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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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      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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    erm... Dinghy Sailing/Coaching?
  1. How about a mirror? They are slow and box shaped just like optis but big enough for an adult (and child if you want). Probably some going cheap just north of you
  2. If you're willing to take a slight risk being the first the 2k is a great ship. Fast enough to get sailors racing yet tame enough to teach in. Tiny little asym is a laugh. I really rate it but I'd be surprised if there were any south of Toronto on this continent. The other double handed offerings on the racing side of RS are wildly exciting every time you jump in. Well thought out racing machines for reasonably experienced sailors. They are fairly specific to the size and shape of their crews; the 400 needs quite a bit of weight to make best use all of its power and the 200 requires almost none. Privately owned and maintained these boats are wonderful and hold thier (U.K.) resale value very well, but should these boats be club owned I could see them ending up like the typical c420 graveyard. That said I still would love to see them here as I've had more fun sailing RS tubs than most other boats. Fireballs are everywhere but require some skill to keep upright. I love mine but it tries to kill me on occasion. Dangly poles? I think they make a pill for that these days.
  3. all that talk is great but till you learn how to sail fast you can use all that money to keep paying Brits, Aussies and NZL folk to do it for you...
  4. Thistle is a race craft. A race craft that punches you in the thighs and groin for sailing her. The venture I'd teach very comfortable sailability classes in.
  5. While working at a sailing centre in the south west of England the staff and I saw crazy wind coming and jumped into a bunch of picos... It was onshore, reasonably flat water and we had wind data. I've never seen aluminum bend quite that way, thought the mast was going to pop out of the gate each time I bore away. Most of us went for at least one swim and I shouldn't have liked to do more than just blasting reach to reach with a giant smile on my face. Biggest gust was 54 I think. Would not do it in a boat I owned, I think about 35 is my limit!
  6. Fireball is a great little boat, matches everything on your list. The class is fairly euro orientated but plenty of them around here and new boats available. http://www.fireball-international.ca The RS 400 is a fantastic boat. No trap but has the excitement factor despite having to sit out. Only trouble is there are no old boats here. Rotos are great for teaching and taking abuse. They do have to be sailed with some kind of mast head flotation if you're going to tip them over. I remember plenty of time sat on the underside of a topaz xenon even with the crappy little float it came with.
  7. Don't they sail blokarts out in NV?
  8. I know it's not a asym but fireballs are lots of fun and very manageable. Single trap, rates pretty even with the 29er and isn't a youth class. I seem to remember that once upon a time we bought some old 2ks from a Minorca sailing school for a great price. We fitted trap kits but beyond teaching kids how to dangle off the side of a boat they weren't much use.
  9. I don't think the lack of trapeze is an issue particularly; 420s will stay as the dominant class in highschool/college sailing. Bit of a squeeze for a full size HS team, but that's not to say the feva wouldn't be a fantastic summer program learner or younger teen racing craft if the US ever feels the need to catch up. Not fragile ships but I have fallen out the back, however that may have been my fatness being too much for the toe straps rather than poor build quality...