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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. My daughter beat me in both races on Sunday. I despair for the future of MY sailing :-(
  2. I thought a big advantage of a solid multi-element wing was the slot between the elements. I don't know where this rig would fall on a performance scale between say an A-Cat "small" wing mast and a full-on wing. If the full rotation is a big deal, what happens if you just engineer a mast/sail for a normal rig that allows full rotation (like a Laser :-)
  3. You can put Hobie 18 wings on a Hobie 20 (with some mods), IF you can find those two parts in good shape. I don't use mine much but not ready to sell it yet.
  4. Statue of Liberty Race on beach cats, Little Feat/Feets Don't Fail Me Now " ... such a pretty sight, like a rollin' into New York City with the skyline in the morning light..." especially when we WERE rolling
  5. M24s were making up 5 minutes over two laps on the A Class cats at Miami this year, when it was very light. That was on the leaders; doing better than that on mid-pack As. Once it got to trapping conditions, the A's were gone.
  6. Might be possible that some of the coaching that Terry is giving Bora is not really necessary...certainly his calls to the crew for "big hike" are pretty pointless; crew appears very dedicated to max hike ALL the time upwind.
  7. Is the possibly some corrosion on the aft end of the torn plate (brown stain, 2nd pic)? Ongoing crack that led to final failure?
  8. There's a place for both. When you want to prove your crew in a one design fleet is the best, and you absolutely positively need the best possible tacks and gybes and spin work, and you need to do that every time, and you need to fight the crowd, you want to sail W/L. If your boat prep and crew aren't up to that level of effort, you probably won't enjoy it as much. If you want to put the navigator to work and offer some variety to the crew, passage races are great. There is more chance involved; sometimes the slower boats catch a break and come out ahead. A lot of boats that do passage races are NOT working as hard as a Volvo crew. Passage races might even be more fun, but that depends on the circumstances; siting on the rail in a cold rain for 30 miles upwind might lead the crew to prefer moving around 8 times every mile or so. Most of the popular passage races on the Ches. bay are overnight party-in-a different-town affairs, which certainly has it's own attraction, too.
  9. Still have the book. Fair winds.
  10. Did anyone catch this last night (might have been on earlier)? They had some new information regarding drift patterns and the previous coal cargo that might have clogged the pumps, but I didn't buy their final conclusion. Why would you abandon a ship that you thought was slowly sinking when you were in distant sight of land, and get in an overcrowded small boat, instead of just sailing the ship much closer to land? Especially when you have a vested interest in the cargo that could potentially be at least partially salvaged closer to land? They noted the first guys to board the empty ship did not smell alcohol fumes, but by their own theory, the ship had been abandoned for some time; those fumes could have dispersed by the time it was boarded. I don't think they came much closer to solving the mystery.
  11. I did that last year of the Sailfest on a beach cat, and several previous to that. 7 sailing areas; landing areas TOTALLY packed with boats; Mount Gay Rum (big sponsor) being poured with 3-4 bartenders who never turned the bottles; just kept shoving cups underneath. Even had at least 2 guys full-time on handtrucks carrying in more cases. It was the only race in town (East Coast?) that time of year. Bad parts were waiting in neck-deep water to get the cats on the beach while you watched for alligators, and very light air typical. Oh yeah, the tourist seaplane that taxied out very close to the boats launching :-)
  12. Screwed up design; top deck should be over bottom pool, so you can do some impressive belly flops after one too many jello shots.
  13. Best one I heard was from a long-time graybeard cat sailor (name deleted to protect the innocent). He and his buddy showed up at a huge Hobie beach event back in the day in Florida (several hundreds of boats), and the pool at the hosting hotel was full of empty beer kegs and naked women. He and his buddy looked at each other and said "This Hobie stuff might be fun." It wasn't quite that crazy when I started, but the whole beach scene and the local fleet concept definitely helped ease the transition.
  14. Can't remember exactly when I heard the forecast for 40+ gusts; it might have been after noon since I was home watching TV instead of being out on the water; I would have missed anything after 11:30 or so if I was sailing. National Airport did get a 56 mph gust; probably less than half a mile form where they were sailing on the Potomac. I wasn't watching the sky, so don't know if you could see the front rolling in.
  15. Sounds like maybe the same product USED to be non-toxic (doesn't sound really drinkable). Hard to believe it was cheaper than the local rotgut vodka...