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      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  1. Like Bob Fisher, Stuart Alexander, Kiwijoker and many others, I have not missed any recent America’s Cup regattas. Bob has attended every regatta since World War II. Kiwijoker is also a persistent attendee. My record is not that long but getting up there. However, I will not be going to Bermuda or making any effort to buy apps or other ways to see the racing. As for buying “admission” to the America’s Cup, forget it. Why? Because Ellison and Coutts have destroyed what was once a worthwhile event. The short made-for-TV races are ridiculous. There is a protocol that permits the defender to do warm-up races with challengers. And, what’s this? The defender can build two but the challenger’s only one race boat! What? Kia ora to old friends from previous regattas. Despite our complaints about Bertarelli (and his theft of N.Z. sailors) Valencia was a very good show. Go Shosholoza; go kiwis! At one point I had to give Mandy Barker my kiwi flag because she’d left hers back at the accommodation. For kiwis, the after-race meet-up at the Estrella Damm bar was the place to be. I ended-up spending longer than intended in San Francisco and, on no-race days developed a good knowledge of second hand book shops there. Owners of the Lombard St motel where I stayed became good friends (and did not mind my giant kiwi flag on the top floor patio fence). Old timers here will recall that, because of building height restrictions and their commitment to democratic processes, I developed great respect for the SF Board of Supervisors. This is why Ellison shot-through. The SF Board of Supervisors cannot be bought. Down in the Marina District I enjoyed good natured banter in front of the GGYC. It was a lot of fun to have the daily “meet-up” with Tornado Cat, Rennmaus, Xlot and so many others. I even got to meet anarchist children ! It was very interesting to put faces next to names. Stingray was there; he is a responsible young man with an important job! (but had to go back and forth to the Cup). Tom Ehman is very good value and has a huge knowledge of AC history and culture. I bet he is also disgusted with this Bermuda version of the Cup. I also send cordial greetings to NCS, Dalts and others doing their best to bring some sanity and decency to the Cup by getting it back to N.Z. And kia ora to Indio, Sailbydate, Barfy, Jaysper, sclarke and other kiwis that know a bit about the Cup. Like so many others, Richard Gladwell has mostly dropped-out of Sailing Anarchy but his website is a winner. Kia ora Richard! When the racing gets going I’ll be looking at your website. Kiwijoker, I admire your skills and tenacity and expect you are also not charmed by what has happened to the Cup. I have been looking for that project you told me and Ross Blackman about at the 2016 Millenium Cup (in the Duke of Marlborough hotel). At that time, the project was in the early stages. I was telling you to get on with it. Remember? I know it is now finished and out there somewhere but, despite energetic searching, have not found what I am looking for. Burling & Tuke come from places (Kerikeri and Tauranga) where I have deep roots and I am hoping they get this job done with no drama or fuss. Tornado-Cat, are you in a wet district yet? Using the boat to get to work? Has anyone seen Mahguah lately? Is he ok?
  2. Like Bob Fisher, Stuart Alexander, Kiwijoker and many others,  I have not missed any recent America’s Cup regattas. Bob has attended every regatta since World War II.   Kiwijoker is also a persistent attendee. My record is not that long but getting up there.

     

    However, I will not be going to Bermuda or making any effort to buy apps or other ways to see the racing.  As for buying “admission” to the America’s Cup, forget it.

     

    Why?

     

    Because Ellison and Coutts have destroyed what was once a worthwhile event.

     

    The short made-for-TV races are ridiculous.   There  is a protocol that permits the defender to do warm-up races with  challengers. And, what’s this? The defender can build two but the challenger’s only one race boat!   What?

     

    Kia ora to old friends from previous regattas. 

     

    Despite our complaints about Bertarelli (and his theft of N.Z. sailors) Valencia was a very good show.  Go Shosholoza; go kiwis!

     

    At one point I had to give Mandy Barker my kiwi flag because she’d left hers back at the accommodation.   For kiwis, the after-race meet-up at the Estrella Damm bar was the place to be.

     

    I ended-up spending longer than intended in San Francisco and, on no-race days developed a good knowledge of second hand book shops there. Owners of the Lombard St motel where I stayed became good friends  (and did not mind my giant kiwi flag on the top floor patio fence).  

     

    Old timers here will recall that, because of building height restrictions and their commitment to democratic processes, I developed great respect for the SF Board of Supervisors.   This is why Ellison shot-through.  The SF Board of Supervisors cannot be bought.

