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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      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. why am i here?

    Late 90's Southern Straits. The owner showed up on race morning still plastered from the last evening's party. On the way to the start area, he starts berating the crew and generally being an ass. At the start line, I actually gave serious thought to jumping overboard and swimming to the RC. The rest of the crew were good guys and the hangover kicked in such that the owner was a non-entity through the race, but wow. We lost in spectacular fashion, but I dodged a bullet there - before that race, I had sailed with the guy for more than a year and had considered partnering with him on the Dash 34. Mid 90's Driftsure. Spent most of an afternoon sitting at the end of a hook outside Jordan River in an absolute downpour while trying to get back to Victoria. The boat was showing more than a knot of boatspeed through the water (outbound tide) and there wasn't a breath of wind. This was racing?!?
  2. Toronto Harbour (Canada)

    In my experience, "always looking" is the reality that the owners have a crew pool of nearly twice the boat complement in an effort to get to the start line each week at least 80% of the crew positions filled. Been there, played that game...and now race 2 up because I have 100% confidence that the entire crew will show up each day. Reasons for this were discussed here
  3. Open letter to Microsoft/Windows

    Hahahaha. Daily. But I can seriously say that end (L)users of the two machines I mentioned have never pulled up a command line, that I haven't touched either of their PCs since I first configured them, and that neither has been stuck for hours watching the "please do not turn off your computer" update screen. My point is that you don't need to be a card-carrying propeller-head to have success with linux these days, but it depends on how the PC is being used.
  4. Open letter to Microsoft/Windows

    10 years ago, I'd agree with you, but I'm not convinced that this is true any longer. I started using Fedora about 8 years ago and currently run windows (mostly 7, but also 10) in virtualbox. 99% of the stuff I need to do can be done in libreoffice and mainstream web browsers. For word/excel/garmin/the few streaming video services that require windows, I have windows. For all else, I have a stable platform where I can control the update cycle. A year ago, I got tired of getting the calls from my mother in law to fix her windows problems (including the time microsoft technical support called her to get access to her system to fix a virus that their systems said she had...she fell for it) and general PC pain and suffering. I reimaged the machine to fedora and she hasn't had a problem since. Installed it on my mother's PC as well after she corrupted hers to the point that it would only boot into safe mode. Neither of these two have a clue about PC use and they aren't having any usability problems with linux (neither need to use any windows apps). It all depends on what you want the PC to do. My kids can't use linux because they game. The boat can't use linux because of Expedition/OpenCPN. A side benefit is that old hardware is given a lease on life from a performance standpoint.
  5. Slightly Obscure But Very Helpful

    Hmmm. This was a handful of a boat, but not sure that it even meets the 3.8m at the rudder criteria!
  6. Why don't more people race?

    I think it's been well stated above and I'm likely just adding to the noise. The trouble with racing is getting crew together. The solution is to race 1 or 2 up, but that's a whole different discussion. Walk down any gangway and look at how many boats that have the capability of kicking ass in a division never leave the dock. This past weekend was the kick off race for the local club/season and there were a lot of "hot boats" tied to the dock that I've not seen at a start line in years. Any one of those boats would have done very well with a marginally competent crew. It's tough getting crew out -- Owners need a pool of 2-3x crew complement to fill the boat and are constantly getting the call an hour before dock time saying "Sorry, dude....". That gets old, so it's easier to not enter the series...hence boats at the dock. Crewing and finding the right boat is a challenge -- so much of a part of the success of a crew is the personality match on the boat. In my experience, the success of a race or series isn't based on the trophies won, but is more about the experience, but it took me a long time to learn this. If your first day out is with with Captain Bligh and you are a number whose sole purpose in life is to shut up, to stay out of the way and to sit on the rail at the shrouds and hike like a SOB, you're not going to come back (particularly here in the PNW where we race when wind happens -- the winter). I think it takes a lot of trials before you find a group of people you connect with, and usually it takes a lot of incidents before you really know if the crew "clicks". This whole iterative cycle can be frustrating -- it's years of work getting a crew to meld before consistent results start to come together. I'm not sure that our society embraces the concept of "committed effort for an extended period of time before measuring success".
  7. How wrong am I to use this sail?

    Used to have a sail in inventory that looked like that...bag was labelled "ballooner", but I always thought the name was wrong. We sheeted to the end of the boom (clew->end of boom->turning block on deck at approx chainplates->primary winches) and it was fan-flippin'-tastic at close reaching. A tack had the intermediate step of launching a proper jib, and a gybe included a spinnaker launch. Pros -- great visibility, fast sail at a close reach. Cons -- won't point, won't run...although we had two headstays, so wing-on-wing with this to leeward (to the end of the boom) and a genoa to "windward" put a lot of sail area up and still was considered "non-flying". Of course, this was on an old universal rule boat.....times have changed!
  8. If you look at the moon, and the part you see is on the left side, that's how much is left before it starts over....
  9. Northern Century

    Good on ya. Enjoy!!!!!
  10. Northern Century

    Can't do it this year, but I think this is an absolutely fantastic event! Wind conditions are typicaly painfully light (at least they were the last three years that I raced), but the course options make this a "must do" event in my mind. Raced twice on a 33' boat with runners (what a PITA to deal with SH spin gybes at night) and once on a 47'er (what a PITA to deal with SH spin gybes at night). I'd say go race and enjoy the course/conditions...but plan on being out there until Sunday.
  11. I'm not yelling

    I always find the use of "enthusiastic verbal encouragement" to be an excellent crew motivation technique. It also works for employees and children.
  12. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

  13. Squamish Open Annual Regatta

    Two people? That's two complete watches....a full crew! Go Race!