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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. What an amazing person, fantastic sailor and part of our yachting history. Fair winds Mr. Ficker, fair winds. They simply don't make 'em like that anymore. Very sad day. For those that may not remember... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niWmIDOAFMU
  2. was just looking for something more recent.
  3. Not sure about the whole "fire sale" notion, but Comanche was one of the most interesting things to hit the water in some time. There has been little info coming from the Comanche camp since the rumored "incident" between JC and KR last spring (except of course the Transatlantic record last June). Does anyone know where the yacht is and upcoming plans? There hasn't even been a Facebook post since December.
  4. RIP A. Victor. A polarizing figure to be sure, but Vic was one of the smartest, kindest humans that I ever had the pleasure to have in my life. He plucked me off the dock in the late 60's to paint, sand and do any odd job needed, with the hope that one day I would have the chance to race aboard IMI LOA (Distant Wanderer). I was fortunate to sail with Vic and his crew for over 10 years, and learned a lifetime of lessons. My youthful years were spent with Vic, the boat, racing and his crew of great guys that were so important during my formative years and I will be eternally grateful for that. Eventually I became quite the competitive multihull sailor thanks to Vic. Vic, you will always be remembered and deeply missed. For those interested, I have put together some video footage from early in his sailing career, articles about his exploits, but a few pixels cannot do justice to this fine man. Sail on my friend, sail on https://www.ratherbe.com/collection/vic/MHRQ_0QpXM
  5. Hey Clean, Do you plan to write an article about Comanche breaking the Transat record or are you more comfortable just lurking in the corners talking about rumors and stupid, "what is this" posts? Hey Clean, Do you plan to write an article about Comanche breaking the Transat record or are you more comfortable just lurking in the corners talking about rumors and stupid, "what is this" posts?
  6. Drone footage up! Thanks to Drone pilot Nick!! Enjoy folks! More coming. https://www.ratherbe.com/video/a-cat-day-one-key-largo-editors-extended-cut/NVVFvteadj.NzvtJfRpAx
  7. For me, boomless is well and truly proven. Besides the performance of the Brewin sails, I had a long chat with Nathan Outteridge about his views on the boats as they are now and one of the things he said was that there was no need for a boom. He is sailing with a Landenberger with a boom. It was also interesting talking to Darren Bundock about this. He said that as soon as he saw photos of the deck sweepers being used at the last worlds, his first reaction was to believe booms wouldn't be needed. Guys like Bundy and Stevie come from Nacra 5.5's which have always been boomless with a similar looking sail. They instinctively knew it would work on the A. For others, including myself, it was not at all instinctive and goes against what you would expect, but it works really well and I can't see myself getting a boom any time soon. The other interesting thing is to see 1 year old foils up at the front of the fleet (Z2 and original Exploder T rudders). The simple fact is that for most of us, we don't need to chase the latest stuff. However, the big issue is set up. I have been really shocked at how much difference a small change can make. In particular, you need to get the rudder foil angles very precise, coupled with the right amount of rudder tuck under. For months I have watched Stevie foil for literally a mile at a time without coming off the foils. I thought he had god like skills i would never possess (well, he does..) because all I could manage was a few hundred yards without touchdown and it was a constant fight. But after he set up my boat, everything became (relatively) easy. In a variable 11-15 knots of breeze, the only reason I stopped foiling was when I ran out of space or when my back gave out! It's exciting times and it has made me go back to the physio and I have already started a program to get my back strong enough and overall properly fit enough. There have been a number of milestones in my sailing that have got me really excited - first season in 505's (1982) first season in 49ers (1997) first season with foiling Moths (2007) first season in 18' skiffs (2007/8) but I think that at this moment, I am more excited about the foiling A than any of those. Simon, I'd love a little insight into the tweaks that Stevie made to your boat. On the west coast of USA and it's a bit of trial and error (at least for me). Sailing a 2015 DNA.
  8. Simon Don't get bummed. For every jerk that posts there are many of us that appreciate what you and w&w bring to the discussion. Why do you always have to have a go? Do you work hard on being nasty or is it natural? I got the results texted to me before they were posted anywhere. I thought some might appreciate seeing them before they were made available online but clearly you don't.
  9. Not sure about the "asshat" comment.... but CS can you please take a moment and read the topic of this thread?
  10. I never expected the boat to show up at the Nationals-it was just launched and, as best I can tell, surely wouldn't be ready for a Nationals this quickly. Last pictures on the Carbonix site showed a conventional rig but said a new decksweeper would be ready soon or words to that effect. Ok, so let's make sure I have this correct. A boat gets designed, molds built, boat constructed, foils built, boat rigged, boat advertised, boat sailed, boat photographed, website created.. all in time to compete in the largest A Class event in the country (two hours away) and somebody forgot to order a competitive main? Huh, sounds logical to me..
  11. Doug, Was hoping to get an update on how the new platform is doing at the Nationals? Did it turn up, measure? How was relative performance?
  12. yes, but the dark paint reflects...
  13. Guys, this string has strayed way off topic. I had my first A delivered from Bendigo in (about) 1994. I first sailed an A Class in Aus in 1995 at their nationals. When i arrived in Oz, I was new to the class and the only "yank" in the fleet. When got to the boat park I was greeted by a young guy that worked for Greg Goodall. His name? Glenn Ashby. While I brought up the back of the fleet, it was one of the greatest weeks of my sailing life. Look Glenn won this week, he's an amazing sailor (and guy), as are all the top guys. Tomorrow AM I will take my new DNA, my 5th or 6th A Class (at least) and try to teach my sorry ass how to do a better job of foiling. Let's face it, its a new day. Curved boards, Z boards, deck sweepers? I'd suggest that we all go out and sail more and bitch less. Rule 8 is here and not going away. Time to move on. We can obsess about deck sweepers, tramps, etc. but in the end, its making the most of your equipment for all but the top guys. I for one am guilty of not sailing enough and find this whole evolution very exciting. I got my butt kicked my first time out learning to foil, but guess what, i got back in the weight room and started doing yoga. It's getting pretty physical. At 59 it's not easy but truth be told, I can't wait to go out tomorrow and get better, but most importantly, have fun with friends. For most of us, relegated to mid fleet or top 25, let's just enjoy the ride (literally and figuratively).