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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. You beat me to it. For all you non bilingual people: joysticks, buttons controlled wings, 2 hydarulic thingies, one for twist the other for cant. Aparrantly we're getting a sneak peak of the joystick next video More exactly twist and camber. The most important part is the one behind the black square at the bottom of the wing, which he cannot show because it is the proprietary part of the design... As you all most likely already know, Frank explains that they can put so much twist that the top of the wing is generating a righting moment instead of a heeling moment if necessary. The twist range has to be large, to compensate for the fact that they cannot take a reef.
  2. ^^^This. I took lessons in the North of France a long time ago. Large beach (the tide goes out quite a bit...); a 4 lanes boulevard along the beach, and 4 or 5 story hotels on the other side of the boulevard. I will always remember when the teacher pointed to the level of the third floor of one of the hotels and explained that it was where a guy went "splat" and killed himself (not one of this students!), He did not control his kite well enough; rigged up close to the road, rather than close to the water, a gust, bad controls; airborne over the 4 lanes boulevard and plastered himself against the hotel... Kiteboarding is great fun, but you need to learn from a professional. Your life is worth the expense...
  3. He explains that about 90% pf the weight of the boat is on the foil so about 3 tons, on much less than one square meter of surface area. He explains also that they adjust both rake and "camp".Camp is used mostly when the foil is up to make sure that the tip does not touch water. he goal is to have the tip the most horizontal when foiling, because this is how it is the most efficient, but also the less stable...
  4. Regarding the OP question, it has been tried, with limited success shall we say... Google "prao Azurex" for instance. Notice that I wrote prao, in French, not proa, in English... and the purists will tell you that it is not a prao or proa, because it does not shunt. Others tried it, but I guess that instead of getting the best of both worlds, you get the worst of both worlds...
  5. ^^^ This When you compare proas to other multihulls, you should not compare to same length, but to same displacement. Because to a large extent, cost, accommodations, etc. is first and foremost related to displacement (for similar construction methods... of course; don't compare a pre-preg all carbon honeycomb composite to plywood + epoxy + fiber glass...) And for a given displacement, for a multihull that is not foiling, like for any other "archimedian" boat, the longer the better.
  6. Second one posted. He explains that the 2 grinders aft are first and foremost dedicated to the wing sheet and the 2 grinders forwards are continuously grinding to build up hydraulic pressure to adjust the foils, and they are also responsible for lowering and raising the foils. He states that those guys are 95kg "big babies" and they can deliver 300 watts for 20 minutes just with their strength from their upper body...
  7. I had never heard of him before the race. I have to admit that I found him a little bit "cheesy" at the beginning, with his "welcome to the office" gimmick on each video, etc. But I have now an immense admiration for the guy. His videos became more sincere, I think. Less of a show and more of a share. He displayed what he was going through, less edited. And he finished. And as he explains below, nobody will ever be able to take that away from him: he did it! Congratulations! Vendee Globe is for mentally deranged people. It is so difficult there is no word for it.... You see for me, there are several levels. First there is this humongous pressure to finish; you have this pressure on you all the time, night and day, because it can stop at anytime, and it is really hard to cope with it. Then you have immediate challenges, which can be extremely hard, but you manage. And then you have loneliness... This loneliness generates feelings and emotions that you cannot find anywhere else. Maybe because somewhere else, you cannot afford those feelings. On a boat, when you are alone, you can allow yourself all feelings. You can sing if you feel like singing. You can cry if you feel like crying. Between Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, I cried everyday. Everyday. Like a kid. Everyday, end of the afternoon, I would think of one thing or another, and I would cry, that's all. But that's OK to do that; because you are alone. But what really floored me during this race is that you leave port,, with yourself and your boat and what you have on board. And for 124 days, or 75 days, it doesn't matter, you have to make good with what you have. You have no choice, you have to find solutions. When you break your engine starter, you have to find a solution. When you break your last alternator belt, you find a way with what you have on board; otherwise, you go home. It is super simple: either you find a solution or you go home. So it is just a little bit tough... Since you do not have a choice, you find untapped resources, out of this world. I am not a good mechanic; I am not really good at anything, but in the meantime, I fixed this boat, I did some carbon fiber repair up the mast when I needed to, I took stuff apart, I fiddled with starters, I don't know how, I don't know how I manage it! I have no clue! I am not a solo racer. Not at all, I have never wanted to do solo racing, It is not my cup of tea! On the other hand, the Vendee Globe.... The tremendous difficulty of the Vendee Globe, this is what motivated me. It is not difficult to do Les Sables d'Olonne - Les Sable d'Olonne... But on the other hand, what is difficult is to do it for 4 months,.. sailing in those seas down south over there... in forgotten seas: you don't want to go there, there is no need to go there... there is nothing over there! That's what I wanted to do; to see if I could do it. So for me, today, it is a huge victory; a huge victory for me! I made it! The Vendee Globe, you win it, or you finish it. That's it, The rest is just words. For the winner, it is a fabulous race, and I have a limitless admiration for Armel and what he has done.Why? Not only because he won, but because he was the ultra favorite; he had a fucking huge target on his back. Everybody wanted to beat him. And he went there, and he delivered. hats off; royal, great... But hey, what happened behind him? And what happened so he piled on 50 days on me. FIFTY DAYS!!! It is absolutely incredible, no? We left at the same time! Shit! I must have not sailed very well... But at least, I finished... I still sailed better than those who did not finished... For the people following the race, the Vendee Globe lasts 4 months, but for us it lasted 4 years. The race itself is only a small part; that's the visible part, though. But there is a lot of things going on upstream. So finishing the race today, it is a humongous pride that I share with the public, but it is mine. Between the 6th of November and today, this pride is mine, because I am the one who did it, with my little muscles, and with my laughs, and with my cries...
