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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. Ok. So, after much contemplation, all of the epoxy casing around the keel was removed. The idea was that I didn't want to risk other areas of the epoxy casing becoming unbonded from the lead, requiring success repairs. Once the epoxy casing was removed from the keel, we noticed a problem--the bulb was not square with the boat. It was off by what appears to be 3/4". Obviously this has ramifications for sailing, including different stabilities depending on tack. Truth be told, however, I never was able to discern differences between the sailing characteristics of the boat on port versus starboard sufficient to identify an imbalance in the keel bulb alignment as the cause. So now the issue becomes, what to do? The two options that are on the table are (1) fair/reshape the lead bulb to achieve symmetry and skim coat; or (2) obtain the mold that was used to encase the misaligned keel and ensure that at least the water flow across the bulb is identical depending on tack. Submitting to the Court of Public Opinion--any thoughts? Thanks, Josh
  2. Love all the tips, guys. Priority number one is to go sailing. I like the idea of removing portions that have poor or no bonding to the lead, and using sheet metal screws to provide additional structural support (like steel rods in concrete). That said, I also like the idea of not having so much damn casing. A project for another season.
  3. The boat was built in California. I understand that the casting resin was applied using a mold, which would seem to suggest that the lead bulb is uniform. There's no Classe Mini sailing in the U.S., and I'm happy to modify the bulb to prevent further issues like this. I know others have had difficulty reaching out to Pogo in the past about build issues. But I might check with Groupe Finot. Thanks.
  4. Noticed some cracks in the paint on the bulb. One piece looked like it had a deep crack. Got my knife in there and popped out a few chunks. The lead keel appears to be encased in epoxy, in some areas very thick. No filler. Very brittle, although the bulb shouldn't experience any stress. Any ideas on a repair? Seems like the thick epoxy casing adds only a little weight and a lot of drag. Wondering about removing all epoxy from lead bulb and rebuilding with a lot less thickness. Seems like patching only the areas that have lost bond with the lead is a fool's errand. Thoughts?
  5. For anybody interested in 6 1/2 minute break on your Monday: http://www.abilynracing.com/the-takedown/2016/7/18/our-journey-to-bermuda Best, Josh
  6. Abilyn (USA 829) is for sale. http://www.abilynracing.com/the-boat. Also listed on SA. Happy to have you out to the western Long Island Sound for some sailing. PM me or e-mail me at josh@abilynracing.com. You can also find me on FB at http://www.facebook.com/abilynracing. Best, Josh
  7. Bhuddle305, feel free to PM me or e-mail me at josh@abilynracing.com. Happy to discuss all things Mini.
  8. Hey all, I haven't been in this thread since around the time I started it. And I haven't read through all the comments. But I did want to jump in one last time--really just to say thank you. Many of you have responded with legitimate criticisms, helpful comments, words of praise, etc. I especially want to thank those who e-mailed me individually or found me at RBYC to say, "Go Abilyn!." Even as my co-skipper relayed to me some of the more obnoxious comments as this thread was developing, what those comments did for me was make me think. They made me think about what we were doing, why we were doing it, and how we were doing it. So--even to folks like Edith, I say thank you. After spending 3 days in Newport preparing the boat, our provisions, and scrutinizing every aspect of a crazy, ever-changing forecast where every model seemed to diverge, we left Newport bound for Bermuda about 24 hours after the official entrants left Castle Rock. We arrived in Bermuda Friday morning at around 0230--approximately 132 hours after we left. It was not a swift passage by any stretch of the imagination, but we made it. And in so doing, we completed the objective we set out to accomplish with this boat about three years ago. My intent is to write-up a more detailed account of the passage, which included some pretty interesting hallucinations, 3-days of close-reaching in 25 knots through a crazy cross sea that would randomly deposit waves on our heads from abeam, and being marooned on Bermuda as I arranged logistics for getting the boat back to the States. Sailing Abilyn for the past 3 1/2 seasons has been amazingly rewarding and a ton of fun. But now my time with Abilyn is coming to an end. It's time to move on and spend more time sailing with my family--potentially in something more cruisier. I hope to impart on my kids some wisdom from this experience--i.e., if you post in the SA forums, Edith will haunt your dreams! So if anybody is looking for a kick-ass Mini Transat, shoot me an e-mail at josh@abilynracing.com. Josh
  9. http://1000etunevagues.extranet-e.net/index.ies?act=show&mid=3212&k=c7c75c5c96c75d43bb6f95ca1e535317&email=marina.laulanet%40gmail.com&ab=0&co=0 https://newyorkmediaboat.squarespace.com/blog/2016/5/us-coast-guard-rescues-french-sailor Wow.