     

    Down in the Marina District I enjoyed good natured banter in front of the GGYC.  It was a lot of fun to have the daily “meet-up” with Tornado Cat, Rennmaus, Xlot and so many others.  I even got to meet anarchist children !  It was very interesting to put faces next to names. Stingray was there; he is  a responsible young man with an important job!  (but had to go back and forth to the Cup). Tom Ehman is very good value and has a huge knowledge of AC history and culture.   I bet he is also disgusted with this Bermuda version of the Cup.   

     

    I also send cordial greetings to NCS, Dalts and others doing their best to bring some sanity and decency to the Cup by getting it back to N.Z.   And kia ora to Indio,  Sailbydate, Barfy, Jaysper, sclarke and other kiwis that know a bit about the Cup.  

     

    Like so many others, Richard Gladwell has mostly dropped-out of Sailing Anarchy but his website is a winner.   Kia ora Richard!    When the racing gets going I’ll be looking at your website.   

     

    Kiwijoker, I admire your skills and tenacity and expect you are also not charmed by what has happened to the Cup.  I have been looking for that project you told me and Ross Blackman about at the 2016 Millenium Cup (in the Duke of Marlborough hotel).  At that time, the project was in the early stages.  I was telling you to get on with it.  Remember?  I know it is now finished and out there somewhere but, despite energetic searching, have not found what I am looking for. 

     

    Burling & Tuke come from places (Kerikeri and Tauranga) where I have deep roots and I am hoping they get this job done with no drama or fuss. 

     

    Tornado-Cat, are you in a wet district yet?    Using the boat to get to work?

     

    Has anyone seen Mahguah lately?   Is he ok?  

     

     

      

