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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. Congratulations YourMom and Stufishing. Hmm. sailed a bit too far, but happy with the average speed. Nice short leg. will the rest of them be about the same? Thanks Briartrtpd for the updates.
  2. Briarrtpd, could you please put me on the list? Thanks.
  3. MC31
  4. With all 7 local VX Ones out for the inaugural "Boating and RV" VX One Queensland Titles held by the Southport Yacht Club at Hollywell, the conditions were perfect for a great weekend. Saturday's forecast was for 12-15 knots from the southeast and we got exactly that. Racing on the Gold Coast is generally interesting with sand banks to dodge, big tides to factor in, and undereducated motor boat skippers blasting around using the sailing boats as a slalom course. As there was a big car race on over the weekend the racing area was unusually quiet, big win. Four races were sailed on Saturday with 3 different winners and the points reflected very close racing. First to fourth were separated by 5 points going into the club supplied sausage sizzle and post race drinks Saturday afternoon. Alan Moffat sailing "OVI One Kenobi" (8 points) just held out Brett Whitbread aboard "Sticky Fingers" by one point, Brett was 2 points ahead of Michael James sailing "The Beast". Sunday's forecast of a 5-8 knots easterly was also spot on, so crews had to settle down to smooth sailing and hunting down any increases in pressure. Brett Whitbread came out on top after the 2 races held with Alan Moffatt in Second and Michael James in Third. It was a fantastic weekend for the ever growing Queensland fleet and everyone left with huge grins on their faces. The team at the Southport Yacht Club set great courses and their very friendly hospitality made for a fantastic event. The next event on the VX One Association of Australia's calender is the ACT State titles to be held 7-8 November.
  5. I am 50+ and find the VX very stable and forgiving.
  6. VX One is exactly what you are after. Not quite 20' long but pretty damn close. Designed this century with ease of use and comfort a big factor, 2 up at about 170kg all the way up to 250kg (or more) crew weight. Huge cockpit with nothing coming down from the boom to allow full clearance in tacks and gybes from stern to mast. Furling and self tacking jib, single line spinnaker sets and drops, Draft 4'3" and the price of second hand boats in the US is within your budget.
  7. In Australia we are starting to think a bit more than that, we must get a bit more wind. My target now is about 220-230kg, I used to sail @ 190kg but would get chewed up over 15 knots by the heavier crews and while light winds seem to avoid us, never got the advantage in the light stuff.
  8. It is an 8mm for the main bolts, 6mm for the keel cap plate. Nearly everything is metric. Mick
  9. Only just saw this video That's a nice but of sailing, boat looks good. Pity we didn't get to see how he got the kite up and down in a crowded Sydney Harbour
  10. The VX One kites that I have owned have all had their attachment points only on one side. Setting up on port was the only option so far.
  11. If you set the spinnaker up on the starboard side the retrieval line will be on the inside of the bottom of the spinnaker and that will let the spinnaker drag in the water on takedowns, increasing the chances of prawning the kite. To alleviate this you would have to get a second loop for the retrieval line on the other side of the spinnaker. Mick