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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. Given that some people take up to twelve years for a circumnav there could be one or two a year completing a circumnavigation via the Red Sea but I suspect it is a very small number in the scheme of things. The numbers in the assorted around the world rallys is interesting http://www.oysterworldrally.com/#community and https://www.worldcruising.com/world_arc/event.aspx If we exclude them do we also exclude them as start their circumnav in the "puddlejump'? Not trying to belittle the achievement but I think the total numbers each year may be higher than some think... and lower than others would have us believe.
  2. On Marinetraffic a handy 'gate' to watch would appear to be around St Helena. Applying my formula to that small sample of 12 ( see pic below ) 10 would be circumnavigating. Point noted re the lack of US flag yachts. 6 or 8 European boats ( German, Dutch, French, Swiss, Finnish, UK last year.) pass through Pto Montt each year having come round the bottom of S America from the Atlantic. Most are going on to complete circumnavigations.. at least that is their stated intention. Others skip Montt and go to Huelmo, Castro, Valdivia etc. US flag is a rarity.
  3. European boats go in the same general direction via the Azores to Europe so not really US centric. So.... find how many boats Leopard builds each year...... divide by two... subtract that from number of movements. The South Atlantic is the key.......
  4. OK... so I haven't seen the sea for 3 months 26 days...... ( back to the boat in a fortnight.. yippeee!) and one has to find some form of maritime based amusement. How many circumnavigate in a year? Try this.... go to Marinetraffic and filter all except 'pleasure craft'. Then take a looksee at the South Atlantic... start counting the boats crossing from S Africa to the Americas. Now this is going to take about 12 months so make sure you are in your comfy chair. Some bold assumptions have to be made here. The first is that better than 90% circumnav south of the Cape so add 10% for them going through southern ocean or the NE Passage. Some may be AU, NZ or ZA boats that will go no further than the Caribbean so pick a number and deduct them. Then you have to factor how many aren't running AIS TX. 30% or less?... add them in. Not exactly scientific is it...... but its as good as it gets....
  5. Having lost a complete rig in mid Indian Ocean on an 8 year old boat (1994) - port lower swaged tball at the mast failed in 15 knots and slight sea, and having had a deck staple ( 4 year old) fail between Tonga and Unzed in 2014, and having arrived in Chile from Unzud 12 months ago to find 2 broken strands on a 3 year old 15000 mile wire ( stbd lower where the wire enters the swage ) maybe I'm a bit gun shy.... 16 years? Change the lot..... And also ... I got shot of the Tball thingos on the lowers last year... converted to tangs..... Having your rig come down around your ears will fuck up your entire day
  6. Shouldn't have to go through Facebook.... I didn't.... Facebook is evil. Hmmm 300+ views... less than a dozen signatures... that is sad.... maybe I should have offered free beer....
  7. What I do... in the eastern south pacific. Weather tends to come from the west... over open water... which is nice. Its far easier to see what is coming across the South Pacific when you are on the west coast than figure what is happening when you are in the Atlantic off Argentinian Patagonia... the Andes do all sorts of bad things to the wx.... So.... Two primary resources ... gribs via Sailmail and direct download from the NOAA satellites. Secondary resource... weatherfax. And lastly .... when inshore.. voice for local areas ( in Spanish). Gribs.... needs HF transceiver plus modem. Plusses.... can be tailored to your area and requirements and received at a time to suit you. Good in the open ocean. Cons ... not so good inshore for the finer detail NOAA sats... needs a program like WxtoImg, suitable receiver such as an IC-1500 although I have known people to use Bearcat scanners. Also needs a dedicated ant such as a turnstile. Plusses .. Real time info, excellent in middle to higher latitudes, various enhancements available. Cons.. Not so good in the trades... likes frontal systems... needs practice to make the best of the images eg.. it looked like this and it felt like that. Weatherfax... needs an HF receiver... nada mas. While a radio such as the Icom 710 or the 718 is best good results can be obtained with better quality portables... Sangean 909, Sony 7600GR, Tecsun 660/680/880. Really cheap portables = poor results. Plusses... Maps have had human intervention and aren't just computer generated which is good in coastal waters. Con ... Sent at set times... miss the broadcast and you have missed the broadcast.... Some photos.... grib for waters offshore Chile.. plenty info for inshore work in the south... if offshore to the west of the low looks like a good time to get above 40*S Archived NOAA sat... enhanced for rain... note the effect of a land mass on the wx.. yes... '+' was me Fax from Charleville this arvo... Tecsun 880... $20 Sabrent adapter to get sound into a newish Macbook Pro... chilled can of cider.....
  8. If you sail in the SW pacific sign the petition https://www.change.org/p/abc-chair-hon-james-spigelman-save-lifesaving-shortwave-radio-to-the-pacific?recruiter=32129549&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive And if you don't sail in the SW Pacific sign it anyway.... Thank you.
  9. The Icom 7200 is back in production. http://swling.com/blog/2017/01/icom-ic-7200-back-in-production/#comments
  10. Yes... understand that ........ southbound out of N Pac to Horn just have to stay west of the SE Pacific High ... just now frinstance that means keeping west of Easter Island https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/1000hPa/orthographic=248.06,-34.56,614 Still means a big slab of sailing in the south is avoided.....
  11. I thought that if starting in Australia frinstance they had to use the Azores as a turning mark to make it a level field for all. Anyone starting in the N Pacific manages to avoid a big slab of the Southern Ocean moderately high latitude sailing... ie the bit between NZ and Chile.
  12. I was given to understand that her first departure was finely tuned to give the ideal time at Cabo de Hornos... the southern summer solstice. I now wonder when she will be south of Tasmania and NZ... she can choose her latitude elsewhere but not there.
  13. They say there is a fence being built on the Mexican border to keep the 'merkins in. Howver every cloud has a silver lining http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/international/relieved-britain-no-longer-biggest-fk-up-of-2016-20161109116771
  14. To see what is out there try this.... http://www.short-wave.info You can configure for language and your location..... OK is Inet based so use and extract info before sailing
  15. ' the title of the topic follows the basic rules of newspaper headline writing' Sorry Jud but you just blew your journalism credentials.... she has to the best of my knowledge completed 3 circumnavigations one of which was non-stop. All voyages were planned as non stop. Struth I had made 4 circumnavigation attempts before I finished grade school... I was nabbed every time before I got 2 miles from home.... Cisco... pedant at large.