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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. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    In all seriousness though, the formula for these things seems to be: "Hi we're a couple of halfwits with no experience and no knowledge and no idea who decided, through our incompetence, to risk our own lives, and by extension, those of the first responders who inevitably had to come to our assistance. It's not enough that we got lucky and had shit hit the proverbial fan where someone could save our dumb asses. We're glad to have got away with our lives and no injuries, but hey, can you pay for our mistake so we don't have to really feel the impact of our negligence? We had a GoPro on board (which wasn't recording at the time of our fuckup cause it was dark and we forgot to charge the batteries) so if you pay to get us a new boat, we will film all of our adventures and maybe you can see my girlfriend in a bikini! We're young and stupid and caught up in the romance of sailing as a couple. Don't make us consider reality." I have a hard time respecting that. IF it was me it would read more like: "Hi, you don't know me. I've been sailing for almost my whole life... over 30 years at this point. Mostly racing, but also cruising and just enjoying time on the water. I am also an aquatic biologist. I love watery habitats so much that I worked my ass off to be able to spend time getting paid to be on the water. I would love to sail around the world, and I would love to show all of you what I see. The good stuff, the swimming with dolphins and drinking rum at sunset and exploring beaches and meeting locals. Also the bad stuff, animals tangled in plastics, raw sewage being dumped into harbours, coral reef bleaching. I would like to show you the world before it is gone, and show you how it is disappearing. I have spent a life around water and around boats. I am competent. I am well-prepared. I know exactly what I am getting into and I have competent and passionate friends who will join me in this adventure. What I need is a boat that will accomplish what I want to do safely, quickly, and with a degree of comfort and style. You won't be bailing me out after i sink... you will be helping me start, since I know what it will take to purchase and prepare a boat to do what I am trying to do. I also have a beautiful wife and a cute dog who love the water as much as me, and you will see them too!" The fact that we see the former GoFundMe campaign succeed while the latter fails constantly is the sad observation that I am making.
  2. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    Has there been anything worth paying for in the majority of cruising GoFundMe campaigns? I haven't even seen any tits, just requests to replace boats fucked up as a result of stupidity.
  3. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    If I show you tits for free now, what incentive do you have to pay later?
  4. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    Is the retarded/predictable fuckup a pre-requisite for a successful-sailing related GoFundMe campaign? I'm thinking I enjoy exploring new places under sail, drinking rum on beaches, swimming in new lagoons, meeting the friendly locals, etc. I spent my whole life saving my meagre student stipend in order to buy a boat that would let me do just that. I ate lots of ramen noodles, drank sub-standard beers. Then a tragedy happened... I finished my PhD and had to get a real job... I got married, I invested my life savings in a nice house (does this constitute a retarded predictable fuckup?). We were forced to become a 2 car family. The sporty small car that's fun to drive and good on gas couldn't tow the little boat or haul building project materials or transport the dog and his dog-park buddies around, so we tragically had to get an SUV. These tragic events have left me with no money to my name that I can use for cruising the world. My dream has been traumatically and shockingly derailed. Whenever I request grant money and succeed, I have to spend it all doing SCIENCE! Fuck! I need a boat that's stable and comfy for the wife and dog, and has enough staterooms for our adventurous sailing friends to join us in exotic locales. It also has to be seaworthy enough to cross oceans, and fast.... I like sailing fast! I think we can find something suitable for no more than $60k. A bargain really to be able to pick up where I was so rudely forced to abandon my life's ambition. I could never give up on my dream... I have to persevere. If you support me you can come drink rum on my new boat and be on my vlog... and get a t-shirt! It doesn't have anything printed on it, but who doesn't need an extra white t-shirt? Who's got $20 for me?
  5. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    I'm not a boomer... I have grounded a boat (and got it unstuck myself, finished the race, then pulled it and checked for damage). I'm not entitled (though I understand that as a 30-something white guy I do enjoy a lot of privilege) and I have never asked for $ to clean up my mess. Hy hatred of slow fucks on the golf course is not a generational thing. I would be just as frustrated playing slow golf behind this group The difference is that the old bats are slow because they are old and can no longer hit a ball further than 23 yards... They probably took some lessons once, practiced, tried to get better. Frustrating yes, but forgivable. They're not slow because they figured "Golf is easy... I'm just gonna buy a douchey sweater vest and make myself look like a late 18th century French gynecologist, drink some Steel Reserves, and shoot 4-under. If a guy named "Bubba" can do it, so can I. And EVERYONE who tees off behind me is going to have to wait while I take 12 strokes to make it to the ladies tee."
  6. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    +1... I think I was stuck behind these asshats for a 3.5 hour front 9 last summer.
  7. Downwind main trim in light to moderate

    Hard to compete with waterline downhill in 2 boats that don't plane. Match angle and get waterlined or heat up, get waterlained and sail farther. Have you attempted to jettison crew at the windward mark?
  8. what is it?

    Yes FarEast 37R
  9. Vinyl Graphics/Name

    We got some shiny silver ones. Can't remember who did them for us. Custom font. I think they cost a little more for the mirror finish, but they look badass. Going local was good in this case.
  10. Proper technique for single handed jibes?

    Note the singlehanded technique here, rotation through the jibe angle, and the "pop" onto the new jibe.
  11. why am i here?

    Missing half our regular crew, moderate air with some big puffs, wrong kite on board, botched rounding at the bottom of the course led to this..... I was happy enough - I wasn't the guy swimming inside the lifelines. Pretty sure he was wondering why he was there. Earlier last summer though - Racing across Lake Erie on a J/92 in mid May. Wind 30+ on the nose, 40F outside. Soaked, chilled, we were competitive until a crew member (my friend's wife's friend who is not a sailor) got too chilled to stay on the rail and went below to get extra layers. We depowered the main to make it a little less bumpy while she was downstairs and it delaminated from the flapping, so we got extra slow with big waves on the nose and not enough power to get through them well. I was reasonably content until the skipper, a good friend since we were 8 years old, handed me the stick and said "here, you drive for a bit," then proceeded to violently puke on my lap and boots.
  12. Why don't more people race?

    If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, has any ass been hauled?
  13. Why don't more people race?

    Nobody ever said you have to race your own boat. Nor is it the holy grail of racing. The best way to get into racing is on someone else's boat. Most of the best sailors I know do not race their own boats - they usually gravitate towards racing with friends who own fast boats, or friends who have boats that compete in large one-design fleets. Most clubs have crew pool notice boards. If not, walking the docks need not be awkward. Bring a 6-pack, start by asking someone you at least kind of know, and the likelihood is that they will introduce you to someone they know who needs crew. Racing on someone else's boat gets you past the budget and equipment deficits, and you will end up learning along the way, so you will eventually get past the skill deficit. It's also a great opportunity to see what racing is all about and decide if you are up to trying it out on your own boat.
  14. Why don't more people race?

    That is awesome!
  15. Why don't more people race?

    Randomly-assigned is the key. Something like at IC-24 is probably an ideal boat for this, but there can be dogs in those designs as in any. Randomly assigning boats keeps everyone out of the arms race. If club's don't have paid staff to maintain boats, it could be a chore that becomes part of members' mandated service hours (lots of clubs have this). I'd rather maintain a boat than cut the grass or take out the trash anyday.