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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. Just a little bit of a plug for a friend organizing a regatta. The Edlu Race is a 32 mile distance race on LIS the weekend after American YC Spring Series in a few weeks time. So far there are 3 J/88s entered in the event and a number that seem interested. The OA has said that they'll give the 88s a One Design start if they can get 5 or more boats entered. Just thought anyone on here might want to talk or think about it. Yachtscoring site here: https://yachtscoring.com/current_event_entries.cfm?eID=3041
  2. I accept your nomination for membership to the PHRF board.
  3. I'm gutted for them after the same thing happened to us on the Hobie 33 last year in the same race in the same conditions. They've even bailed to the same marina we bailed to. It's a tough one to take. The Hobie is an offshore rocket, and Mirage will likely win this race overall, but the rudder is their major point of concern in sporty conditions. Doubly impressed by the crew on Simon Says sailing it in with the emergency tiller. That takes serious skill, but if anyone is capable of doing it then it's the group of experienced guys in the afterguard of that boat.
  4. I trim the jib on the express 37 against you every week and I've noticed you having the problems you cite. If you're not interested in making rig structure alterations, you might want to experiment with adjusting your headstay length for different wind ranges. Take turns off to add depth to the jib in light air and bring turns on to straighten the entry and reduce weather helm in heavier air. Because you're a fractionally rigged boat, shortening the headstay as the wind increases magnifies the effect of the backstay in getting tension into the luff and helps you flatten out the jib entry without overbending the main or the top of the mast. I can't remember if Sawtooth has a furler. Adjusting the headstay length gets to be impossible if you're using a furler system because you have to disassemble the drum to get at the toggle. You're running a quantum #1 at the moment. Ask Kerry K to help you with a rough tuning guide for the headstay. One comment: even we can't solve our pointing problem against the X35. Their sheeting angle is too tight and foil design is too high aspect for a pair of 30 year old boats to compete with. We've focused a lot on hitting out vmg angle downwind to work inside them because they tend to sail too hot.
  5. More intriguing: $350 * 49 Entries is $17,150. Where is that money going? Executioner is nowhere to be seen. The course board hasn't been updated to allow for 3 courses to be posted. As far as I can tell, the expenses of Can One are a couple replacement flags, air horns, Yacht Scoring ($10/boat), and daily trophies (slash, do they still give out daily awards at Huguenot?)
  6. I dunno. But an hour difference in the finish times is weird. Hasn't Can One been communicating the course to Div 6 by VHF all year? That's kinda silly. Why can't they just change the courseboard? If someone missed the course then it was just a matter of time.
  7. Who is that guy, stang?
  8. Interesting about the north shore of Cuba. I'd heard rumors of a GS countercurrent there but it seemed like a lot to gamble on, plus low confidence in the charts for the area being correct. How far inshore did you need to be to get it? How Far East did you find it? Porto Seboruco, about 45 miles west of Havana Harbor about 7 miles north of the shoreline. The gulf current was much farther north than what the grib files showed. Once in a while you have to stick your head outside the nav station to see what is going on. Considering my head sticks out of the companionway hatch sitting upright in the Nav station that's not much of an issue It was the first edition. There were genuine concerns onboard about running the north shore of Cuba. There were worries that the topography of the island would rob the wind. That the countercurrent wouldn't be there. The fact that it was possible the charts could be leaving out key features. Some places said you need to be closely in contact with the Cuban Coast Guard once you crossed a certain limit. It's a strategy for future years, for sure. In the event of a western focused gulf stream or a downwind race from the east or even a drifter.
  9. Interesting about the north shore of Cuba. I'd heard rumors of a GS countercurrent there but it seemed like a lot to gamble on, plus low confidence in the charts for the area being correct. How far inshore did you need to be to get it? How Far East did you find it?
  10. As always, Dave has the trophies we want!! Still waiting for my Laud-KW 1st Overall replica plaque!
  11. Which New England fleet are you in?
  12. We had a pretty shocking downwind mode with the 15 year old Melges 24 A2 and 6 year old etchells jib. Some fun video from the late afternoon is forthcoming. Viva had great speed when it turned into a reach and we couldn't match them in a breeze forward mode after dark. Steve and his boys did a great job of making it a fun battle there and they showed great overall!!
  13. I'd rather drown than pay you a grand to repackage that!!!!
  14. There's one thing worth saying, and that is the kindness of the sailing community continues to amaze me. Almost as soon as we diverted, people began sending text messages to the five of us offering help, love or support. We've probably fielded 100 offers of help over the course of the last 20 hours. Sailing Anarchists and our wonderful amazing sponsors made up a lot of those numbers. It's so wonderful to have a community with such generous people in it and we couldn't dare impose on you all. Thank you.
  15. That was one of the best experiences of my life and one of the most crushing. Feeling total slop in the rudder with the Gulf Stream in front of you there's no other decision. We built it up from nothing and showed well for 12 hours. Maybe next time we can make 24. Thanks Mustang. Thanks Sol. Thanks Clean. Thanks to the boys on our crew. Thanks to those who supported us. We shall return. Enjoy Cuba!!!!!