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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. Brilliant piece of writing. You nailed it Moonduster. I would add two things. First: This unfortunate combination from the perspective of the experienced, does have the balancing effect of drawing in entirely new blood to the sport. In the last two years I have taken six people sailing who had known I sailed ...for years. But it was the AC for all it's faults they found interesting enough to both see Sailing as real sport, and to ask to come out and try it. One of those first time sailors last summer now is a regular crew pool member and looking to buy his first OD. We need not love the unfortunate train wreck to use it to the sport's benefit. I loved this edition of the VOR. Perhaps became a bit obsessed with it. Much more beloved by the SA crowd than AC. But no one from my non sailing circles even knew the VOR even existed. So, to build the sport, use what we got. Second: As the father of a Thomas obsessed toddler, I have to take exception to the editor's selection for the FP illustration. Thomas would never willingly engage in a wreck on Sodor's Railway, we probably can not say the same for the AC leadership.
  2. So...I am N. Coast Racer. Scows on flexible water. DNs on hard water. Had considered the Erie Solo. If the M24 is too small, they would DQ a 6.5 Mini that did the Transat? I read the boat specs, appears the race is geared to single-handing a traditional lead-keel 30-ish footer. I see some additional cat rules. How would they react to the Sperry Team who just ran a beach cat 10 days up the inland passage race to Alaska?
  3. Foiling Scow meets Mini Class.
  4. Overall, it was super and so were the people. The weeds? Obnoxious! I love the class. It's as much the people as the boat. So it was Saratoga. Yea...the salads there are awesome.
  5. So, how did it go?
  6. Yup to Sailwrite. If you have to run dead downwind. Centerboard all the way up. Ys go to big surfboard mode. We sometimes have short courses at our club, and that is the mode for a short dead downwind when you don't want to deal with gybing the Ys huge whisker pole.
  7. If your in Saratoga this weekend for their races. Weed Stick. I raced internationals there, great lake, great club, a lot of salads on the foils.
  8. Cunning H. I race Ys. Where is this race you are in? - Light Air. Yes, they are pretty large to Roll Tack, but it helps. More importantly, get the boat over onto the one chine. De-wetting the windward chine is the big must. depending on crew weight you will want 7-11 degrees. Best held in light air by putting your crew to way out to leeward and forward to the waverail, and captain position should be close to center or in the well right at your crews knees. Forstay tension should be on the looser end of whatever the range is marked on the boat you are borrowing. All Ys have drum or some form of tensioning system for moving the rig. 0-4knot very light - a lot of teams have the centerboard swung back up by 25-30%, this will force you to move the crew and you as far forward as possible, to counter the weight moving aft. Downwind. 22-28 degrees off the wind is the gybe angle which gets the best VMG.
  9. Members of our Y Flyer fleet (19' Scow) have been kicking around some of the same points Hugh. The light wide and flat set up would just skip along if you lose foil. Well done.
  10. We are a ways away (Ohio), however my sailing club has a very active Sea Scout Ship with about a dozen kids actively tinkering with masts and sailplans on various donated hulls. You may have a similar group locally. Or PM me if shipping them back to our clubs young turks is worth considering.
  11. A brief historical-literary note, and Book Tip for Team Vestas. This particular bar is mentioned, and strategically used, as a tactical barrier and anchorage in The Mauritius Command. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mauritius_Command It also served this function in the actual battles on which the novel was based and is recounted in detail in several history works. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius_campaign_of_1809%E2%80%9311 I have raced at night enough to know this massive FUBAR by Vestas is some combination of "I forgot to check" and "I was stupid tired". No way to make the situation any better, but, it is very very very rare and hard to get to the Ile de Sud Perhaps they can take the time to download the literary and historical works while they are waiting and enjoy a rare visit to remarkable place with a storied nautical history.
  12. My copy is permanently next to my man-chair. I pick it up and read sections several times a year and always find something to consider. I found the sections on sun/cloud wind variations extremely useful to improve my inland lake sailing scow sailing, and the methods to consider apparent wind useful in both scow and DN iceboating. I did not know he had another book coming out. Very pleased to know. I will buy it.