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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. Ericrayl, I launch from the boat park in Cascade Locks, OR. I moore my boats in the CGRA cage all summer. Come on down this summer for some river blasting.
  2. No support boat, no mast float, just a sense of adventure. We launch downwind and can go for miles, so it is a long upwind slog back to the beach. Sometimes I sail around with my friend and his Laser, sometimes I sail solo. Last summer I spent two hours mostly turtled in the main channel with my kite inexorably wrapped around the forestay. Stuff happens and you learn to deal with it. It is all in the game with high performance boats. However, for the first 6-8 months, I only sailed in 5-10 knots. These are good conditions to learn the boat handling you need. I then slowly built up to bigger conditions, picking my days according to my ability and energy level. The MPS is a all about doing the maneuvers quickly, but not rushing. If you are a second late, you are swimming. So it is important to have brief focused training sessions in the beginning. I have sailed the boat a lot and hard in the last two years, and last summer was the first maintenance issues I have had. I replaced a bolt in the rudder stock and replaced the main halyard. It is a really well built boat.
  3. I have owned a MPS for 2 years. Switching from a Laser to the MPS was one of the hardest things I have done, and one of the best things that I have done. The learning curve is very steep. Prepare for a lot of swimming, a lot of exhausting capsize recoveries, and a rush of adrenaline when you tame the beast enough to get a ride. Downwind is a sublime experience. Fully trapped on the racks under spinnaker is my happy place. Upwind is much less physical than a Laser and actually fun and super fast if you get the angle right. I sail in the Columbia River Gorge, where typical windspeeds in the summer approach 20 knots almost everyday. After two years, my comfort zone is now about 18 knots, although I have been out in 25. We do not have waves, but we get 3-4 foot chop. The MPS just glides over these. There is a small west coast fleet that joins with the Swift Solos for a yearly regatta, but not much else in the USA. This boat is a huge challenge with a huge reward for those willing to take the plunge. Glad to answer any questions that I can.