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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. It is a Mini Sail, not a Topper. They were quite popular before the Topper came out, but I guess the Topper's roto-molded economics and durability killed them Some history here: http://minisail.org.uk/
  2. I've got a nearly new 29er cover made by Banks from blue PVC coated that was lengthened to fit a 29erXX. It is blue and in Seattle. It would not take much to return it to original -- just some sewing!
  3. Reclaiming her mojo - how Annelise Murphy got back from non-medal contender to Silver in Laser Radial in Rio WITH the help of her country MNA who still believed in her; http://afloat.ie/blogs/sailing-saturday-with-wm-nixon/item/33435-annalise-murphy-gives-ireland-s-olympics-the-silver-sheen The irony here is her coach was a non-supported New Zealander ...
  4. This post made me think of this: I don't think lightning was involved. Basically you capsize a dinghy in such conditions and sit it out.
  5. Take home builder's laser, remove some (boat) builder's tolerance associated with centerboard and rudder alignment and psyche yourself on the basis that you've done everything you can ...
  6. It's obviously a double edged sword to have government funding in sport especially when their metrics do not consider the 'Olympic Spirit'. As someone now resident in a country whose government doesn't fund sport (USA), it means raising money is a life skill for anyone who wants to sail at top levels internationally, unless they are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. That alone is an Olympian effort given all the competing, worthwhile causes.
  7. If I'd dedicated a couple or more years of my life, many 10s or several 100s of thousands of dollars only to be kicked in the teeth by my country, having qualified, I'd be pretty upset. It's not a good message to Tess & Caitlin, or the youth of the country. As I originally asked but nobody answered, I wonder how much the Australian sailing authority think they saved (short term)?
  8. I disagree. At 21 and 23 (which is young for this fleet), Tess and Caitlin finished 14th out of 40-odd at the 2016 49erFX Worlds in Clearwater and have been rapidly improving over the past couple of years They are punching above their weight/age, especially as they were up against a remarkable set of sailors with more experience in a sport where experience counts, and of which at least 5 teams are easily capable of winning the gold. If a country organization wants to support its pipeline in readiness for 2020, it should not kick them in the teeth., Needless to say I follow this class pretty closely.
  9. It's a pity their standards do not recognize that you need to cultivate the pipeline. As I understand it, very few sailors medal at their first Olympics, and if you don't get the experience ...., or if you are denied the experience will you try again? Will this put others off from trying? Personally, I feel any metrics should be focused on the rate of improvement, as well as the absolute standard attained -- and on that basis Tess and Caitlin were on-track.
  10. It's difficult to say for sure, but it's a lot more than most would think. I suspect that with coach, training partner and everything like accommodation and transport, you are heading well north of $100,000. I seem to rememebr recently that one of the US teams said that once selected, they needed another $150,000 for the rest of their campaign, which I assume included the Olympics I know the aspiring team's numbers intimately -- what I do not know is the sending country sailing authority's costs as charged by the Rio organizers. I assume the aspiring team had done their budgeting but had their hopes dashed by their country sailing authority.
  11. From my perspective, the difference between an Olympic medal and a World/Gold Cup win is pretty real. While competitive race sailors probably acknowledge the depth of Worlds fleet over a one-boat per country Olympic fleet, the non-sailor/resume-reading potential employer/sponsor really recognizes the world Olympian and the determination of anyone that finally makes it. I feel very sorry for Tess and Caitlin that despite being ranked 13th or so in the world and having no doubt having put massive amounts of their money and time in, their country chose not to pay the last installment. I would be intrigued to know what the financial cost is to the sending a team to Rio? I can estimate the accommodation, coaching, airfares etc, but what does the host country charge for a two person team? Perhaps it is a nit on the cost of Tess and Caitlin's campaign costs to date?
  12. I understand you can reinforce a carbon mast section internally with some carbon fibre braided sleeve and an inflated, severed bicycle inner tube with a knot at one end. Not sure what to use for mold release though.
  13. We've got a complete, used XX rig (incl. 2x spi) and extended Banks cover including rail extensions & gantry plus a few other 29er spares available in Seattle. No foils though. PM me for details.
  14. I'd be very impressed with anyone single handing a 49er, especially if they'd managed to rig and launch it alone I'd always recommend learning on a 29er first. If you buy carefully and trade up later, you won't lose any money on the hull value and the only cost will be wear and tear on the sails.