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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. To the idea that Jimmy calls it like he sees it. Bullshit! He calls it like he wants you to see it! That is what a BS artist does. For the intellectually minded, I recommend the following, and it is not the politics part that is so interesting. It is about the approach As for JS, his complaint about soft penalties was an attempt to insult Pete. To say, you really aren't that good. It didn't work. Pete gave him a sincere laugh back. I say JS scored a psychological 'own goal' with that one because Pete's answer was so from the heart. The rest of the story about speed just rang hollow to me. They barely won a race by seconds. One during which they lost a 250m advantage, and now they are speed demons? Don't think so. Not as slow, but not the show Jimmy is trying to project
  2. My take is that JS was trying desperately to get under PB's skin... and failing. The complaint about the soft penalties got a sincere laugh out of Pete.. but was intended as a backhanded insult/challenge that didn't land. Otherwise, all the schtick about newfound speed just rang hollow. They eked out a 10 second win and are now a rocket?... on the same day they had been blown out by 2 minutes, and earlier in the same race had lost a 250m lead. C'mon. its yacht racing. Once in a while the shifts favor you... even if you are slow. Clearly, Pete was unconvinced. But I like the JS mindset. Suggests weakness. Go TNZ
  3. I remember an interview somewhere that this is all about keeping the hull from fully splashing down if there is a wobble or mistake. The foil makes much less drag than the whole hull. Apparently the choreography of this was quite a challenge in the beginning, but made a huge difference in the early days when foiling tacks and gybes were not so reliable. Even with more reliable maneuvers, it is good insurance because a full hull down not only slows them down, but requires them to take a dive into the wind to get the boat foiling again... soaking both speed and distance to the mark.
  4. i have another first hand experience with his lack of humor about these things. During the World Series race in SF several years ago, I was invited to the Oracle hospitality tent right on the bank next to the start/finish line. Naturally... I attended. But also amazed at how many people I knew were invited that thought.. ho hum. Anyway... You probably remember that during that race RC got run straight into the committee boat by none other than JS. It was quite a crunch. So in the post race flesh press, RC was in saying hi to the Oracle guests and my host introduced me. I joked that it was higher stakes than back when we both sailed Finn. I also joked that he wound't remember me as I was too far back in the fleet. But then I said jokingly that it was amazing to watch him go try to sink the committee boat for not penalizing Jimmy. Either he is always frosty, or that pissed him off. The joke was not deemed amusing. Conversation was over. Oracle marketing goodwill messaging failed.
  5. Clearly, perfect interpretation of my request. Well, almost. Can't see the tits butt the rest is so good, i'll let it pass. Now how about some racing!
  6. I'm saying... get her on the bike (straight from the shower) Have her stand on the pegs with her tits hanging. Take the picture from behind and post. I don't know what direction the turn will be, but I know it will be toward the screen - assuming you are proud to have her as a girlfriend.
  7. The bike vs flying the boat analogy I believe is flawed. First of all, a bikes handlebars rarely move much at all... unless you are moving at very low speed. In fact, if you are at a gyroscopic speed on a bike, it may seem counterintuitive, but you actually turn the handlebars to the left in order to turn right. You don't notice because it is all muscle memory, not a conscious thing. Try it next time your ride your bike. Gently push your right hand forward (which turns the bars toward the left) and the bike will turn right. The reason is that when pressing, your bike momentarily turns to the left which moves your weight to the right. Once this happens, you subconsciously straighten the bars, and now the bike turns not because the bar is turned, but because you and the bike are leaning and the angle of contact of the tire with the ground creates the turn. It is too subtle to notice... but try it and you will be surprised. The fact that most have never noticed that is testament to how subconscious the control of a bicycle is for us humans. Now why is that relevant here? Because handlebar/wheel control of flying these boats is VERY different. It is NOT an automatic result of geometry and the way the boat is leaning and of our muscle memory. On a bike, steering does not require conscious input at all. The system is so stable, and the mode is so ingrained in our balance and muscle memory that we don't have to think about it. We just look in that direction and we and bike just goes there. Then, if we have another task like to shift gears for instance, or activate an accelerator, these motions are stable. They do not require a feedback loop. So both tasks on a bike are fundamentally different, and fundamentally simpler. Doing both is easy. In the case of the AC50, the helmsman with the OR setup is effectively doing one of those marble mazes with the two knobs on the sides. He's trying to keep this thing that is not naturally stable (by design of the rules cause it could be), on this foil from which it wants too fall. This requires constant adjustment. Steering too requires constant conscious input though much less so than the foils but still much more than a bike. This is why separating the tasks is so helpful. It is not without cost however. The helmsman can do something unexpectedly which doesn't give the foil trimmer time to react. See example of the pitchpole. But in most cases, the amount of attention required by the two tasks is why separating them with the TNZ approach is so brilliant.
  8. First, your question... No I would not. Such an approach would yield no victory, just a hunk of silver. Second, I don't think it would work. Even if you have right away, if you are deemed to have intentionally caused harm, can't you be disqualified from the regatta. Rule 69 as mentioned above? Or did they remove that in the protocol?
  9. As has now been proven time and again... the deed's intention only matters in a DOG match. Otherwise, mutual consent makes the only intention that matters, that of the defender and the challenger's agreement. And as we all well know, this is usually the intent of the defender since they (unless stupid) will always have a compliant, deed conforming, challenger lined up as they cross the line. If you think this constitutes mockery... they I posit either you haven't been involved in this game very long, or you simply haven't been paying attention
  10. oof, jes,. ya... ummmm.... well...... un hunh... aaaaaaaa dunno........ click. SHIT!
  11. Go TNZ!!!!!!
  12. The media crew was pretty boneheaded not just on access, but Aberdeen putting in their main advertising package after BAR was eliminated. GEE I really want to go with those winners for my investments! F1 or not, the commercialization of this thing is just nor running smooth. They should be working to make the audience so happy that hey wan't to be associated with their brands... not pissed off at them for restricting access.
  13. Rudder.... As Tina Turner said.... Your'e simply the best! I guess that shows how old I am. Can't thank you enough. All the BS legalese made watching this a nightmare here in the US. If it got in your DVR... and they didn't screw it up GREAT. But if you missed it.. oh no... not available for online viewing, or not available for 'on demand'. Not sure what the asshole lawyers were trying to accomplish by restricting access to a pretty esoteric event. All they accomplished was fewer views for their advertisers... and pissed off viewers hoping TNZ would win. If God watches yacht racing on TV... he's rooting for TNZ so these imbeciles will be made redundant.
  14. Nathan did look uncomfortable with the question about helping the defender. My guess is that they hate the question because they haven't lost yet so its premauture at best. But without a doubt, It did appear to me that he wasn't irritated with the questioner, but rather with the situation. While I'm sure team management wants to help OR, I would be surprised if the sailors didn't really want to help TNZ. Combination of wanting to help the underdog, and wanting to 'get back at the MAN'.