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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. Just make sure there's one person on the boat who makes the call - could be the bowman, mast, pit or crew boss, but at some point, someone has to say 'left' or 'right', and that's the side the kite's coming down...
  2. And your Dubarrys?
  3. Yes - but don't wear it in the bar after the race.
  4. In terms of the 'nomenclature' mentioned above, I think it's pretty important, especially on bigger boats and/or in bigger breeze, for everyone to be on the same hymnsheet as regards orders. For instance: If you shout 'take up the slack' people may just hear 'slack'. And do you really think people will always hear the difference between 'clutched off' and 'clutch off'. We always try to work with "take up on X" and "slack on X", "clutch closed" and "clutch open" etc.
  5. Not trying to get at ya - I know what it's like to be the new young guy on a boat (hell, I am that guy). Have you tried bribing that masty with beer?
  6. I didn't think there was another option - taking the old guy out before putting the new one in means you have a free spinny pole - not something I'd want. In terms of the strength - not such a big deal, I've been doing it since I was 14, although I must admit that it's got easier with age and bulk. By rotating the sail yourself, you help the donkeys at the back out no end and make yourself look better, keeping the kite full and preventing a wrap or the kite posting through the foretriangle. On the tactics debate, I would never expect to call tactics on a big boat, that's for the afterguard - the most I would ever do is call shifts and gusts; there's enough people speaking to the tactician as it is without another voice. If you want your mastman to help out, try this crazy idea: open your mouth and breath out while manipulating your larynx to make the following sounds: Hey buddy, give us a hand with this sail would ya?
  7. Isn't that the one that got some mixed coverage in "The Training Ground"?
  8. Some carnage on the Derwent, or maybe it is a tricky new way of rigging the pole? What is really noteworthy in this picture is that the Mumm in question is NOT on its side! Classic - I've done exactly that once. Big gust hit just as I was about to gybe the pole, boom crashes over and sticks pole into the drink, carbon pole snaps and pushes broken end through the kite. That was expensive.
  9. I've never sailed an assy bigger than an RS400, so: when on a big assy, do you have two sets of sheets rigged, one set for inny gybes and one set for outty gybes? Or do you just feed the lazy sheet round the front of the sail when you want to do an outty gybe.
  10. 1. My best and possibly only tip is to always have a mental picture of what everything should look like. 2. Our pole = J so we keep it clipped to the track at deck level. 3. I drag the jib clew round then crawl across coachroof. Leads to lots of bruises n grazes, but seems pretty quick. 4. I have slight problem with complying with rules 3 or 4 - the skip's my dad.