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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. Hi, I have an old Laser 2, but am no sailor. It had one piece cast spreader on the mast and I broke it. It appears to be so out dated that no one I have found seems to be able to help or advise on it. The mast is 2" wide and 2.5" long. Can someone please advise me with a way to replace the spreader or add a new spreader bracket that will fit, or even a similar boat that uses the same size mast that I can get parts for. I need to bring this boat back to life. Thanks for your time Dry and Depressed.
  2. Hello there! I am a sailor from Hungary and I've created an app be interesting to you all. It is completely free right now and I'd love to get some feedback! The app is available on both iOS and Android, and it has a lot of interesting functionalities. It allows sailors to keep their sailing diary on their phone, searchable and always organised. It can store all the repairs and jobs that need to be done on the boat, as well as keep track of sails. What I think is the most exciting: You can register on www.saillogapp.com as a coach and connect with your sailors online. You can see the trainings of your team and review their diary entries. This could be an excellent teaching tool for young sailors! Sailors can get extra, personalised feedback from their coach after training. It has been beta tested by a Hungarian team with much success, as it helps young sailors remember their coach's feedback. Have a look at it and if you have any questions or suggestions, please message me! More details here: Website
  3. Hi, I'm sailing a large regatta out of SDYC in mid-July. It is in the ocean near Point Loma, in FJs, and I hope to win it. In my previous experience, it's always been a tricky venue and I've never won there before. I know that if I know what to look for, I can succeed. How have you done well in San Diego? What should I look for to sail well? I would appreciate anyone's help. Micky
  4. The date for the 7th annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race has been set! (Attached is the NOR) It will be May 6 this year. At little bit earlier than in the past, but due to scheduling conflicts, it has to be the first weekend of May this year. We had over 50 registered and 48 starters last year. I hope to have at least the same number, if not a few more. Also hope to have more breeze than last year. If you are interested in sponsoring the race, let me know. We don't want to raise the entry fee, but are hoping to give some more money to the Pettipaug Youth Sailing Academy this year. You can also find us on FB. I will post a link later as I cannot access FB at work. I just wanted to get this out. I hope to see a bunch of you there. Dan
  5. Hi guys Some background: Im new to this forum and to sailing. My wife and I are very interested in learning to sail. I found a few local dinghy sailing clubs and was planning on taking some lessons and renting a dinghy thereafter, but I met a keelboat sailor the other day, and he suggested that I just buy one and learn to sail it then. To get back to my question, what would you guys suggest to be a better buy? 420 or 505? I would be looking for something that I could use to learn on, but that would still be useful once we get better at it. I am rather tall, about 1.9m and together we probably weigh +- 160 to 170kg together. It would also be a bonus if I will be able to sail the boat by myself on the days shes not available to join, obviously not at a racing standard, but just so I can get out onto the water. As you guys can probably gather, I dont know much yet. The 505 I can buy is about half the price of the 420, but I know that the 420s are popular here as a training dinghy for double learners. I have no idea to what level either of them are kitted out, all I know is that they are both in good condition and have all their sails and a few extras. Thanx in advance guys
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  7. I just got my hot little hands on an emergency legislation bill that could ban hiking and trapezing in the People's Republic of Maryland. If you want to severely damage competitive dinghy racing and also impact keel boat racing, please do nothing. Otherwise, a letter to your delegate is in order. Read all about it: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/sb/sb1147F.pdf