  10. Some of you may know Olivier Jehl. He's a Mini sailor--no, a real Mini sailor. Literally, his life is sailing. Olivier has done what some of us here in the States only dream of--he dropped everything and dedicated every moment of his life to his sailing goals. Four years ago, he began a full-time sailing career by purchasing a proto Mini (built on Long Island!) and started racing in the Classe MINI circuit, which, as many of you know, is the starting point for many French sailors as they venture towards bigger boats like the IMOCA 60. I met up with Olivier earlier today at Liberty Landing Marina. We talked about offshore safety, sleep habits, repairing spinnaker poles at sea, the general state of shorthanded sailing, and how cool it would be to have Mini sailors from around the world come to the United States for an official Classe MINI event, such as a return race back across the pond. Olivier hopes to race in the 2019 Mini Transat in a boat with foils, which he says are now permitted under the current rules (I haven't reviewed the new rules myself). Olivier explains that the "box" expands after boats cross the starting line in a class event. But right now, Olivier has one objective on his mind--establishing the record for NY to The Lizard in a Mini Transat 6.50. While other Mini Transaters shipped their boats back to France or sold them in Guadeloupe, Olivier "hoofed" it up to NYC, and soon will be hitting the road again on his way back to France. Every dollar that Olivier brings in from sponsors and crowdfunding goes into his boat and towards meeting his sailing objectives. And every dollar counts. If you can, please support Olivier by donating to his campaign. Donate: http://www.fosburit.com/projets/projet/olivier-jehl-record-atlantique-nord-solitaire-mini-6-50/ Tracker: http://www.dolink.fr/carte/record-new-york---cap-lizard Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesvoilesdorion/?fref=ts
  11. I'm not pissed. I was taken aback a little bit and felt that the response I wasn't meant to receive was somewhat disproportionate to what I had sent, but I wasn't pissed. I did have an amicable discussion with AJ. Very much respect his role in the regatta and what he needs to accomplish. He informed me about the exclusion zones, which we intend to honor. No beef. Just sailing.
  12. Nothing wrong with that race. Hoping to do it (assuming I can procure a more reliable autopilot). The folks that sail in the B1-2, including Jonathan Green (and others who sail in N2B), are an amazing, and eclectic, group.
  13. Possibly. And I don't know about the logistics of having a multi-day start (e.g., by starting slower (or shorter) boats first) to ensure all boats finish around the same time. It works for the Transatlantic.
  14. Ryan, Your comments are very much appreciated, especially given your experience. We have a goal. It's sailing from Newport to Bermuda in the Mini. You might have read in the full post about my conversation with AJ Evans. Our intention is not crash anybody's party or play in somebody else's sandbox. As you might have read, we intend to stay clear by starting before the exclusion zone is put in place, or after it is lifted. Actually, starting on the morning of June 17, as opposed to a few days before ensures that the official entrants pass us in daylight on the first day assuming the breeze is forward of the beam. Better yet, we'll depart after all official entrants are off the line, which ensures no potential for interference offshore. No rules will be violated. I disagree that we're "giving a bad name to everyone who sails shorthanded boats." We're taking offshore a boat that is purpose built to cross oceans. And we're undertaking rigorous safety preparations consistent with the N2B safety regs, the regs of other offshore races, and the Storm Trysail Foundation. Not sure how taking to sea with proper preparations can be giving shorthanded sailors a bad name. Regarding relying on the fleet as a safety net, you and I both know that it's likely the case that most if not all of the fleet will be well passed us after the first day (unless it's blowing 30 from behind). Our desire to sail from Newport is not to take advantage of an external safety umbrella. Regarding fanfare and attention, I believe you've said: "The appeal of offshore sailing is in the adventure and the human story that can be told. Offshore sailing is a sport that can inspire people." This is an adventure for us--a human story that we like to share, both in writing and with friends over a couple of pints. I've certainly enjoyed your stories, and hope to hear more about your exploits. Again, I appreciate your comments, and agree with you that nothing good will come from attempting to create problems. Thanks, Josh
  15. i think it's already too late for a "positive impression"... Regardless of impressions, being sportsmanlike is always the way to go, regardless of whether we're racing or not.