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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. Scotty, Welcome to the Moth my broth'a! The NorCal fleet has a whole calendar of regattas scheduled, culminating with the N. Americans in San Diego. Here's the registration link to our next two regattas (training clinics/ races are planned for the two days previous to each regatta PM me and I'll get you details) https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=14790 https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=13837 Paul
  2. Hey Team, Raise your hand if you’ve experienced a long delay of your class start while the RC (admittedly, nearly always earnest, diligent and highly skilled), moves the marks to- and- fro, awaiting the anguished halt to wind fluctuation, that will allow a square start line. Or, just as often, a halt to racing while marks are reset consequent to a chaotic shift in wind direction…? The foundations for all of this diligence and delays is the (institutionalized to the point of mythology), fear that a poorly placed windward mark (i.e. “A” mark not set dead upwind to the start lines mid- point) will convey start line collisions, a mire of upwind fouls, lengthy post-race hours in the protest room and will advantage some boats while crippling others chances entirely. The reality is this: A biased line is absolutely fair and indeed creates even greater tactical richness as skippers choose between a shorter course (at the very favored side of the start), clear air (at the less favored side of the course) and even creates latitude for a successful port start (the most exciting action possible in a sailboat race – assuming Ben Ainslie is not being photographed in said race). Getting the racing going, on time and without punctuated delay to reset marks, would eliminate one of the obstructing variables in a sport riddled with variability. Additionally, all of the hand wringing, anguishing and Committee Boat chanting for steady air, does not affect the racing beyond the level of nuance… RC’s: throw the marks in the water and watch the magic happen! PK
  3. Really? Why would a bowsprit smooth out the ride? For example (spit balling it here): With no prodder (Mach2 with wand hinged to the bow gearing), imagine driving the moth down wind, in moderate chop, with a firm bungy on the wand and lets say a rate of 25knots. My wand paddle encounters the peak of a swell that terminates in a 1.5 meter trough, one meter later. At that rate and distance from swell face to the center of the trough, my flap responds from full- lift (the swell peak) to full descend (to cross the trough) must be on the order of 0.10 seconds (using the formula {T= D/S} ) -- or I risk a crash. Given the same rate and distance between swell face and the center of the following trough, I will double the flap response time by adding a meter long prodder. But, the flap response is still only 0.20 seconds (that's about twice the speed of an average eye blink, by the way...)... PK
  4. Wand problems Robbie, Ahhh, the old, "can't get the damn wand working right, ruse...". This is the hazing ritual of the SF Moth fleet. You pass, welcome to the team! PK
  5. Alex, Welcome! We have Moths sailing out of Alameda and the Richmond Yacht club and out of Redwood City at the south end of the bay. We look forward to meeting you and doing some flying! Here's my F33 heading out to the bay from Redwood City: Here's a clip from Lake Cunningham in San Jose (great place to practice turning the boat when four Moths are whizzing around): Paul kilkennyp@esuhsd.org