  3. No chance. In less than two weeks I am off to pose awkward questions to the Comrades.
  4. Mate .... I was just raising a question. I am not in the camp of those who consider there was somethig fishy or illegal about the OR victory. After Grant accepted no rules were broken that was good enough for me.
  5. This post is mostly directed to pjh (Paul) who sent me to that marvellous 2nd hand bookstore up beyond the Presidio (was it Green Apple?). Yu Hua is one of my favourite Chinese fiction writers and this shop had his lastest - "China in Ten Words" (which I did not know about) He has taken one word (like "writing") and written about 10,000 words of mostly autobiography on the theme of "writing" (as a school kid, then as a dentist, later a fulltime writer of fiction). So, 10 roughly equal-sized chapters. This man wrote "To Live", a devastating critique of the Great Leap Forward where, because of Mao's idiotic desire to make steel, 40,000 Chinese died from starvation. This latest book is written in very plain language and, just like in Yann Martel's Life of Pi, it is hard to distinguish autobiography from acts of imagination. It is an engaging book. Hard to put down. I am greatly enjoying this new book from SAn Francisco and friends will have to endure (bound-to-be-lengthy) lectures about it. Yu is aged about 50 yrs and lives in Beijing. Paul, this book justifies the trouble and expense of going to San Francisco. I am thrilled to have it. Even more interesting is the fact the young woman at the bookstore checkout counter claimed to have read (and greatly enjoyed) it. In other book news, I am wondering what Bob Fisher, Kimball, Ivor and the rest are doing about the "supplementary volume" to go with the Sailing on the Edge book. I wonder if any of them did a Seahorse - and produced text before the Oracle turnaround !! I also wonder how these people (who can be trusted) will explain the Oracle victory. With all of them working on it, they will surely dig deeper than RC, JS and other statements we have already seen. This NZer Kahn (an OR computer boffin) seems to suggest that, while racing, Oracle were getting live data from shore. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11134945 Is that legal? Is that among reasons they won the regatta?
  6. Do not know where to post this. Oracle victory is because of superior computing power from N.Z. Read on ..... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11134945
  7. Of course. So, if you did not want to pay, you didn't have too! Agreed! Even so, why did they offer free bleacher seats in the last bit of the regatta. Because charging for them looked (and was) mean-spirited. Also, the empty seats looked bad on T.V. Particularly in the helicopter shots.
  8. Correct! But bleachers were "pay for." Until the last few days when they decided there was no merit in pissing people off.
  9. Larry ... one other thing. U.S. citizens might be used to paying money to go to the beach. But most other cultures are not into it. So put up seats for the elderly, the infirm and those exhausted by jet lag. But do not charge for them. Why piss off international visitors for a few measly dollars? And, as for having a "box office" on the beach? Mate, think about it!
  10. I do not want to ignite another conflagration. But, if the AC goes back to SF (which might be likely) Larry et al have to do a MUCH BETTER JOB on public facilities. The Pier 27 set-up looked like an el cheapo county fair and costs there (for beer etc) were an outrage. As for the Moa bar, it was a rip-off. And feeding Napa Valley wine to NZers? Oh dear, not even funny! Superyachts? Big hairy deal! "Private chalets" on the warterfront? Barf!!! There was absolutely no AC village and Ernesto did a much better job than Larry. Part of the problem was the fact team bases were spread-out far and wide. I know Larry et al were frustrated by SF politics. But I tend to side with the SF BOS. As you know, I like a lot of what they have done in SF. We do not need a big Larry-type real estate "development" on the waterfront. Just a concentration of team bases and pubic facilties better thought than what he had this time. I know it was a good atmosphere (during dock-out etc) at PIer 27 but, as you already know, I kind of prefer natural things. Hence, my preference for the more park-like atmosphere at Marina Green (get it .... green ... as in grass) and meeting Chauch and his kids out on the rocky breakwater. However, I should say this. Because of security worries they had a private guarding outfit at the entrance to Pier 27. Like everyone else in SF, they were friendly. One day I stood there discussing vintage cars with a young man (who was supposed to be inspecting bags, not talking to TK). Perhaps the biggest abortion at Pier 27 was continuously showing that silly "wind gods" movie on big screens. And Larry, if you do this again, please buy (or rent) big screens made in the 21st (not the 19th) century. Send me the $$$ and I will buy them in China. You know the ones. With good resolution!
  11. Chauch ... that is a very good piece of writing! It is no wonder those Silicon Valley boffins want you in the apex of their organisation. Hearing about all that cleavage at St. Francis makes me wonder why I hurried past that place! What was I thinking? Must have been spurred by loyalty to the working class (GGYC!) You can tell your kids the guy with the NZ flag is not all that thrilled with the outcome. Even so, it was an enjoyable event and it opened my eyes to San Francisco. And, so far, OR are making the right moves to build an even better event. It was a delight to meet your family. We will see you on the breakwater 3 or 4 years from now. Cheers, TK
  12. It is easy to impress tourists. Even so, I am struck by the disjunction between what older books say about the "run-down" and "tacky" SF Marina District and what I experienced on my (sometimes lengthy) walks around there. I also liked the open-ness (and good humour) of the people and the complete absence of nastiness among crowds out on the breakwater. So the sometimes maligned SF BOS know something about building a vibrant city. Long may they reign! P.S. The SF transit system rocks! In three weeks I will be at a UN conference on cities (in Beijing) and the comrades will be hearing about SF trams and the friendly drivers!
  13. Peter ... don't go there! Renny is a sort of affable Girl Guide leader who orchestrated meet-ups betwen anarchists in SF. She and TC stayed in the same place, SR was not far away and I was a bit further east. Renny is an intelligent and open person with experience in many cultures and well plugged into German politics and world events. Her mate Feldmaus is a gentle, polite and intelligent man. Among other things, I had three very interesting conversations with them 1. Motor racing 2. The German renunciation of nuclear power 3. Wind turbines. The real joy of this place is knowing there are intelligent and interesting people behind some of the SA avatars. When something like a big regatta comes along, here is a chance to explore things with friends from contrasting cultural perspectives. I was in Germany last year and bowled over by how they have opened-up brutal aspects of their past, dealt with it and moved-on. Berlin is one of the most culturally diverse and freewheeling cities in the world. And Germans are deeply committed to social democratic modes of behaviour. So Peter, old stereotypes don't work. Renny is part of a new generation of Germans completely at ease in diverse environments. This is just my view. When I first met Renny and Feldmaus they had a young US woman with them and, being such a blowhard, it took me a while to realise this was our own Southern Chit. Renny and SC had become good mates. SC can tell you about it. My only regret is the fact we all informally planned to meet again for AC35 in Auckland. I would prefer that. But, if I have to go back to Chestnut St in 3 or 4 years time, so be it.
  14. Just went to see Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine." Was shot in San Francisco. There are definitely scenes shot on Marina Blvd, a bit west of Fillmore St. One scene right by the municipal marina behind GGYC. Blanchett will get an Oscar nomination for this. Gorgeous woman and accomplished actress. Woody Allen's latest. A great film. Shows the utter folly of judging people by their age. This great US director still knows how to portray neurosis in a visual manner. Also, there is a very slimy (young) politician character who, I think, was modelled on Gavin Newsom. It all looked awfully familiar. I am pretty sure a few scenes were shot on Chestnut St and maybe one or two at the top end of Divisadero St. Other scenes in the Marin District. There is a scene shot in the Capri Motel on Lombard St. Some of you will recognise that one! Even has shots of the famous rotten piers. Surly, you would appreciate this film.
  15. Congratulations to Oracle. Congratulations to Oracle.