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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. Awesome, thanks for making that!
  2. Yeah, OD racing is a blast. They have a small cockpit, and a big jib so not the most comfortable boat, but its really not that bad. Who cares what boatspeed is upwind, you only need to be .1kt faster than the other guy. Speed is relative.
  3. Well said Sr. I have no more to say until more info comes out
  4. Interesting, while I don't disagree with most of his points I have never heard of an OOW. Also that he referenced SPY-1 for the radar of choice. Furthermore his point that one watch-stander is somehow better than 6 at avoiding other ships. I agree with his comments on specialization though
  5. Yeah I wasn't trying to say anything about them, if I do this it will certainly not be for line honors. One of my favorite things about this race is its really not about the boat, its about the crew and the adventure.
  6. Nope, unless there is an I flag, which there usually is.
  7. This is kind of like asking what kind of shirt you should wear tomorrow. Depends a lot on the situation. I am a weight Nazi so I always go with fewer winches
  8. Both port and starboard lookouts have a gyro repeater, so they can give true bearings. It's shown in one of the pictures above. I don't remember what the stern lookout has.
  9. Some good info is finally coming out in this forum. I stood about two years of bridge watch on an Arleigh Burke class destroyer in this century so I have a little to add. 3 total lookouts: port and starboard, stern, they about the most junior sailor you have on board. They mean well but are not always forceful when they see something. Rotated every 30min so they stay freshish. Officers on watch would be CONN, this is the first watch officers stand onboard. JOOD about 6 months to a year of time onboard. Then OOD with a year to two onboard. in CIC you have ASuWC who will be a chief or 1st class with about 10years experience that is basically your radar operator and the TAO who is the senior watchstander onboard. I would say I spent about .05% of my time at sea with the running lights not IAW colregs and this would not have been the situation where we would do that. Burkes are not stealthy, they can be picked up from well over the visible horizon. We never broadcasted AIS while I was onboard. Neither does the Japanese self defense force, or any other navy I have operated with. I have seen carriers broadcast when entering port. COs night orders are very standard now. Call before a ship is within 10 miles that has a CPA of less than 3. The OOD will have either a box to stay in, or a track to follow for their watch. We will use the full range of deviation we are allowed to maximize CPA. I have altered course when 30 miles from a ship to open CPA. It was very rare that I would have a CPA anywhere near 3nm 1:30 is the very end of the mid watch, reliefs are staggered to minimize loss of situational awareness but there is always some. Also the mid watch is the hardest. You came off the 2-7 the night before, worked all day, and maybe caught an hour of sleep before going back on watch at 2130. The vessel tracking technology for collision avoidance is much less sophisticated than it would be on the container ship. Fitzgerald is an old ship, and it takes a really long time for technology to push into ships, especially older ones. Most of the Navy's investments have been against airborne threats. Certainly it is more than adequate to keep someone from hitting you though.
  10. Aussies are in an f31r, triceratops is an f-27. There should be a huge advantage for aussies
  11. Yeah it's a problem, we have to disengage the cloaking device before we can fire the phasers. Or you might want to explore for issues with your radar.
  12. Nice post Wess, having stood a lot of bridge watch I agree completely, especially about the culture surrounding fatigue, and lack of sophistication for surface tracking. Still by my count about 6 people had to not be doing their job for this to happen, there are lots of reasons why each of those 6 could have missed it, but not together. Watch relief had been 30 minutes prior which might be a factor as well.
  13. So you meant the USS Fitzgerald command? It's hard to come up with a reason for this failure other than complacency, except maybe fatigue... of course that's a subject surface and sub leadership never talks about. Your last comments just make you look like an ass.... because Marines and Air Force clearly never do anything dumb.
  14. You won't know the Fitz's track for a while, Navy doesn't broadcast AIS. There will be an in depth investigation, and it will almost certainly be made public. As all of the other accidents were.