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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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  1. ...And for all of you who think that any of the competitors will take this back to monohulls if they win - wrong! Having just spent 3-6 years and a hundred million figuring out how to be enough faster than everyone else to win, they are not going to chuck all of that and start over with a blank sheet of paper. They will not want to give up whatever advantages won the Cup for them to "level the playing field". This is the America's Cup after all...
  2. Having watched pretty much every A/C race since 1958, I can report that the real drama rarely lasts more than 20 minutes. After that it's a boring procession with a bit of sail handling that rarely effected the outcome. It only got interesting with lead changes in the last edition - which were also pretty short races. Even in that series, all the interesting passing happened two legs before the finish, with no further passing or threat of passing. So, the winner was determined within 20 minutes every time. Why drag the inevitable out, pal?!
  3. The speed changes the tactics,as do the short races. It doesn't make them go away. There are tactics in car and motorcycle racing at over 100mph, and in airplane racing at speeds well above that.
  4. That said, I don't think that the cheating is happening...but I do think that it's a bad protocol that allows the defender to sail against the challengers, And doesn't have a provision for a Defender series.
  5. All of you idiots who see America as big cheaters in this thing, please keep in mind that the "American" team is run by a New Zealander with a crew of Australians sailing the boat...who dreamed up the protocol with a group of Australians. So any and all cheating and unfairness that you bleat on about in this AC clearly flows from the minds of elite sailors from the southern hemisphere. I guanantee you that the ONLY American in authority, Larry, did not have the time or interest to sit down with the Australian challengers and hammer out the protocol, or to be involved in any in the running of Oracle Team USA. So, next time you want to natter on about Oracle's cheating, remember that you are point a finger at the New Zealand/ Australian cultures that bread the people that organized the 'cheating atmosphere'.
  6. Per the rules -They have to break the one they have in order to use another..
  7. Given that the helmsman and wing trimmer follow a very short direct path from side to side, and go no where else, why couldn't they wear safety harnesses with tethers attached to an athwartship line across the nets that was too short to let them continue off the side of the boat during a tack or gybe?
  8. They've got the right guy this time in Verdier...He's made both mono's and multi's go faster, so whichever way they choose, the boats will be an upgrade. I agree that a good example of the potential multihull is the Mod 70 or, upping the game, the foiling Mod 70 Gitana/Masarati. On the monohull side, I don't see how jacking Hugo Boss up to 75', or so, will make it that much faster or require much more crew than Alex and 3 of his buddies.
  9. There is no Australian boat entered, so this is less likely. Yes there is - it has ORACLE written on the wing. There is no American boat. I don't think these things sink...
  10. Maybe endplating the jib would slow the airflow too much at deck level, effectively moving the apparent wind acting on the very bottom section of the wing even further forward, which would reduce power low down where there is no righting moment penalty for maximizing it. Guessing, but that's pretty much the way it works on windsurfer rigs - you juice the bottom of the sail as radically as possible given the constraints of the entry angle, so anything that would move the AW further forward would be a negative. Here is your answer: 14. JIB 14.1 Jib nominal dimensions shall be as shown in Appendix F. 14.2 Jibs, jib hardware and battens shall be standard equipment, the make and model of the jibs, jib hardware and battens shall be specified by the Regatta Director prior to September 30, 2015. That's not THE answer because it doesn't explain:1) why Bar's jib is sealed, 2) why Oracle and Artemis have jib endplates 3) why Oracle has used a sealed jib in the recent past(including in the next video below). 4) why Team Japan uses a sealed jib. -- There were three jibs specified IIRC. They were one-design - and ended up all being built in one place. You can swap jibs, but you can't change your jib - if you see what I mean. Clearly one or both of the smaller ones has a raised clew. Simple really..... Your simplistic answer doesn't explain the technical rationale for a high cut jib on a boat designed with a jib endplate...... Different headsails for different wind strengths. Guys - The jib track is set up for their biggest jib. In order for the sheet to hit the track on the smaller jibs they have to raise the clew because the foot of the sail is shorter. They obviously are not going to add the weight of a 2nd and 3rd jib track and control system for each jib size. As sailors, you should understand this sort of detail.,..
  11. Reading through this forum it becomes apparent that those who see TNZ disadvantaged by the rule change might just be pessimists. As an optimist, I see the teams in Bermuda fooling themselves into thinking they are fast because they can run with the other teams on site. There's an equal chance that they are unwittingly engaged in a slow speed circle jerk. Sailing without the influence of the other teams, TNZ may be operating at a fully higher gear...and the worst thing they can do is show up early and give the other teams time to up their game...
  12. As an American, I SO hope that TNZ just smokes Oracle! They are the only team that GETS the special nature of the America's Cup. The other 5 teams are nothing more than hyenas - dragging the Cup down for a couple of meals... If they understood the Cup, not one of those challengers in Bermuda would allow Oracle to line up with them. They would set their own courses and only race among themselves to fine tune their handling and speed. Make Oracle practice against themselves. We all saw how well that worked in S.F... One of the traditions of the America's Cup is that there has always been an American team competing for the right to sail in it. As it stands, a team composed of Australians & New Zealanders has found an American corporate sponsor, whose flag they adopted to sail under. To add insult to injury, they then refuse to create the possibility of a Defender series - which would allow another American flagged yacht the opportunity to compete, possibly with a crew of actual Americans. While I get that overall American sailing skill is off the pace right now, it is not going to get better by not lining up with the top guys. Locking American sailors out of the America's Cup makes me pissed at Larry, an American, for allowing Russel to do it. So yeah TNZ , dig deep into that old Black Magic, and get the Cup out of Russel's grasp.
  13. Like this do you mean? Oh and.... The 7th crew member looks like a techo collating data... I just had to drag this picture down the thread - That is a really sexy boat!! I don't know if it's on purpose, but I love the way the backs and heads of the crew create a foil shap - If they're in that position around the course (front guy head down, etc....) that's gotta be a better aerodynamic solution than the face to face grinders on their knees...
  14. +1 - take it to the Oracle 2013 thread
  15. Yep read that and thought the same thing. Someone from within ACDUH with a chip on their shoulder has rewritten what we have seen elsewhere, even taken the ETNZ produced material - and put a cute little anti-ETNZ spin on it. That's a good sign! I've gotta say that I don't read any of the negativity you seem to think that the article is full of. It seems pretty balanced to me...but then again, I'm not a TNZ or any other team's fan-boy. If there were an American team, I'd be supporting that; but since there isn't, I'm rooting for whomever the challenger is, so there can be an American team next time...