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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 know the thing is a total joke but I highly doubt they're sweating their math.
  2. It was a fun race. Went by quick, had the tide with us in both directions which is definitely a first, did a ton of sail changes, only stopped moving for about five minutes, and finished before sunset. Not a single thing to complain about besides the fact that we only had tea and no coffee on the boat.
  3. I'll try and make a few suggestions. Too many videos focus on things that are fun whilst on the boat but that aren't necessarily fun to watch. Gorn Frantic's video is a good example of that. I'm sure that blast reach was awesome to sail but in that five minute video, the only things that actually happened for the viewer were some very slight main trim adjustments and the crew adjusting their weight, that's not remotely interesting to watch. Same goes for extended cuts of big wakes and the leeward rail buried in a blow. Once again those are things that indicate it's a fun day out on the water but they may as well be static images when it comes to editing together a video. Finally, you can't just use the same tired camera angle for the whole video if you really want people to pay attention. If your whole video is from the mast looking aft, one of the pushpits, or a particular angle from the rail, it's not going to be sufficiently visually stimulating for anyone to really care unless that angle is capturing something good. This brings us to the things that make for a good video. Quantum's videos are interesting because they use a variety of interesting camera angles and they focus on action. Close crosses, tacks, gybes, sets, douses, wipeouts, and other times the boats actually maneuvering. All that other crap that primarily fills sailing videos is just the B-roll. That shot from the leeward rail should never be more than a transition between two shots that are actually conveying something to the viewer.
  4. Sorry to hear that, how'd things go on Saturday?
  5. It's almost time for another trip around Block Island. Forecast is interesting for Friday but kinda undecided for Saturday. Who's excited?
  6. One female crewmate of mine upgraded to the MPX dropseat trousers and absolutely loved them, the ability to use the facilities without shedding all your gear was very well received. Only problem is, as best we can tell, Musto stopped making the damn things. If you can track some down you might want to check them out.
  7. I think the problem now being debated hasn't really existed for a while. What was the last new big boat (Js and other throwbacks excluded) that actually has a spinnaker pole. Yeah, if you're spiking away sails, you have to use a trigger shackle, but that's not a knock against soft shackles specifically. Almost all other shackles are useless in that situation as well. What you're saying here is "ABC is not useful for this task that specifically requires XYZ, why is ABC bad?"
  8. Just use the flags.
  9. That tactical one looks like it would fit with the current gear the AC teams are using.
  10. Maybe we should pass a hat around the lawn on Saturday.
  11. On the strip charts, the mean values over the time horizon selected are shown at the top of the chart in red. To the left and right of the mean values are the highest and lowest values observed over the same horizon. Finally the big black numbers directly above the means show the current conditions. So no, there's not a single number, but there is a lot of extra information that in aggregate I believe to be substantially more useful than that number. You can easily see from the chart if you're in a left or right phase, and the magnitude of that phase, but you can also quickly determine whether the breeze is oscillating or you're seeing something permanent, where you are in the phase of an oscillation, and how the shifts are impacted by velocity and vice versa.
  12. I've always found that using the side by side TWA and TWD strip charts provides the most useful information.
  13. Did this get figured out, I'm working with a newly installed H5000 system that is currently getting all the data it needs except for depth from an Airmar transducer.
  14. I don't know why I'm doing this...but...it's not a change in configuration, and it's not magically having two foils in one, all you're describing is a change in trim. If I ease the outhaul and backstay because the breeze has gone light, do I now have a different mainsail?
  15. Taking a peak at the CRW scratch sheet, there's a handful of J70s from the area at CRW but other than that the only other boats that you might expect to see at AYC are the two 88s, Deviation and Wings, and they're both already registered.