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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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    Finding out who my real daddy is... I'm starting to think it isn't really Wilt Chamberlain like my mom said...More importantly big breeze, warm waves, blast reaching and titties
  1. Delta dinghy ditch run this weekend... 30 mile pursuit race downwind (mostly) from Rio Vista to West Sacramento. Mostly DDW in fact once you hit the ditch... would be a lot more fun if it were a little more reachy. Shipping channel is pretty narrow so you have to sail pretty deep or hotter and gybe 10,000 times. Megabyte starts in a group with Lasers, Banshees, Force 5s etc. but I think I'm scratch boat in the group again so I'll be chasing the rabbits. Did well against my starting group last year. Won in my starting group pretty handily but I guess that didn't count for much, they scored the Lasers as a one design group within start group, and in the over all got passed by a lot of the kite boats Thistles, 5 ohs, FDs etc. about 2/3s of the way down the course when the breeze filled and they could square back and go for it. I ended up 4th in the Open/Portsmouth division and 7 in the overall. If I can limit the death rolls and avoid going down the mine shaft it ought to be fun. Got me a little waterproof speaker for the ipod so Metallica will be my watch captain. Go the Megabyte! P.S. I'll be flossing my S/A flat bill for good luck!
  2. Haven't had a chance to try the MKII yet. I'd love to demo one before dropping the scratch on one. It would be interesting to be able do a side by side comparison but for now since I'm not doing any real serious racing I haven't pursued it. I figure I'll do it if my MKI rig gives up the ghost. I'm just glad there being made again, from what I gather it was pretty hard to get the rigs from the old builder at the end. I was kind of wondering too; It sounds like the MKII is a little whippier and more bendy than the MKI, that it depowers a little quicker in the puffs. I was thinking a stiffer rig might be better for me at 6 foot 215lbs?
  3. More accolades for the Megabyte... just had the best day ever... 4 hours of blast reaching back and forth on a two mile stretch of river in 15-20kts and in some spots 2-3 foot ebb chop rollers. I could drop in, bottom turn and cut back to smash the lip then plane through the back of the next one drop in... epic! Pissed I didn't dust off the Go-Pro but this is just the beginning of the best few months for sailing on the Delta. Megabyte handled the conditions with ease. Go Megabyte yeah!
  4. Thanks I'll hit you up next spring... it's kind of an annual pilgrimage for us. For the Megabyte I can't help but think (like any dinghy these days) the start up cost has got to be a deterent for many. I know everybody needs there "cut" nowadays and everything's more expensive but for new boats to be in the several to tens of thousands dollar bracket and you can pick up a decent laser for a grand... I'm no genius but especially for someone starting out it's a tough sell. I never could have afforded a new one. Maybe I'm old school but I bought mine to re-create the memories I had as a child bombing around for hours on a $500- Hobie Holder. When I got back from Maui I wanted like hell to get one of those sick one man outrigger canoes (surfskis?)I saw people paddling. Thought it would be sweet here on the Delta. Did some research... basic boats start in the five to eight thousand dollar range... I'm not saying there not worth it, someone spent time developing and making it. I'm just saying I can buy a lot of Cotsco kayaks for that. I'm no cheapskate its just hard to justify on the expense report to go paddle about. All this aside I love my Megabyte. It was well worth what I put into it. Fast, clean layout with just enough controls that it doesn't become a burden. Well built and fun.
  5. Nice to hear somebody else is actually sailing one. Just got back to Cali from two weeks in Maui and there wasn't a day gone by that I didn't wish I had mine with me! What a killer venue, it always surprises me there isn't more sailing there(Maui) but with the lack of marinas I guess there are accessibility issues.?. Seems the couple of marinas there are full of tour/snorkel boats. Did see a couple of Lasers in drive ways. If only they knew the ways of the Megabyte.
  6. never went to bed with an ugly woman... but I sure woke up with a few
  7. I'll add my name to the list of complaints if anyone is still counting... Same sceneraio, placed and paid for a simple order a couple of spray tops. Told they would ship the next day. After a few weeks I called to inquire and was given the run around: let me look into it give me your number we'll call you right back etc.. Never a call back. Finally when I did corner someone on the phone that was willing to listen I was told one of the two was back ordered (now it sounds like that was a BS answer too). But it would ship right away. To that I say if there was an issue with an order or supply, as a customer I'd rather hear the truth and figure out a next move than have smoke blown up my ass and keep hoping and waiting based on lies. At least I could have made alternate arrangements but when they appologized and said it will ship 'overnight' tomorrow at no charge and we are sorry for the inconvienience I believed them. Needless to say it showed up several weeks later and they had the balls to put one of their stickers in with the packing slip. In addition when I worked at one of the largest chandleries in San Diego several years ago it was SOP to call the customer, explain the situation and if need be ship the partial order and send the back ordered item at no charge when we got it... Me being the fool that I am several weeks later figuring this was just an isolated incident so I made another order with them, some Gill shorts and a lifejacket. Same result no calls from them, eventually talked to someone, everything was back ordered blah blah blah. Burned twice. Cancelled, refunded done with them forever. And yes it was the SoundBoatworks in CT. And I'm pretty sure when I asked to speak with someone in charge to voice my concerns I believe it was a Chris that told me things would ship overnight and we're sorry etc. INTEGRITY
  8. Hey guys just checking in... I've had my megabyte for about a year now and love it here in the Delta (Nor. Cal). It's a blast in big breeze, planes out on a dime. Just found this thread on Anarchy this morning good to see it. There's been more discussion here in the last month than on the class site in the last year. This brings me to my point, it may help generete interest if the class site were updated. It's a little hard to figure out new things are happening with the boat when the site opens with results from regattas two or three years ago. Just a thought... I remember trying to research the boat before buying and had a hell of a time finding info. The boat is fast, easy to rig and launch, comfortable (I'm 6 foot 195lbs.) and just tweaky enough so you can tune shape and still have time to enjoy the ride without being overwhelmed. I'm still rocking the MKI rig and sail (can't afford the new one Paul hint hint $$) and feel in control in the big stuff. I'm an ex rigger so I went crazy with the 1/8" spectra everywhere I could and things seem to run through the microblocks alot more smoothly especially in the lighter stuff. But alas now I'm rambling.. Peace out.