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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. Peerless was stupid fast in the Tripp, very cool to see the little boat hand it to the fleet. Well done. Midnight VHF exchange with freighter "...yes we're the sailboat off your bow going 11 knots...." freighter "We'll turn left a bit, you keep doing what you're doing."
  2. Contact Airmar directly. They make a bazillion different ones for many OEM's. It's likely to cross reference to something made right now. The color of the cap may not be indicative of the thread count.
  3. On our 130 we will have two main grinders and one is the main trimmer to control the trav and make the ease as the main comes over. It's not fast to have to people grinding in the back of the boat for 30 seconds, but it's way faster than destroying some highly loaded bits in a bad jibe. Centering the boom also stresses the shit out of your leach and can lead to a spectacular wipe out if your trimmer doesn't smoke the sheet on the new board. Your other option is to get a very strong person on the sheet, time the jibe if possible to take advantage of a surf, then the main can be pulled in 6-8 feet pretty easily while trimmer tails. Roll into your jibe on the surf and it's all a ton easier on everyone but the helm.
  4. If your double handing, then your priorities for starting are frequently changed up by the fleet, course, sail selection and alike. Assuming your double handing in a mixed fleet you have priorities like stay above the bigger rigs, or have room to accelerate if you have several boats like yours. a 3 second error on line location caused by the location of GPS isn't worth worrying about as much as location on the line and who you're with. Crowds are universally slow if you have 2 sails to trim, a tiller to manage and traffic. You can be "bow guy" from near the back of the boat by taking those sight lines from the normal helm position.
  5. Bow guy. Your boat is 24' across, get a bow guy and have him tell you how far off the line you are. Works nearly every time. Do some runs at the line and sight from the helm where the line is, for instance a water tower, hill top, house, something that says "you're getting close if you can see this beyond the pin". GPS starting lines are really cool to prevent mid-line sag in a 50 boat J/70 start. If you insist on GPS line, it's pretty easy, sail past the stern of the committee boat without hitting it by about 15-20', mark that spot, then do the same thing at the pin end without hitting it by 15-20'. viola the line you just made has a built in cushion of about 3 seconds hard on the wind.
  6. Peerless looking fast as usual. Foam cockpit floor looks great. How much longer is sprit now? Won't fit in the bow? Zoom.
  7. Two years ago mine met me at the QC sign in. Without PHRF I could sell my boat and go to Superbike school and buy a shifter cart and one of those Jet Ski things that dive like a dolphin. hmmmm, PHRF cert gets me 22 hours of racing per summer at $/hr?
  8. No
  9. I would not believe that interior is in that hull, very cool. Looks like port to port boat for sure.
  10. Both Musketucky and Holland have Saturday/Sunday events throughout the summer for your C&C. You do have better "inside" sailing in Muskegon on a 43 boat, but we do that in Holland when we have to. There's a great Sunday morning VXOne fleet building (10 boats now) in Holland with plenty of weekend racing on the VX's too. Both harbors have excellent marina's too, Eldo's and Torresen do great work.
  11. Operator of boat ran out of talent.
  12. Don't bother memorizing them. Take a North U seminar, they are quick and get you started. Then go sail with people and ask questions. If you make an honest effort to learn and respond to your competitors they will understand you are new and be more than willing to get you up to speed. It's really simple to race around the track without fouling others while you get used to the rules, don't hit anyone, communicate, and have fun. If there's a small boat fleet in your area go there. Nothing like light air in a little boat to provide opportunities to 'discuss' the rules. If you are able to look around while you're sailing you won't need split second rules decisions in your head anyway.
  13. Check your FB messages. Just sent you one. We've got you covered. Better give him the run-down on how the buckets work... I hope Looper is short cause there aint a lot of cushy headroom on Shorty's ride. Hroth Shorty: I'm on to you, I changed the companionway lock so you best find another boat to sublet.
  14. We're racing Tripp and Queens this year, South Haven is a great port, it's not 4th of July weekend either. Lot's of reasons for MYC boats not to go, it's a long delivery, but that's part of distance racing. The night racing is great prep for the Mac, that's when we usually figure out a battery is toast, the windex reflectors are shot, and no one knows where the hell the coffee pot is. Can't wait.
  15. MYC pool on May 7th...brrrrr. Might just need to try that.