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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. looks a pretty stable ride!!! Should end the speed debate between Sabots and Optis pretty quickly, or have one of the Lake Mac crew got a Sabot up and foiling??? All jokes aside, I take my hat off to anyone who can figure out how to get anything up and foiling and be what appears to be balanced ... its great to see that there are still folks out there that have the time and skills to pursue a little bit of madness that makes the sport a hoot!!
  2. I am not sure whether the weight comparison is correct. The German sailing magazine "YACHT" lists the "all up weight" of the Melges 14 as 54kg and compares it to 80kg for the Laser, 45kg for the RS Aero and 61kg for the Devoti Zero. Yacht issue 8, 2016. Happy to stand corrected...
  3. Its interesting times in the single handed dinghy world!! As an aid to comparison, basic stats from the manufacturers... Laser - L = 4.19m , B=1.39m, M=56.7kg Aero L= 4.0m, B=1.4m, M=30kg Melges 14 L=4.267m, Beam = 1.584m, M= 54.431kg And just for fun, because I am a bigger chap ... the VX Evo ... L= 4.8m, Beam = 1.73m, Mass= 80kg. Just wish I was a good enough sailor to be able to bring the best out of any of those boats - though having started laser sailing this past season I have enjoyed myself immensely ...
  4. Just fantastic- looking forward to being inspired by your progress over coming months!!! Take care and have fun!!
  5. Have a great call Nic - we'll be out somewhere on the Hay Plain in convoy with other families en route to Adelaide with a trailer full of lasers, Technos and optis, hoping for as much info on the race as we can get from radio and scratchy internet access!!! Should be a fascinating race, but can't help wish Comanche were here for the forecast conditions, going head to head with WOXI, Loyal, CQS and Scallywag! Best wishes and safe passage to all competing!
  6. Some of the better organised dinghy clubs on the NSW (Australian) circuit have specific shark risk sighting risk management systems in place .... during Flying 11 Nationals last year Belmont (on Lake Macquarie) flew the AP over K flag and held the kids on shore for several hours after what was described as a "very large shark" was spotted at the top mark, just before the fleet of 70 odd dinghies launched. All summer there were sightings of Great Whites in the Lake, and there is video somewhere on youtube of a few... the wags in the fleet joked the flags should have been the F over U over C over K .... And of course, over in Perth, Western Australia, during the 2011 ISAF round a 6m great white swam into the launching pond pretty much unseen, except by the pro fleet fisherman in the next marina who came racing over.... I think the fleet was out in the bay, and the shark was between them and the beach ... 'Straya ... love it.
  7. Sail the boat that makes your kid smile ....
  8. You are so bloody inspirational DTA. Since watching your videos, I've got my Tasar up and running with the little bloke, and when my daughter moved into Lasar racing, I thought bugger it, and got myself a Laser too. Apart from the joys of sailing with my kids, and around them at times, your videos of plugging away, and moments of success that you've earned, away from the hotshot stuff so many sailors are lucky enough to enjoy, has been a big push to get me moving. Best of luck with the rest of your summer, and I know a lot of us are looking forward to your next one. Cheers Chris
  9. Warro's sunfish may have relocated +1000 , and another for coffee spitting laughter!! Awesome!
  10. Saw the Zoom 8 in action in Estonia last year - an intrigueing boat! The racing was of a high, high quality, and the kids seemed to have a ball! Love to learn a little more about them ...
  11. Just fantastic. Makes me smile ... shake my head, and want to go sailing!
  12. Just quietly, how awesome are these two crews.... incredible!
  13. Great work Nic - well done!!! Now lets get you to OptiChicks to talk about social media!!! Cheers Chris
  14. Just awesome .... you are an inspiration for us "bigger units"!!! Have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing more videos in the New Year!! Oh, and Santa may have delivered a new Zhik pfd and harness to this big unit, so the kid's 9er might get a new deckie!!! Cheers Chris