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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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    offshore sailing - racing round the world, trans-oceanic, solo, cruising, deliveries, inshore racing. all of it.
  1. I was the 'return' delivery skipper of the 'Squealer' from Fiji to Tauranga, NZ after the race long battle they had in 2014 with Django. That boat is awesome! Someone should definitely pick it up. New carbon mast after the 2013 dismasting, new sails, a very extensive re-fit in (i believe) 2011 that was overseen by Greg Elliott himself. One of the 7 owners owns a boat yard in Tauranga, and the boat was impeccably maintained as a result. Other than needing new batteries and a couple of other small things that i'm sure have since been addressed, the boat was in top condition. Not to mention, that boat sails great! Sailed well to weather, had plenty of beam and hull-form stability when reaching and was fairly slippery down hill as well. Nice big open transom for landing huge mahi mahi too. Saw a really solid blow about halfway to New Zealand where both storm sails were used for about 12 hours and always felt plenty safe in the little green boat. Great boat! aloha
  2. This is Ryan Finn's project that he has been working on for quite some time. Anything he puts his mind to can be accomplished. Can't wait to follow this incredible journey.
  3. did I miss something? Front Page declares Elsie Piddock the winners, but tracker shows they still have a long way to go and are sailing at 6.2 knots. What's the deal?
  4. Solo ultime racing... i think this is going to be the coolest thing the world has ever seen. no holds barred, run what ya brung, bigger is better, wild west, carnage filled frontier shit. 'merica. if not Ryan, then someone needs to sell an American sponsor on the concept. there's so much beauty in it's simplicity.it just makes sense. either way, super stoked to see Ryan and an American campaign go kick ass and break records in Europe on a boat like that.
  5. Surprised that no one else posted this already, but Lending Club 2 with skipper/ Lending Club CEO CEO Renaud Laplanche and co-skipper Ryan Breymaier broke Brian Thompson and MAIDEN II's English Channel record time by 9 min 25 sec, making the new mark 5 hours 15 minutes!!! Average speed 26+ knots. Also on board was Breymaier's longtime friend and legend Roland Jourdain, his BWR co-skipper Boris Hermann as navigator and Wouter Verbraak pulling shore side routing duties. Glad to see Wouter already kicking ass again. Absolutely incredible to see a top French maxi-multihull being chartered by the CEO of a San Francisco-based company and prepping to come to the USA to break records with a combination of top American talent and French legends! These are exciting times! Anything special done to the boat since becoming Lending Club 2? Believe I heard that they put the bigger, crewed rig and sails back on the boat. Does that make it essentially the same boat as when Franck took it around as Groupama 3? https://www.facebook.com/LendingClubSailing A year of breaking records on a chartered boat, Lloyd Thornburg's two-boat program, Comanche, Rambler 88 all coming out of the wood work in the last year..... Only a matter of time before an American builds something brand new with 3 hulls to break the Jules Verne record, no? Too bad the Fed just forecast 0% 1st qtr growth for 2015....
  6. If you are looking for something approaching a quality product reporting on the sport, this is not the place. High School level grammar and manner? This is the place. They are correct they are not journalists. Wrong. Simply wrong. It's a different type of journalism and coverage of the sport, but to say that SA doesn't provide a quality product in regards to covering the sport is simply not true. I'm biased, obviously, since I have strong ties to both Scot and Clean, and occasionally work for SA. But with more people reading (and contributing) to the site than anyone else in the game, and with Scot and Clean having more media contacts than anyone else in the game, they are breaking killer stories on an almost daily basis, not to mention sharing hilarious videos, great photos, reader opinion, etc etc etc that you would otherwise never see. Before you'll ever see a homogenized press release on a lot of the biggest scoops in the sport, you'll get the real down-low, sometimes with a bit of colorful language and opinion, on the front page for free. just like in the real world, you can't get the entire story or every angle of every race from one site. if you want to be informed about the world of sailing (or news), you need to read SA, alongside others like Daily Sail or any of the dozens of sites that merely copy/ paste official press releases, just like you need to read left wing, right wing, major news outlets, editorial blogs, etc to even attempt to have any clue what goes on in the real world.
