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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. New bit out on the Banque Populaire website yesterday (Google Translate): I'm not sure what to make of this, but it sounds like they made a change during construction to make the boat a full-foiler. I don't remember this boat project having that intent, before, but rather that it was going to be more like Macif. Now, even though they started the build after the new Gitana boat, it sounds like they will have the boat in the shop for longer, missing the TJV to optimise the boat for full-foiling. Am I wrong on any of that? http://www.voile.banquepopulaire.fr/news/une-technologie-de-pointe-au-service-du-maxi-solo-banque-populaire-ix/ https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.voile.banquepopulaire.fr%2Fnews%2Fune-technologie-de-pointe-au-service-du-maxi-solo-banque-populaire-ix%2F&edit-text=&act=url
  2. Bumpity bump bump.
  3. Not the case. To me, the differences in technology and different philosophies that different programs employ are what are most fascinating. Joyon taking an older, very light boat and going relatively short-handed while at the same time Spindrift 2 tries to overpower the globe... Seeing a boat optimized for lighter air mid-Atlantic vs. a beast designed to crush the Southern Ocean. Skinny Wildoats or fat-assed Camanche or Speed/Virgin/Rambler/Loyal? We used to have similar differences in the VO, boats optimized for reaching, or downwind, or heavy air, or lighter air. Routing software is not going to force boats with such differences to follow eachother around the world unless the boats are OD. What we have seen is a sport that has always been a rich-sport, one where massive amounts of money get poured into it, and amazing designs try to be the cutting edge of what can be achieved, but now we have devolved to the point where there is a semi-socialist aura of being cheap and "fair". When has that been the recipe for excitement or drama?
  4. " There is nothing wrong with the VOR, it is your view of it that has changed "???? Bullshit. The VOR is what changed..... moving to OD was the change that sucked. It led to boring ass follow-the-leader with boats that have no advantages or disadvantages in a race that was entirely based on boats with differences exploited and see their drawbacks.
  5. Last time I checked, sponsors only sponsor when they believe people care. When "But it's cheap" is the best selling line, call me skeptical that this will be successful.
  6. Seriously. If a boat splashes in the water and no one is there, does it make a sound? I guess Volvo thinks it does, and that it is a good idea, so long as it is cheap and "sustainable".
  7. Not even close to OD (in IMOCA). Still wide variety of boats, some older boats that had been redone and were competitive with very different designs, new boats with significantly differing hulls & foils, etc.... made much more interesting. Substantial differences between the top 3 boats, and very interesting where they performed differently. After being an avid follower of the Volvo, I could not have cared less during the last one. The AC has gone WAY too far down the OD road. It is the heights of ignorance to ignore that the bottom line is impacted by BOTH cost AND income. They are disregarding income that is enhanced by design competition and big powerful dynamic/diverse boats in favor of little boats (small crews) and OD. Yawn. I will just focus on the Ultim (and even they were stupid with their effort to keep their constrain boat size.... kudos to Gitana to say screw them), where we see many boats recently built (Macif, Sodebo-rebuilt), under construction (Gitana & Banque Populaire), and in the design stage (Sodebo & Idec-I believe). Same can be said for IMOCA, lots of new boats designed and built over the past 10+ years. Their focus has NOT been on keeping costs down (that's a loser's mindset), but rather making the racing exciting and improving the ability to follow the racing.
  8. Why do I get the feeling they are screwing them all up more than making any of them better. The further away from OD the more interesting the racing is, the more value to the sponsors, even if it costs more. They can go out and have a feet race of existing Cal 49s for next to nothing, but how many people will want to watch? A hell of a lot of people used to care about the Volvo, and sponsors participated. How's that going for them lately? The AC.... getting less and less interesting, even though the boats are blazing fast. IMOCA is very arguably the most interesting and successful right now.... are they OD????
  9. At least they got the right war on the official website: https://www.thebridge2017.com/en/the-centennial-transat I wonder why Spindrift is not racing. Too bad the new Gitana & BP boats won't be ready for the race.
  10. Yeah, you kind of have to figure that, given Cammas' abilities and history. I bet he is having fun, though. My post was really meant to imply that it would be fun to see the guys that have been spinning their boats around the course relatively easily get on the France boat and see how they do on it. Got to wonder, with such a wild ride, if it has the most potential if it can be tamed.
  11. I would love to see the Spithill, Barker, or Outteridge crews take a spin in the France boat and see if it is the case that the controls are just not up to handle the power of the boat, or if circus performance is on Cammas and the trimmer. You would have to think with as good of a pro as Cammas is, he would be taming that boat better by now. Have to wonder if it is just that the beast can't be tamed with the systems they have.
  12. BP9 construction:
  13. Not really a story about boat development, but about a new player jumping into the game could lead to that: http://www.ultimboat.com/ultime-news-4
  14. .... currently using.....?
  15. How many times have you sailed "her"? I'm sure you have really advanced your skills with "her", by now, so we would all love to see your more current videos.