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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. Merde2's planning on bringing a UFO to Ottawa for the Skiff & Cat Grand Prix this weekend. I'm hoping to borrow it for a test drive for a few minutes. Any tips?
  2. Any innovative systems?
  3. What's the latest gear guide?
  4. Interesting, I had no idea. Is this across the board in Europe? How about on this side of the pond?
  5. I'm surprised no one has gone out, purchased a few drones with extra batteries to film stuff like this. The footage would be vastly superior to what you can shoot from a powerboat, and the budget not much greater. Seconded.
  6. Crews douse the kites, not the helms, so their eyes should be outside. Agree 100% with Sporting Ed's comment that if the boats aren't spread out enough, the gates are too small, and the legs too short. A separate leeward gate instead of having a second windward mark is an interesting idea if there's too much congestion.
  7. Bigger fleets require bigger gates. I like them - both when having one fleet on a course or with multiple fleets. They leave more tactical options, and in the case of mixed fleets, they can allow slower boats to take the "wrong end of the gate" in order to keep clear air rather than eating dirty air for the early portion of their windward leg. I sail A-sail boats (I14 and Tornado).
  8. Noted, thank you.
  9. Generally, I try to pre-sheet an arm-full of spin sheet prior to entering the gybe and pull it on as fast as I can as I enter the boat (which seems to be just fast enough to match the rate of speed that I come into the boat). Do you guys think we should be slowing the entry of the gybe down to be able to pull more kite on? Another point I see in the video is that we probably should wait for the turn to be initiated, and then come into the boat together to ensure that there is no healing to windward and slowing down. Thoughts? Lastly Freeridr - I think you mean improve on my gybing skills at the Ontario Champs. Unfortunately, I have kid #2 due in a month's time, so coming to the Ontario Champs two weekends from now would result in splitting my assets in half, and donating some of the remaining to the legal industry. Unfortunate, since RCYC is such a great host club.
  10. This site is quite widely viewed in Canuckistan. Back to the OT, the clinic that Burling and Tuke are putting on is insane! I wonder if the class will ever see another team dominate like these two are.
  11. I think I misunderstood your point. Are you saying that the crew is excessively easing the kite coming into the boat, thus allowing the head to blow open?
  12. Are you suggesting pulling the clew right into the block Mustang?
  13. Nice job Beibs and Selena!
  14. Why not pull more board up?
  15. Nice Vid Brad. You and Garrett seem to have your tacks down nicely. I noticed you were sitting in the boat a few times prior to gybes. Was this to try and give yourself some more stability through the maneuver? Do you feel that the added stability is worth it over the reduced speed that you go into the gybe with? There was also a few clips were you seemed to be full-on sitting in the boat on the downwind. Playing it safe in the choppier stuff? Cheers