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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. Haha! Yeah, I too miss seeing water shooting up the centerboard trunk on my Laser and feeling the whole boat vibrating. In comparison, the Aero is a silent ninja assassin when it starts planing. But on the flip side, that silence makes you go faster, and that additional speed allows you to have more fun in different ways. As a point of comparison, here's a video of me in an Aero versus me in a Laser in about the same wind conditions. Which looks more fun? Same shitty sailor in both videos, but one is having way more fun.
  2. I've sailed both a lot. The Aero feels a lot faster. Although the max recorded speed in each might not differ much (I don't know one way or the other on that front), when an average sailor tries one and then tries the other back-to-back in the same conditions, that average sailor can definitely tell the difference in speed between the two boats. Also, the acceleration of the Aero vs Laser is even more noticeable.
  3. To Connor, who posted the original video: Cool video bud. Keep posting your sailing videos!!!!
  4. That is indeed a good Aero video Tillerman, but the videos Wess posts of Laser sailing (some of my favorites) are just way more radical. Maybe it's because they consist of longer segments of footage rather than the short, chopped-up edit of the Aero video above. But the conditions in the Laser videos look downright ominous, which makes the sailing spectacular, regardless of whether the speeds achieved in those videos are comparable to the fastest speeds achieved in an Aero. It's not that the Aero can't be sailed in those more extreme conditions. I just think the Aero hasn't been around long enough for people to produce enough videos of Aero sailors venturing forth in such conditions. I'm sure there will eventually be Aero videos comparable to the two videos Wess posted above. But as of yet, they don't exist.
  5. That last video posted by Wess is what inspired me to start sailing my Laser outside the confines of sheltered bays and in the more rough-and-tumble waters of the open Gulf of Mex on windy days w/ big waves. Damn - that is some beautiful sailing. I've yet to see any Aero sailor post anything comparable to it yet. I'm a big Aero fan, but healthy competition between Aero vs Laser is a good thing!
  6. Yep, I'm discovering that the RS700 is more of a high class prima donna than the RS Aero. Cad99UK, thanks for the info regarding your own experience. That shackle is tricky to get right. The hole in the aluminum is very narrow, so the shackle needs to be narrow. Plus, I assume that the curved end is the one touching the aluminum hole when in action, otherwise it seems like there would be undue leverage on the shackle when the sail is out to a wide angle. Anyway, seems like a tricky part to get exactly right.
  7. A twisted shackle kept me off the water this weekend.
  8. Ordered it from KO Sailing. They were great - they also set me up w/ a trailer that was perfect for the boat. Winds are 15-20 mph tomorrow. I'm already nervous!!!
  9. I'm on the treadmill at a 15 degree incline at 3 mph for 20 minutes about 4-5 times per week. I do this right before my weight workout (an additional 40 minutes). Plus, I do my best to make my weight workout an aerobic activity (i.e. no sitting around between sets and reps - heart rate generally stays about 135 - 150 throughout my entire weight workout). I'm just old I guess (46). And I can't stop eating HOHOs and DING DONGS.
  10. Awesome. Thanks FrankC. More fun this weekend!
  11. Thanks guys. Good advice for this weekend.
  12. Once I go out and start trapezing I capsize a lot. Genereally, I'll capsize a half-dozen times in one hour and I'm spent and ready to quit for the day. But I want to sail for more than just one hour. So, I generally spend the first couple hours of any sailing session just sitting out on the wing w/o the trapeze letting the mainsheet out and just taking it easy, as in the video above. After I've had a couple hours sailing like that, then I'll start trapezing, at which point I've got about an hour of sailing before I'm exhausted from the non-stop capsizing. My video camera just ran out of memory before I got to the trapezing part of my sailing session.
  13. I know another Weta sailor out at LCYC. Nice guy. Beautiful boat. You guys go fast!! I look forward to seeing you out there. Now that I'm getting less petrified, I'm starting to venture out of the Comal Park nook and into the main body of the lake. So, we should be seeing each other w/ some frequency!
  14. Canyon Lake. Comal Park. I'm out there most Saturdays flopping around.
  15. Hah! I did have a hat. I lost it as I was reaching and hunting around for the trapeze loop. I'm thinking I might need to tighten up the tension on those trap shock cords! :-) And you're right about smiling. I do need to remember that it's fun. But I'm presently in the intimidation stage of learning this boat. The sail plan on this thing is just ridiculous. It's just kind of a scary boat to be in charge of. But I'm slowly loosening up. By the end of summer I might actually crack a smile and have fun!!