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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. Russel Brown is just the definition of class and elegance. I've been aware of him apropos of the Proa Wars but only recently got up the energy to find out the history of the thing. Suffice to say, and I'll perhaps get flamed for this, he is one of the very few people to have done any significant ocean journeys on Proas, and done so for well thought out reasons, and without a particular ideology. He is obviously a great boat builder, as you can see for example in the Off Center Harbor video on their split-apart dingy. (I have to make a new center board for an old day sailer this summer and that video immediately converted me to epoxy on wood from my overly complex fiberglass ideas.) And of course he's worked on America's Cup boats etc. The cool thing, and I say this as a design engineer myself, is there is an efficiency of thought and action here that is remarkable. He does things with seemingly minimal cost and minimal energy to maximum effect. As many have remarked on watching the tracker this past week you can just see the elegance in the navigation. As I write this PT Watercraft is going 8.9 knots up Hecate Strait with what looks to be a great weather window to get to Ketchikan and is likely to beat Roger Mann by a bunch. Mann is really a great foil to Brown in this story as bistros notes above. It's just awesome.
  2. I'm involved in Engineering R&D as well and I completely agree with you. I was actually also heavily involved in cycling for a long time as well and in this case I strongly feel that the other teams really didn't talk to, or listen to, people who knew much about cycling. In particular this argument about how hard it would be to run across the tramp after pedaling hard doesn't really take into account things like cyclocross where you got at max for an hour or so and jump on and have to carry the bike several times on the course. Also they were probably thinking road cleats and maybe hadn't heard about mountain bike cleats which are up inside the sole. I'm particularly amused because I'm sure there was videos of team directors talking about how not-aerodynamic the cycling position was, and now ETNZ looks far more aerodynamic than Oracle, since the grinders can't generate much power unless they stand up. Here's a question, though maybe this has been discussed: If the Cyclors have so much more hydraulic power, could they, if behind in a tacking dual, make so many maneuvers that they exhaust the lead boat if the leader is trying to cover over and over? I haven't watched any full races other than the two on Sunday but I haven't heard there were much in the way of duals. People were speculating there wasn't much action in the start box as Oracle might be conserving energy. Of course the NBC race commentators were arguing it was because JS has gone squirrely in the face of ETNZ's pace.
  3. I would think you get into more an more trouble if the overall race is longer as well. It's one thing for Randy and crew to sleep badly over three days on an M32. Any longer than that if under-crewed or on an open boat you'd just have to stop and sleep properly. Didn't Ocelot have a decent number of crew, like four or more last year?
  4. An emerging topic of desk-bound speculation today: How did WCWO a 1972 O'Day 27 with four crew and 8 head sails handily beat Willpower, a SeaScape 27 with two crew? You have to think the extra crew on the heavier boats where mass delta is proportionately smaller, makes a big positive difference in the ability to keep moving both in rowing and more watches.
  5. Heart of Gold at Bella Bella. That's about two and a half days from Alert Bay, which is 215km.
  6. Just watching race 1 and 2, and yes the audio is a bit out of sync on Race 2 but no biggie. Thanks for finding these!!!!
  7. What is KMIYC up to? They look like they're going potentially around the east side of Porcher Island or are they stopping in at Kitkatla on Dolphin Island? This will help the wild ones catch up. Heart of Gold is just phenomenal.
  8. The webcam photos are time stamped in the upper right corner. They're an hour behind pacific time incidentally. Cam 3 seems to update frustratingly infrequently.
  9. 10 statute miles to go as of 13:50 by google earth reckoning. I have a couple of meetings to go to right now but fortunately the tracker works really well on the iPhone 6......
  10. Yikes, 44kts ESE off Lasqueti and 25 kts from North at Cambell River airport. There have been several boats at Campbell River tied up now for more than 24 hours. I don't think there's been any news as to why, but it's curious as conditions in Johnstone Straight didn't seem bad as of the tide when Heart of Gold went through. Nasty now for sure though.
  11. Let also the record show that Heart of Gold is going 9.1 knots in Johnstone Straight right now. This is about 50% faster than a respectable race pace for a 14' SUP in calm conditions.
  12. Make sure to watch the West Coast Wild Ones video via Facebook that pops up when you click on them on the tracker. In the top video, the two women detail their headsail inventory which would put an IMOCA 60 to shame. Two spinnkers (Helga and Bob Marley), two jenoas, an asymmetrical and a couple of jibs or something and no furlers. Between that and the other video where the skipper describes their Cape Caution options, we have probably never had an O'Day with a more expert crew or in better spirits ever.
  13. The SUPs should be OK because most of the wind looks to be following, though right now going into 22kts at Fanny Island for example, you'd be pretty much stopped. SUPs are miserable in head winds and fairly miserable in any wind that's at a significant quarter. Even downwind with the wind from one side you end up paddling 90% on one side of the board which gets very tiring. The point of SUPs is definitely not to race to Alaska so if one or more of them make it it will be truly extraordinary, and more so if they do it in good time.
  14. Argh. Well I missed the start this year as my son, who is in grade 8, figured out he had too much homework to go to Victoria for the whole weekend. This I think is a significant breakthrough and his presentation does have three slides entitled "Blunders of the Luftwaffe" I II and III, so that's something. As a sailor and SUP paddler I'm so impressed with Heart of Gold and I really hope he can keep going this year and get a good result if the weather cooperates. If it stays light I think he will do remarkably well in comparison to the other solo guys and a lot of the crewed sailboats. It's too bad the 6 man outrigger team from 2015 had to have the 30 knot headwinds; in 2016 they would have had a great result. I say this having recently been sailing upwind in a Nacra 17 in about 10 knots and getting blown away by the entire field of an OC-6 race. As another observation, today, I was on an SUP hanging at the weather mark of the F18 race, when the leader came round, they sadly blew up their spin halyard and tried to sail a couple of tacks with just the jib before bailing to the beach. In about 8 knots I was actually faster on the SUP downwind. VMGeeeeeeee
  15. I think French, Italian and German yacht journalists would somehow pick remarkably different Boats of the Year. What would be good is reading what Italian yacht journalists think of the German picks.