  8. The facts:- I weigh 245 lbs (111 kgs/17.5 stone) and I'm 6'5" (183 cm) tall.- I'm 48 and fit.- I've sailed most of my life, grew up on beach cats.- I currently sail a Force5 and a C-scow. I've got an E-scow under repair.- I sail on a shallow lake with swirly non-existent winds. We say come for the fun and stay because the wind died and you can't make it back to the dock. I'm looking to get a single hander that fits. I'm going to keep the Force 5 as that's the only local single-hand OD fleet. When I race the Force 5 I call it boat yoga... think uncomfortably leaning in the majority of the time. Always tough to watch the fleet sail away on the downwind legs. Additional notes:- Boats with traps sit on our beaches for most of the sailing season.- Catamarans sit on our beaches for most of the sailing season. - You might see windsurfers and kite sailors twice a year, maybe.- The Thistle is king here, they can sail in a drifter. - For several years a Buccaneer 18 was my single handed dinghy (no kite.). - Days that there's any breeze will most likely have massive shifts. - I prefer to launch off of the beach rather than use the hoist. - I prefer to leave my boats mostly setup to minimize setup time and maximize sailing time. - I predominantly sail by myself. - I tend to be hard on my boats. - I do like to go as fast as possible, who doesn't. - Not looking to try to wage a OD campaign, although it would be nice to be able to drive to a couple of regattas a year. Boats I'm looking into are: - Tasar (no future, jib) - Contender (the wire and light air... don't think so, there's a fairly nice one for cheap nearby, sexy boat) - RS Aero 9 (that is one shallow cockpit and I'm sure when I shift in the boat it will respond, so lightweight. Looking to demo soon. Nice SA/D numbers even with my heft.) - Phantom (I don't live in the UK. Don't seem to be any in North America. Not building one. Seems to fit all my requirements though, bummer.) - Melges 14 (untested, shallow cockpit, hoping to get a demo sail soon, next Johnson 18??? I'd actually like to support Melges!) - Megabyte (seems a fit, never seen one or sailed one) - MC Scow (to have to use the hoist and move 420lbs around on the trailer every time, by myself, would really suck. Class is hot in the region. They stay on the beach in 20+kts?!) - Finn (I'd love to own one... I think there are less than a dozen in the entire mid-west) - IC (Never sailed the canoe... does it work in light winds under heavy loads? Some pretty good buys out there...) I can spend ~8k on a new boat less on a used boat so probably no VX-Evo in my future. S.A. am I overlooking a magical dinghy? Any issues with boats in my short-list for my size and venue? Thanks!
  9. As many US Sailing Team fans will already have noted, two-time Aussie gold medal crew Malcolm Page was named new US Sailing Team Director today. A college dinghy and team racer who came to the team after years as a magazine publisher, Adams was charged with what may have been an impossible task for someone with his experience level; to bring the US Team back from its dismal, zero-medal performance in London and make a real impression in Rio. Despite what seemed like a good plan for Brazil, the team's 2016 performance was only tolerable in comparison to the 2012 debacle, and something had to change for the next quad. To hear Josh's early plans in a 2014 interview with Mr. Clean, click here. Fortunately, US Sailing finally did what we've been begging them for a decade - quit hiring your management consultant and magazine publishing pals from New England for this essential job, and find someone with a proven history of winning - even if you have to headhunt them from somewhere else. Enter Mal Page, who aside from being the most decorated dinghy sailor in Aussie history, may be the only sailor to ever win a gold medal with two different skippers. Page walks away from one of the toughest jobs in sailing - Marketing Director for ISAF - to take on another extremely job, but one he's uniquely prepared for. We say this not because Page has led a big team to success; we say it because he was part of one of the winningest olympic sailing teams in modern history, and a very clever lad. Perhaps more importantly, he comes from a decade worth of training under the world's best olympic sailing coach - Victor "The Medal Maker" Kovalenko (pictured with Page, above). While it's too much to hope that Victor will defect to the USA as part of the deal (Kovalenko has famously turned down some huge international paydays to stick with his adopted homeland downunder), Page should have all the tools he needs to recreate the winning culture enjoyed by the US Sailing Team up until the past decade. You guys always come up with the best questions, and I'll be speaking to Mal tomorrow morning for this week's SA Podcast. What do you want to know about the team, the plans for Tokyo 2020, about Malcolm in general, or whatever? Post here.
  10. I was given an inflatable dinghy that was abandoned at a sailing club. The owner has passed away. I'll be getting some paperwork so that I can list the boat as abandoned and legally title it in my name. The boat has registration numbers from another state painted on it using that black, Hypalon-compatible paint. I'm sure my reg. numbers will be different. Is there a way to get that stuff off without damaging the inflatable hull tubes? If the black paint can't safely be removed, is there a white Hypalon-compatible paint? I could paint a white block over the old reg. numbers, and then paint new numbers in black on the white block. Any other ideas I'm missing?
