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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. No need to be nice. Really disaplointing to see this shit from gcaptain. Guy who runs it purports to be a former SWO (Surface Warfare Officer). Will never see anything they write with credibility again.
  2. +1000 The gcaptain article is pure tripe (used to be an OS and a long time CIC Watch Sup)... All that said, dollars to doughnuts, there was an unrecognized over reiliance on automation on both ships which led to a fateful case of expectation bias on both bridges. ARPA on the Fitz (stuff we used to do with grease pencils on SPA-25 scope heads and moboards and artfully communicated via the bitch box to the bridge)...and ECDIS being used to conn a minimally manned merchant in dark crowded waters... Said it before;Sayin' it again. Sirens are alive and well... They dress up like this in these Evolved, Modern Times...
  3. https://m.facebook.com/pg/lasolitairedufigaro/photos/?ta9b=album&album_id=10156271958782729&ref=page_internal
  4. FRENG BACK TO NEWS NEWS NICOLAS LUNVEN (GENERALI) WINS STAGE 1 OF LA SOLITAIRE URGO LE FIGARO Published on 07/06/2017 Crossing the finish line off Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain at 00h 01m 16s local time (22h 01m 16s UTC) Nicolas Lunven (Generali) won the first stage of the 2017 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. The 36 year old from Vannes, Brittany who last won the race overall in 2009 took 2 days 07 hrs 31 m 16 seconds to complete the course from Bordeaux (Pauillac) to Gijon, a theoretical distance of 420 miles. Now on his ninth participation in the La Solitaire multi stage solo offshore race it is the first time ever that he has won a stage. He has been one of the pacemakers since leaving the Gironde estuary on Sunday afternoon, third at the Radio France buoy at the exit of the estuary, then fourth at the midway turning mark. He pressed a little further to the west after the most northerly turn, at the Plateau Rochebonne mark south west of Les Sables d’Olonne and reaped a dividend as he taked onto starboard towards Gijon. He moved past Adrien Hardy as one of the fastest in the fleet, taking over a lead he never relinquished. Hardy (AGIR Recouvrement) took second place in a time of 2 days 7hrs 44 mins and 39 seconds, only 13 minutes and 33 seconds behind Lunven. It is the fourth time Hardy has been on the podium of a stage. He has never won a stage before but was second into Kinsale in 2010 behind Armel Le Cléac’h - who went on to win the race. In 2013 and again in 2015 he was third twice, both times into Dieppe. In third place, finishing at 00h 29mn 02s, Sébastien Simon took third place. The 27 year old took 2 days 7 hours 59 minutes and 2 seconds aboard Bretagne-CMB Performance, so 14 minutes and 23 seconds behind second place and 27 minutes and 55 seconds after the stage winner Lunven. It is the second time the young skipper from Les Sables d’Olonne has finished in the podium on a stage of La Solitaire, winning into Concarneau in 2015. Lunven said: “At daybreak I was just behind Adrien Hardy and had a good battle with him. I said to myself this morning that second was possible but after passing him I was pretty nervous all day and so I am very happy to win a stage for the first time, especially on a stage like this with between 5 and 50 knots of wind, upwind and downwind. It was pretty sporty, pretty tough. The seas were really hyper chaotic at times.” ARCHIVES Nicolas Lunven (Generali) wins Stage 1 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro 07/06 01h28 Lunven Leads Into Gijon 06/06 18h22 Damage Reports on Stage 1 06/06 12h20 Hardy Leads, Indefatigable Dalin Bounces Back During Brutal Second Night 06/06 08h11 Tabarly Has To Abandon, Heading to Les Sables d’Olonne 05/06 23h03 Champions on top. Criou Abandons Stage 1 and heads directly to Gijon. 05/06 19h29 2009 Race Winner Nico Lunven in Command 05/06 08h32 Slow Start to La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Belies Full Bodied First Test 04/06 17h36 Alan Roberts, Investing for the Long Term. 02/06 09h21 Share 20Shares SIMILAR CONTENT 07/06/2017 a 01h28 Nicolas Lunven (Generali) wins Stage 1 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro 06/06/2017 a 18h22 Lunven Leads Into Gijon 06/06/2017 a 12h20 Damage Reports on Stage 1 06/06/2017 a 08h11 Hardy Leads, Indefatigable Dalin Bounces Back During Brutal Second Night PRESS CENTER CONTACT SKIPPER AREA PRIVACY POLICY
