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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. Why? That's an easy one to answer. Because they can. And the class rules allow it. I was up an Audi steal-er-ship a couple of weeks ago, looking at a used car, and was in the showroom. Several cars over the 100K mark and I asked the salesman why would anybody spend that kind of money on a car? Answer: "Because they can." Point taken... I understand your point. I think the answer is should be more abstract.
  2. I think it is cool that another generation of is coming into the keelboat scene. We should see more of that. I hope to one day be able to compete with/against my own kids on the water. The point about spending ungodly sums of money to prepare a 20 foot boat is really the only valid point I see being made. Some owners get a fair bad rap for this behavior but the Melges Classes allow this type of thing to go on. Owning 3 Melges 32's just so you can have extra sail buttons, buying 40 jibs to test out so that you can pick the 3 you wish to have measured but only after extensive recuts. These are things that not even the average rich guy can keep up with. You have to ask yourself why. Why? What is so important about the Melges 20 or Melges 32 to warrant outspending every competitor? I personally don't get it.
  3. Look up HDPE. You can buy it in different thicknesses. Or you can go to a home goods store and buy cutting boards. It's the same thing. http://www.amazon.com/Stanton-Trading-2-Inch-Cutting-Board/dp/B0032AM0LW/ref=lp_289863_1_22?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1448386678&sr=1-22 PM me with you email address and I will add you to a FB page with photo details of rebuild I did over the summer.
  4. Those are mast shims. Most people build them out of Cutting Boards. Some have suggested that your boat may have a "cheater" mast. This is not the case. The shims are used to bring a mast to minimum height against a class jig or measurement.
  5. 12345, Just use IrishDriver's info. Hip
  6. Some years they will operate the trolley as well.
  7. I see no changes. Link?
  8. Can we go via Toronto? I have some funny biziness up there. So long as the car is there on Tuesday.
  9. Looking for someone to drive a rental car from Chicago to Mac City. Need to have the car there on Tuesday or earlier. All travel (excluding hotel) expenses paid.
  10. I'll see you bitches next weekend.
  11. Thanks dude! A much bigger Iceboat video project is in the works and should garner about 6 million views on a national news network. If the producers ever call me back!!
  12. Wally, this a heavily disputed penning. No one is really sure who said it first. There is an unpenned poem that contains these lines written crica 1900, before the 1928 attribution to John G. Shedd, although it was more likely that one of Shedd's daughters actually said it or put it into "Salt in my Attic", since JDS died in 1926. I enjoy reading these in their full context. Here is the poem. Ships Are Safe in the Harbour (poem, author unknown) All I live for is now All I stand for is where and how All I wish for are magic moments As I sail through change My resolve remains the same What I chose are magic moments Because ships are safe in the harbour But that is not what ships are made for The mind could stretch much further But it seems that is not what our minds are trained for We call for random order You can't control Mother nature's daughter Ships are safe in the harbour But that is not what ships are built for The witch hunter roams The scary thing is that he's not alone He's trying to down my magic moments As we sail through change Ride the wind of a silent rage And sing laments of magic moments
  13. Been a while since I posted something. I have been travelling like crazy. Jill and I wrapped up our first year of living in Whitebread America. With that came J24 drinking, E-Scow racing, A-Scow speeding, bunch of fishing, cycling, snow shoeing, skiing and now Iceboating. Our lakes are starting to freeze up here in Minnesota. A3 should pull a few peeps together and come up here for a weekend of Iceboating. It's good fun. This video I put together for Minnesota Fun 101 as well as for helping to get people like yourselves into Iceboat racing. If you haven't done it before you should try it, you'll be hooked. Hippie
  14. I will be there from the 17th to the 21st.
  15. Jeff, I am very happy for you that you want to step up and advance your sailing knowledge/experience! As such, I'll give you some advice, from my own personal background/experience. There are two kinds of sailors: Mechanical and technical. Obviously with your post you want to become a technical sailor. 90% of sailors are mechanical...they know how sails go up and down, they know basic sail trim, they know abit about heel, and mostly they are re-active instead of pro-active (take the tell-tales off of the jibs, and that will REALLY separate Mech/vs Tech!). But if you ask them "How do you think the main looks?" they have NO idea.... A 420 will help you with helming, but that's about it. Get an Etchell's (a Star is my first choice, but no active fleet around). You need a main whereby ALL the controls are at your fingertips..outhaul, vang, cunningham, sheet, even halyard tension...jib halyard tension, backstay, mast controls (Uppers and lowers), traveller. Race and race, learn from others. Pro-active reactions come very quickly. I race and have raced with people that have been racing for a very long time, and are and forever will be locked into Sailing 103. And they are comfortable with that, which is okay by me. Happy to hear you want to be a "Really good" sailor versus a "good" sailor. Getting my first Star when I was 26 was the best thing I ever did to break me out of the mechanical mode. Not there's anything wrong with that... ID Jeff, Try to do fall frostbiting at Chicago YC Belmont this fall. The water is plenty warm. It use to cost 150 bucks for the 8 weeks of racing. Sail every Sunday. Free soup included after racing. Cost included use of a Club 420. You could also do a rent-as-you-go option. Jill and I did this for years. You need a dry/wet suit in the spring. Give it a try. The RC is amazing, we would sometimes get 6 races in each day. Hippie.