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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  1. you should have several douses in your playbook, depending on the approach to the leeward mark. a leeward, windward, & gybing (mexican). leeward has lots of variations, too. there is the stretch and blow, you can blow the guy, or letterbox. after a drop, if the kite was put together rigth when it was flying, I generally try not to take any strings off the corners, unless the entire thing is a big f-ing knot. as for glasses, in lighter air, up to about 15 or so I'll wear them. when I'm serving that useful purpose of wavebreak, I get rid of them, because I can't see.
  2. years of practice?
  3. main halyard on a j/30 failed a couple of years ago. we went back to the dock and got to the party first. tryed a free climb, but the mast was waxed, no grip. eventually parked the boat next to a frers 45 and used that as a crane. whee!
  4. ok, so this means that there are more handcuffs out there than the ones with their bails forged together. something like a webbing or spectra loop between the shackles like a quickdraw in the climbing world? that makes much more sense. it seems that the idea is to find something that is sturdy enough to hold the guy load and make a strop that fits that distance without too much slack.
  5. ok, I've read this entire thing and I still have questions about the whole peel thing. I've been doing foredeck for somewhere near 15 years, but mostly in short course racing, so I've never had to do a spin peel (plenty of headsail peels, though. now, I've moved to the coast adn gotten myself on a boat that's planning some longer races where spin peels may be necessary. I understand the basic mechanics of get the new kite up inside or outside, depending on which halyard is free. disconnecting the lazy guy and using that as a temporary sheet also makes plenty of sense. hooking the opposite clew to a 30" strop on the bow makes some sense as well. whaat I don't get is how the peeling strops (handcuffs) are used out on the end of the pole. so let me try to figure this out and you guys can tell me how I'll kill myself, the forestay, or the kite: 1. hook handcuff to clew ring of old kite 2. hook other end of handcuff to guy shackle (hopefully oversized) bail? 3. spike guy shackle off of old kite clew ring 4. get new kite clew attached to guy shackle 5. have those folks who like to work hoist the new kite 6. spike old kite off of handcuff shackle at clew 7. release other end of handcuff off of the bail and bring it back in with you. that seems like the logical way to do it and just requires that the guys are fitted with oversized shackle bails, otherwise it could be tough to get the handcuff attached. where else would you attach that end? also, seeing as how those things aren't cheap and you're doing things one-handed whie hanging ovre the water on the end of a pole, how do you make sure that you don't drop it in the drink? do you have a short piece of cord on there that you can clip somewhere? also I can see steps 6&7 being reversed, where the handcuffs come back into the boat on the old kite, but I'm not sure that I would like having that king of weight whipping about on a takedown. thanks in advance for your thoughts