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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. Put this here....touches on one area of potential 'elimination' America's Cup - Late rule change plugs 'Love-tap' redress gap by Richard Gladwell today at 3:40 pm The damage suffered by Emirates Team New Zealand required four days to repair Emirates Team New Zealand http://www.etnzblog.com A late rule change has been implemented in the 35th America's Cup to addressing situations similar to the serious collision on the second day of last Practice Session between Emirates Team New Zealand and Land Rover BAR, which saw the Kiwi boat taken out of racing for a four day period, after a so-called 'Love-tap'. The rules have also been extended to cover other possible situations which would allow points and race schedule adjustment options. At the time of the 'Love-tap' incident, at the start of Race 12 of Practice Session 5, the rules were not specific on how Emirates Team NZ's points would have been affected or how long would be allowed for repairs. The new rules also address the inequitable situation where the British team, despite having been the culprit in the incident actually suffered less damage, and could have resumed racing the next day, while the innocent Kiwis copped a four-day time-out for repairs. Many saw that as being completely inequitable and believed there should be some suspension on the British boat in that case. Two rules have been changed. The first is to Racing Rule 62.2 used in the America's Cup Regatta, which sets out the situations which can be addressed by the new rules. read the rest here... http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Americas-Cup---Late-rule-change-plugs-Love-tap-redress-gap/154083 the amended rule is here (although no separate amendment has been posted yet)... https://docs.google.com/a/acracemgt.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YWNyYWNlbWd0LmNvbXxub3RpY2Vib2FyZHxneDo2Y2M3N2FlYmVhNGQyNTVh
  2. REGATTA DIRECTOR NOTICE #64 Issued 26 May 2017 Re: Requirements for Yachts in the Racing Area Protocol Article 7(a) makes the Regatta Director responsible to manage the Racing Area and the Course Area. Therefore all Competitors shall comply with the following instructions. This notice sets out how we intend to manage the Racing Area on a race day. All Competitor AC Class Yachts (and the 2 flagged support boats) may sail on the course once the exclusion zone is operational, but the Competitors not scheduled to race in the first race shall be clear of the Racing Area or be in the holding pen by the Warning signal of the first race. Competitors may use the holding pen to stand by with their Team Support Boats or go outside the Course Area and are free to sail. There is no protected corridor to enter or depart the racing area. When a race is terminated, Competitors may sail in the racing area and they shall be clear of the racing area or be in the holding pen by the Warning signal of the next race. Iain Murray Regatta Director https://docs.google.com/a/acracemgt.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YWNyYWNlbWd0LmNvbXxub3RpY2Vib2FyZHxneDozNjg2YWQzOTIzNjQwMTAz
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  4. One of their high speed beats
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  6. All sorted apparently... video
  7. Nice shot, the new SA limits on upload size mean I can't post the larger clickable version I have... (c) ACEA 2017 Photo Ricardo Pinto
  8. Practice...
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  10. The course looking ~ South and ~ North
  11. McAlpine: "I love the technology" 26 May 2017 © Ricardo Pinto When the 35th America’s Cup commences on Friday (May 26th), each of the six teams will have one thing in common, an America’s Cup Class measurement certificate with Ken McAlpine’s signature on it. His role as Chief Measurer for the 35th America’s Cup is a privileged position and one that must not be underestimated by anyone, particularly the six teams competing this summer. “If they don’t comply with the rules they don’t get a certificate and don’t go racing so they have to comply,” said McAlpine, who started sailing at the age of 11 in Sydney, Australia. “We’ll help them as much as we can to make sure they are within the guidelines.” A trained Naval Architect, McAlpine is somewhat of a veteran of the America’s Cup, having been involved in no less than eight stagings of the event, starting back in 1970 with a limited role before being asked by the The Australian Yachting Federation to measure Australia II in 1982. © Ricardo Pinto Following that experience he was appointed the Technical Director for the International Twelve Metre Association, as well as being involved in the development of the International America’s Cup Class. Subsequently, Ken was appointed Chief Measurer and Technical Director for the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2007 America’s Cup Regattas. Early in 2015 Ken was again appointed Chief Measurer, this time for his eighth America’s Cup. This appointment, for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, includes responsibilities such as finalizing the rule and ongoing measurement and compliance of the foiling catamarans, both the AC45s test boats and the America’s Cup Class yachts. In that role Ken is assisted by three other class measurers and three specialist delegates. While his title may not have changed much over the years, his method of working certainly has. Having seen huge technical changes, he has had to undertake a whole new aspect of measurement with the increasing use, and fundamental importance, of hydraulics and electronic control. “There has been a huge change, a terrific change,” he added. “My role has changed significantly over that time. In the past, the measurements were done with tape measures, whereas now there is a lot less of that, with the electronics and hydraulic elements of the boats. It is a whole new sphere of what my job entails. © Ricardo Pinto “The one design aspects of the hulls are pretty easy to manage. The more difficult parts are the bits that aren’t one design - the foils, the rudders and the control systems, that is where our real interest is. “We started the measurement process just over a month ago and we will go right up until the deadline on Thursday afternoon, a day before racing begins. McAlpine is a firm fan of the advances that have been championed in the America’s Cup , having enjoyed one of the best positions available to witness and judge the transformations first hand. © Ricardo Pinto “I love the technology, it is just wonderful to see the change and the level of expertise. The new science is really interesting and fascinating,” said McAlpine, who has also held positions as the measurer for the Volvo Ocean Race in 1998, 2002, 2006 and as a rule draftsman for the Volvo Race in 2010. “The change feels great at the moment and I guess the real proof of the pudding will be what the racing is like. “If the racing is close than it will be just as exciting as any America’s Cup before. The difference is though now they will be racing closer to 50 knots. “Certainly last time out in San Francisco was a good indication that these changes can create good racing and I’m sure it will be the same again this time round.” © Ricardo Pinto https://www.americascup.com/en/news/2576_McAlpine-I-love-the-technology-.html