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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. The CASRA survey did not differentiate the participants, owners, crew, dinghy sailors, etc., yet was sent out to many of these constituents. As such, the data obtained is flawed and I question whether trying to analyze it will be productive.
  2. Glenn, I'd like to suggest (at least from a PHRF or handicapped racer's perspective) that the difficulty in keeping or getting crew may be partly due to the fact that all that is touted by the 'squeaky wheel' is that OD is the only racing that has merit. Eventually, this mindset takes hold in a crew member's thoughts as they seek to improve and grow as a sailor. From what I've seen in my 20 years of skippering racing (handicapped mostly) this eventually drives not only crew but skippers to gravitate to an OD class that they can afford. So, we get fragmented handicapped racing and lots of fragmented OD racing. Look at the J105 fleet for example. A reasonably priced boat that's been fragmented by J's own doing. J111, J80, J88, J70, etc...
  3. That's an interesting perspective. I tend to think the opposite, but that certainly doesn't mean I'm right. My theory is that there are all these sailboat owners (or potential owners) who are somewhat intimidated by the thought of a starting line and mark roundings with 20 other boats. So the boring booze cruises introduce them to "sailing-lite" where they can get a taste of competition. If they want to move up the chain into faster more competitive classes and events, they're free to do so. If you're lucky, 1 out of 4 will do so. Glenn, correct me if I'm wrong, but your approach is to significantly participation in the boring booze cruises so that (if my completely unscientific stats are accurate), the number of 25%'ers who want to move into competitive racing will also increase. I wouldn't be surprised if there were cross-overs in both directions - some Grand Touring moving to Gran Prix, Gran Prix moving to Grand Touring. Growth is key, customer satisfaction is more key. How can one move back and forth with sail material limitations, age of crew, and other mandates? I guess I could just tell those 'older' crew members that may have been sailing with me for years to go buy their own boat but that would suck. You've got to remember that these folks aren't just a number, their likely friends and really, wouldn't you rather be confined on a boat in pressure situations (racing) with friends. Granted, I have made it a mission to take on at least two newbies each year. Often they come out of our CCYC Crew school program but sometimes they are friends of friends or...
  4. I don't know how to make this much shorter and still get enough sailing in to make it worthwhile. Consider the following timetable, for someone who doesn't necessarily live downtown: 8:00 Leave home 9:00 Arrive dock/boat 9:45 Leave dock 10:30 Arrive SA 11:00 Start race #1 12:30 Finish race #1 13:00 Start race #2 14:30 Finish race #2 15:15 Return to dock 15:30 Secure sails, lines, etc., cocktails/beer, post mortem? 17:30 Leave boat 18:30 Arrive home That's an 8 hour day if you want to get in two 90 minute races (8 miles, W/L, VMG ~ 5.5kts). It also assumes not much delay in starting race #2, and starting race #1 on time. In all my time racing in A3, I don't think we ever had a shorter race day than 8+ hrs, if you wanted to get at least as much sailing time in as travel (land & water) and dock time. I won't re-hash the various arguments made about earlier start times or starting closer to shore. Actually, I screwed up my initial post: Should be 15:15 Return to dock 16:00 Leave boat 17:00 Arrive home For a nine hour day. I expect a fair bit of de-brief to happen on the 45min ride back to shore. Obviously the more time you spend on the boat drinking, chatting etc. after clean-up, the longer the day. We all know where we can eliminate some of the time, have enough critical mass to have one course located more to the South 1/2 of Chicago, and another course on the North 1/2 of Chicago and have so many boats out there everyone is happy with the participation in both halves! This would cut down the transit time out and back to the course. I'd rather motor for for 30-45 minutes to get to the SA and have 10-20 boats per start on one circle, then motor 15 minutes to a circle with 5 boats/start. A North & South circle for an Chicago area buoy event seems like a watering down approach. Besides the excessive use of club resources (your organizing authority that puts on the race) it fragments the potential social aspect as well.
  5. Come on up to Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club @ Montrose Harbor. Free parking, great yacht club, great racing, great social activities. BTW, in terms of this being expensive for crew, I'm told that in Australia and in NZ, it's pretty common for crew to pay a small fee to race.
  6. I just got off the phone with the Bayview Mac Chair and he stated that if we wanted a Super Mac finish he would assist us in any way that he could! We got into some of the logistical details and everything seemed workable. I'm going to do what I can to make this a reality for 2015! Who's interested?