  5. http://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/news/view/damage-reports-on-stage-1 FRENG BACK TO NEWS NEWS DAMAGE REPORTS ON STAGE 1 Published on 06/06/2017 It has been a difficult 24 hours for the La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro fleet with winds over 40kts and big seas. Here is a list of known problems this morning. 21h21 : Erwan Tabarly (Armor Lux) annonced he was heading to Les Sables d’Olonne because of his broken port spreader. 21h23 : Le Santorini, the safety boat accompanying the fleet reports that Sophie Faguet (Porsche Corben) has had many problems with her sails. 23h34 : Yannig Livory (Lorientreprendre) called Race Direction to say that a huge wave had damaged his Solent headsail and his main halyard had broken and his main had torn in two. He is now heading under reduced sail to Gijon. He has also broken his D2 shroud. 23h49 : Jérémie Beyou (Charal) reported he had lost his Solent and headsail halyards and was heading to Gijon under mainsail only. 0h14 : Damien Guillou (Domino’s Pizza) called to say his mainsail is damaged and he was heading to Les Sables d’Olonne. 1h14 : Anthony Marchand (Ovimpex Secours Populaire) also tore mainsal and was also routing to the Vendée haven. 1h34 : Erwan Tabarly (Armor Lux) arrived Les Sables met by shore team 4h25 : Eric Delamare (Région Normandie) lost big spinnaker 5h46 : Marc Pouydebat (Auto Malin) torn mainsail heading to La Rochelle 7h27 : Damien Cloarec (Saferail) AIS antennna problem, still racing to Gijon 7h31 : Anthony Marchand (Ovimpex Secours Populaire) is in Les Sables and plans to go to Gijon or Concarneau direct 9h10 : Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) torn head of mainsail, 9h12 : Damien Guillou (Domino’s Pizza) is in Les Sables d’Olonne plans to rejoin in Gijon or Concarneau. ARCHIVES Damage Reports on Stage 1 06/06 12h20 Hardy Leads, Indefatigable Dalin Bounces Back During Brutal Second Night 06/06 08h11 Tabarly Has To Abandon, Heading to Les Sables d’Olonne 05/06 23h03 9 Champions on top. Criou Abandons Stage 1 and heads directly to Gijon. 05/06 19h29 2009 Race Winner Nico Lunven in Command 05/06 08h32 Slow Start to La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Belies Full Bodied First Test 04/06 17h36 Share SIMILAR CONTENT 06/06/2017 a 12h20 Damage Reports on Stage 1 06/06/2017 a 08h11 Hardy Leads, Indefatigable Dalin Bounces Back During Brutal Second Night 05/06/2017 a 23h03 Tabarly Has To Abandon, Heading to Les Sables d’Olonne 05/06/2017 a 19h29 Champions on top. Criou Abandons Stage 1 and heads directly to Gijon.l9
  6. http://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/news/view/course-shortened-for-stage-1 Course Shortened for Stage 1 Published on 04/06/2017 Because of imminent stormy conditions on the Bay of Biscay, predicted to worst off the Brittany peninsula, the course of the first leg of La Solitaire URGO Figaro has been reduced from the scheduled 525 nautical miles to 430 miles. The decision was taken last night as the 43 boat fleet arrived in the start port of Pauillac where the solo racers will leave this Sunday afternoon bound for Gijon on the north Spanish coast where they are now expected to finish between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The lastest Saturday night weather files showed gusts to 45kts and a vicious front which is expected to sweep the Chaussée du Sein area through which the solo skippers would have had to pass Monday evening. Big and confused seas were predicted. Instead of climbing north to the Chaussée du Sein the fleet will pass the Courdouan light at the entrance to the Gironde estuary, then head south – expected to be downwind under spinnaker - to the Cap Ferret mark off Arcachon, then it is a long NNW tight reach to the Rochebonne turn (by the Ile de Ré) where they head SW on a starboard tack reach towards the Gijon finish. After a relatively light start the 43 skippers are expected to face SW winds of 25-30 knots, with a with the most difficult section being crossing the front in 25-30 knots as the winds shift sharply to the NW. Course Shortened for Stage 1 04/06 10h21
  7. http://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/cartographie La Solitaire Babes...
