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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. In 2015 on the J/125 Hamachi, we had a well known router helping us before the start. There was a tropical storm down south that the models showed might positively influence the weather to the south but it would require a big dive south. The morning before the start, we had a call with him and he was saying the routing was 70% in favor of the big dip to the south, but if the Tropical storm altered course, it could fall apart. Our own Expedition routing also suggested going south. The alternative was a far northern route (like the one above) but it didn't look that great. So after he was saying 70/30 N/S with more risk on the southern route, we asked him which route he would choose. He said "I would start on the rhumb line and see what happens." Which we did and it turned out great for us. The southern boats got killed. The models evolved to favor a northern route and we ended up heading gradually north after the 2nd day and it paid off. After 5 days, Hamachi and Varuna were the northernmost boats and ended up in a horse race to the finish. The boats that dove south at the start got hammered (Timeshaver among them). Resolute was on a similar route to us staying close in the light air for the first 2-3 days but they were sailing double handed and when we finally got into the trades and saw steady 18-22, they couldn't push the boat as hard. Sadly, Fujin had to pull the plug on Transpac this year. In late April, we were in St Martin getting ready to leave for the canal but our Canal agent told us the delays were 25-30 days for pleasure craft. So we lined up shipping from West Palm Beach to Ensenada. We had a signed deal and headed for WPB. After 1000 miles, we arrived WPB with a few days to spare before loading. Two days before loading in early May, the shipper (SevenStar) tells us they miscalculated their load and there was no room for us so we got bumped. There were late May shipping options but the schedule was getting too tight so we pulled the plug.
  2. I just noticed FreeBurd is transmitting AIS so you can see them on Marinetraffic.com (and the cruise ships).
  3. Close encounter with the Cruise ship. From AIS and Race Tracker within the last couple minutes side by side:
  4. Wind reports all around the Ketchikan area show significant dropoff over the last couple hours with several zero reports. They are about to hit the windless wall. Given the lighter weight of FB, I think they have an advantage in a pedalfest. We'll see. They have around 20 NM to go. My money is on FB FTW finishing around 1430 PDT (1330 Ketchikan time).
  5. FB is inside Campania island. Plenty of depth there and in the channel just north where they will have to turn left. That east/west channel north of Campania is a mile wide at the narrowest with plenty of water. Their only issue is that BB will be sailing a shorter distance so chance for a big gain.
  6. Around 10:30 PM PDT, P&W/FB has about 16 miles to go before Seymour narrows moving at 8 knots down the rhumb line. As they get closer their positive current will accelerate. Max ebbs is just after midnight. Door closes around 3AM. It looks good that they will make it. But it is currently blowing 25 out of the northwest about 10 miles north of the narrows. It continues to be super narrow along there so that is a lot of tacking in a big breeze. Bad Kitty/Big Broderna are about 8 miles behind P&W, moving much slower. They will not get the same level of positive current until they get closer to the narrows. If they get into the same wind the P&W guys appear to have, I think they will make it.
  7. From the tracker it looks like none of the boats still out there can make headway west to reach the entrance to Victoria. Hein Bank is reporting 27 knots gustig to 34. I imagine the waves are pretty gnarly and with a 1-2 knot flood at Trial Island (max flood is around 4PM), it is going to be a long day for these guys. Forecast is for the wind to moderate over the next couple hours so hopefully conditions allow most of them to get in before dark if they don't quit.
  8. Check Sevenstar: http://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com
  9. For the serious multihull junkies, you can watch the BVI racing via AIS (marinetraffic.com). I have no idea what happened in the first race, but race 2 is in progress and Extreme and Elvis are very close with Extreme holding a small lead. Nala is a mile or so back. Race started just north of Peter Island and they are just rounding the Dog Islands. Not sure where the next leg takes them.
  10. Maserati has abandoned their foils for Transpac... http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7220-Maserati-Mod-70-Blows-Into-Town
  11. Yes, congratulations to Jim Vos, Gino Morelli and the Nala team. It came down to the last race and Fujin was ripping through the course that included several reaching legs in 17-21 knots. Fujin was doing well over 20 knots for long stretches and had no real hiccups. On Day 1, Fujin was pulling away from Nala pretty easily in the same conditions, but by Day 3 the Nala guys had ramped it up, pushing the boat even harder and we couldn't put enough time on them. They are a friendly bunch of great sailors that did an impressive job considering it was Nala's first regatta. The Gunboats sailed well but I think the ratings were a bit harsh on them, particularly Flow who was always close but couldn't correct out. The multi-rule was just born and we had some very close corrected finishes. Nala corrected on Fujin by 11 seconds in Race 3. The rule is designed to adjust based on measured performance so Flow and Arethusa should see some relief in their rating going forward. Fault Tolerant was closer in corrected times. When the wind was light on Day 1, Nala owed time to Fujin but in the higher winds, Fujin owed a bunch of time which accurately reflects both boats potential. Nala is faster in under 10 knots or wind. I think as the rule is refined, we'll see lots of close finishes. All the other rules we've raced under (CSA, Gunboat rating system, NEMA, Mocra) have a single Time Correction Factor which pretty much means the wind conditions will determine who has a shot at winning. Fujin won't be there for the BVI Spring Regatta. Too many races too far from home for most of the crew. We're bummed to miss it since Elvis and Extreme H20 should be there. Next up for Fujin is St Barts.
  12. Yes, in light to moderate winds, Nala seems to have pace on all the Gunboats and Fujin. In the Round the Rock race it was 10-15. After the long upwind leg, Fujin, Nala and Flow were very close in that order. Nala had an issue getting their kite up and Flow got by and was able to hold them off. Fujin finished the 22 mile race about 10 mins ahead of Flow with Nala a couple mins further behind followed by Fault Tolerant. In todays race, after the first 3/4 of the race in 5-10 knots. Nala had a comfortable lead, about 10 mins ahead of Flow, followed closely by Fujin. A squall came through and the wind filled to 15-20. We had a 4 mile reach out and back. Fujin was within a few boat lenghts of Nala as we reached the turn and we had a killer drag race reaching to the finish in 18-20 knots. Fujin averaged around 21 knots for that 8 mile stretch and finished about a minute ahead of Nala. Flow was about 10 mins back. The multi-rule is getting tweaked after a problem was identified, so corrected results have been delayed. Fujin won the Round St Johns race with Fault Tolerant srcond, Nala third. Results for day one of STIR are pending an adjustment. The issue is that implied wind speed is used to compute handicap from polars but since implied wind speed is always lower than true wind speed, it ends up hurting the boats that are relatively faster in lighter air and helps boats that are faster in heavy air (like Fujin). The adjustment is to use measured wind speed. All the owners agreed to the change and we should see day 1 results Saturday.
  13. All the winches can be top handled. We would just be slower in sail changes. Loads on Fujin are quite a bit lower than on the bigger, heavier boats so it is manageable. The traveler winches are manual.
  14. The organizers put a notice in the NOR like this one from next weeks St Thomas regatta. Also applies to most of the super yachts. 1.1 The regatta will be governed by: a, the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing. Rule 52 will not apply.
  15. If you look about 3:15, you can see our stellar pit woman has the jib halyard run around the port pit winch to the port primary. Both pit and primary winches are electric but the primary is a bigger, faster 3 speed winch. Regarding ratings, pyrat is correct. Any rating adjustments due to new polar data will not be applied until the next regatta and suspect data due to apparent sandbagging will be tossed out. Mild sandbagging may be difficult to detect. There should be something published on the multi-rule in the next week or so. Hopefully before the St Thomas regatta where there should be 4 Gunboats, including Elvis, the new, faster HH66 Nala and Fujin.