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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. Also: "The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst" by Tomalin and Hall Earl
  2. The U.S. Vintage Model Yacht Group will be holding their National Regatta July 14-16 at Sandy Pond in Nashua, NH. If you like beautiful wooden models this is the place to be. Notice of race, directions to pond, etc., at www.usvmyg.org Cheers, Earl
  3. The Wright Brothers won the race to build a successful flying machine not because they solved the lift problem or the thrust problem but because they solved the control problem. Control has been central to successful flying machine design ever since, and so it is here. As far as the reluctance to come out and admit it, my opinion (and it is just that) is that the organizers are stuck with a logically inconsistent pair of assertions. On the one hand they want us to believe that this event is the continuation of the oldest trophy in sport. On the other hand they want us to believe that they have engineered a step jump in performance (and by implication excitement) without breaking that continuity. Hard sell for a lot of people, myself included. And as any systems engineer will tell you, if you start with a logically inconsistent set of requirements you end up with a pretty weird system. So on the one hand we have "it's really just like the old days, human skill and brawn is in charge" combined with "a computer is processing sensor readings faster than any human and displaying what the human should do." The end result is another Pigeon Project. (You can google for it if you're not familiar.) Cheers, Earl
  4. I would be careful about analogies based on boating rather than flying machine intuition. The splat factor, or amount of kinetic energy discharged in a crash, goes up with the square of the speed. A closer analogy would be a 1930s era seaplane perpetually just prior to touchdown. Then visualize stubbing a toe in that situation. Cheers, Earl
  5. Oh, man. And this was developed over what time frame? Cheers, Earl
  6. I don't understand your question, now. The plumb bow/stern will be LWL = LOA. If the traditionally shaped boat is the same LOA, it'll never (ever) reach that length for LWL. Bow and stern shapes are the way they are more due to tradition and subsequent race ratings than anything else. Try building a plumb bow with traditional planked construction. Er, I'm afraid I don't understand your last remark. Model yachtsmen have been building planked, plumb bow designs for decades. Cheers, Earl
  7. Oh, great, they've re-invented Project Pigeon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon Enough with the Rube Goldberg/Heath Robinson engineering. Just put an autopilot on the doodlebug and be done with it. Cheers, Earl
  8. Varies by country. There was no significant one design racing anywhere during the free sailing era. When the American Model Yachting Association was formed to promote radio sailing as a successor to the old Model Yacht Racing Association of America (whose members, amazingly, were often hostile to expansion of the sport), one design classes rose in popularity and now dominate in numbers. In the UK, the Model Yachting Association appears to have carried the old free-sailing development classes (A, M, and 10R) over to radio more smoothly than in the US and there was no significant impetus to one design activity until Mark Dicks and his crew came up with the Dragon Force as a boat that could be sailed as one design or as an RG65. Cheers, Earl (Historian, US Vintage Model Yacht Group and Secretary, RG65 USA Class Owners Association)
  9. Those are beautiful. How many channels does it take to control the fisherman staysail? Any chance of getting an RC set of 'Bluenose' and 'Gertrude L Thebaud' to race? FB- Doug Here's how he does it for "Gloriana" and the schooners. 'Tain't simple, but I've watched his boats sail for hours and never saw a failure. Cheers, Earl
  10. OK, time for some serious R/C boat porn courtesy of master builder Andrew Charters. From left to right: Herreshoff's "Gloriana," and the schooners "Elizabeth Silsbee,"Cicely "," and "Puritan" (rear) and "Columbia" together. Andrew's boats run five to six feet LOA, sail beautifully, and look a-mazing on the water. Cheers, Earl
  11. Forgot the photo credit :-( The picture of John and Halsey is by Pat Butterworth. Cheers, Earl
  12. Here's Halsey Herreshoff being introduced to radio sailing by John Snow, president of the US Vintage Model Yacht Group at Redd's Pond in Marblehead, 2009. Halsey was the dinner speaker after the days Vintage racing, and he began by saying "You people are just as dedicated and passionate as the big boat sailors -- and just as cut-throat on the water." (No quarter was given that day :-)) Cheers, Earl
  13. And don't forget the ability to build classics of the past. Here's a 36 inch LOA Sonder. Cheers, Earl
  14. Welcome to the sport. Lots of radio sailors hang out here. Cheers, Earl
  15. Good idea. Let's resurrect the Schneider Trophy. It produced some gorgeous aircraft. Cheers, Earl