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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. IMOCA 24 hr record: 536.81nm VO65 24 hr record: 550.82nm Go figure!
  2. Lynch, Why not ask them? There are very few "identical boats" in the world.
  3. Clean, One of the problems is that the VOR boats need to be able to handle a hell of a lot more than in any other event. So the boats have to be stronger. I haven't heard of a single structural issue in any of the VO70s since they turned into boats for normal events. So the problem is that they are always going to be overbuilt compared to what does the Hobart or Fastnet. The same can be said of the IMOCAs. Talking to guys who have sailed both the cosistent response is that an IMOCA wouldn't cope with a VOR as the crews push so much harder than the solos have to. I also feel that the requirements of the VG and the VOR are so different that any boat designed to do both will be too much of a compromise for each. Yes the VOR boat can be made a lot quicker and more exciting to sail, it can be made far better than the first attempt with not enough time available. But the important question is whether that woudl actually make the race that much better for sponsors to justify doubling their investment. You can buy a Ferrari at double the cost of a BMW M4, but would the race be more exciting? I don't know the answer, but I think there is a hell of a lot more to it than boatspeed.
  4. Francois, Interesting as I have the opposite view. To me there are too many competitors in the VG to develop any real connection with any of them. So I tend to follow the development up to the start, then only keep tabs on who retires and when. I do agree that it is strange that there are not more sponsors wanting to do the VOR. Looking at the ROI and the level of investment now required you would think it was a no brainer for many larger companies. Volvo's level of commitment must show something, but it never seems to translate into numbers. That is th ereal question though, "what will attract more sponsors?" not "What will be the coolest boat we can try and sell to sponsors?"
  5. Clean, Part of that brief was for boats that could complete two or three races without having to get shipped anywhere. So they needed to be strong. Also, the sailors have to note that without the VO65 they would all be looking for a new job as what they did with the VO70s when left to play unattended nearly killed the race dead. Definitely imporvements that can be made and to expect it perfect straight out of the box is unrealistic, but the bagging of the boats and the designers when they actually produced what was requested seems a bit harsh by many here.
  6. Moonduster, I suspect that if you ever met a Volvo sailor you would release a slight wimper and make a mess of yourself. It took nearly 6 months for the brief to be finalised and reducing RM and making the boats easier to sail was on the list.
  7. All these discussions have been had 4 times now to my knowledge. In 2002 when the 70 rule was developed the multi was seriously considered, but the IMOCA option was not. In 2012 the IMOCA option was more seriously considered, but the fact that the boat would be a compromise for each event didn't help. Look at the old FICO 60s and see what doing crewed and single handed races did to that class. In some ways it is such a close decision that it doen't matter which one you select, it won't be completely wrong, but is also unlikely to be a huge mistake!
  8. Zander, not directed at you. More directed at comments from Mooduster making a statement of fact that the VO65s are crap, or from that Frantic bloke who says that FYD should be banned from putting forward a proposal. FYD met the brief very well. The fact that the brief did not call for VO70 performance is your issue there, not what the designer produced. I agree that the boats are going to need something else after this race, but what that is depends on the appetite of the sponsors and their willingness to dig deeper into the pockets as much as anything else. And if the 65s meet their wishes, why change? If they don't eet their wishes, then we need to revise the brief.
  9. I love all the bashing of the VO65s by people who have probably never even seen one in the flesh. In reality FYD designed a boat that met the brief put forward by VOR pretty much bang on. That is the reason fro a brief, so the designer produces what the client wants, not what they want. There was a huge amount learned with the VO65 that has and will trickle down to the rest of us: in build structural analyis, OD build methods developed for high tech components, custom boat yards working together..... Also, is a 541nm day really slow to you guys? Who on this thread has ever done a 500nm plus day on the water? The VO65 has allowed the event organiser to return the event to the Southern Ocean properly, with long legs that the predecessor failed to finish. Yes improvements can be made, but the boats are the same speed, make it around in one piece and can be pushed to the crews limits. The sponsors are the ones putting their hands in their pockets. To throw away a $3m toy and spend $5m on a new one just to keep you guys happy is a tall order.
  10. And it gets around the DSS patent. Any hole in the hull, whether near the static waterline or higher up is an issue, so I don't buy that one myself. It seems that many designers are trying to avoid paying the patent at any cost. Everyone wants to have thought of it first!
  11. As an adventure I love the VG, but sport. Top three spaced over 1200nm, I struggle to stay interested. Awaiting the hate mail!!
  12. Tubes generally fail because a fitting has failed. It is rare that the carbon fails through fatigue. Now fatigue of a rigging fitting, normally a metal one, that is more common.
  13. Seb looks like he is constantly shitting himself!!
  14. Clean, It was asked back in 2003, 2008 and 2012. Same answer each time: having 6 to 8 70X60 platforms makes venues and timing very difficult. Remember that if the boats are a lot faster then the eitre get around the world too quickly and arrive in Newport in the winter, or leave Alicante in the winter, or they spend too long ta the dock and that is the biggest cost. I also find the conclusions on cost of a multi hard to believe. How can an item that takes 20,000 man hours more to build and uses 1.5 times as much carbon in three times as much tooling cost about the same?
  15. Quick quiz questions for you all: 1. How many MOD70s could you fit in the harbour in Cape Town? 2. Where would you put them when you got them out of the water? I know Cape Town isn't the only option, but it is just an example.