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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. Remember: all boats are different. Some like tight leeches - some don't. Some like full sails - some flat. Some like full sails with a firm leech but when the wind builds just past X knots you need to go super flat and twisted. You need to experiment and learn what makes your boat go. Find a boat that goes about the same as yours and go test. If you want a boiler plate answer that seems to work on all sail boats: pull the sail in till the boat stops - then let it out a little.
  2. My recommendation is to get something like a Lido 14 and teach him how to sail. They are cheap, unbelievably stable and have tons of helm. My kids started sailing Lidos at 4 and I used to sit on the centerboard trunk, trim both sails and let the kids steer. I could reach the tiller and avert certain disaster pretty easily. They moved to sabots when they entered the junior program. If your kid is doing junior sailing from Newport to San Diego you need a Naples Sabot. If you are in ABYC you could go to either a Naples Sabot or Opti. Cabrillo and del Rey are Opti land. They tried Optis in Newport a few years ago and they sucked in the light air - the sabot sailed circles around them. Breeze and waves are a totally different story. Sabot are very complex boats and hard to sail. Maybe that's why so many past collegiate sailors of the year come from the Sabot class.
  3. Maybe we are not the only ones that think Dee doesn't belong on the course. This has the look of being hunted by the starboard tacker.
  4. I hope the main stream media picks up on this. I would love to see this plastered on CBS, NBC, Fox, etc. Dee has always been a glory hound. Let's see how he enjoys the lime light.
  5. I looks similar to a Snowbird
  6. Find some 5o5 sailors and ask them. The 5o5 is a very complex boat but the holy grail for the class is to reduce this complexity down to one line. When you pull this one line many things spring into action. Of course the main and jib come in. As you continue to pull shroud tension increases to maintain sail shape. Keep pulling and the jibe comes out of the centerboard and the headstay lengthens - dropping the rig back just the perfect amount for plaining upwind. Of course the jib halyard and mast ram follow suit. More tension brings on the reef in the main so you can get under the boom on tacks. The tricky part will be getting the pole to launch and spinnaker to set when you let the sheet out at the weather mark. But I have confidence in these 5o5 guys - they are pretty clever.