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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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  1. http://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/news/exclusive-sailing-yacht-a-delivery-route-revealed--31729 Usually, where and how a ship that size can go is pretty much one of the earliest things discussed in design briefs.
  2. Quick count: there is only 18 people in the world that achieved a podium in the Vendée (less than 3 times the number of editions). Alex Thomson is the current holder of the third best time of the race, with a design significantly older than the ones Le Cléach and Gabart had. I think his performance in the last edition did not receive the coverage it deserved. He finished less than 3 days after Gabart and Le Cléach and the followers were more than 5 days behind him (and had a bit of lead missing, but that happens). Chosing him as a skipper for a project that ambitions to be competitive clearly does not look stupid to me...
  3. Le goût was à la Française, la réalisation was by the intern... How in your right mind can you think it could be a smart idea to photoshop a pontoon and mooring lines to a sailing yacht under way? I mean seriously,would you photoshop a red traffic light and pedestrian crossing in the middle of a race track and think it was the right thing to do?
  4. "I tried to make profit by building boats in a country where workers are paid slave wages and it backfired miserably because their work standards are as poor as their intellectual property laws" Well, on behalf of all the people earning their life in the boatbuilding industry:
  5. Swiss sailor of the year 2014, very high reputation on anything that has a number of hulls >1 He did some D35, M2, Extreme 40, AC45 non foiling, etc And apparently he's not too bad either when it comes to International Moth.
  6. In France a pro is supposed to be a singlehanded sailor and so be able to fill in any position. Simultaneously. And have good technical skills in either marine electronics, rigging, composites or sailmaking. Only exception is olympic class (and by that I mean who actually sailed in the olympics, not sailing into an olympic class) tacticians/helms who recently went into bigger boats and might not be entirely familiar yet with big boats hardware/maneuvers etc. (but they're expected to learn ). So the owner was wrong and should have said "Can you have a look at the bow on top of doing tactics please?"
  7. Does that mean I can tell HMRC I won't be paying them anything anymore as it is funding the British campaign and I'm backing the French?
  8. Are you serious? There are 4 brits on the entire design team of 20+... Sponsors and partners are for sure, but there is a lot of brains coming from across the channel.
  9. Himself. I think he grounded almost all his boats... But then he was singlehanded and relying on celestial navigation
  10. Navy has got the largest towing tanks in the country. Looking quickly at the numbers you might be able to test a 1:2 model of an AC48 in the B600
  11. ^PR bullshit, all this stuff applies to Catia for instance. The wing surfaces are fairly simple compared to what you can see on modern ships or yachts, and Andy Claughton blatantly knows it as it's been his job over the last decades Any parametric CAD package can offset a surface to make a tooling.
  12. SFS, the former Abu Dhabi of last edition burnt down last night in Cogolin.
  13. Just for info: I listened to a radio show last week with a oceanographer of the SHOM, the french navy cartographers. He explained that a lot of the surveys made pre-GPS era were still valid today in terms of data collected, but that they were just badly positionned due to uncertainty in navigation systems back then. So since the apparition of GPS and satellite images, a lot of work has been done in positionning these surveys in the right place. You tend to have less and less badly positionned rocks that effectively existed, but some miles away.
  14. I suspect the density of core required to withstand local efforts just makes the monolithic approach lighter. Or at least light enough to be worth it when you add the peace of mind of the naval architect who had to determine slamming pressures and of the builder who is responsible for all the processes that will have an influence on local failure modes.