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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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    RS400 dinghy sailor. Follows Americas Cup, VOR, Vendee, Sydney Hobart.
  1. An AC team is significantly bigger than an Olympics team .... plus all the backroom boys. Lets get real. Total nationality is completely impractical and if forced, would limit to only a small handful of countries. It would just prohibit other countries having-a-go or at least have a competitive team. The idea in this global world is a non-starter.
  2. Exactly. And lets not forget that the J's use stored power also. They couldnt run those beautiful things without hydraulics and batteries now. Checkout Svea.. :-)
  3. I had the misfortune of going in that pub a few weeks ago. It is worse than dire. I am retiring to Mersea Island in a few years time anyway but hope I dont go near that pub.. Your post(s) has some fair points, if a little too articulate and lengthy for here. I wouldnt go on about language on here. This site is a very rough playground and you post at your peril. Ben did a great job. The boat had some speed issues which needs some post-mortem on for the next campaign - hopefully in the same boats so that they all get time to learn how to master these beasts better. I would bail out of this thread Simon if I was you ;-)
  4. In the UK, in the late 80's, the Laser 2 was one of the most popular fleet boats around with a huge following and well attended nationwide circuit, sponsored by Freixenet at one stage. Then the 4000 came out and the top sailors migrated. I loved the 2 consecutive boats I had and had a ball and lived my life on the open circuit, and doing the Worlds at Lake Como, Italy. A great fun boat - simple, uncomplicated, sticky in light winds but a hoot in strong winds. By todays standards, its passe, but definitely worth having one for beach fun today.
  5. "Head in hands" in complete incredulity at this ridiculous uninformed bait-clicking post. I mean... Really?
  6. Interesting video. I used to be the Club Sailing Captain at that particular stretch of water some years ago, so know it well..... It is a tiny pond in the middle of the country. Nice and enthusiastic club but not a place to sail/practice a 505. The wind is far too variable and shifty there and the pond too small for a performance boat that needs to stretch its legs.
  7. I am not clear why the OP has limited the choice to 2 boats and why those particular 2 boats, though I understand why the 505 might appear on a "want" list as it is and always will be one of the most drop-dead gorgeous boats on the planet, even after all these years. I had one in my youth and lust after one every single day since - a) I cant afford it and 'b) I am not good enough to sail it properly. However, it really isnt a recommended beginners boat as has been more than described in previous posts. It will either scare you to death and make you leave the sport, or provide a very frustrating and steep learning experience - not necessarily the right one. Try other boats first at a local club. There are so many more suitable classes to look at. Accept that, if you do get the sailing bug after having learned to do it, then swopping classes is fairly normal to get to where you want to be. You may find you want to just go pottering purely for leisure, or cruising, or racing, or a bit of all. Then, and only then, will you be able to say what class of dinghy will then suit your needs. At the moment, you simply dont know. And dont forget your crew may not, in the end, share your enthusiasm for a high performance dinghy once experienced... Its not about you, its also about your crew. Will be interested in your final decision :-)
  8. For me, I lost interest to a degree, when they increased the number of port stop-overs purely for sponsor reasons. It became less of a race and more of a Grand Tour with sprints between. Perhaps the next one will be better as a result.
  9. That forthcoming low pressure for the leaders is looking a bit scary. Keep it safe guys.
  10. Bump....I posted this many moons ago pre foil buckaroo and when I was very very impressed with Alex...now I am simply in awe. +1 Couldn't agree more Jack. He has really turned things around. After this race and if he can win he will become an all time legend inspiring so may sailors. This is really bigger than Everest in a way well done Alex.. P.S. Inside a mile between the leaders and one with a broken foil, what more do you want..? +2 I had a vague passing interest in the VG in past years. Now, with these foil-assist IMOCA's, a charismatic sailor (arguably) in Alex Thomson (and a non-Frenchie), a highly sexy boat in HB, some really great racing at the front, fantastic video footage - I am hooked. Perhaps the VOR should try boats like these and get some rock stars to lead ;-)
  11. Without wading through the whole site and this topic, could anyone enlighten me as to why Comanche isn't entered this year? She has been very quiet since the TransAtlantic crossing. Sorry if I have missed something :-)