  11. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=180300 I posted in Dinghy Anarchy, but want to post here as well due to higher traffic. This is a fun, "run what ya brung" type of regatta. It is open to any centerboard/daggerboard boats. We have had over 30 different types of boats during the 6 years running it. From Lasers to Cats to a Connie. If you have something in the back yard, bring it down and we will figure out a handicap rating for it. Last year there were 48 starters and we are hoping to have at least the same number this year. This is a great way to tour the beautiful lower CT River valley. The long course goes from the Goodspeed Opera House/Bridge, almost to 95, then back up to Essex. We also plan to have great food for the after party again this year. We also will keep with tradition and give photos from that day on the water for trophies. Dan
  12. Does anyone have an extra 29er cover on their hands? The homemade cover I'm using right now isn't quite doing the trick for the winter. Defrosting is killing more time than I'd like before going for a sail If you've got one let me know what you want for it and hopefully we can make a deal
  13. So I've been looking for a dinghy needing some TLC, and I found a boat not too far away that the guy is almost giving away. I'm trying to identify it to check the history of the boats, parts availability, etc. It looks sort of like a 420 or a Mutineer... can someone help please?! The guy is moving early next week and I have to decide by then. Hull is apparently in good shape, no cracks or leaks. Serial number appears to be VBW1021VM8 or VBW102TMM84? It's hard to make out. It kind of looks like a 1984 Mutineer possibly?
  14. I just read the "How to increase the number of sailors post" I think the post is good and relevant, yet fails to address the correct audience - Young adults (my generation and younger) Its pointless if 30+ year old men argue about how to get the youngsters on board, when most of them don't know how they think and see sailing. Now with my 23 years I might be a bit older than the target audience, but i think the issues I had to get into sailing are pretty representative... So here we go: Two months ago I (a student at the time) looked to buy a dinghy. I wanted it to be fast & exciting, not to hard to handle and relatively cheap (under 2000 us$). People recommended me mainly to get a moth (fast and exciting but way to expensive and harder to sail) or a super old laser/hobie (Cheap and easy to handle) And THIS is exactly where the problem lies (at least it did for me) When people see a moth flying over the lake on Youtube they think: WOW This is the coolest thing ever! Gotta try it out... until they see the pricetag of 25k $ and that there's nowhere to try this out. Then they see that for under 2000$ the only thing that they could afford is a buying a beater laser from the 1970s or joining a club with lasers from the 90s... everybody except the diehard crazy will say this is lame and look into buying a new Iphone instead. Solve this and you get growth back in the sport faster than ever Now how do we solve this? I'm open for suggestions/ideas/criticism
  15. While in a conversation with a friend about how inferior the optimist is to the sabot (I live in California), we began to wonder how the opti spread along the east coast and how it ever replaced the sabot. It's crazy to me that people would use a boat with such a small sail in the light California breeze. But somehow it happened. So how did it happen? I'm really curious how the opti got to be as popular as it did. Thanks guys!
  16. TLDR: Where can you get in detail and unbiased dinghy reviews? Most magazines beat around the bush and don't compare between models Full post: So a few months ago i was looking to buy a sailboat (old thread) It had to be: - cheap - fast I wanted to find a boat easy enough for a beginner to handle, but exciting enough to get me hooked and speeding over the lake here in Switzerland. Eventually I bought a really old beater 470 for what little money I had at the time... and boy it got me hooked (pics here). I go sailing at least 3x a week and sail it solo 90% of the time, cos it's hard to organize peeps etc. Since then I graduated university (mech. engineering), got a job, didn't become a responsible adult (unfortunately), you know...the usual. Now i have money and I plan to buy a new dinghy in a year or two (2017/2018 season). If money permits of course. But where the hell do you get good dinghy reviews that are not biased, don't beat around the bush and actually compare different classes between each other instead of throwing around words like "fun", "fast" , "light" or my all time favourite "innovative". So desperate and tired I came here to leach from the wisdom of you crazy folks at SA. I'm looking for reviews/info/advice on the following boats: Reasonable options: RS 500 RS 100 RS aero less reasonable options: Musto Perf. Skiff WASZP Moth PS: Yes I've been on the manufacturer's website, No I need actual facts not marketing bullshit...
