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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. The trick is getting the tack line under the deck. we removed one of the bolts on the forestay tang and the tack line was fairly led from there inside aft to the cabin truck . See image of bow before the sprit was mounted. A cam cleat mounted on the cabin trunk bulkhead allows the tackline to be adjusted from the cockpit.
  2. We are in Westport CT. Made a number of rigging changes on the boat to ease boat handling. . [1] Removed the pole lift and moved the main halyard exit from the base of the mast up to the deck using the lift exit slot on the mast.[2] Ran the tackline inside the sprit, through the stem and under the deck with an exit on the cabin truck bulkhead. [3] Swapped out the wire backstay with spectra and a 16:1 cascading adjuster. [4] Removed all unneeded blocks from the deck.[5] A lot of sprectra strops and pendants. Best tip - the jib halyard can be led to the port winch to remove all stretch with a few clicks. That eliminates any scallops on the luff and essentially negates the need for the jib downhaul. Happy to send images of any of the above items. Yes, remove all internal trim weight and bulk up with an extra crew.
  3. Attached is the current PHRF certificate. There are absolutely no issues in light air. The boat just glides away. Saw the image, your boat looks great. Happy to compare notes. 2017 phrf certificate.pdf
  4. Post a picture.
  5. We own one, highly modified with a sprit (highly recommended, see image and forum on this website ) and have been up the mast to the hounds. Any higher is risky. Would strongly suggest tipping the boat using the main halyard or pulling the mast.
  6. Why did we name this boat " Hurricane"?
  7. That -24 seems well out of line. LIS PHRF has a scale based on TPS/J - see my prior post or attachments. Staying within a particular band, like at 140% or below saves at least 3 seconds. It must be that the chute size was well outside the limits, looks like it is 30% bigger.. asym adjustments.pdf
  8. The response of US Sailing is very disappointing and evidences an institutional inability to take a leadership stance. There was a time, for example, when Bill Martin followed by Dave Irish was the President of the organization and US Sailing was admired internationally because its leaders were not worried about being politically correct and never hesitated to call out inequity and put the weight of the organization behind their words. I know first hand because I served on the Executive Committee under both, was a VP and ORC Councilor for 12 years. For example, a world youth championship to be hosted by a southern yacht club was quickly moved when a hint of potential discrimination surfaced. Why doesn't US Sailing call for this event to be moved? When the US Olympic Committee was screwed up and hauled before Congress Bill Martin stepped in an righted the ship with a complete reorganization. It is a matter of leadership and the exercise of moral authority, neither of which US Sailing currently demonstrates. US Sailing needs to be dressed down for its lack of spine. They are also subject to congressional oversight as the NGO for the sport of sailing and should be called to Capital Hill and in full public glare called to justify its failure to press the case internationally and offer constructive alternatives as a member of World Sailing . So don't merely withhold your dues, let your congressman know what is happening in this situation.
  9. The New New Thing was written by Michael Lewis and as mentioned is a great read. On shakedown voyage they had as many IT guys as sailing crew. One attempt to trim sails resulted in the computer raising the settee. But back to the race, is the website tracker now working?
  10. What does the weather ahead look like for thr leaders? The race web site has no usefull information on the expected wind patterns. For now it looks like a drag race back to the rhumb line.
  11. There is a lot of history up in smoke including a half model of our boat Whiskers that was front and center at the second deck bar. AYC was a focal point of my family's life for over 30 years. Hopefully the Skipjack will not be lost forever.
  12. Every member of the ISAF Executive Committee, including our own Gary Jobson, should be required to sail a Laser out to the starting area and then be tested as a certification that it is safe. Let them be the lab rats not the athletes. The sorry truth is that, like FIFA, absent major scandal those at the top do not have the onions to act in the best interests of the sport.
  13. We also drilled out and reinforced with G10 tubing the holes for the two mounting bolts for the sprit to the bow. G10 is very expensive and you will need less than a foot so ask around for a scrap.
  14. On the Platu we also used a G10 tube for strength and watertightness. Drilled, expoxy in place and bevelled same as described above. Two tips, (1) get correct angle by placing hole as low as possible above the waterline and behind the reinforcement for stem (which you will see from inside) and (2) size ID for the G10 one size larger than the OD of the bobstay line. The arimad will not slide through if OD and ID match. The result is a very strong totally watertight fitting.
  15. SA had a sponsor insert article from csprit on 8/6/15. The website is csprit.com. They have several different sizes of pre-fab sprits. Looks like a easy retrofit to a sprit, potentially inexpensive, but not one that lends itself to optimizing sprit length for rating purposes.