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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. 1. Stick the GPS on the stbd bow. 2. Keep your head out of the boat. That's how the experts do it. Stop staring at instruments.
  2. Like he says it works. 30 degrees will do but it's not scientific, I don't think it matters that its 30 at one point and 60 at another just so long as one side wins. The effect on steering etc is not noticeable.
  3. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/tintinara/camper-trailers/hardfloor-off-road-camper-trailer/1147886527
  4. April May June July August Sept Oct Nov, that's more than "couple of months to go"
  5. What about using beach cat tramp netting. Don't know how much it is but it'll let the water through. Also you could double the downhaul line like the Aus VS skiffs do. I used some ag pipe for a mouth once, worked ok ish.
  6. Yeah, but that's not 10:1 given that there are only two blocks in line with the point of pull as it were. The 'outliers' will require a lot of effort to pull in, in spite of all the spare line it'll take.
  7. UK Sailmakers used to have a free rules quiz which was quite good, now they charge for it which is a shame.
  8. Those bloody coconuts, two years ago we were affected by one of the cyclones. Most of our ten acres was under water and hundreds of coconuts from an old plantation over the road were everywhere. Trouble was they 'hid' under the grass so when I got on the ride-on mower I kept hitting the bloody things, coconut milk all over the place!
  9. Where a swing keel trailer sailer has been sitting on a mooring for any length of time check the interior of the keel case. I saw pics of one that had sat on a mooring on Sydney Harbour for a long time. The barnacles and crustaceans in there made me wonder how they'd got the keel up. Full keel boats are ok on moorings but not swingers.
  10. So, what was this. A serious racer in it's day, a cruiser, or something that doesn't belong on the water (which is why it's parked in this paddock).
  11. RaceQs might be a really neat app but it's incredibly difficult to get working. Particularly if you use a 'modern' browser such as Chrome 64bit that doesn't support the plug ins that are used. I don't see myself as stupid but I've had several attempts, all fruitless. The first one had a 35ft yacht parked on the grass at the lake I was sailing my 14ft cat on! (yes I know how to fix that but only with an F18 cat). We are talking dinghy's here too so everyone would need at least an Android 2 phone with a GPS to record races, a waterproof container and somewhere to put it.
  12. So why not get into a conversation? Clear communication is everything in any situation, it clarifies issues and lets people know what's going on. Something like "do you have a stbd boat approaching you", "you need to wait until I tack", "hang on just a few more yards" etc Or "fuck off, don't tack in my water" KO
  13. alt-truth !!
  14. This is such a common problem in all fleets, you get a gaggle of boats in reaching angles of the start boat. Once the time comes they all congregate around the boat. Really the only sensible thing to do is what most of the starting articles talk about and change your risk profile, it's not imperative that you start by the boat, if you start further down the line, sure your options are reduced, eg you won't be able to tack away at will but then neither will most of the boat end starters. One, of many boats are likely to get a good start at the boat end, many boats down the line will get a good start so it's a case of percentages. I did have success at one regatta by waiting just a few seconds after the gun when a gap always appeared at the boat. This was quite successful and I had starts that were as good a percentage as they were if I'd started further down the line. Oddly that doesn't happen all the time.
  15. With most classes everyone tends to adopt the methods, techniques and equipment of the fastest sailor - it sort of becomes a baseline - if they can do well then I have to start there and then there's no reason why I can't do well too. When a super high modulus 30mm mast comes out and it shows that it works, then the fleet is likely to go that way - as long as the leaders have gone there first. The 10mm difference between your 50mm and 40mm would be quite a lot of windage so it's logical to go to the lowest thickness possible.