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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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      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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  1. Up until this race, the umps were able to explain their calls to the teams. They had data that backed up the calls. "Umpiring" is part of all sports. I don't see it as unsporting for the umpires to admit their error when they know that the teams will see that they were wrong. Including the public is part of educating your audience. I think that helps make the show more entertaining. I'm willing to agree to disagree if you are. "De gustibus non disputandum."
  2. I disagree. Sailing is not like other sports. AC is not like other forms of sailing. The umps have to explain to teams how they made the call. They have to explain how analogous cases will be called in the future. They have to provide reliable information about both the past and the future. They have to be prepared for questions from folks who are pretty much experts about the rules of racing, both in general and in this particular regatta. If they made a mistake, it will come out in no uncertain terms in the debriefing. Better to admit their mistake as soon as they realize their error, and shorten up the amount of time it takes to get on the same page with all the sailors for the next similar situation. Pretending it didn't happen might work in other sports with long seasons and a different method of rewriting the rule book. This ain't that. And that's one of the reasons I find it so much fun to follow. Marty
  3. I don't know how. I've looked, too. I used to use the non-WYSIWIG editor to get quotations sorted out and to insert some tags by hand. I see no such option in this edit box nor in my Account Settings. <b>HTML tags can be inserted into the post using the "\<\>" link on the toolbar, in theory.</b> Well, so much for that theory! I was wrong.
  4. Thanks for your efforts to preserve some standards in an anarchist Forum, BJ. I have over eight pages of people on ignore the last time I looked. That's life on the internet. Thread drift happens. People who expect you to moderate every thread from that point of view are asking the impossible. This is a strange little corner of the internet. Very strange. I've been following the AC online since the early 90s. I don't know of a better place to find discussion of the AC than this group. I ignore a lot of noise because there is great information in some of the posts. It seems to me that that is life on the internet. There is a troll born every minute. And lots of fish willing to take the bait. Life with people: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Macbeth may not be the right person to quote in this context, but his last words (5:8) seem kind of relevant here: I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse. Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!' Marty
  5. Thanks for the reminder of the terminology. I've been racking my brains trying to remember what the name of the magic technology. Here is the body of just one of the 100 posts that turned up from one thread: "LET a non issue?!!? The ability for the wing to Twist is fundamental to the speed potential of the rig!!! "A sail that does not twist away efficiently will in fact stall as its speed increases and as the angle of the apparent wind changes at different parts of a sail. This has been extensively research and implemented in cammed windsurf racing sails since the late 90's. A sail that does not twist efficiently will not be fast! and will not have control!! and if you don't have control you won't go fast!!!"
  6. That seems to me to be a reasonable supposition. All five of the signatories to the agreement about the next two series have good reason, in their own best interests, to maximize their chances of defeating NZ so that one of the five will become the Defender next time. Getting through to the LV Finals is worth fame and money. Winning the Cup is worth fame and money. Getting to use the same boats to test for and/or compete in the next Cup saves time and money. Letting the Defender tune up with them is in their best interests--they will want to do the same if and when they become Defender. I don't see why they should be constrained by the choice that ETNZ freely made not to come to Bermuda when they did. I don't see why they should dance to ETNZ's tune.
  7. Teams are allowed to train and interact together on a set number of days. It is all explained in detail in this other thread.
  8. Ah ? so what would it be then ? if the explanations we got were true, plane would have moving wings, they don't. Planes also don't have foils. Different situation, different dynamics, different techniques for liftoff.
  9. I submitted a question to "Ask Jack" on 5 Apr 2016, at 02:17 Question: In "beast mode," there seems to have been some kind of rhythmic pumping of the wing. You explained one week that this was not against the rules. What is the beneficial effect of the back-and-forth motion? What telltale, if any, is the trimmer watching to decide how much to pump? What is there about this technique that makes the boats go faster upwind? Jack replied to my question via email on 4/25/2016 4:31 PM: Hi Marty, OK, I have a few answers for you. On my way home after a good visit in Bermuda where I talked to several insiders, on all three of the teams here. - the wing trimmer is really working by “feel” and coordinating with the helmsman. He is not looking at any telltales. - the active wing trim helps the pitch (fore/aft) trim of the boat as well as the ride height. - no one I’ve talked to thinks the active wing trim constitutes pumping. - everyone I talked to thinks Bruce Knecht was just looking to sell more books with his controversial claims. I’ll write something up for my newsletter soon. I'm not sure that Jack did cover this in a later newsletter. What he says fits with your explanation about letting the boat climb before loading up the foils again.
  10. Thanks, A Cat. I certainly didn't understand that the magic was in the easing of the sheet in order to unload the foils and allow the boat to gain altitude. I'm a "keyboard sailor," so this is only one of a zillion things I don't understand.
  11. The piccies came out well enough. Very funny. Hear, hear! I'm still laughing, three posts later ... "Keep the King, discard the Jack!"
  12. Short for "PhotoShopped," which is short for "retouched to keep secrets from falling into the hands of OTUSA."
  13. Wildly amateur guess: hands-free video setup. As you say, a shock- and water-proof Go Pro on top, connected to some goggles that give the user a view of what the camera is recording. All the cameraman has to do is to look at the boat by tilting and panning his head. His hands are free to help keep him upright and in the boat. Or not.
  14. And for Olympic dinghies. They ooch, they rock, they pump. It's all about power-to-weight ratio. Small sail, small vessel, big guys, go fast. I don't know the numbers for the AC 50, but it's on the order of tons of mass in motion working against air and water resistance. Eight rowers in a scull do great things--for sculling. Put the same eight in the AC50s, four on a side, with seats and oars as in a scull, and the boat wouldn't go much of anywhere. Direct all of their power into pumping the massive wing for an AC50, and they wouldn't go anywhere. Pedals, chains, hydraulic pumps, lines, valves, etc., do not amplify the power of the grinders. They rob power from them. Jack Griffin from CupExperience explained that "beast mode" was about having power to continually make quick, fine adjustments to wing trim and the foils, along with taking a longer but faster line around the course. Yes, the trailing edge of the wing was moving back-and-forth in the videos we had, but it wasn't like Sir Ben pumping, rocking, and ooching his dinghy in the Olympics.
  15. 8 hp is a lot of output from human power. In my view, it is nothing compared to the power of the wing and aero and hydraulic drag. The 8 hp cannot be used at 100% efficiency. There are always losses to entropy (it's the law).