  17. I'm in the market for a large dinghy to do some trailer sailing with the wife and young kids around the Jersey Shore and lakes nearby. I was originally looking to bring home a new RS Venture but that is getting close to a $20,000+ proposition. What I liked about the Venture was the large with bench seating, modern self bailing cockpit and bowsprit to fly and Asymmetrical Spinnaker. I was also looking at the Flying Scott as well but suspect that I would be flying the traditional spinnaker a lot less often with kids. Then I found a local listing for a good condition Vanguard Nomad which seemed to have a lot of the same design intent at the Venture. The lower price of getting a good condition used boat feels a really compelling but I can't find much about the Nomad and how it sails. http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/55894 Pros: Boat seems well taken care of by previous owner Already includes added cost items like an outboard motor, anchor cleat, etc. Unknowns: How does she sail? Discontinued, could I still find parts? No one design designation - I don't think that will be a particular problem for me given this boat's mission What else should I be thinking about here?
  18. Hi all, I'm a novice sailor living in Cleveland. I first learned to sail about 10 years ago but don't have much experience. I'm looking to get a dinghy that I will sail on Lake Erie. I'm a heavy guy at 260#. I'll mostly sail alone. Looking to get something used. I'm wondering if anyone has advice about what to look for and what to avoid particularly given my weight and Lake Erie. I don't mind a wet ride, but I don't initially want anything that is too difficult to handle if conditions get rough. Any and all advice appreciated! DC
  19. ]Hi All, Thank you to many of you who helped me identify my boat. Well, after a 12 hour round trip to Worcester Mass and back, she is home despite my prayers the entire way that the trailer would mysteriously unhook itself and end up under a fast moving tractor trailer. My boat, which I was told was free ( i know no boat is ever free) and ready to sail, is either ready for a chainsaw on bulk trash day or a major overhaul. I am not sure which I would really like to do. Thoughts...suggestions... pics below. Thanks Amy soft spots in deck, layers of house paint, backstay attachment ripped clean out of deck, chine damage, ripped deck, weird patches in wall next to spinnaker chute, did I mention the layers of house paint?
  20. Hey, Has anyone thought of using a microcomputer like a raspberry pi or arduino to gather data while training and/or racing? You can get the new Raspberry Pi platform for about 45$ and sensors for 5-40$. You could potentially set up a system that would utilize, gps, accelerometers, digital compasses, thermometers, and ultrasonic range finders that could gather and store data for examination later. You could even hack a kindle and have an awesome large custom screen to view real time data while you are sailing. For some more money and effort you could incorporate wind instruments, strain gauges and fixed cameras. I see this as a more flexible solution for small boats, seems like faster large boats may have a better budget for things like the tactic systems. Paying 400+ dollars for a velocitek doesn't seem like a great value when i have an old kindle and for under 100$ i can get a raspberry pi, gps chip, compass chip and a battery. especially when that system would be up-gradable with any number of sensors that id like. I don't have a lot of experience with coding and building electronics but am i crazy to think that this would be a valuable effort? -ryan
  21. This last week California State Commissioners refused to approve a $22 million public loan for construction of a private mega-marina in Clipper Cove at Treasure Island. Deadlocked by a 2-2 vote on Wednesday, Commissioners for the California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) declined to endorse a DBW staff proposal to fund $4.2 million of the proposed $22 million loan as long as several staff-proposed conditions were met. The loan application had been submitted by Treasure Island Enterprises, the consortium of real estate speculators seeking to build the mega-marina. And the loan application had been endorsed by the Treasure Island Development Authority Board led by Board Chair Vivian Fei Tsen. The champions on the DBW Commission who stood up for public use at Clipper Cove were Katherine Pettibone and Cecily Harris. Pettibone and Harris deserve applause for standing tough in the face of heavy pressure by developers. Currently Clipper Cove is home to some of the best recreational and