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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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    Van Isle 360, Pacific Cup, Bermuda 1-2
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  1. It does. She's being towed through St. George's cut as we speak. More info here: http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/179610-bermuda-1-2-2017/&page=2
  2. Here's track. I got off the boat just over 3 weeks ago when the SE'ly course became E'ly. You can see that initially the track was more or less NE'ly and a recovery seemed impossible, with the expectation that the boat would keep going NE with the Gulf Stream, bound for Europe. But over the following 2 weeks Spadefoot found a magnetic attraction to Bermuda, at times travelling SE in a SW'ly breeze (eddy current?) It got as close as 75nm from Bermuda yesterday, before making a last ditch break to the NE. I think at the maximum it was 300nm from Bermuda.
  3. Newport to Newark for loading on a ship to Bermuda. Flexible date, just sometime soonish. Trailer is empty and for a 28 footer. 2" receiver.
  4. Uh, yes. The friends that I flew to Bermuda. We've had the tracker on a private page for the past 2 weeks and watching the track closely. Put a recovery plan in motion late last week when the CPA from Bermuda looked like it was coming up rapidly.
  5. We got her! Spadefoot is under tow about 100nm north of Bermuda. Headed to St. George's. A crazy drift pattern made the very unlikely, possible. More later. Probably a 15 hour tow now.
  6. Day 3 update from Spadefoot (http://www.svshearwater.com/?p=1927) B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Day 3 (240 miles to go) ------- Howdy! Yesterday evening and last night were really nice. A little more wind than earlier Sunday, close reaching and flat water. Makes it easy to move about the boat and tidy up. I’ve gone from jib top, to A0, to jib top, to new #3. Almost close hauled now aiming straight for Bermuda in about 12 knots of breeze. I’m expecting to increase throughout the day and hold the direction, so it is going to get bumpy. I feel like the fox being chased by the hounds. The key points are the hounds are all bigger than me, and there are a lot of them. I can see Solarus and Choucas on AIS, and they are both closing/passing by. Concussion is around 8-9nm behind, but just dropped off AIS. I know Upstart and Breakaway are nearby because I could hear them on the morning check-in. I think it is going to be a tough ask to hold off these bigger boats over the next 240nm. 240nm! That is a long way to go upwind in a 28 footer. Hoping the new GRIB this morning has a Christmas present. Oh, and I’ve been battling a 1.5 knot adverse current for hours. So, despite ripping through the water right now at 7 knots, it probably looks like I’m poking along. If I can get clear of the current I will really start making some tracks toward Bermuda. Lots of sleep and rest last night. It was quiet sailing, so I just kept sleeping. A flying fish landed in cockpit while I was sleeping. Two other boats had the same thing happen last night. A pod of dolphins visited yesterday evening. That is always nice. They are so fast. I think I was disappointing in the light air. Another mostly sunny day. Batteries are getting fully charged during the day, and then I use around 22-24 Ah over night.
  7. Second update from Spadefoot (http://www.svshearwater.com/?p=1913) B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Day 2 (340 miles to go) ------- Another bright sunny day. I can hear Jason (Concussion), although it sounds like he and Solarus aren’t very close, but are close each other. A bit of everything. Too much wind. Too little wind. Too big waves. Super flat water. Easy sailing, hard sailing. I flew the kite from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, then switched to the jib top and double reefed main, the the jib top poled out with the double reefed main and now I’m back to the A2. It’s really hard flying the kite with no apparent wind mode. I spent much of the morning laying on the cockpit floor, staring at the Windex and pushing buttons to change course to keep the kite flying. Very shifty right now. I’m almost halfway, and I just got into the Gulf Stream this morning. 79 degree water. I feel like I’m past the strong part as the cross-current has eased off and the temperature has started to drop. Boat got wet inside, but I got most of it sponged out this morning. Nice to have a break from the wind and waves. Pretty tired. I’m getting little naps, but they are very short, before the boat needs attention. I rested good yesterday morning, knowing last night would be harder. I think that’s all I have for today. I need to go tend the spinnaker.
  8. First update from Spadefoot (http://www.svshearwater.com/?p=1910) B 1-2 (Leg 1) – Day 1 -------- Good morning! Pretty good stuff out here so far. It was nice getting out of the Bay and cracking off a little. The cold front arrived earlier than expected, which was great because I was able to shift to the jib top and then the A5/A0. As the front passed I saw 20-35 knots for about an hour with the A5 up. Spadefoot was full lit up. Top speed was 13.5 knots, and we made up 2nm on Barcanova in 1 hour. After the front passed the skies cleared again. Still clear this morning. Good for the solar panels. I put up the A2 spinnaker around 10pm last night, and it is still up. Moderate breeze overnight. Mostly 8-10, and now it is more like 10-12 out of the north. The wind instruments (speed & direction) aren’t working. Not too surprising, but a bummer about the wind direction, because now the autopilot can’t steer to apparent wind. Tricky with the spinnaker up. Lots of adjustments and handling required. Pretty cold last night. I wore everything I had. But now with the sun up, it is nice. Wind just shifted and/or changed speed. Need to go do some sailing stuff.
  9. Saw Comanche loaded on a ship in Narrangasset Bay today. Rig up, keel on. All by its lonesome, but looking like they were about to depart. Presumably to LA for Transpac.
  10. Beautiful day in Newport today. A few interesting notes: Stanley Paris is already in Bermuda. I'm not sure where he was coming from, but apparently he had new boat issues (surprise!) and didn't make it to the start on time. Inigo Montoya, the Elliot 35SS, is going double-handed both legs, so not officially racing. Perseverance, the C&C 41, is also going DH both legs. Should be an interesting race. Looks like a wide variety of wind speeds and directions. Something for everyone. The tracker is here: Bermuda 1-2 Tracker Cool item of the day. Saw Comanche loaded on a ship in Narrangasset Bay all by its lonesome. Presumably about to head out to LA for Transpac.
  11. They beat Oracle, SBJT, and finished in front of ETNZ. They did that with a slow boat? It appears they are both the best and the worst team out there. depending on the race.
  12. Leaving Texas tomorrow with the boat in tow. Can't wait.
  13. And the J/130 Solarus makes it 38 boats. Does anyone have any suggestions for a place in the Newport area to keep a 30' trailer for a month?
  14. No it isn't. No wind. Not missing anything. Great day for a lay day.
  15. Air-conditioning? You mean heat, right? The highest temperature for the week before the start looks to be 66. I'm going to need to wear my thermals at the dock. We haven't had a high that low in Austin since February. It was 73 this morning before the sun came up. No help on the housing. It does look challenging. We scrapped together free nights from various reward programs at multiple hotels.