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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. But don't flick it too hard or you will end up with the sheet wrapped round the end of the boom. http://www.impropercourse.com/2014/05/laser-mainsheet-snags.html Lots of good advice about how to deal with Laser mainsheet snags in the comments to that post on Doug/Pam's blog. If all else fails and you are still having the problem after 35 years, buy an RS Aero. That worked for me!
  2. Of course, for many people, the Sunfish is the boat they think of when they hear the word "singlehanded."
  3. Michael Blackburn did record a maximum speed of 19.7 knots when he crossed the Bass Strait in a Laser in 2005. Wave assisted of course.
  4. Please do share your proof of a Laser speed record exceeding 20 knots. We are all ears.
  5. That is an awesome video from Wess of a Laser in big waves. This video of the day that racing was cancelled at the Aerocup in Barcelona in November 2015 is maybe not quite as extreme, but still quite spectacular in parts. May the "healthy competition" between Aeros and Lasers continue - especially in the production of big wave videos.
  6. RS Aero world speed record holder Anthony 'Chunky' York - 23.9 knots, 27.5mph - set on 21 Feb 2016 at Northampton Sailing Club in UK.
  7. LOL. I was talking to some sailing friends the other day about how trying to launch from a public ramp in Rhode Island on a summer weekend is not worth the effort. Even if you can find a parking spot, you then have to deal with the weekend warrior ramp hogs who don't see to be able to launch or recover their motor boats without having sole use of the ramp for 30 minutes at least. "Urban assault sailing" sounds like a good solution to that. Although a $400 Sunfish sounds like a better boat to use than a brand new $8,000 RS Aero.
  8. A new product doesn't need to be very similar to its predecessor to win customers away. It has to satisfy the same basic needs and desires as the old product, but if it does so in a way that is superior it can win in the market place. The Laser was the best planing singlehander in 1971. As you say, it is now very outdated and a number of other boats give a much better experience for someone seeking an exciting singlehanded dinghy. The only things that are keeping the Laser on life support - and they are not insignificant - are the existing fleets and regatta circuits, and the availability of cheap second-hand boats. What is urban assault sailing? I feel a video coming on...
  9. Wesley W. Whitmyer Junior is racing a Melges 20 at the Newport Regatta in July. https://yachtscoring.com/current_event_entries.cfm?order=make
  10. The VX EVO looks like a fine boat but it is not really comparable to the RS Aero. To quote the VX EVO website, the VX EVO is "specifically for larger sailors or teams of 2 smaller sailors" whereas the RS Aero is a singlehander for sailors of weights 77-210 lbs according to RS Sailing, although I have seen heavier sailors than that racing it quite successfully. The VX EVO weighs about 180 lbs. The total weight of the RS Aero is 88 lbs. The VX EVO has an asymmetric spinnaker. The RS Aero doesn't. The VX EVO price is about $11,500. The RS Aero is about $8,000. Totally different boats meeting different needs. Pick the one that suits your needs best.
  11. Roughly. There is a more detailed guide here on the RS Aero forum about what rig to choose based on weight, ability, fitness, and wind and wave conditions.