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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      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.

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  1. My J/111 hull #4, the Invisible Hand, received its PHRF rating today of 36 (San Francisco Bay Area) Congrats. From what I've seen, I think you will do very well with that rating.
  2. Well.... the falcon has heard the falconer... I dig... checkbook back on the table. DG Be Dickie, be strong..... Owning three boats = bad idea!
  3. He said that J /111 deserved to win based on the KWRW PHRF raing, not on how well it was sailed; no one knows how well the J/111 was sailed. We don't know what that particular J/111s IRC rating would have been; and even if we did, translating the IRC TOT to PHRF TOD is at best a guestimate. What we have are elapsed finish times that prove that at 39 the J/111 would have still won the regatta, and at 36 it would have finished very close to first place. What makes you think that the J/111 deserved to win the regatta, especially since "As good as that team is, they are new to the boat. Likewise, the boat (J111) still does not have any hard tuning data to go by yet. In contrast, Rush is a well established, very sucessfull program that knows the boat inside and out." Actually the conclusion obtained by analyzing race results is much more logical than the methodology used by the KWRW PHRF Consortium to pull the 48 and 42 numbers out of their asshole. Do you know that PHRF San Francisco provisionally rated the J/111 at 20? When I said the J111 "deserved to win", I actually was referring to how well-sailed the boat was. They did a very nice job, starting well, making nice moves on the race course (their move off the race course to protest our redress was a different story entirely...), and getting faster and faster as the week went on. Their rating was what the rating was. I will say it would have been a complete joke if they had been able to race with their initial rating of 48, and the results back that up. Also, in my opinion, the results and my experience on the race course both suggest the J111 certainly shouldn't rate any higher than the 1D35. The J111 beat the 1D35 boat for boat most of the races by several minutes, even though the 1D35 was rated 6 seconds per mile faster. And this with the J111 being sailed by this crew for the first time with no tuning data to fall back on.
  4. Just returned to the frigid icy north after a hot, steamy, but rather light air Key West Race week. I raced in PHRF 1 on the J109 Rush. The typical conditions were light and lumpy out of the SE-S-SW, so light in fact that we as a crew never fully hiked all week. More typically, we had two to three crew down on the keel. Typically, the wind went right just enough such that starboard tack was pretty squarely into the waves - not our best point of sail in less than ten knots. We flew our 145 the entire week. While our intruments said there was occasionally wind above 10 knots at the top of the mast, we never felt it on the water. So while it was a sunny and beautiful week, we never had the breeze we would have liked. My impressions of the boats were: - Galilee (Bene 44.7). The great story here is Jean-Pierre (sp??) and team brought the boat 2500 miles down to Key West on the water - sailed on her own bottom as it were. In the conditions we saw, she was untouchable. While we were struggling for power, she was fully powered up and going like hell. I don't know what she should have rated, but clearly the rating she had wasn't in the ballpark in the conditions we saw. Turns out they put on a deeper keel with no bulb (lighter) and a custom carbon rig a meter taller with masthead kites (faster) - no wonder they were powered up. For this I think they went from a typical rating of 39 to a penalized rating of 33. If they had not thought there were six legs the first race (there were only four), hit us in prestart race 2, and fouled the OD35 (port-starboard) in a later race, they likely would have had straight firsts. They were just gone. Should have / would have/ could have been headed back to Quebec with the trophy after racing on Thursday. Big bummer for those guys. - Wicked (J124). Not much to say here other than they never seemed to be able to sail to the rating. Occasionally went very fast, but just were never very impressive. I was really surprised and dissappointed with their performance. Having said that it was by far the sexiest (best looking) boat on the race course) - Revolution (OD35). I'm convinced these boats have been condemned by PHRF. I owned one that rated 27, whereas in KW they rated 36. These boat should rate closer to 45 or so in my opinion. Fantastic boat (regardless of build quality), but the most difficult boat to sail to its rating that I have ever sailed. - Kalevala (Grand Soleil 37). Dont know alot about this boat either. My understanding is they had old sails, but they were just never fast. Not sure why, but they were way off the pace. - Rush (J109). Lot of experience, very well prepared, newer sails, sailed pretty well for the week with just a couple snafus. Certainly we could have gone faster. Being the slow boat in the fleet (by a lot) certainly put us at a disadvantage No way we could have beat the 44.7 - they were in a different league. I felt like as soon as the breeze got above ten knots we could hang with the J111 up wind, but down wind they were always faster. When the wind went right and we were square into the chop on starboard tack, we were slow and the J111 stayed fast. That simple. In above ten knots, we may have been able to beat them. In less than ten, which was typical, they had us. - Kontiki (J111). Pretty boat, sailed very well. They deserved the win. They were initially given a rating of 48 (!!!) by the consortium, but the rating was reduced to 42 as a result of a protest based on IRC ratings. I was disappointed with them when they protested the redress we were given when we were hit hard in the prestart by the Bene (redress was granted initially by a three person jury, then confirmed after their protest by a five person jury). The boat has beautiful lines, and looks great going through the water. Certainly the carbon rig helps reduce the hobby-horsing in the chop. Seems like a nice boat but $295,000? You could buy 6 Farrs 30's and start your own OD fleet for that. Disclaimer - I've owned a J27, two J29, and J33 and am a huge Jboat fan.. on the used market at least.