  7. OM, I look at this expansion as over the entire length of my 5ft window. If one is to make their installation with screws and over drill the pilot holes just slightly larger than the hole then the bond would likely not break as long as there is enough 'goop' between the lexan and substrate that is likely close to 3/16". Or at least that's how I see it. Most screwed in windows are likely not very large, maybe 36". Obviously, the expansion is very slight over time/temperature/size and maybe this is why so many people DO HAVE LEAKY DEADLIGHTS. BTW, I actually have (2) 5 ft windows end to end, essentially 10ft of windows. I actually split my window installation into 2 lengths, and placed a 1/4" gap with sikaflex between each end. Otherwise I would have an even greater overall expansion.
  8. fatcat111, As this was about 8 years ago I can't recall the exact details. A friend had assisted me. Given that here's my attempt today at recreating the calculation. Formula: Delta L = (alpha)(delta T)(L) where: delta L= total change in length, inches (total deformation) alpha = coefficient of thermal expansion delta T = temperature change L = length in inches coefficient of Lexan is 3.2 (x 10-5/oF) or 0.000032 Temp change from -20F to 110F, Temp delta of 130 degrees L of 5 ft or 60 inches 0.000032 * 130 * 60 = 0.2496 or just under 1/4" I hope that I've got that pretty close. Others' feel free to correct my calculation attempt. I'm not an engineer.... QLite, how did you calculate the expansion/contraction figure of 3/16"?
  9. I did my dead lights (windows) on our Farr38 with tinted Lexan 3/8" thick. My pieces were about 5ft by about 14" in size. As such I had to provide a spacer for expansion and contraction of about 3/16". Here in Chicago we have temps ranging from -15F to +105F. Foam tape would have been great to assist in holding and providing the adequate expansion but I must not have thought about it at the time (2004). I used the Sika 295 and the Primer. I did not use any screws. I ended up using lots of short sticks of wood cut to length to fit between the lifelines and the Lexan to maintain the curve and positioning while curing. This all worked great and hasn't leaked or shown any signs of wear. I would suggest that if you go with the Lexan to get the Mar Guard version. This will help maintain a nice translucent quality for clarity. I did not spec the Mar Guard, as I recall it was almost twice the price. Now my dead lights haze up after polishing with Novus within a day or two.
  10. AMAZINGLY, I received this reply today... Now to see if this really is the "City that works". "In response to your query regarding scheduling a bridge opening as early as April 7th, we are in the process of setting up our maintenance checks ahead of the boating season, with your request in mind and cooperating weather we are shooting to accommodate an bridge opening on April 7th, should we develop any unforeseen issues that may hinder this opening I will communicate it to you and the USCG. Darryl Rouse Superintendent of Operations"
  11. CHICAGO LOCKS - CHICAGO BRIDGES Notice to Navigation #12-001 I haven't seen any posts re this so here goes. RE: Notice to Navigation #12-001 On Feb 10, I sent the following e-mail however I'm yet to receive a response... and since I'm writing the City of Chicago I probably won't see a response. The Army Corp of Engineers (Mr. Timothy Kroll) however was vey quick in an earlier inquiry I sent out on 1/26. Dear Mr. Thomas Powers-Deputy Commissioner of the CDOT Bureau of Bridges & Transit, and Mr. Darryl Rouse-Chief Bridge Operator for the City of Chicago, Mr. Timothy Kroll has suggested that I write to you. In response to the recent Notice to Navigation #12-001, It has come to my attention that sailboats with mast up, must effectively wait until May 2nd to bring their boats through the Chicago Locks to Lake Michigan. This is due to the schedule conflict between the typical beginning of the bridge openings and the scheduled Chicago Lock maintenance closure. This has an impact on charter sailboats, pleasure racing sailboats, and early dedicated cruising sailboats. I respectfully request that if indeed the Chicago Locks will be closed during the Notice To Navigation schedule 4/11>4/30, that there be a one week earlier than usual bridge run to give early sailboats an opportunity to make the transit. Possibly a Saturday, April 07th. Thank you in advance for the time and attention that you give this matter. #4 Commencing at 7 A.M. on 11 April 2012 there will be a complete closure of the Chicago Harbor Lock until 7 P.M. on 30 April 2012 to repair the 2 south gates. Commencing at 7 P.M. on 30 April 2012 the lock will re-open and operate with a 40 feet wide width restriction until final testing of the last 2 gates is completed - currently scheduled for 7 P.M. on 1 May 2012. Respectfully submitted, BW
  12. I spoke with Peter today, and he confirmed that the Spinnaker had been taken down and stuffed in the cuddy prior to the knock down when there was a big wind shift.
  13. I saw a photo of Peter Pan being towed in by the 'salvage' crew. Spinnaker was still hoisted. Knowing Peter, they were enjoying a raucous fast attempt to get back to the harbor when they got knocked down.