  8. A long time ago, on a 420 dinghy. We were sailing in fairly strong winds over a bouchot mussels farm to go to a regatta. My (heavy) crew was new to sailing, we were at the edge of good broad reach sailing and dead downwind sailing. Bad steering on my part and slow reaction on his part. We went from reaching, both hiking, to dead downwind: too much hiking and capsize to windward we went. Then turtled. There was enough water for the daggerboard and the rudder, not for the mast. The rigging got tangled in the "bouchot" and the wave actions just ripped the mast off the boat. At low tide, we went back to find the mast. We NEVER found the damn thing... What is a bouchot mussel farm, you may ask? It is this: https://www.elementseafood.com/what-is-a-bouchot-mussel/ Plenty water above at high tide, dry at low tide, so you can harvest your mussels with a tractor, like a real farmer...
  9. I confirm, same in France. The ONLY handwriting you are going to learn in a French school is cursive. My mom used to be a school teacher. That does not stop me from having one of the shittiest handwriting. I have a hard time to read my own hand writing sometimes...
  10. What on earth gave you the idea that it's just the Americans? Ze French do not like anybody (or their cheese), and nobody likes them. You should not generalize that much. It is not because all French people who met you could not stand you that we hate everybody... Laurent, mon ami, brutally exaggerated generalizations are one of the building blocks of Aussie humour. The bit about the cheese was a Monty Python reference. For a century or two France was Europe's leader in food, art, philosophy, writing, democracy. For many years they had the 2nd best Navy in the world. Today they have the best multihull racers in the world. Parisian waiters set Olympic standards for rudeness and condescension, but the food is so good you don't care. There's more important things in life than having a robotically efficient military. For the part in bold above; I totally agree. For more important things, I can think of.... cheese. And wine. And regarding "brutally exaggerated generalizations are one of the building blocks of Aussie humour.", I thought WE had an exclusive right on that one!!!???
  11. What on earth gave you the idea that it's just the Americans? Ze French do not like anybody (or their cheese), and nobody likes them. You should not generalize that much. It is not because all French people who met you could not stand you that we hate everybody...
  12. The other U.S. jab is the French surrender of Paris to the Germans in WW2, Hence the U.S. joke how many troops does it take to defend Paris - we don't know they never tried. Of course people forget the U.S. let the British burn the White House and the Capitol during the War of 1812, not exactly a spirited defense either. The whole surrender monkey thing started when they refused to sign on for Iraq II. And a result of that is many people today believe they just surrendered to the Germans without a fight in WW2, naturally... However....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_France Germany: 27,074 dead[c] 111,034 wounded, 18,384 missing,[4][5][6] 1,129 aircrew killed[7] (c. 27,000 dead) 1,236 aircraft lost[4][8] 795 tanks destroyed[9]157,621 total casualties Italy: 6,055[d] Total: 163,676 casualties Iraq I was started for a morally defendable reason; Iraq invaded Koweit, a sovereign state (even if only a young one). And France participated. Iraq II was started when the President of the USA lied to his people about weapon of mass destructions and a link between Irak and the twin towers terrorist attack. It was a typical case of "if Daddy did it, I can do it too, but better!" Where Bush senior was smart enough to apply real politik and keep Sadam Hussein, a tyran, but a known quantity, in place; Shrub junior went all the way, And for what results? The Middle East, which was already pretty fucked up is now a total cluster fuck from Egypt to Afghanistan, for generations to come. Our children and grand children will have to deal with it. Thousands of American soldiers died; hundred of thousands of locals died, and it created the perfect environment of despair, hate and hoplessness to foster generations of future terrorists. I am glad my country did not participate. We have a love-hate relationship with the US. I guess, this is because Americans are just as arrogant as we are, and we can't stand it....
  13. I think this has been posted here somewhere already... Disclaimer, I have no tried it....
  14. What Conrad is doing is amazing! But let's not forget Romain Attanasio who just finished 15th with an old boat and a lot of technical issues as well. Remember, Romain did 3/4 of the race with "one rudder and a half" (his saying). He broke both rudders near South Africa, limped along to a protected bay near Cape Town, replaced one rudder with his spare, pulled out the other rudder and repaired what was left of it, and went back to sail the whole Southern Ocean with that set up, sailed back up the Atlantic Ocean... and hit something AGAIN and broke one of his dagger boards!! And finished aith really shitty close hauled angle on one tack, without the dagger board. When that stuff happens, the hardest part must be that NOTHING is your fault... It is not a question of pushing too hard, bad decision, bad preparation. So yeah, he does not speak English or write in English, but he could gives lessons in resourcefullness, drive, and commitment as well...
  15. They took "vit" as the third person verb form of "vivre" But the correct word to word trnslation should be "mule dick" or "mule cock" for "vit de mulet" (as "vit" is a synonym of "penis" in an old slang form, not even slang in fact, but more old word now rarely used) Otherwise Conrad still has a slight chance to arrive before Romain I think , he should catch nice winds quite soon now. By the way, aren't they obliged to have some form of fishing equipment just for security measure ? (in the life raft or something) I think that is what you call the gooseneck in English correct? Romain explains that the pin, which is part of the universal joint allowing the boom to rotate, is supposed to be bolted into the end of the boom. The nut came lose and the boom fell off the attachment and in the process, dinged the deck where he had put some tape. It took him 2 hours to put the boom back onto the pin, and he added some lashing to push the boom forward to make sure it is not going to get lose again. So now, after the (accurate) mule dick explanation from Yves75, I add on to it with pins, nuts and lashing.... Do you see a trend here??? Sailing is a sadomasochist sport.