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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 streaming kite was on the big Swan 66, Gale. It was a great day of sailing for the big boats. Not so much fun on a 33 footer.
  2. A bunch of college kids are sailing my boat in the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in Larchmont. They get a great start and are first around the weather mark. They start congratulating themselves. Channeling his inner Winston Wolf, and with no warning whatsoever, one of the adults on boards says, "Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks quite yet, guys." You should have seen the look on their faces.
  3. Hauling the mail upwind. AYC Spring Series.
  4. Double Handed Around Block Island Race
  5. Sail Chi Town is right. Bitter End YC on Virgin Gorda is a great place. You have virtually unlimited access to Rhodes 19s and IC24s. The Rhodes is a fantastic family boat. Open day sailer with a fixed keel and moderate rig. The IC is sportier - a J24 modified with an expanded and reconfigured cockpit. Makes the boat much more comfortable to sail than a stock J24. The food at BEYC is pretty good. The staff is very friendly. Tough to get to. No access by road from the Virgin Gorda airport. Only access is by ferry or sea plane. Typically, guests arrive by ferry from Trellis Bay (Beef Island Airport) on Tortola. But sea plane from San Juan or St. Thomas is now an option as well. Pricey in high season. But price includes full access to the sailing program.
  6. Esox: I can't recall the boat speed. Sensory overload at that point. But it was a deep angle, not a tight reach. Running with the pole squared back. Otherwise, the story might not have had such a happy ending! The boat had no tweaks for short handed sailing. So while we felt like we could handle sails up and sails down in moderate conditions, we had little in the way of expectations for performance. In fact, when I thanked the owner for the opportunity to sail his boat in the race, he literally said "What opportunity? You guys are going to do terribly!" He wasn't wrong about that. We were somewhere in the bottom half of the division. But not last. Overall, I would say the biggest issue was handling the kite dh with no autopilot. Left very little margin for error. 20+ years later, AP is a must, and I would not be interested in gybing a symmetric kite DH.
  7. Used to race on a very successful J-33 on Long Island Sound way back when, including DH Around Block Island one year. During the ABI, my co-skipper was asleep down below around dusk while I was deep reaching up the CT shore with the (symmetrical) kite up in about 8 kts of breeze. No autopilot on the boat, so I was sailing standing up with the tiller between my legs, the kite sheet in one hand and the main sheet in the other. Gradually, but steadily, the wind speed increased. 10, 12, 14, 16. Next thing I know, the boat is surging and even surfing a bit as the wind built some waves. The J was steady, stayed on her feet, no drama. I didn't even wake my co-skipper until the tws hit 15. One of the best sailing moments of my life. My only critique of the boat is that it has a narrow groove going upwind, and the helm is pretty neutral whether you are in the groove or out. So, when sailing fully crewed, it is very important to have good communication among the helm, main and jib trimmer. A good set of instruments, including target boatspeed, really helps, too. This would not be a big deal for a very talented helmsman. But as a youngster, I found the boat challenging.
  8. I just sold #332. It was only listed for about three weeks and I had three interested buyers, I would call Kevin Dailey at McMichael's in Mamaroneck, NY. McMichael's sold just about all of the boats on Long Island Sound, and would know who to ask without waiting for a boat to be listed. Shoal keel can be swapped for he deep keel. Mars Metal can do the casting so long as they still have a mould. I know for a fact that they had one back in 2006, because I had it done on hull #31.
  9. Tempting, but very dumb. If the contact causes injury or damage, you will be the bad guy. Might not just get flicked from the race.....could get flicked from the sport.
  10. Sounds to me like Clean has a great deal of experience handling about 250 pounds of force in a particular position.
  11. Doug Peterson 41 or 42?
  12. Looking for information about their repair/refit services - quality of work, responsiveness, cost, etc. PM me if you don't want to make comments publicly.
  13. Stop by North Cove Marina Friday morning before dock-out for practice races Friday mid-day. That will be your best chance for a close viewing. I agree that there is zero likelihood of stepping aboard a boat.
  14. Big jibs really help the boat go in winds under 10 kts. When racing fully crewed under IRC or PHRF, we use a 155% genoa. Easily makes up the extra time you owe the boats sailing in OD configuration. The same does not go for DH racing. I leave the 155 off of my rating certificate for DH (and in the trailer) because the boat heels early with the extra sail area and you lose a great deal of the speed advantage.
  15. Sailing on the former KatyG, now Soulmates, you can see Eric Goetz's idea for short-handed management of true running backstays. He has the runner tails lead up to the primaries, passing through sheet stoppers just before the winches. Going into a tack, the leeward "new" runner gets hand-tensioned. That keeps the rig in the boat through the tack. Once the jib is trimmed on the new tack, the lazy "old" sheet comes off the drum and the "new" runner gets wound up to pressure on the primary. While it works, it is neither easy nor foolproof.