  7. saw Provezza back on the cradle at Cookson on Sunday evening. Boat captain said it's first test sail was scheduled for the following day (Monday). The new TP sailing around Auckland should have been 'Sled', and it was sitting in the water. amazed at how minimal the deck layouts are.
  8. has anyone mentioned the Cal 2-27 or Cal 29? i have been extremely impressed with my 2-27, and the boats are available everywhere for cheap (for a nice one) and practically free for a project boat.They are massively spacious, simple, well-performing, well-built boats that are offshore capable and offer a ton of value for dollar.
  9. sorted out a boat to skipper home from Transpac, but still available for the race. see brief resume above, please PM if interested. in New Zealand for the past few months hence why i don't have a ride yet. available to help deliver boat to the start and prep for race as well.
  10. i'm being grouped and compared with Rimas. fuck.
  11. IMOCA keels are fixed only in the aspect of being one-design. They're still canters.
  12. if Rimas sails his engineless boat into New Zealand without a tow, like I did last week, then he will have gained my respect and I will do whatever I can to help him continue his quest around the world. including some assistance with charts, food, boat prep and more, at my own personal expense. if he continues drifting aimlessly around the Pacific, I have little to offer him...
  13. what if Rimas is still working for the Russians? hacking the Delorme is not beyond the scope of the Russians he has gained the attention of the entire sailing world and has us all distracted with his record-breaking journey. do not be surprised is you see the Russians strike soon, perhaps as early as a last-minute entry in the second leg of the VOR tomorrow. check the front page for an announcement any minute now.
  14. not having an engine definitely limits me a bit, but not as much as one may think. after 4 Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Atoll and a lot of cruising in western Fiji, i have found that proper charts (or lack thereof in Fiji...) are the biggest issue for me. it's easy not to hit something if you know where it's at, but when you don't know where it's at (ie the unmarked, uncharted reef phenomena of Fiji) then things become much more challenging. sailing between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm are my general guideline when i'm around reefs, especially if i'm navigating by sight and not relying on charts. i've heard and seen multiple cruising boats here motor right into a reef at 7 knots because their chart plotter told them to. there can be some current in the reef passes, but it usually is self-regulating. on a big ebb, you won't even make it in the pass and the cross swells will be so gnarly that you'll turn back. on a big flood, you'll get sucked in before you even realize it. water takes the path of least resistance and usually goes straight in or out the pass, so no real threat of getting pushed onto the reef itself if you can sail your boat. besides, tides are much smaller in the tropics than in the high latitudes. i have long oars for the boat and they have helped immensely when i need to push the boat a few hundred meters. the biggest thing other than charts that limits me here with no engine is anchoring. i am very selective where i anchor and i often grab a mooring if it is available. most of these issues though - reef watch, anchor watch, anchoring, etc are easier done when not singlehanded. if you are contemplating cruising the south pacific, i would say GO! I can not comment on most of it, though i have heard a lot of great things from other cruisers and friends, but I can comment on Fiji and it is a spectacular cruising ground!
  15. In defense of the aforementioned wankers (and of boaters and their insurers who may become involved) I'd point out that it's not YOU sailing through the harbor that is objectionable. It is ANYONE doing it. Because ANYONE might include Rimas, or even people with fewer sailing skills. Bad things can happen to good boats. Or docks, or people. Injured people attract expensive lawyers in some places... If you are allowed to do it, why isn't everyone? everyone is allowed to sail, and at the end of the day we are all responsible for our own actions. there is no doubt that sailing and/ or cruising without an engine requires a fair bit of skill, but more than skill, it requires planning ahead and being ready for anything, such as wind shutting off, building, current, boats coming in and out, etc making a Rimas reference isn't really relevant to this discussion because he is NOT an engineless sailor. he gets towed in and out of ports and merely drift sails without an engine on the boat. as far as people with fewer sailing skills, as you mentioned, they shouldn't be sailing without an engine in the harbor if they don't have the skills necessary to do so. sailing engineless (or with an engine) is just like surfing, driving a car or doing anything else in life. if you make poor decisions and get yourself in over your head, then you will likely have some type of consequence to pay. either in the insurance/ legal sense or in damage to your own vessel. the engineless crowd seems to me to be a small one, but generally pretty considerate and skilled from what i've seen.