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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. +1 As this regatta is intended to be a formal, highly-competitive event, I think we should all expect that the rules should be followed, and that they will be enforced. This is not beer-can racing. If you break a rule, then you should expect to be protested. Not only is the protester justified in their actions, the only wrong thing would be for someone to know of an infraction and not take action. There is no difference between cleverly skirting the rules and motoring.
  2. I have a system with b&g Triton and Zeus 2. The AP is a raymarine st2000+. I know they should communicate heading info over N2K, but the heading on the st2000 is consistently about 70 degrees off. Is this a configuration issue, or is there something else at play?
  3. I've done this a bunch from a stationary committee boat. That is reasonably straightforward, but not without its challenges. Can't imagine trying it from a heeled, moving boat with a mast and sails.I'm sure it's done, but there are just so many things that can go wrong.
  4. Agreed. I have a full monitor system. The only thing I really use/trust are voltage and current
  5. Yes, you can do BIRW for 30K. You can likely do it for 3k as well. Depends on how you roll. If you pay yourself or split with crew is up to you and your crew. It seems like the OP wrote a note detailing the most expensive route and then complained that it was too expensive. I'm not sure I understand the point.
  6. I can't profess more than a casual interest in wooden spars, but those drawings are very cool. The detail is stunning.
  7. This seems like a typical internet debate. Everyone is correct. You can travel on a budget or you can spend a fortune. It's all up to you.
  8. I use a snuffer when cruising, but its a slow solution for racing. Also, I find that, with a crew, it is actually simpler to manage the kite with a traditional set/takedown. Kim - you mention using the bow roller as well. The issue that I had was that if I tried to reach, the tack line would quickly chafe through on the cheeks of the roller. I have some funny video of this. We eventually rigged a block to the pin that spans the roller, this got the tack line above the cheeks. It's not a perfect solution, but it is effective. We had the kite up for 15 hours in a distance race last year with sloppy seas and wind in the mid teens to low 20s the entire time. This is why I am thinking about the sprit. It likely wont project more than about a foot past the roller, but it will make a big difference in sail handling. If, like you, I didn't have a pulpit, I probably would not be considering this.
  9. Thanks Bob. I should have looked closer. I imagine that it is rigged ahead of time and the tack line is brought back over the pulpit (if there is one). Otherwise, someone would have to step outside of the lifelines while racing. Actually, I guess this is exactly like working with a sprit.
  10. While I get the idea that an asym does not require a sprit if there is enough distance between the tack of the headsail and the bow, are there issues of clearance? I fly an asym this way, but I have issues with the tack line of the asym coming into contact with the bow pulpit and the bow light. There can also be the odd chafe issues, particularly if reaching with the kite. How do these boats avoid these issues? I am making changes this year to avoid the issues, and I will likely go with a short, removable sprit. Just to get enough projection so that the tack line can run unencumbered. Curious how others have dealt with this.
  11. Keep the Sabre. Add motors to the primaries. Best of all worlds. BTW - I've got a 42'er with a 155 genoa - typically, one old guy grinds to exhaustion and then another jumps in
  12. I bought some at west marine. There is a very large West near me and it is well stocked. Looks like Landfall will ship them for a special hazmat fee. Not sure of the cost.
  13. There is all sorts of good thoughts in this discussion. I have a thought, possibly I'm off base, but curious for thoughts from the masses. At some point in the past, racing (and sailing in general) were going strong. Likely, many of the items discussed here - complex rules, idiots screaming on the race course, hyper-competitive people, exclusivity, etc., were just as bad or worse at that time. If this assumption is correct, then the issue is really about an overall lack of interest in sailing. It's not that I don't think we should look to improve on all of these fronts, but if we want to improve participation, we need to understand the causes that most highly correlate with the decline.
  14. We have this discussion in our race committee all the time. We have a healthy, but not growing, wednesday night beer can series. We also do a number of weekend races, mostly distance. What we see is that if we have a pursuit race on the weekends, we get many more boats participating. We welcome, and get, non club members to bring out their boats as well. It's our own, small, anecdotal poll, but what this seems to say is that there are many sailors that are not hard-core w/l racers that want to race. The issue is that they are looking for less rules, less need for crew, more simplicity. From our perspective, we are thrilled to have these friends join us. Some may want to climb the racing ladder and get more competitive, others may not. While most of the members of the race committee are more typical racers, we are thrilled to set up our races to bring in the most sailors. Some part of this is about getting more people involved, but another aspect is just the enjoyment we get from having these folks join us. They seem to like it too. I think we always need to be thinking about how we bring racing to more people, not how do we bring people to racing.
  15. Have one. Love it. I do turn it off when I leave the boat.