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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. I went to a Inter-Religion Integration Seminar. The Bishop came, laid his hands on my hand and said, “By the will of Jesus Christ, you will walk today!” I smiled and told him I was not paralysed. The Rabbi came, laid his hands on my hand and said, “By the will of God Almighty, you will walk today! I was less amused when I told him there was nothing wrong with me. The Mullah came, took my hands and said, “Insha Allah, you will walk today!” I snapped at him, “There’s nothing wrong with me” The Hindu sadhu came and said "Beta, you will walk on your legs today." I said "Babaji - nothing wrong with my legs" The Buddhist Monk came, held my hands and said, “By the will of The Great Buddha, you will walk today!” I rudely told him there was nothing wrong with me. After the Seminar, I stepped outside and found my car had been stolen. I believe in all religions now......
  2. There is no real 505 fleet in Cape Town, and there is no real Fireball fleet in South Africa, unless you classify 4 or 5 boats a fleet........
  3. With Gouv on this one, the weight of the Laser hull, foils and rig is far greater than the weight of the kid the rig is designed for . This leads to a situation of the tail wagging the dog when the conditions get tough or even during launching and retrieval. Optimist sailing weight is probably is probably around 45kg, Laser about 75 kg, not much difference in all up weight between the 3 different Laser rigs, maybe 2kg tops. Clever marketing in Europe has built up a huge 4.7 following, and as we all know, everyone wants to sail in the fleets everyone else is sailing in.
  4. Looks like Ferrari paid the penalty for all that downforce in the run to the first corner after the start.
  5. Carkeek 47, did Cape to Rio race, won, now in your neck of the woods.
  6. Where did you find it? I'm gonna go out and buy me a gallon or two. Oh, wait.... 2 pints to the quart, 4 quarts to the gallon, X 2gallons = 16 pints, X $10/pt. = $160 Never mind. Acetone is still only $15/gallon. $1.50 a litre out here!
  7. I might have misunderstood your suggestion, but the final block is already quite high because it's on the traveler. It would have been cool to have a ratcheting block, but that's not the way the Easyblock is sold. Too bad, really, because that would have been a perfect addition. I took another look and think that I can easily implement @duncan's idea with the equipment I have here. Thanks for the suggestions, all, I'll post pics if successful. Sorry, my bad, should have looked at the pic of the setup before answering. The problem with this system, is that the further out the boom is beyond the traveler car, the harder it gets to cleat it, unless you are standing up over the cleat.
  8. Soak ed is as much of an attention whore as Mikey........
  9. Can you raise the final bock, which is probably a ratchet, by adding another shackle or a longer shackle. You might also need to put a wedge under the cleat to get it more horizontal.
  10. Great race today!
  11. There are a bunch of Lavranos boats in Cape Town, Royal Flush , a quarter toner and past winner of the worlds is being rebuilt, Gwaap, a half toner and top 3 in the worlds is for sale and Archangel, a one tonner, is also on the market.
  12. There is almost no damage to the car, is this actually a true story?
  13. You are assuming that the majority of the fibers of the old and new holes are directly in a straight line. There by severing the continuous fibers.The reality is this should not be the case. Simply because the fibers are not in that orientation. Please describe how your theoretical failure will occur. What will the damage look like? Most of the bolted failures I've seen in similar situations are when you get movement of the fasteners which crush the sides of the holes. The vast majority of those failures could have been prevented by oversizing the hole, filling it with thickened epoxy, and drilling it out. Making an in the place hard bushing. I am assuming that the new holes will destroy fibers that were previously continuous, which is exactly what one would expect if the laminates were either +/-45 or vertical ud.. what orientation do you think the fibres were, perpendicular to the load?
  14. Have you had a look at the South African Dabchick? It is a 3.6m scow with a flat deck, you could put hiking racks on it and a bigger rig and it would be seriously quick.
  15. I think you're greatly overstating it. Linking the two skins together more than makes up for the almost theoretical loss of strength due to the tiny amount of interrupted fiber length. And I think you are totally underestimating the loads on the tension side of a rudder in a broach situation, if the core is dense enough then there shouldn't be an issue on the compression side.I have probably built over a thousand foils and repaired many more that I didn't build............