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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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      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. I'm not sure who should be ashamed here. He is out there doing it, and you are not, just sayin'.
  2. Tracker just started working for me.
  3. Just got back from the start. Chilly, brisk and puffy southerly at start with heavy cloud cover made it feel like the PNW. Tritium was late to the start so Mad Dog owned it. We followed them out to past Pt Wilson hitting 20+ kn to keep up. That cat is fast (as long as they keep the vertical bits under the boat...) Seemed like many competitors could not hear the starting horn because of the fucking helo which parked itself in a 10 ft hover on the line! I hope someone deals with them! Watched their wash nail plenty of competitors. Assholes. Plenty of crowds onshore, and 5 deep on the pier and harbor jetty. This town seems to fully embrace this race. Though with 3 helos in the air, multiple photo boats, etc. I am guessing this race has lost a bit of last year's innocence. While Mad Dog and Tritium may own the headlines, it will be the little guys who are the true heroes. Safe travels, Enjoy the journey.
  4. the different models are varying by more than usual right now run to run for a particular model is varying too, maybe a bit more than usual the different models will probably converge quite a lot by the start - to either a euro solution, a gfs solution, or somewhere in between, but i think in between is not so likely this time. most meteorologists - including those at OPC - have been thinking the gfs forecast is most likely to be correct, although just today their confidence has been wavering. if the euro validates.., the RC will have to make a very tough call even if the 6z gfs is right it will be a tough race for some boats no matter which one ends up being right.., i guarantee that the very last thing you will be thinking about on this race is the difference between isochronal and grid routing. that route you have posted probably has you crossing the gulf stream with 25-30kts of E wind against 4kts of current - that's some serious shit Do these seem to be the conditions that will favor a mini? Err, No!
  5. Here is my current "fun Bike", a '92 Yamaha TDM 850. After 53k miles I decided to do a full rebuild, more for fun than necessity. However, it was fun to bring this 25 year beauty back to near new condition. It is a shame they only imported them for 2 years...
  6. There is a reason most minis get shipped back, just sayin'... Good luck and bon voyage.
  7. Keep in mind, the model data we see is notoriously unreliable. Local conditions and timing differs.
  8. 8 hrs without a position rep? I hope nothing happened....
  9. The last position report I see for IDEC is 19:30. Anyone have something newer? I tried refreshing but to no avail.
  10. ahhm, you realize BP is a virtual boat with data from 2011?...
  11. I 90 if fine all the way. I thought the Bitteroots in Montana would be tough due to grade. In the end climbing out of the Columbia River Gorge was the toughest grade. All are less than 7% though.
  12. I trailered my Mini Transat full of sails, tools, equipment, spares, 2 kayaks and 2 bikes tied on either side of keel from Virginia to Seattle. Tow weight had to be around 4500 lbs and looked acted like a 13 ft high parachute.... My xterra was a 2000 model with 125k miles and the 3 liter engine and automatic. It was August and fucking hot. Did the entire 3000 miles out of overdrive at 3500 rpm with not a single problem. Do a transmission flush before hand, and check the brakes and I bet you are good to go.
  13. RE DDW: Generally does not happen singlehanded as the AP is driving a high percentage of the time. You need a really good (expensive) AP that is well dialed in to keep a squirly boat like the Olson underneath the rig. Yes she loves to surf, but she requires a lot of quick helm input to stay on track.
  14. I had gone through the same development process with my Olson 29 for the Bermuda 1-2. You are on the right track. Don't let the detractors get to you. Most don't understand the dynamics of sailing alone vice with 7 of their closest drunk buddies fostering their group-think. I would have expected a little earlier reefing when wind forward of the beam to maintain a wide groove for the Autopilot. But this may be a function of my experience of the Olson 29 which is fractionally rigged. Also, do you really pole out your jib in 35-40 Kn? Depending your sea state you will be picking your surfing line and a poled out headsail would just be inviting disaster. Best to let it back when needed, then head up again. I had a flat A-kite on a 6 foot sprit which was closewinded in the light stuff, and a powerhouse going deep in the heavy. Just remember, small sails are often faster on the Olson. George built incredible boats! Enjoy.
  15. It is not the first time that an IMOCA has been rolled. I know AT and Clean thought HB might be the first, but Giovanni Soldini got rolled on the continental shelf in the Bay of Biscay during a Transatlantic record attempt in March 1997 aboard the then brand new FILA. The boat inverted in a wave, with 2 crew in the cockpit. Guido made it to the stern hatch and was able to climb into the upturned hull, but unfortunately Andrea Romanelli did not, he was never recovered. FILA was righted by canting the keel and Gio & crew limped under jury rig into Lorient.