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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 don't think the Thistle is that far behind them, and the Thistle should be much faster upwind. Lawless in the West Wight Potter is doing 4 knots across the direct route...not sure what's going on with that. Motoring?2 kayaks are making good time across Fl Bay, look to be next 2 finishers. Quite a good year for kayaks. Lawless had me confused as well for a while until I figured out he/she launched from Largo and is NW-bound. Sightseeing?
  2. She's not a sailboat.
  3. I had the opportunity to chat with Jim Brown a couple weeks ago. Turns out that he's an acquaintance of an acquaintance. In back-woods Mathews County, VA all it takes is to ask around a bit. He was super gracious - called me immediately once he'd been given my number by the mutual acquaintance - and gave me directions to his place for a visit the next day. My kids (8 & 12) were invited along. I had to explain what kind of a legend he is but they're boat nuts so it wasn't a hard sell. Jim's office is a small and tidy affair, with a huge number of pictures from his cruising days. His grizzled old lab-mix Abbey wanders about. Jim is actually working on a small multihull design today, but I shouldn't say more than that. It's a bit far off the beaten path for him but shows his interest in forever doing the next thing. We chatted for a good while about all things boats. He signed a couple of his books I'd brought along. He even took us down to the dock to show off the only monohull he ever designed or built, a woodstrip kayak. He reports that he still gets out regularly, weather permitting, in the kayak and his Windrider tri he keeps tied to the dock. Abbey likes to follow from the shore or swim after him. He mentioned that he has considered adding amas to the kayak to carry a bit of sail. I asked how he ended up in Mathews Country, having done a reasonably thorough survey of the world. He said that he was looking for a place to settle along the east coast and sailed up the Chesapeake to see what might be found. As he tells it, a naval architect he knew lived (lives?) down the creek a bit from where he and his wife are to this day. Apparently they knew somebody who knew somebody who had a small piece of property on the water. It's pretty cool to meet your heroes. Doesn't often happen.
  4. Pushing off through the deep Choko mud. In the background you can see SwampMonkee & Chainsaw arriving on their Tornado.
  5. Close-up of the paddle & tiller extensions lashed together.
  6. Overview of the repair from aft.
  7. This is the after configuration, with the sweep paddle/rudder lashed into place. It appears fortunate that Randy left a bit of the old lifting post in place to provide a location to lash to. I took this and the following shots on the beach in Chokoloskee after he made repairs - roughly 0900 on 3/6/16.
  8. Here's Scissors' rudder assenbly this year in the before condition. Comparing with the above it looks like he only changed the blade. Hmmmm... on second thought he also reconfigured the hull in a few ways as well.
  9. I think you may be confusing the Everglades Challenge with the "Hell of an open" lede on the front page. They had 30, the EC had 116 boats.
  10. Reports on SewSew are accurate. I was at CP2 this morning and Randy did use his paddle and both tiller extensions to fashion a sweep rudder. Boat was not damaged other than the missing rudder. He said that it was lost in the open gulf last night. He sailed in by steering with main and jib. Apparently mangrove channels and tidal currents are challenging without a rudder. There were no indications that he hit anything very solid - said perhaps it was a crab pot. Tacking will now be hard due to interference from the main sheet attachment point and he can't hike given the repurposed tiller extensions so he will be taking it easy for the rest of the event. But, he sailed away at a good clip and seemed to have effective steerage. I have pics but they're on my SLR and I'm in Miami without access to a computer to download and post them. Will try to tomorrow.