  8. Tracker link... http://yb.tl/rwyc_transat2017
  9. Sailboat drone ops... (Sometimes it ain't so easy to "recover aboard"...) More here...
  10. Only American in the race... https://issuu.com/ocvision/docs/solitairemagazine2017
  11. Cove stripe along with the aluminum toe rail pretty much points to a Hughes 38... https://www.popyachts.com/sloop-sailboats-for-sale/hughes-h-38-in-sodus-point-new-york-86652 That particular boat doesn't have the doghouse cabin top, but there were two versions produced... More here: http://www.hughes38.com/?page_id=107
  12. Blasts From The Past... https://books.google.com/books?id=hsN199QM-7MC&pg=PA96&dq=phrf+rating&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiw9ZbhjeDTAhVCMZoKHQ_SA9Y4KBDoAQg1MAU#v=onepage&q=phrf rating&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=Ufpg-SZGOLAC&pg=PA127&dq=phrf+rating&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiw9ZbhjeDTAhVCMZoKHQ_SA9Y4KBDoAQgpMAI#v=onepage&q=phrf rating&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=fGnyTd94UvMC&pg=PA57&dq=phrf+rating&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi8z8WSj-DTAhUEMZoKHYORD_I4HhDoAQgpMAI#v=onepage&q=phrf rating&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=F_NOsIXtd14C&pg=PA65&dq=phrf+rating&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwic-bi6j-DTAhUBG5oKHXEAA6A4FBDoAQgtMAM#v=onepage&q=phrf rating&f=false
  13. Painted my steering pedestal 3 years ago with Brightsides with the idea that a 1 part would be easier to fix as the inevitable abuse from the sun, feet, winch handles, etc., took its toll. It has held up much better than I expected with only minimal dings, and it still is retaining a respectable shine even though I don't do anything special with it.
  14. I think that was the Cape of Good Hope, not Cape Horn.... He sailed a 37 ft. engineless Ericson cutter around the Horn. http://www.inthepresentsea.com/the_actual_site/egregious.html First American to do so solo... EGREGIOUS was a 37’ cutter, an Ericson 37, a stock racer/cruiser that I modified in many ways, including not having an engine installed. She was launched in 1973 and may have been the first boat with a modern fin keel/spade rudder underbody to round Cape Horn. Not anything against Ericson, but it started to fall apart on him... His book is worth the read: https://www.amazon.com/STORM-PASSAGE-Alone-Around-ebook/dp/B004JHYMIG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1296912320&sr=1-2 Webb also sailed his She 36 around the Horn as well... An account here in an old Cruising World . What happened to Resurgam and Webb later is "The Rest of the Story"... https://books.google.com/books?id=WfCYwie6UWQC&pg=RA1-PA90&lpg=RA1-PA90&dq=webb+chiles+resurgam+cruising+world&source=bl&ots=SKdvvtI6m6&sig=Ewj1-q_fEA91luHetX4SCfHkybQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjyi4bf58PTAhXBiiwKHflACAEQ6AEIPjAE#v=onepage&q=webb%20chiles%20resurgam%20cruising%20world&f=false