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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. Doesn't sound like that decision worked out so well. Helm error. Generally chaos on the bow = helm error. PS I'm mostly a helm. Probably at least as much my own fault (as bowman) to wait for the foot of the genaker to get to me instead of pulling the lazy sheet.
  2. So I should've taken up the lazy sheet, pass that under the jib and just wait until it collapses? Seems easy enough even for me! Main thing that appeasr to have gone wrong is not bearing away enough for the chute to collapse if I read your post correctly.
  3. Last weekend I did my first race on a J/111 (as a bowman) and we had some trouble dousing the gennaker (A5 reacher) on a reach in ~20 kts of breeze. I will first tell you what we had in mind and then what actually happened, hopefully you guys can give me some tips on what we can do differently as a team and for me as a bowman specifically. Situation: reaching leg in a race around the cans, we had to head up so far that we had to drop the gennaker and continue jib-reaching. Any distance bearing away was going to be lost distance towards the next mark, so the skipper was conservative with bearing away. What we intended: Start off by hoisting the jib Bear off to a dead run Overtrim the gennaker until it collapses and I can grab the foot of the gennaker in front of the headstay Transfer foot of gennaker to my other hand under the jib Blow halyard and tack, retrieve gennaker What happened: Jib got hoisted We bore off and trimmed in the gennaker, but not enough to collapse the gennaker, causing a broach. I could not reach the foot or the tack of the gennaker at this point. After we broached, we did the whole thing again, bear off, overtrim the ganaker, this time collapsing it and then getting hold of the foot, doing a successful douse I am used to doing douses of an asymmetric gennaker on a Dehler 36SQ with a shorter prod. This is a lot easier because I can reach the tack of the gennaker by reaching in front of the headstay. This makes it possible to “cheat” by just letting go of the sheet after I get a hold of the tack, combined with a quick bearaway this makes a very easy douse.The 5 ft (?) pole on a J/111 prevents me getting hold of the filled gennaker. So, any tips on what We/I could have done differently to improve our douse during a reach? There were no retriever lines in the kite and there was no boathook to get a hold of the tack whilst the gennaker was still filled. Cheers!