and the wind representations are hardly readable and not forward looking, while geovoile can be... (and geovoile is just a webpage, not some weird "app" to install) I assume VE is a software built by Knut's nephew or something like that, but still. And don't even get me started on the lack of a cartography that looks like maps... how do you get the greater public interested if they can't even recognise the countries the race is passing? And it's not even a new problem: 8 years ago (or was it last time?), the organisation had already to discard their disgusting semi-proprietary app in favour of geovoile halfway through the race... So you would think they wouldn't have done the same mistake again! More generally the website sucks as it has been built to the extreme for mobile compatibility, but then it totally lacks in frequency of updates (when i check on my smartphone, i expect something closer to twitter, where i can see a constant stream of new news, not some boring report sent at 0700UTC, as in the old days of telex...). I have no idea what the budget of the VOR is, but the allocation of it might not have been very smart. For instance even Francis Joyon, who sails on a shoe string, has a much more interesting website/tracker when he is doing a record! And the general advertising of the race in mainstream media has been extremely poor this time; in France nobody knows that the race is ongoing.