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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. As an extra alternative I've used a HP Elitebook 840 a lot on the boat in the last year. Bought off eBay for £200 with a bit extra spent on a SSD. Metal case on it and its survived taking a dive off the chart table while running with no issues several times. They're business laptops so there's loads about.
  2. I first went sailing with my parents at about 6 or 7 when we lived in the US. Didn't properly get into it until we came back to the UK where I raced a Topper. I really got bit by the bug when a new teacher came to my school and arranged for us to do the 2009 Fastnet. Not stopped since then.
  3. If anyone is in the market for shiny and new J Composites in France are planning to launch 6 new 109s before the summer, including an IRC package that sounds specced for the Fastnet. http://www.keyyachting.com/news/demand-for-new-j109s-drives-j-boats-to-re-instate-production-of-winning-model/
  4. I've really enjoyed the mix of courses that Cowes Week and the hamble winter series have put on recently. Courses have been really varied, tight reach to reach gybes, true downswind legs, legs where the best option has been peeling from the A2 to the C0 and back at the corners. Some fetches, some beats. It's made it more interesting and added much more of a crew work and practice challenge.
  5. Who's planning on going? We're hoping to get a place a little earlier than the week before the race this year!
  6. My feeling is that there is still a civil servant in de&s who is patting themselves on the back with all the money they saved by reducing the spec on the generators they ordered from BAE Systems for the Type 45.
  7. Boat was on the hard at HYS on Sunday. Probably being overwintered pre Fastnet qualifiers as a guess?
  8. We had an issue with the drain in the anchor locker blocking up on a rough race up the English Channel. The anchor locker filled up and every time the boat hit a wave there was a fountain into the fore cabin. Now before going offshore we clear the drain holes and tape over the lid. No issues since.
  9. Any statement that starts with "Don't worry, I've....." should be treated with extreme distrust as it leads to something that looks like your fault but isn't...honest guv! There was a photo from the final leg of race 2 (I think) in the Times today.
  10. Was that before or during the hailstorm last weekend
  11. Have a look at WHK's post history, or Blur's for some photos of the 109. Can't speak for the 105 but on a 109 the pole is not watertight but does have seals and a drain to the anchor locker to catch most of the water, unless it's really wet. Pole is sealed by a wiper type seal at the front, this is clamped to the front of the boat. The control lines are exposed in the forward cabin.
  12. Best way to get there is probably to park in the Highfield/Portswood areas where there is free on street Parkin and then use the Unilink U1C to get to the docks. Costs about £4.
  13. On Whiskey Jack they likely used the standard J/109 class furler. It's a Harken Mk IV Unit 1 I think. http://www.harken.co.uk/uploadedfiles/Product_Support/PDF/4417.pdf My experience of it on a 109 has been it works fine when maintained properly, but that if not they're rubbish. Offshore I'd rather use a tuff luff so headsail changes are easier (for racing) and maybe a nice quality working Genoa for cruising.
  14. Looks good on the water! (Paul Wyeth)
  15. The way I would imagine it would be exactly the same way we ran it on Sigma 38s. Sheets to the coach roof winches and guys to the primaries. Then we have a pair of rotating jammers on the coach roof that can be used for the pole downhaul, then there's a set of pad eyes around midships. To peel use a strop on the pole side and use the guy as a peeling sheet.