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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. Ha! after catching up on 3 pages I see that NAV is still with us after all.
  2. Ahhh - the SNAERK is back. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. But I haven't seen any recent posts from NAV - hope he's OK.
  3. I was just looking at some video of ETNZ doing a tight turn and wondered if any of the teams had considered Ackeman geometry for the rudders - seemed like a no-brainer when foiling (but not so good when both hulls are in the water). So, do they really use this geometry and do any of the other teams? (I've never bothered to look in detail, hence the question).
  4. Jimmy will add a speed-dial number to his phone for the local 24 hour "Dial-A-Prayer" service. But seriously, they have very little time to not only make small modifications but also to test them. Especially since it could all be over after next four races. What really surprises me is that they should now, at this very late stage, have to brain-storm ways to improve the boat when I would have thought that any possible ideas and testing would already have been done. I would have expected them to already have developed the boat to almost it's maximum potential, so perhaps we are seeing the results of a hubristic mind-set in the Oracle camp where they really believed that they had covered all possible bases and were superior to the other teams. Their lack of speed may also be a result of heading down a development path that can deliver no more, while ETNZ had to really think a bit more outside the box and it's paid off. I guess some confirmation of this is how they all laughed when we came up with cyclors, despite the very obvious advantages of using leg muscles instead of arm muscles.
  5. Thanks TC, Stinger, MeanerMachine, etc. for the replies. From what I can see from these responses it would appear that we could have a total of 14 races to decide a winner, all because one team start with a -1 point. I'm sure the sponsors would love to see this - they would get maximum bang for their buckazoids (ha ha, showing my age here - some of you will recognize the term)! I do understand that the first team to reach 7 POINTS wins the match, rather than the first team to win 7 RACES. I still think no team should go into the match with any point advantage/disadvantage.
  6. Stinger, I don't dispute who earned what but I'm trying to find where in the rules the number of races exceeds 13. I've read the PDF of the rules and protocol on the AC website (article 29, I seem to recall) and searched the amendments but still can't find where it mentions -1 point or 14 races.
  7. QUERY REGARDING THE WINNER OF THE MATCH BASED ON THE POINTS GAINED Here’s a question for Nav, or anyone who is familiar with the rules, and it’s one which has probably already been answered but despite searching I can’t find the answer. It’s a question based on ETNZ going into the match with -1 point instead of Oracle going in with +1 point (the distinction is important, because the protocol says that the first team to reach 7 points wins the match). I’m also assuming that there are 13 scheduled races maximum. From my reading of the protocol, and some of the amendments, I can’t see where the -1 point is mentioned, but I’m assuming it’s correct so here goes: Imagine if we win the first three races, but from then on Oracle wins one and then we win one. At the end of race 11 ETNZ would have 6 points (7 wins, but still only 6 points) and Oracle would have 4. If Oracle win the next two races then the series is tied at 6 all after 13 races, so how is the match decided? Note that if Oracle went into the match with +1 point then the problem does not arise. By the way, I was never happy with any team going into the match with any points and I still wouldn't agree with it even if it was ETNZ that had an advantage.
  8. What a very disappointing race result today against Oracle. To cop a penalty at the start was unfortunate but most teams have been in that position before, but to sail outside the course boundary and cop another penalty, then to ignore it and cop yet one more was too much and is, I feel, inexcusable for a team of professional sailors. The end result is that that we lost 6 boat lengths in total, and that may have made the difference between winning and losing. Also, this race was not just about getting another win. The tactical situation was that if Oracle won then they effectively won two races – one in the challenger series and one in the match. Of all the races we sailed in the challenger series this race demanded our best performance and we failed. No one will ever know if we would have won if we hadn’t made those stupid mistakes, but they certainly made it much easier for us to lose. And don’t give me that crap about “holding something back” or some other stupid excuse. This race had a hell of a lot more riding on it than just another win. I know the guys on the boat will be gutted at how they went, and I hope they really learn from it. I also hope that BAR improve enough to make our guys have to work hard to win each race.
  9. Keeping it classy New Zealand . C'mon MAX, you know the guy is just some young punk who likes to talk tough so it makes him look more mature than he really is. I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone, no matter who, and I know most kiwis or USA citizens wouldn't either. But I do understand your comment.
  10. CRICKET HIJACK ALERT - Part II The funniest Faux Pas from a cricket commentator occurred during the 1976 test match between England and the West Indies at the Oval. It involved West Indian player Michael Holding and Englishman David Willey. The commentator, Brian Johnstone, described to the radio audience that “the bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey”. And I'd always imagined that the English were very reserved when it came to sex of any description.
  11. Ha ha - totally awesome post! I think the late, great Robin Williams described cricket perfectly when he so eloquently said it was "like baseball on Valium".
  12. I also watched a replay this morning (NZ time) and agree with Nutta - complete waste of time. So much so that the wife and I switched over before the last race ended to a watch replay of the Pumas vs All Blacks highlights which were a hellava lot more exciting.
  13. +1 + another 1 And me too. +1
  14. FFS GBR, the wing (or any sail) will have a resultant force acting through the centre of effort (or pressure? - not sure of the correct terminology here). This force is usually parallel to the water surface or pretty close to it and has a considerable vector in the forward direction of the boat. The foils (or hull for a non-foiling boat) will have a retarding force caused by drag in approx. the opposite direction, and between these two resultant forces we get a turning moment that wants to pitch the boat over it's nose. It's this pitching moment that you seem to assume is some sort of force acting vertically that wants to force the boat back down into the water. Xlot is correct - GBR zero, Doug 1
  15. Is this a new fore sail? Or a revolutionary foil design? Keel appendage, hopefully.