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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. I've got a standard centerboard built for a Waterat hull. I forget but I think it's for a 30mm trunk give or take(?). I could ship it from MA if you'll pay for the board and the actual cost of shipping. Tom
  2. I'm with you Armchair. That piece on the front page is not only poorly-informed but naive at best. ETNZ pushed their penalty button at the time of the incident because they thought there was an infraction. The fact that they still do think they were wronged is not bad sportsmanship. Given that they got to the 2 boat length circle before Artemis I agree with them, actually. Artemis had no rights at that point and needed to keep well clear. ETNZ did not hunt them nor did they make the call about who was right and who was wrong. On top of all of that, I highly doubt ETNZ's sponsors would want them to throw away a point which could make the difference between them getting to the AC or not. After last go-around I doubt they want to leave anything to good feelings or good luck. Tom
  3. Randy, Have you thought about closing down the transom some - reducing the width and height (from the top down) of the transom holes to provide more stiffness for the rudder? Tom
  4. There is also Snipe sailing on Mystic Lake - just a few minutes down 3A from Burlington.
  5. A couple of options come to mind (neither of which I use on my 505 as I sail with guys who like to have control of the mainsheet (I crew). You could go with headknocker system (see first pic) which would make it convenient for her to hand you the sheet to play that upwind. Or, you could do a double-ended mainsheet like the Star and have a tail go out to each rail. That would end up producing a lot of extra line in the boat but at least you would have ready access to it on the rail.
  6. Politics aside JFK's boat needs some work and a Go Fund Me page has been put together to raise money for the work. I have donated and, though the goal has been reached, it couldn't hurt to give a little more just in case they shortened the wish list. Tom https://www.gofundme.com/PreserveVictura
  7. I've been thinking about the same thing, and I agree with you. I guess their main consideration is whether they can compensate for the loss of the 180-190 kgs ballast of the 2 pedallers in righting moment.. Good point on the righting moment! Maybe they reduce each side by one bicycle and have two dedicated cyclists - the lightest of the leg team - each remain on a hull and the heavier two move sides to maintain that higher righting moment. There very well may be some variation which will provide both consistent power and the necessary righting moment...
  8. % of foiling time will be the ultimate decider of who wins. It all comes down to that. Speeds are tenths - if not hundredths - of knots different at this point. Time in the air is all that matters now (which could be expressed as average speed).
  9. How long before ETNZ removes 1 or both of the spare "bikes" on each hull (assuming they stick with the current deal where two cyclists remain on each hull full-time)? I'm going to go out on a small limb and say when the boat is re-assembled in Bermuda there will be two stations on each hull and not four.
  10. The whole thing is moot, anyway. This is a boat speed contest not a match race. The only "tactics" we saw last time had to do with being the leeward or windward boat at the start and how to play the current. Scratch current off the list and this is going to be all about the start and then just maintaining your flight for a higher % of time. Let Oracle and its puppets match race...if ETNZ has done their homework and made their boat fly a few percentage points more than the others this should already be decided.
  11. Plenty of beginning sailors have started in a 505. It's not recommended but thanks to the features of the 505 it is possible. You wouldn't fit in a 420 and would quickly out pace the boat/get frustrated. Don't waste your money on it. This 505 that is half the price of a 420 must be old. If that's the case then make sure it has the ability to lean the mast aft (back) which will help you remove power from the sails. You're going to want to start in light air and get used to the boat slowly. You will, also, want to learn how to turn the boat upright safely after tipping it on its side or upside down. I had to teach someone how to right a 505 at an event in San Francisco years ago and that was a very scary experience. I recommend you make that one of your learning priorities. Tom
  12. We may not have had SBTJ or GTF (not yet pictured) One non-surprise above is the beam fairings looking identical on OR and SBTJ, at least at this point. Good point. I forgot about Groupama...they have been awfully silent for a long time! So, I stand corrected, we would have had 7 instead of 6!
  13. That pic of all the hulls made me think about how the whole goal of the AC50 was to reduce costs to get more teams involved. Ironically, if they had just stuck with the AC65 catamaran they would have had another team (Prada) in that pic!
  14. Here's an ebay find: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Plastrend-Flying-Dutchman-Sailboat-19-Feet-with-Trailer-NO-RESERVE-/391716305087?hash=item5b341c78bf:g:~e8AAOSwTM5YtJSz&vxp=mtr
  15. Great project Dionisis! Glad to see a nice old FD getting a new lease on life!