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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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    FT-10, moore 24, ocean racing
  1. Cool boat! Fits most, if not all of your requirements. It looks very manageable for a DH'ed PacCup. Seems like it could be made competitive. I guess there could be more of a rating risk with a one-off. But long ocean racing is always a crap-shoot. You would be eligible for the Schumacher prize! Sorry I didn't give you any useful info. Good Luck!! Congrats of the Best First.
  2. I figured you would be cannibalizing Shearwater, but I was assuming shipping trailer and boat back for the 50K budget. Anyway...I'm assuming one of your major reasons for racing a smaller boat in the future is the potential to race it at near "100%" DH'ed. Especially with your comments on the Antrim 27/Syn1000, I think the FT-10 would be too much as well. Any small light boat can be a "handful". Keep in mind that you will pay costs for the manageability of the smaller size. Comfort can be a problem for some. Sleeping, cooking, navigating become harder. Also to be "full-out" one has to drive a lot if not all the time. Autopilots for small planning boats means you are not racing "100%" except for a few scenarios while racing to Hawaii. (Consider all the weight need to power it as well). Saving weight, I think is very important. I, like the Erkelens, didn't bring my auto for the Moore in '92, that, and other self imposed limitations allowed me to take one less battery. On a flip side, consider the fact the squalls for most (all?) boats this year were more intense than usual. So the bar stories might have been more accurate! In racing the Moore twice, we rounded-down once. In '92 we rounded up 3 times (no-downs), only one needed both of us to recover, on the way to an elapsed time ~11d 18h. A fairly windy year with mostly moderate and some heavy squalls. I considered myself to be a "ballsy" decent, but not great downwind driver. We carried the same 3/4 oz chute, except for a 5' check, from hoist to douse, ~9 days... so it couldn't have been too bad! For a very good opinion, talk to Jim Quanci, ~17 Hawaii races, 3 DH'ed on a Moore, Hobie and this year with his wife on their Cal 40. He has sailed with a lot of people with varying abilities and different types of boats with different "styles". After all my BS, under the requirements you stated... my opinion is that I'm afraid that racing a smaller planning/ULDB boat may not improve your experience or out come. At least the first time! Of course there are a lot of worse things to do than racing to Hawaii. Doing well in the Pac Cup, like most things, requires a lot of prep, some skill(s) that allows one to take advantage of any luck that comes your way. (I did read most of your Pac Cup blog as well as many others.) I hope you guys do the race again! Out of curiosity what kind of boat did you check out the day?
  3. If you're talking 50K to do the race: A lifting keel Hobie 33 is the best competitive boat. I've raced a Moore to Hawaii twice. A H33 about 1K off Cali coast. I've raced a FT-10 in SF and Diego and was a boat jake for one. (I also ran private race boats and private sailing yachts). A stock FT-10 would need a lot of up-grades/work. Quick boat, I like it. Many raced hard (ocean) down under. I like the Antrim 27, good pac cup history, albeit with very good crew. If 50K just for the boat with lifting keel...(others seem to have reading comprehension worse than mine)... I'm not educated enough to give an "educated opinion" since I like to use personal experience or that of a few very knowledgeable friends.