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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. it's true that the Alu RS is not likely to ship until late June or early July. it's a bummer as tons of us are wanting to give them a go! i guess that the good part is that they aren't letting them go prematurely. i can say that the CRX strut is very nice, so i hope that the same holds true for the RS Flight!
  2. Actually, Antoine was riding the production RS Flight this weekend in Miami. He also had the custom F4, and we had the first RSX Convertible composite foil as well. It's the Aluminum RS Flight and the RSOne Convertible foils that are later. The composites are mainly coming by air and will be hitting local markets around the 1st week in June. Interestingly, the production RS Flight was faster than the custom version according to Antoine Albeau. It was many due to the stiffness of the strut according to him. He also had similar comments about the RSX Convertible foil (french made), however I'd bet that Antoine goes 230 lbs before lunch, so i don't think it's a knock on the foils, but rather that he falls well outside the idea weight for them. Regarding the kite technology for racing, I must say that after racing at most of the traditional Olympic Class racing venues around the world, I really don't feel that RAMs are a viable option for most. Drift launching, offshore winds, visibility, cost, etc. are all factors that weigh toward LEI. I fully understand the performance differences, and appreciate the angles and speeds that RAM's offer, however I guess that if we are talking about one design, the performance differences really don't matter to me as much. This being said, I do think that it's important that the kite class that makes it to the Olympics can hit 16-18 plus upwind, and over 27 down wind. This keeps things pretty exciting, and will hold the attention of younger and recreational riders in the class. In any case, it's clear that foiling options of all types are starting to come down to mortal pricing. Kent
  3. The CRX is not super hi tech, but it certainly opens to door to a variety of wind conditions and is fun to race. I really enjoy racing foils, and have a very good Spotz2. I'm not into the RAM kites as i often drift launch and ride well out into the bay. I must say the CRX is noticeably slower than my custom foil, but extremely easy to ride. I guess that it really comes down to the fact that I don't have enough time to test open class equipment as I used to, and none of the best foils are available to people a bit lower on the list like me. Therefore, unless you are at the top, it seems a waste of $$$ to travel to large events when you are 1-2 degrees off the angle, and 1-2 knots slower at best. Interestingly, its seems that several of the top open racers are now carrying more than one complete set of RAM kites. This simply takes it to another level. If you like to be competitive, want to save some money, and don't mind racing at slightly slower speeds (14-15 upwind, 22-24 downwind), then maybe OD CRX is for you. I certainly don't think that this is exactly what I'd want to see in the Olympics, but it certainly is a great feeder class to more open class racing. I really felt like I was racing on the CRX, as the speeds and angles were quite close. This type of racing brought it back to board handling skills, and thinking, rather than simply speed sailing around little yellow marks. It's not going to be for everyone, but it was fun as hell. The other cool thing is that the kites cross over perfectly for recreational riding on TT and / or waves. I'd still race both classes if I could afford to do it, and be competitive, but I'm not sure it's possible. In truth, I'd suggest that the best racers will still win in either class, I just think that CRX, like any OD class, will bring the fleet a bit close together, and allow new racers a chance at tuning up their game against the top riders. I want to disclose that I have a relationship to the Pryde Group. This being said, I really enjoy racing, and this option allows me a chance to win some windward legs again... at least for a short time! PS... The new windsurfing hydrofoil gear was awesome to watch in Miami this weekend. I'm going to give that a shot also! Antoine Albeau was impressive. I had a chance to line up with him to tune upwind. He was on a 7.8 and the NP RSFlight windsurfing foil, with me on a Spotz2 and a CRX 7 meter. I was fully powered and riding comfortable. Upwind, we were very close. I'd guess that we were within 1/4 knot of speed, and .5 degrees of angle (of course open class kite foils would have had him by 3-4 knots up, and 5-6 knots down, with what I assume would have been 3-4 degrees of angle each way). His tacks were better than mine, but we would have rounded upwind within a very close distance. Downwind, we held about the same speed, with my kite riding 2-4 degrees lower. He had a GPS on and said we were doing 16-17 knots upwind. I didn't catch the speed down wind, but probably around 25 -27 knots. He was about 25% faster than the other windsurf foil guys from the West Coast (Steve S., and Jesper V.). A2 was finishing the races in about 7-9 minutes (2 laps), and the others at around 11 minutes. Pretty cool to watch. Kent