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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. Coast Guard suspended the search almost a week ago. https://outerbanksvoice.com/2017/05/03/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-missing-florida-man/
  2. In a remarkable act of generosity and kindness, RKJ gave his prize money to Crowhurst's widow.
  3. Thanks, so it is the search function that failed me.
  4. The rebuild of the forums appears to have lost the thread on Chiles. He left St Lucia a couple of days ago, headed for Key West. I wonder if any anarchists there would care to check in with him when he arrives. As usual, his blog is http://self-portraitinthepresentseajournal.blogspot.com/ And his yellow brick tracker is https://my.yb.tl/gannet
  5. "Ambiguous" is in fact accurate for a change.
  6. Bob, those dunes are a full day drive from Walvis Bay, first inland, and then south, and finally back west, but there are smaller dunes near Walvis. The biggest dunes are around a thousand feet off the plains, and quite strenuous to climb, but of course there are smaller ones more easily scaled, only to see even more dunes extending seemingly forever towards the coast. These guys saw more wildlife than we did, but we also spent a lot of time on smaller things like insects, Arachnids, and lizards.
  7. And yet another masthead dunking.
  8. A 1m or 2m trainer kite does not require a harness, they are small versions of what we call foil kites. 1m is fast, 2m is slower and has more power hence more useful for learning. They have only two lines, so all you learn is where the powerzone is, but that's very useful to learn, as well as how not to drive the kite into the ground. In a stronger wind you can use it to learn how to powerdive the kite to pull you from sitting to standing, which is how you waterstart on a real kite. Kitty Hawks Kites will gladly sell you one, but you could order one online to get ahead of the game from them or REAL. It's easiest if you have someone with you to relaunch each time you crash the kite, but you can do it alone. You need a wide open field or beach with a gentle breeze the first time. You can get 3m and of course larger kites, including ones you can land and relaunch on water, with four lines (hence get the feeling of how to depower the kite), but they are powerful enough to need a harness, and cost a lot more, and can hurt you when on land. Better to take lessons, then buy a real second-hand kite, 12m is good to start, and get time on the water with intermediate winds (say 12-18 knots). Once you have the safety stuff and an introductory lesson it is all about time on the water. And then getting larger and smaller kites for lighter and higher winds. A reasonably large board helps in the early days, up to 150 cm long, but again, buy it second hand because soon you will want a shorter board. Here's a reasonable introduction to a 2m trainer kite, but there a tons more videos. And you are not wasting that $100, you will find yourself flying that trainer with friends, wife, girlfriend, etc.
  9. And just to say that I was 50 when I learned in 2005, after a lifetime of sailing and 30 years of windsurfing, and once you've learned it is so much easier on the body than windsurfing it is wonderful. Gybing is trivial, jumping is wonderful, and riding the surf is amazing (and I'm sure foiling will be great too once I master it). And the variety is enormous if you are willing to learn to ride surfboards in the ocean, try jumping or other tricks on flat water, or eventually foiling. Just beware it is truly addictive and one can end up focussing all trips and purchases around kiting and end up with many kites and boards and a vehicle to carry them all in. And the gear keeps getting better so you are tempted to upgrade each kite every few years. I have bought over 20 kites now over the last 12 years, and have only gotten rid of four of them, so I'm not very disciplined about selling older kites, preferring to keep them as backups, plus I have a set in South Africa for when I go there to kite in Cape Town each winter for 1-3 months. I've never bought a new kite though, routinely buying one- or two-year-old kites from swap meets, friends, or REAL (they have good used gear generally 1 year old from their rental stock, for half price). Just don't get sucked into buying kites from before about 2012 on Ebay or something like that, they are generally not worth it in terms of design or wear, unless you know precisely what you are doing, which beginners generally do not.
  10. There are numerous places along the Outer Banks that offer lessons, from the big boys like Kitty Hawks and REAL to solo guys advertising along the road. Take your pick, but realize the bigger operations have some nice things like radio-headphones that allow an instructor to give you guidance as you are attempting to ride, and jetskis to take you out into the sound away from solid objects and other kiters. Do yourself a favor and buy a trainer kite (2m is suitable) for $100 and fly it till you can do it with your eyes closed and all the tricks like loops and major power dives. This will help you get through the beginning stages more easily. Check out kiteforum where all these topics are endlessly addressed, plus endless videos on YouTube. Good luck!
  11. Head down to Cape Hatteras and take a kiteboarding class. Lessons are essential, or a very good friend who is also a very patient person and has gear they don't mind destroying. Kitesurfing is a lot easier and safer than it was a decade ago when I learned, but still can kill before you realize what the hell is going on, so learning safety is essential. If you have the money, take a week-long series of classes with REAL Watersports. Once you have mastered kiteboarding, which takes a season of reasonable effort, get comfortable on a strapless surfboard, which takes another season. Then you are ready for foiling. By that time everything will have changed, but here's how I learned, with shorter masts on the foils, just in the past week or so.
  12. Until today in Latitude 38 I had no clue that Jon Sanders was just a few hundred miles ahead, and three years older, than Webb. Both probably on their last circumnavigations. Sanders also had a rough patch off the SE coast of South Africa, between East London and Port Elizabeth, at least according to his tracker - http://www.jonsanders.com.au/clientsat-predictwind-tracker/
  13. Except that Leopard catamarans are routinely delivered on their bottoms to the Carribean, or at least they used to be. I've seen a few going out on ships, so perhaps not as many are delivered that way today. Still can't assume every pleasure craft sailing from SA to the Carribean is completing a circumnavigation. That's just a little too US-centric!
  14. And he is off again. No slouch. Making his regular 5 knots, although he considered that to be a bit lazy on the last leg. A month till we hear from him again in St Lucia.
  15. Webb Chiles says two of his three Raymarines failed on this latest leg of his trip. His Pelagic kept going, even through knock downs, but he tries not to use it because it is noisy.