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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. Folks, I've been to BVIs three years in a row (and loved it) but we're stepping out next winter. We're looking at Grenada (and Martinique). Planning on 9-10 nights on board. Grenada appeals because the Grenadine Islands from there to Saint Vincent are closer together and seem to offer lots of opportunities for anchorages and shore excursions (hikes, just walking around). Martinique was less interesting because you can go around it, or sail to St Lucia or Dominica, but with longer distances and fewer stopover opportunities, it doesn't seem to suit our mixed crew. Speaking of that, we are four guys: two fairly experienced freshwater sailors, one guy who can dump the Laser at his cottage, and his fun but land-locked brother. We're heading off Jan-Feb 2018. We're all over 50 so party life is over for us. A few good bars/restaurants, good hikes and good sailing is what we're looking for. Now, I have three CA threads to read through, but before I get through all of that, I was looking for opinions on Grenada (and Martinique) as well as charter companies. We've identified a few four-cabin monos including an older Bene 51.5 from Horizon (chartered from them twice in BVI, and I've always been happy with them). Specifically, does anyone have any experience with Cosmos Yachting (UK-based broker with more activity in the Med, but with some deals in the Caribbean)? Cheers!
  2. I jumped ahead to page 81 for this??
  3. Awesome thread, and agree with pretty much everything. Been twice, planning trip #3 now. Chartered out of Nanny Cay the last 2 trips, going east end this time, and flying into Tortola (via San Juan). Last year the snow slowed us down, but we only lost a few hours -- instead of getting into St Thomas and onto the fast ferry in the afternoon (easy trip, but don't be the last one off at Tortola), we ended up at the airport hotel in St Thomas (took an hour to find the hotel in the dark, dragging our gear behind us). Coming home, I've never tried to go from boat to ferry to St Thomas airport the same day -- it's possible but maybe a little nerve-wracking for the last day of your holiday. Stayed at the Bunker Hill both times. All the prices in St Thomas drop at 5pm, when the cruise ships leave, but there are only 3 restaurants open in the evening... The first day's sail from Nanny Cay to Norman's is a short, easy sail, and you can throw in a stop at the Indians. Get to the Baths early, and do the walk up the hill and around (I did it in bare feet, but YMMV). We did the hike from BEYC up and around the hill (I wore shoes there!). BEYC was pretty quiet last year, but Saba Rock had a big buffet the year before. At Jost, get to a ball in Great Harbour early. From there you can go to Foxy's or dinghy over to White Beach (Jost). Little Harbour is much easier (dinner at Harris, drinks at Sidney's Peace and Love). Cooper Island YC was a really nice dinner. And watching the Superbowl at Peter Island Resort (we were on a ball in the big harbour there) was a lot of fun! My mates did big walks on Jost and on Peter Island, as well as at BEYC. Marina Cay was OK, but I want to try White Bay at Guana Island -- maybe the last night before we return the boat. And Anegada is on our list this year. Have fun!
  4. I have seen masthead kites on 25s, but your backstay is supporting the fore/aft load. More lateral load with the asso so the standard halyard height should work if you happen to trip over an asso that will fit. The K25 does not have a spin halyard -- only the double sheave below the forestay -- but many have been modified with a spin halyard just above the forestay. It just makes sense. The sump is a weak point in the K25 and K30. I rebuilt mine 2 years ago (and have just completed the resulting physio). I have seen a K25 listed with a deep fin and bulb, but I don't know if it was retractable. Mine is standard trapezoidal fin as I race it one-design. The runners make it somewhat hostile to single-handing anyway but they are not critical in anything under 15, and even then you want to get them on quick upwind to get forestay tension before it loads up. Downwind you are supporting the spin halyard on the gybe but again anything under 15 and it's not super-critical (unless your mast is weak). Anyhow if the point of the asso is easier cruising then go for one that uses the standard frac spin halyard -- it's easy. And yes, if Aerocomp, you decide to turbo your boat, I'm interested to see it. There are enough boats around at $5K each to have a standard hull and a turbo'd hull. Since the boat is tender, if you have breeze where you are then maybe more righting moment would work for you -- along with some upgrades to handle the higher righting moment. Cheers
  5. It's all been said, I have nothing to add... ... except that I still don't understand why I can feel so emotional about losing someone that I have never met. It always sucks when someone who we love is lost to us. To any of us. All we can do is wish peace and our love to those left behind. And hope that they can heal enough to keep memories alive, and to keep loving everyone else around them.
  6. This is going to be a VERY goood turn out and a great party. Get a boat, show up, race, have fun. EYC is a great venue - easy to get to, easy to park, lots of room to party after. Just hope you have more wind than we did at the FBYC Open last weekend. Minus the thunderstorms, too. And if you meet Frank Dietl, tell him I said hello! (I used to crew on his CS33 20 years ago...) Cheers,
  7. Just the bowling green. [unbelievable snorting sounds...] Sorta told me the story about "Lawnboy" a few years ago. I hurt myself laughing so hard. Is he still banned from RCYC?
  8. LORC site is up. Forum, too, although it sees very little action. Chris Steer and Thisbe are also active on SA. There was a thread here while they were working on the GTASR&PU (RCYC replacement for the NOOD). I am looking forward to EYC! Missed the cottage at Henderson though, too bad. Cheers,
  9. You and Hung, sheesh. I hate hearing how difficult it is when it snows, so hard on all the daffodils and tulips in February... We got hammered with snow last year, particularly in March (just as we were heading south for March Break), so it's not "over" by a long shot yet. Having said that, we are just about to get 13 degrees (what, mid 50s?) tomorrow and a week of above-freezing days. I'm ready for that! Cheers,
  10. Thanks for the update! Not much snow here in February -- we got it in December and January, during our bus strike, of course. Visited the boat today. First time on board since October (I did too good a job sealing her up -- it's a pain to get on and off the boat, under the tarp, around the mast support (mast comes down), over the pushpit). Everything intact, did some test fitting and planning. Damn phone didn't ring all day until I got there. Then it didn't stop until I got home. Figures. Cheers,
  11. Bump, Too cold to work on the boat, Bitches? I was thinking of heading out to climb under the tarp for the first time this winter. I've been doing field measurements on an uncovered sistership that's closer to the clubhouse, but it may be time for a proper visit myself today. Cheers,
  12. Very cool -- a moisture pump for boats!
  13. That's a C&C (Charisma), right? What happened to Evergreen after the Fastnet? Cheers,