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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. Millenenium / Grant Park parking rates picking up "Online special rate" @$22 / 24hr (lieu of std $31) ... but perhaps some fine print I'm missing ... http://www.millenniumgarages.com/rates/
  2. And if you do rent a car in Barcelona - be careful while driving in town. We were headed out to Montserrat & wine country for a day trip in Dec. Rear tire punctured by driver on motor cycle while stopped at light. As entering highway ramp, friendly motor cyclist pointed out our flat tire, and directed us to uncrowded area. While changing tire, and distracted by a local "helping us out", some one else grabbed a backpack and purse in the back seat. We did not even know we robbed .. till half an hour later ... Turns out to be a failrly common scam. We were probably easy targets with car rental company sticker on back bumper ... dressed like middle age americans ... Could have been much worse if we were traveling with all of our luggage, or if they had gotten our passports. Now one of the more memorable stories of our vacation. Better strategy likely would have been to rent car at airport, and stay on the expressways, till out in the countryside.
  3. Previous boat boat had a B&G H1000 system including a 3FD display. Our 3FD display had the std fastnet 2 yellow cable with a plug that connected the network the same as all the other displays. I believe B&G did however make two versions of the 3FD display: an H1000 version, and a NMEA 0138 version. Suspect you may have the NMEA version (since no std fastnet plug). But likely would be very usable using NMEA 0183 output from the NMEA interface box (if your network has one ?) along with a push button switch to select the display channels ... I suspect the pros can give you a definitive solution with a wiring diagram the will allow all to work together.
  4. Digging thru some old sailing files .... I found some old Mac race scratch sheets, including the 1985 Sarnia Race ... Needless to say, the winner is somewhere on the list. I believe Dazzler won (if not overall, IOR section 2). Dazzler was an IOR J41 that had made its debut in the 1984 SORC. The following year Hector Marchand purchased the boat and brought it to Lake Michigan. Part of the deal was that Bill Shore would sail the Mac Race with the boat. I suspect some of the other new one tonners (Slip Sliding, Fair Lady) had some "rock stars" as well, making completion pretty tight. Hector went on to own a yellow Wylie 46 named Heartbeat that did very well in Chicago in the late 80's / early 90's. I believe he is still around practicing medicine in Valparaiso, IN. 1985 Sarnia Scratch .pdf
  5. Cadence (Petersen 34) was the ’81 winner. But determination wasn’t finalized till that fall, hence the "tentatively declared" status of the results. The sailing instructions specifying the course after the Chicago Mac finish had an error, and no one caught it till the race was under way. The intention was that the fleet was to stay inside of the easterly approach buoys at Mac Island… by taking the SE approach buoy to stb (i.e. stay in the shipping channel). But the typo in sailing instructions flagged the NE buoy instead of the SE buoy, which sent the fleet (as the sailing instructions were written) between the northern most approach buoy and the beach in front of Mission Point. So as the fleet tied up in Port Huron, the question of the hour was “what side of the buoy did you go by”. Some of the fleet missed the typo, some assumed the sailing instructions were in error and proceeded through the middle of the channel, but some boats hardened up (took kites down), tacked to the north, and rounded the buoy per the sailing instructions. Needless to say, the boats that followed the sailing instructions and took the extra time to go around the buoy wanted to toss/penalize the boats that stayed in the channel and took the buoy to port. One the subsequent protests was directed at the race committee for having sailing instructions that sent the fleet into “hazardous” waters (I think the chart was showing 10-12 ft of water inside of the can). The CYC RC was able to use that protest to “save” the race. In the weeks following the race they surveyed all the participants, asking which way they rounded the buoy, and asked for an estimation from each of the boats how much extra time they would have (or did) take to round the buoy per the sailing instructions. They then went back to the finish times and adjusted the time for each boat based on the course that boat had declared they sailed past the island. We were told that the final determination and corrections were not finalized till the afternoon of the Mac awards dinner, where the prizes for the Sarnia race were passed out along with the Chic Mac awards. The sailing instructions in 1983 had remedied a repeat of the situation by simply specifying the course as leaving Bois Blanc, Middle Island, and Thunder Island to stb. Much to be said for keeping things “simple”.