instructional boating on the San Francisco Bay, including youth sailing, disabled sailing, dragon boating, Olympic class racing, keel-boat raft-ups, kayaking, paddle boarding, high-school and collegiate competition and more. The Cove is also home to the non-profit Treasure Island Sailing Center which each year puts thousands of San Francisco public schools kids on the water - most for the first time ever. The Cove also hosts national dinghy racing championships, such as the 2015 V15 nationals, the annual PCISA high school Golden Bear regatta, the Cal Sailing Team, and much more. The DBW staff report noted "financial inconsistencies" in the loan application as well as “issues” regarding “public support” and “permitting.” Numerous public interest groups spoke at the Commission meeting prior to the vote, urging Commissioners to postpone consideration of the loan. Groups urging postponement of loan approval included the U.S. Sailing Association, Save Clipper Cove, the Treasure Island Sailing Center, and the Sierra Club. The DBW staff report recommended approval of just $4.2 million in order to encumber current year funding provided in the State’s fiscal year budget. The staff also recommended that disbursement of the loan be withheld until all financial inconsistencies were “resolved” and “all outstanding issues described in this report have been addressed.” Nevertheless, the DBW Commission refused to endorse even a partial loan with conditional terms recommended by the DBW staff report. Action on the loan application now shifts to DBW Deputy Director Lynn Sadler to take a final decision later this spring. In the meantime, the campaign to save Clipper Cove plans on returning to the board members of the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) and urging them to reconsider the proposed mega-marina.
  22. Well some of you who know me and have got to know me thanks to Sailing Anarchy already know about this but I thought I should let the rest of you know as I have been around this place for a while and it is part of what has inspired me to take a giant leap. After meeting with a number of people from within the Industry and Sport we came to the conclusion we needed a show all about Sailing here in Australia. So I am the one to do it! Yep you got it in one I put my hand up and am working like crazy to make it happen. It is called the Sydney Sailboat Expo and will be held for the first time in April 2015. Working in the industry I am well aware that cost is an issue and have done my best which is why it is a land based venue more aimed at Dinghy and Sports Boats who can be there. Having said that we already have some big boat builders and riggers onboard! Let's face it as Clean said the other day we aren't in this industry to make money, we do it because we love it! Taking this on was certainly never intended but I hope it is appreciated. To find out more head to the website: sydneysailboatexpo.com.au or facebook: www.facebook.com/sydneysailboatexpo
  23. The date is set and the race is on! This year the dinghy distance race will be May 9th. I tried to move it away from Mother's Day weekend, but the logistics didn't work out this year with the Volvo Newport stopover coming the week after. Sorry, but I'm not going to miss the In-port race. See attached for the NOR. We will be changing it up a bit this year and finishing at Pettipaug Yacht Club. We have a couple of course options in mind, so we can vary the course better depending on the wind. We will also be providing post race food/refreshments. If anyone can help with a keg sponsor, I would appreciate it, although I have some connections that might work out. I'm not on SA as much right now with a new job, so e-mail, phone and FB would be the best way to get a hold of me. I will definitely check back when I can though. Hope we can beat the record turnout of 23 boats this year. The MC scows might even have 10+ boats if things work out. Hope to see a bunch of you out there. Spread the word and get your friends out there to compete against too.
  24. Hi there, spent already some hours in the internet looking for a: doublehander dinghy, built in GRP (PE is asolutely no option!!), with genaker, crew trapeze and medium performance qualities. If you have ideas it d be marvellous to get enlightend......seems to me GRP is not very much "a la mode" these days.. Laser 2000 yeah seems right RS 200 (no trapeze option.....??) RS 500 too demanding!! sail.fast.sail.safe
  25. Peter Stephinson of Glide Free is in Hawaii doing some demos of the foiling Laser Kit. Got some video of it working before the wind died out. More possibly to come if our trade winds return...