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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  1. Hi BJ Bike I hope you are happy with your Far East. You might consider putting it on the market while it still has some resale value. To my knowledge I am the only person who has put more than 50 to 60 thousand on the base boat price of a GP 26. Prices may have gone up a bit but I am not even sure of that. Your references to the speed you have achived relitive to the J 80 and J105 you have pictured above are terriffic for a 6 knot shit box. The GP 26 regularly will sail at 3 to 1 knots below true wind in most conditions if not better off wind. Up wind I have found the boat to sail well between 6 to 7 knots at pretty tight angles. Please PM if you would like to discuss. Best regards, Kevin Farrar
  2. Hi Port Tack, Pithy will be sailing as a ORC class legal Donovan GP26 with a pin head mainsail. The boats get powered up pretty fast so other than the cool factor or sailing in a very light air venue I personally don't see the point in the oversize mains. If the class were to ask the ORC to modify the rule I would be fine with it but having to sail PHRF most of the time I'm not convinced the additional penalty would be worth it. Kevin
  3. It looks like the 26's will have enough boats for their own start. Four signed up with a few more coming. Kevin
  4. T-Bone OGM Just check ECSA PHRF recent decisions and I cannot believe it. 90 and I am very happy. Wow, can't believe it. Kevin PS: The boat is sailed with one design sail dimensions.
  5. Yard Dog You made a great choice. Kevin
  6. T Bone We asked for a number and the committee gave us a number 7 seconds harsher than what we asked for. Based on that number we were put in a class of boats with waterlines half again our length. Asked the Wednesday night committee to at least put us in the sport class with boats of similar size and they did. Thank God. Went back to PHRF and based on "results" they increased our number by 12 seconds which at least typically got us into the class with similar sized boats. This is where we are today finishing mid-pack. Our number is OK relative to the older vipers but not the band new one which in some conditions will be ahead of us and the Melges 24's. In the light air we are about the same speed or slightly slower than the M24's likely due to wetted surface area differences. In a breeze we are faster especially off wind. Generally speaking, in the conditions we usually sail in , we sail boat for boat with the m24's to which we owe 9 seconds. I was told by the head handicapper this past spring that over last winter that the committee had adjusted the rating an additional 6 seconds but that was BS as it never happened. I would be delighted if magically this 6 second change happen this season but I am not holding my breath. The committee see's the results and knows the boat is sail well. I am sure someone knows what should be done.
  7. This past summer was or third season sailing Pithy GP26 USA 2. Our PHRF class consists of melges 24's, vipers, J70's and a sole J80. We sail the boat well and typically finish in the middle of the fleet due to our bullshit PHRF number. Sailing the GP26 is a blast and most of our competition are very good sailors so we gage our performance based on how we did boat for boat against them not what the clock said. I have enough results to go back and beg the PHRF committee for a more reasonable number but fuck them why bother. Kevin PS I also have boxes packed with pickle dishes.
  8. Hi Rant and Dog, Our performance against the vipers depends on several things. Who's sailing the Viper. Age and hull weight of the Viper. Breeze and sea state. Bottom line is that in flat water and light to medium air a well sailed minimum weight Viper has been spotted ahead of us from time to time. I breeze not so much. The older Vipers are not much of a problem, however, the brand new ones are as it seems they sail amongst themselves as two different fleets. Dog, We typically sail with five. Lance - thanks. Kevin
  9. These are some photo's I found today taken during a regatta this past summer. Kevin
  10. Dawg, If you can find your way to eastern Connecticut you can go sailing on mine. Kevin Farrar
  11. Hi Tele, Technically you are correct. However, Scott's boat has not been physically changed. There has been discussion among the owners here in the States about having the Donovan designed boat a subset of the ORC GP26 class. We have built a square top that fits beneath the 400mm crane for Pithy which is the proto type Donovan and I am seriously considering going to split back stays and a wider square top sometime this season. Once we figure out the best set up for the mainsail we will adjust the rig and sail rules for those boats in the US. Of course we will submit these changes to the ORC for their consideration. Personally I would not like to see any structural changes that would keep the boats from being raced under the current rule internationally. Kevin
  12. Bronze piston hanks will work beyond the life of the sail. A drop of light sewing machine oil every few years will keep the piston working fine. I have seen hanks especially ones near the sails' head wear away at the bearing point on the body of the hank. But this is only encountered on sails that should have already been replaced. The biggest problem with these hanks is if you fly an asymmetric spinnaker as the sheets many times hang up on the hanks during a jibe. The chute also can hang up on a weather take down and occasionally on a hoist . Kevin
  13. Yes, I will be there if you will be there please pm me as it would be great to meet up. Kevin
  14. Will Wraceboats be at METS in a couple of weeks? Kevin
  15. Interesting that code zero spinnakers were important pieces of the inventories in both the Lime Cup and Red Lobdell regatta. The boats seem to excell with these sails and the conditions that warant them. We did have upwind and downwind tacking and jibing portions of the R L race but two legs were perfect for the zero.