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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. Looking grim for Ruyant. Currently both on the french and english version of the official site "The port shell has split open down to below the waterline,” declared Laurent Bourguès, technical director of Le Souffle du Nord. “The starboard shell is also delaminating. The structure of the hull is gradually deteriorating. The danger is that the front section may break completely away from the stern section. Thomas has attempted to fill in the holes. The boat is holding out thanks merely to its longitudinal structure. The starboard rudder is still in place, but only just. Thomas has been working on that. The idea is to get as quickly as possible to the southern tip of New Zealand in order to shelter, as the wind will be becoming much stronger tomorrow morning. Thomas has still not asked for assistance, but the Race Directors are keeping a close eye on the situation, should he asked to be taken off, which is quite possible.” Original French version wording is slightly different, stating that the deck is slowly failing as well (translated as "the structure of the hull is deteriorating), but the general idea really is that the front is about to fall off. These are gonna be 250+ looooooooooooong miles to NZ Edit: and judging from the picture, by "front" they mean everything more than 1,5 meters in front of the mast, that's basically 40% of the boat.... M.
  2. Yup, last news on the VG site states that when/after the top of the mast broke, the halyards seriously cut into the mast tube and they consider the mast's integrity as too compromised to be safe in the southern ocean, it could/would split when stressed . They think he should be able to nurse it home by turning back now and sailing conservatively, though. That's too bad, Tanguy really is one of the good guys. M - uncommon failure mode as well...
  3. Not related to the next edition, but an article in the french sports magazine L'Equipe yesterday mentioned a potential french entry for the 2020 VOR, led by Lionel Pean (winner of the '86 Whitbread). Pean has been running SFS II (VOR 70 ex-Puma from 2011) in the french IRC(!) circuit for the last two years, after SFS I, ex Abu Dhabi, burnt on the hard in January '15. Obviously wins line honors in anything he enters (closest competition being a couple of TP52s), hopefully is a good platform for his sponsor at least.... Not quite sure how he plans to fund it, the article is very vague at this point, I fond it doubtful his current sponsor (http://www.sfs-groupe.com/en) would be able to pony up for that on its own. http://www.lequipe.fr/Voile/Actualites/Lionel-pean-pense-a-la-volvo-ocean-race-2020/672546 M. - for what it's worth....
  4. Any hope for us Android users ? M.
  5. Literally, the way it's written in french could mean both that his foot was partially severed from the ankle/leg, or that a part of the foot was partially cut away. It must be noted that it's a conditional form, meaning that this is not considered a fact but hearsay / uncorroborated information / subject to caution. M - in any case, it sounds serious enough
  6. This last article includes "right foot may be partially severed", using a conditional syntax. Let's hope for the best M.
  7. Ouch Apparently F. Cammas injured himself today, described as "serious" in this article. Badly cut his ankle on a rudder blade after falling in the water "from a foiling catamaran" (type not specified). Had to be airlifted to an hospital. M.
  8. A bit here too : A tour of a MOD70 by Yann Elies. Obviously in french and maybe pre-dating some further modification / improvements (published in 2014), but if you go to 1:30 : orange/pink line is traveler, pedal is mainsheet hydraulic release, and blue/dark line the headsail
  9. I did NOT detect any easing of the mainsheet, nor the traveler? Do you really want to 'dump the mast' ? Considering it's a canting rig, yes, you might
  10. Speaking of Koster, Voiles et Voiliers just posted a video about Eight Cube. Unfortunately for most of the audience, it's in french...
  11. There is a topic going on in CA that touches this point in a...visual fashion, you might want to check it out.
  12. And then you have small things that are not that important per se, but are part of the whole sponsor exposure thing. Such as in La Trinite sur Mer, where a couple racing multis or monos are based (Spindrift, IDEC, Sodebo, Safran, Matmut...), the city council installed information panels on the dock in front of the boats' berths providing basic information about the boat & skipper, and offering the sponsors permanent exposure, even when the boat isn't docked. As it's on the main pier, basically everyone wandering around the harbor will be walking between these panels. Talk about "free" advertising... M
  13. Interesting, from the outside imoca is looking like a class in decline, curious to how many boats are going to get built this cycle. Class health is directly linked to money available, while the the VG impact remains huge (topping Google searches in France in 2013).Both these team-owners have piles of dough and never won the VG As usual, Moody was right on the money (no pun intended) : Banque Populaire and Safran officially announced today that they were joining forces in the development of their new boats ( http://www.ouest-france.fr/voile-safran-et-banque-populaire-sassocient-1886108 ). From the press thing, the extend of said collaboration is not clear: sister ships, common R&D or whatever, it's not specified ("we're happy to collaborate to share costs, risks and efforts" is a bit vague at this point). Maybe somebody has some more precise info, now that the cat's officially out of the bag ? M.
  14. Just FYI, mine arrived earlier this week (France), posted 01/01/12 according to the stamp M