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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. Seems like you have it pretty well covered and are in a good place. I would just +1 on the changing out the mounts if they are old, just so much easier to do in the current situation. I also pretty well coated my engine with LPS or Corrosion x type stuff just to protect against corrosion, especially the bottom of the oil pan as corrosion there causes oil leaks... my shaft coupling is below my engine oil pan, and at one point it was throwing some spray during operation, which eroded away the protection on the pan and allowed it to rust. Good luck, You have reminded me that my oil is due for a change.... BTW - shouldn't your oil alarm have gone off ?
  2. Good idea to use luff tapes; I put some plain clear silicone grease on mine, just a bit, and run it up and down, does wonders for the ease of sail hoists. If the luff tape runs easily, then your sail should. The inside of the luff groove should not really be that "dirty" as such, so "cleaning" may not really be the issue, just needing some lube in there. Try this first to see if it addresses whatever issue you are having, if not, then more work as others have described might be needed. Thinking about it, my foil has been on the boat and up for 10 years and this is all I ever do for it.
  3. Going out to watch them tomorrow, should be excellent, hopefully some wind for them... Then on Saturday the real fun starts.
  4. If Oracle wins and with the new format - that is the same boats ( or close facsimiles thereof ) in 18 months, it does give Bermuda a bit of a leg up as the infrastructure is already here and, I think, proven. LE did say while on stage at the opening that he would be back, but I don't think you can really expect to hold him to that. It is probably more a matter of practicality,costs and what Larry and co want to do. Bermuda is not cheap in many respects, but not having to up stakes and leave may have an appeal, establishing bases etc is not cheap and takes valuable time. Most of the teams seem to like it here they say, but they may just be being polite, and no harm in that. To date the event has run pretty well with good racing, a great AC village and an island pretty well bending over backwards to be welcoming. At the end of the day, I really do not have a clue what people like LE and RC look at in determining a venue, personally, I would love to see it here again, it has been an absolute blast so far.
  5. I use Boatleather.com for my stuff, they are good and reasonably priced, easy to apply etc. My pole has scratches etc, I plan at some point of recoating in a 2 part with roll and tip, it just the pole so good place to play with the process.
  6. Not heard of any incidents, while there are a large number of boats in The Great Sound at present, a lot are traveling relatively slowly as they traverse to and from the racing area. I am sure we will lose a few, but it may not be higher than the normal rate of strikes by power boats traveling at warp speed when there is no AC on
  7. Not sure I understand the whole setup, but if you are asking you can you take a visiting yacht thatis here out to watch, yes you can. They will be racing in an area called Murray's Anchorage off our North Shore and you could take your yacht out there to watch. It would take about an hour to motor out from RHADC. I think that there are a few boats going out on charter to watch the J's but I suspect it will be a lot of the visiting yachts that go out and a ton of locals in their boats. Hope this helps. Try here https://www.islandtourcentre.com/americascup/?utm_source=MASTERLIST+for+Island+Tour+Centre&utm_campaign=5f1d405f2f-Tall+Ships%2C+America's+Cup&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5025f4ad85-5f1d405f2f-122277805 also
  8. You nailed it TN. They did gain an advantage by missing doing a gybe by the time they reentered and with SBTJ slowing and then going upwind while ART was plowing along @ 40 kts just took a long time to drop that distance required. The ideal play is to come across the boundary back into the race course slow, have the penalty run off fast then hit the gas. With all the shit going on, one can hardly fault them for missing that one. It is better not to sail out of the race course to start with, unforced error and not the way to win.
  9. Point taken, I do not know the actual $$ spent so it makes it impossible for me, or probably anybody else really, to judge. Bermuda has a huge debt and what we added here is not going be the sinking of the ship. On the flip side we are able to measure the increase in expenditures through goods being brought into the island, increases in visitor arrivals and some other KPI's that can be measured after the fact and there is no doubt about an economic injection being made, just the size needs to be determined. There is also a significant ( I expect ) trickle down for longer term tourism by the great exposure we are getting, that one is really hard to measure. That's it for me on this one.
  10. I don't think the comparison stands. Cross Island will be left as a legacy, yes, but it is a great facility and it will be excellent for hosting future regattas, and there are people actively working on getting more to Bermuda. It is a great place to sail. It will also be great for other events. Would we have built it in the absence of the AC, for sure no, but it is here now, will be low maintenance. and will be used. It is not such a big thing to have left around. All the other things that have been put in place are minor really and most are general infrastructure upgrades that need to be done. The economic impact has been huge, the number of vessels here, people visiting, fantastic publicity, will pay off both in the immediate and long term. Plus, just having all the teams here has been very significant - they all eat, buy goods and contribute economically. It will be hard to make a accurate measure, but I do not think it will be a colossal loss by any stretch. You kind of have to be here to experience it, but the Island is buzzing and we are not @ the finals yet.
  11. I suspect that with the opening ceremonies planned there is some greater consultation going into it. Other thing to consider is that to race @ 5, boats have to put the wings in around 3, right when it is forecast to be blowing the most. I would say it is not a good thing to push the line on the first day, a great day of racing makes everyone a winner. Let's see how tomorrow pans out. ( to answer your question however, assuming the race director has confirmed general conditions are safe for the yachts, the basis is wind speed ( must be between 6 and 24kts I think ) measured in the period from 8 to 3 minutes before the start, as specified in the protocol, but that obviously assumes the boats have launched and are waiting for a signal " )
  12. I think that is the point, the vast majority of the time it is all in the prestart and if one team can gain a penalty on the other. It seems be rare that the boat ahead loses the lead. I have watched years of World Match Racing Circuit Gold Cup racing in the harbor in Bermuda, on IODs ( not a bad proxy for 12's ) where the courses are short and winds really shifty, still it usually ends up a procession. I have now seen, up close, the AC50's, and it is quite something to see. There is a ton of teamwork involved and I believe that even on 20 minute races it there will be a lot on tactics and teamwork, come off your foils and the speed loss is huge, so no race is ever over until the end. Match racing is inherently pretty boring to watch 95% of the time after the start, at least with this format and coverage you have something exciting to see - until we get used to boats going 45+. Just my thoughts.
  13. I was out watching the practicing today, good conditions for the boats. We did notice that the pre-starts were, at times, but not always, getting more aggressive, never to the point of being really cut throat that one could see, but the skippers, and some more than others, are throwing the boats around more aggressively. Having said that, these boats and this racing is so much different because you really have to manage your boat speed and position in terms of being on your foils or not, it is all key to getting to the start line on time. We did not see the collision, but I cannot think that it would not be anything but an accident. They are all really good, but I just don't think that they are good enough in these boats yet to thread the needle every time and get it right, like they would be able to do in say the old 12's, so an error in estimation could happen easily and lead to a tap to another boat. Agree with Alinghi, to suggest that one competitor, any of them, would try to damage another's boat on purpose borders on lunacy in my mind. Just my opinion.
  14. My understanding is that the SY will be on the west side of the course, ( assuming a SW wind direction ) which would limit their impact on the wind as they are sort of tucked into the Somerset shoreline. More than that, I know not.
  15. Run by the Dread Pirate Roberts.