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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. Mach2.3 Vertical is ~41 1/2", measured the same way. The older Mach2 vertical is ~2" shorter, I believe.
  2. I find it pretty strange that you're using the past tense & referring to Moths as "ancient foilers." The class is doing just fine in many parts of the world, and the boats & foils continue to evolve. Nevertheless, I'm curious about Gacking too. I know it has been done in the Moths, but I wonder how common it ever was & whether its use has diminished as the best sailor's ability to do foiling tacks has improved. It would be pretty incredible to see one of the AC teams pull it off though!
  3. The SpeedPuck (like the other Velocitek products) stores a file that can be downloaded to a computer & analyzed in software like GPS Action Replay to display the boat's performance. If Tom would make at least one of the Astus's files public, that would help a lot in evaluating his speed claims.
  4. When I tried to get insurance from BoatUS for my Moth (3 years ago) , they told me they wouldn't insure any boats with hydrofoils. Try Gowrie Group.
  5. Sorry about that! I know the 14's are great boats & I'm glad to be wrong in this case.
  6. I don't think you'll come across many I14's in San Diego, but we've got an active & growing bunch of Moths at Mission Bay YC. Currently ~8 Mach2's & several older BladeRiders. 6 mph would be a very light-air day; more typically around 10mph or more in the afternoons. Enough for >20knot boatspeeds most days. Lots of fun! And rotating masts & other innovations are definitely allowed.
  7. You don't have to consider cant angles & leeway to find examples where having a slight V can be advantageous. It's an established fact (backed by both experiments & numerical calculations) that the induced-drag efficiency factor improves as the angle of V increases. At higher speeds, the increased wetted area & possibly sooner tendency to cavitate make the V foils have more drag. But at lower speeds, the induced drag becomes more dominant, often resulting in smaller total drag. So, it's not really surprising that the light-air foils might have more of a V shape.
  8. From the Racecourse description: "Please note: Racecourse orientation and length may vary based on wind direction & strength." So you can bet we'll see some shorter courses in lighter winds. My question is whether there is any minimum length for the course?
  9. And might some of them already be prepared to do that?
  10. Since the helmsmen can control the foil incidence, shouldn't they be able to help avoid this situation in the future by learning to reduce the AOA whenever they round up?
  11. I'm not sure exactly what the research shows, but you only mention generating more lift. So, what about conditions where the boat is fully powered up & they need to trim to minimize drag?
  12. +1000!
  13. I do appreciate your comments & was just making a lame attempt at a joke. I'm not really as grumpy an old man as I sometimes seem.
  14. I think Estevie Norman must be another name for Steve Brewin, but WetnWild is also telling us he's part of the same inner circle.
  15. I doubt if these diagrams are the results of any calculations. They show the magnitudes of the forces to be the same for the upper and lower wing sections, giving an exaggerated picture of the importance of the tip. In reality, the upper forces should be smaller, by an amount that depends strongly on the wing's planform & twist distribution (as well as other details of the shape).