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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. My Olson 30 fibreglass rudder post has worn so the cap (and tiller) has some movement up and down and back and forth. 10 years ago I rebuilt it up with new fibreglass, but it's wearing again. Has anyone tried any other methods, like fitting a short piece of pipe over the rudder post? Or using something other than fibreglass to rebuild it?
  2. It's very possible that your hardener is old. It loses it's properties over time. This is the exact problem that I found myself when using 1 year old hardener. Try it with a new little bottle of hardener.
  3. From here: http://dnaperformancesailing.com/g4-automated-foil-control-system-explained/ Either fully automated or "oh-shit button" activated. Releases the mainsheet to avoid a capsize. What a concept.
  4. Actually that's not right. Any skilled singlehander will do much less work than a crew because he's figured out the most efficient way to do it, rather than wasting energy like a headless chicken. I'm not saying his way is faster to the finish line, from a racing point of view, but it is certainly more efficient from a crew-work point of view. It's simply impossible to do otherwise. In fact, the real challenge to singlehanding is not the physical challenges, but the mental/emotional challenges. We've all seen the shouting and "running around like a headless chicken" when a crewed boat broaches. For a singlehander; well I'll quote IMOCA 60 skipper Ryan Breymaier: "When something really bad goes wrong (like a broach or a Chinese gybe), the first thing you do is make a cup of tea, and drink it. And if you're French you have a cigarette. Then you figure out how to fix the problem." There was a great video from this Vendee Globe of a skipper recovering from a broach. The boat was pinned on its side for a long, long time while he worked it out. The challenge of singlehanding is not in the physical, but the mental and emotional. The figuring out how to do everything in a calm manner in good times and bad, because there's no one else to do it. And doing it all with 5 hours sleep for 3 months straight.
  5. You're not thinking about it in the right way. I've always believed that you learn a lot more from the things that go wrong than if everything goes right. My book is full of the things I did wrong - and I learned from every one of them. I have also always believed that if you're not falling down, then you're skiing on too easy a hill. If you've never made a mistake, then you've never pushed your limits. I still think they are a great set of shots that you'd rarely see. And you can be darned sure that the next time I gybe, I'll do it slowly.
  6. In about 300 races no one has ever protested, so I assume by everyone. It's all fun.
  7. I think you're being a bit over dramatic. Nobody has ever thrown a race or even had to move an inch off their course because I'm raising my chute in high wind. I warn them as a courtesy. You should go upstairs and ask your Mom about courtesy.
  8. AMS: the issue has never been brought up, but essentially the rule is just ignored. It's just club racing, even the trophy races. EB: I would sail away from the mark, usually out to the side.
  9. At marks, I would never put myself in a position where others need give me any quarter. If I don't feel that I can perform the maneuver as quickly as a crewed boat then I would deliberately sail away from the mark. I often do this.
  10. JBSF: yes you have a point that I am very much aware of. Most of the time if I'm maneuvering in close waters, even raising or dropping the chute, I'll yell across to others to keep an eye out in case something goes wrong. Of course every one at my club knows that I'm alone and knows that I might need a bit of time to react. And I usually fly the 1 flag to warn others that I'm singlehanded. (see the cover of the book). On top of this I have a remote on my harness that I can use to steer from anywhere on the boat. So yes, I do rely on others not trying to outmaneuve me when I'm away from the tiller. In a race with strangers I'd be more careful.
  11. Ajax, don't worry about TS. He's just a little puppy that follows me around from thread to thread, sniffing at my crotch and hoping I'll give him a bit of kibble. There, there little fellow. Don't worry, Daddy sees you. Now roll over on your back and I'll scratch your tummy.
  12. It's something I do virtually every time I go out. It works especially well in 20-25 knots. I once crossed Harrow Strait and made 9 gybes, dodging 2 ships, a tug and barge, through Baines Channel and around a rock, without ever moving the pole. I never lost speed or had the chute collapse. It works well when you know how to do it.
  13. Go to: http://sfbaysss.org/resource/doc/SinglehandedTipsThirdEdition2.pdf And then look at chapter 7 page 9 (Page 7-9 in my odd page numbering system.) and read right through to page 7-14. All will be clear. Then go to Amazon and buy the published version of the book cause it's got a lot of extra stuff in it about this topic. When ever I give talks about my book, I always ask if the audience are racers. If they are, then I show them video of this gybing process. It is incredibly important for a singlehander.
  14. Look in my book. In ALL the stuff I've learned about singlehanding I consider the main first gybing method, and the subsequent gybing without moving the pole, to be the most important things I've learned that can be used by a typical racer. In fact they should often be used by crewed boats too.
  15. First rule, get between your opponent and the finish line, and stay there. When we were approaching the land I knew he would have to gybe and I just waited until he did so and scooted past him. And then did one of my nifty little main-first gybes (see my book for complete description). After we were both on starboard, I knew I had him pinned up, and I could stay there for a long distance. So I waited until I saw the slightest mistake (it was very slight) and gybed back. I didn't intend to move the pole over at all, we were so close to the finish line at this time. Unfortunately I didn't release the sheet quickly enough for the 90 deg. gybe and that's why it got backwinded so badly.