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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. Quote from US Sailing website: "A word of caution now needs to be clear to all persons who consider using helmets while sailing. There is no data to confirm that helmets will prevent concussions. Helmets have been shown to reduce the incidence and severity of facial and skull fractures, contusions and lacerations, but not concussions. (4, 5) Concussions seem to occur more easily in pre-teen and teens. We also need to be aware that wearing a helmet makes the head a “larger” target and could possibly lead to more head strikes. Therefore, it is the position of the Sports Medicine Committee of US Sailing that helmets should be considered and encouraged but not mandated for aggressive competitive sailing, crew positions at increased risk for strikes to the head, and sailors who are learning the sport and thus unfamiliar with the position and movement of rigging and equipment." Source http://www.ussailing.org/helmets-sportsmedicine/
  2. Fast forward two years and the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound now has 8 RS Feva regattas this season.
  3. Laser Bahia, similar to the RS Vision: both rotomolded HDPE, convenient low maintenance. However, IMO rotomolded boats in this size ~15 feet begin to be too heavy. At 12 feet Feva size, rotomold works well, and the market appears to agree when you consider especially in Europe over 6000 in service. For a family adult size boat, the RS Quest at 14 feet looks nice. Video
  4. We used to tie a lifejacket to the top of the mast so the boat doesn't turtle. Taken the next step, see photo with mast float, can be removed after you learn.
  5. GSouth You've asked great questions. Looks like Thursday you'll have 15+ knots breeze. Absolutely take dinghy lessons, the more the better. You can learn on a keelboat, usually takes much longer and costs more. - http://theewater.sailingacademy.co.za/ - http://zvyc.co.za/sailing/ Learn to Sail in a 505 !? Very few people could do that. Sure in 5 knots, but this is Cape Town where 10+ is common. Obviously 505's are awesome boats, popular since 1954. 420, presumably I420? Also a vintage technical hot rod, 1959. Sonnet, looks great if you want to race, local fleet. Circa 1968. If you want something more versatile and reefs, fast forward 50 years. The RS Quest has a few videos popping up:
  6. Try before you buy....
  7. The RS Venture, 16' range, trailerable, asym, trapeze. Centerboard, ballasted centerboard or keel version.
  8. Consolidate the industry... the market share that both Navtec and Hall USA had was dick. The potential to harvest bussiness Yes.. Said but J70's and C&C 30 aren't going to keep the industry going along with J boats. Lets face it the sail industry is really hurting right now more than ever. I hope the best to all of us still making a living at it. Best. There is only one aspect of the marine industry that is growing and that's the ego of some guys who get paid to sail. That is what killed the sport Nah, it's the lack of a feeder pathway, starting from age 10.
  9. There is a "Play the Rules" game online with animated graphics you can start/stop/replay, pretty cool. Really helps to see the rules dynamically vs static images and text. http://game.finckh.net/indexe.htm Has Easy Medium and Difficult sections. Have seen it used effectively with projector at monthly ABYC rules lessons.
  10. Isn't the issue with non-ballasted boats they can capsize and turtle? This could be a serious problem for people with limited mobility. The new boats selected are only for 2017 Worlds, and legacy classes will also race in Kiel 2017. For sailing to be reinstated in 2024, WS needs to boost participation from 24 countries to 32. So, current selection of boats is about numbers, more than performance or suitability. If sailing is reinstated for 2024, the final selection of boats will occur in 2020 +/- a year
  11. I read somewhere the 2.4 can be hand launched with lead ballast removed.
  12. Proper boats.
  13. RS 2000 (formerly Laser 2000)
  14. True Steam, they often are bored on larger boats, unless it's one of these...