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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. Wow, when I say "discuss" you guys don't disappoint!
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  3. Now that's funny. I'll be in that exact spot in a few days.
  4. I had the race in my hands this Wednesday night. By a happy accident, I was second across the starting line and in good wind. That B 36.7 has finally found its legs and took off. They're sailing their own race, so the rest of us largely ignore them. We had an extra boat join in for a total of 5 and I kept the other 3 boats solidly behind me for 2/3 of the race, including that damned CS34. I rounded the first mark and began the long upwind leg back to the finish line, short tacking my way out of the Rhode river. The other guys point a wee bit better than me, so I knew I'd have a fight on my hands. I kept ahead of these guys by seconds, just fast enough not to have to yield on my port tacks. I ended up causing a winch override on a port tack that cost me precious seconds to clear. I was forced to give way and they all sailed past me. I blew it. I managed to claw back on place, beating a Bene 36s7. I ended up 4th out of 5 but the grouping was tight. It's a mixture of disappointment and satisfaction. I used to be DFL an awful lot. I haven't finished last once this year. The racing is tight, exciting and fair, with boats that are similar to mine and rate close to mine. On a different note, starting this afternoon, I'm on vacation and I'm cruising the southern Chesapeake for 10 straight days! I've gleefully loaded all the cruising crap back onboard- Propane tank, cushions, seats, bunk linens, pillows, solar panel, potable water... I plan on cooking some delicious meals.
  5. If they have good grades, they can apply for scholarships and grants.
  6. You are exactly right on that last sentence. I eschewed Andy Evans' advice on that, and really fucked up a good, kevlar jib when racing singlehanded. I now have a tri-radial, Dacron sail. It's done me well so far.
  7. I had a TI 99/4A with tape drive. It used to take FOREVER to load a program to memory.
  8. No, I don't draw the line quite that aggressively.
  9. E- Thanks for the explanation of how Dacron degrades. I was hoping for 10 years of careful use out of this new type of sail. I'm not necessarily going to wait for a 10 year test sample before I buy one but I don't think I'll be a first-adopter either. I'm glad that ordkhntr is our test subject!
  10. As someone who straddles the line between the two communities, I totally appreciate good sail shape. That's always been my gripe with high tech sails- The "failure mode." They often fail as your Cuben sail did, where Dacron sails will at least get you home. Of course, the failure mode of Dacron is very insidious. It's slow and escapes your notice until you finally look up one day and say "Wow, that looks terrible! No wonder I can't get upwind!"
  11. Ah, that's a nice boat. That's what the T-33 later became.
  12. I attended an evening with Ken Read and Jeff Johnstone in Annapolis some weeks ago, where Ken announced this product. I feel that he set the bar pretty high for North- A cost comparable to Dacron, a long service life and durability and racing sail performance. I need a new main anyway, so I'm very curious about this. Regarding the short shape-holding time of Dacron- I feel that it depends on how you treat them. I think you can get a lot more than half a season out of them. That's kind of a non-sequitor though, as these sails are targeted at cruisers, not racer.
  13. https://northsails.com/sailing/3di-nordac Discuss.
  14. I totally agree with the absurdity of shipping drinkable, bottled water long distances to places that already have an abundance of drinkable water. What a criminal waste of energy and creation of pollution.