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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.

Knut Grotzki

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  1. Not if you live in Germany and sail in the Baltic! You never leave home without a fleece around your shoulders.
  2. I just came across this. Dreaming about having a couple of those tuning forks for 30 mph on the hood of my car. Would this help?
  3. A young blonde girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money > for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a "handy woman" and started > canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood. > She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do. "Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch" he said. "How much will you charge me?" Delighted, the girl quickly responded, "How about $50?" The man agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and everything she would need were in the garage. The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, "Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?" "That's a bit cynical, isn't it?" he responded. > The wife replied, "You're right. I guess I'm starting to believe all those dumb blonde jokes." > A few > hours later the blonde came to the door to collect her money.. > "You're finished already??" the startled husband asked. > "Yes," the blonde replied, "and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats." > Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and handed it to her along with a $10 tip. "Thank you," the blonde said, "And, by the way, it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus."
  4. Allow me a word on the US towing industry. What a great business idea. Should be compulsory for all boats, haha. When I read that sailors in the US are reluctant to cast away when not having tow insurance secured ... it is like "what shall I do if my Sedgeway runs of of battery?" There is no "Scotty beam me up". If you go long distance sailing you should not have to rely on anybody else. If I need a tow when running out of wind or diesel either I pay for a tow, wait for a nice chap giving me a tow - or I have to see how I get back to harbour. It was my fault getting me into such a situation, nobody else´s.
  5. Baltic Sea - qualified for the Ocean Racing Forum? Have a look here: "The longest Baltic regatta in the world https://www.midsummersail.com The AGORA direct MidsummerSail is a sailing regatta from the most southern point to the most northern point of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world. There are hardly any tides and during the summer there is almost constant daylight. The Baltic offers all kinds of conditions, from very light to very strong winds, and from all possible directions. A glance at a map will make you want to sail the whole way across. The North-South stretch of almost 900 nautical miles provides the perfect balance between a holiday trip and a sea-going race." "The route is about 877 nautical miles (1623 km) long. important: The maximum draught possible is 3 meters!" "THE RULES 1. Wind is the only permitted driving force. 2. You are free to choose the route and any stopovers. 3. Every skipper must adhere to the International Collision Regulations (IRPCS). 4. Each skipper is responsible for the safety of his/her crew and boat. 5. Every crew must give their contact details & emergency contacts to the organizer. 6. Each participant must sign a disclaimer, that they take part at their own risk. 7. Every boat must have appropriate third-party insurance. 8. Every crew must attend the briefing the evening before the race. 9. For the 2017 edition of the race, there will be no entry fee. 10. For the 2017 edition of the race, there will be no handicap system like ORC or yardstick. (The specifics of each boat are described, so sailors are able to draw their own evaluation of the respective results.)" Online tracking, and although only 15 boats with a mix from One-Ton-Cuppers to Seascape 18 https://www.midsummersail.com/2017-1/ and the free choice of course along 900 miles will give something to chew on before. "Beat the Midsummer Record of 10 days / 9 hours / 32 min / 20 sec" If I only had some more weeks off-work... And there surely will be a superb party at the end - trust me the Scandinavians know how to .. party. Thank you Robert Nowatzki for this great idea. Fair winds and a safe race!
  6. when I'm old and nothing better to do, I'm going through the now 5000+ posts and see how many were repeats... and now from page 25 That's still an absolute classik! You asked for the old times of SA A poll was conducted recently asking why men like blow jobs' 10% liked the sensation 12% enjoy the feeling of dominance 78% appreciate the 10 minutes of silence
  7. The water will curl up its footnails. Just plain ugly.
  8. Ah, like in the movies!
  9. Question from Europe: What is the origin of all those "orange" references with Trump jokes? I just don´t understand it. Thanks
  10. coffeegrinder tumblehome (what I sometimes do after a hard evening at the clubhouse) windjammer (do you remember) baggywrinkle (not grandma) deadrise (not the walking dead) poop deck (better not there, use your "head")
  11. An old, retired sailor puts on his old uniform and heads for the docks once more for old time's sake. He engages a prostitute and takes her up to a room. He's soon going at it as well as he can for a guy his age, but needing some reassurance, asks "How am I doing Darlin?" The prostitute replies, "Well old sailor, you're doing about three knots." "Three knots?" he asks, "What's that supposed to mean?" She replies, "You're knot hard, you're knot in, and you're knot getting your money back."
  12. Beyou with an damaged mainsail traveller car sailing to Amsterdam isle. Hard to detect, you have to look very closely on https://gis.ee/vg/. The island was discovered by Juan Elcano (fed up after sailing with the old chap Magellan and doing his own race) on 18 March 1522 during a circumnavigation. The first one to land was Willem de Vlamingh. Here a pic of his Vendee 1696 boat: : The channel into St Paul natural harbour. Depth between 3 and 5 meters, so no chance. Even so the facilities are a bit on the low side (which would not bother VG sailors anyhow): So lets hope he gets some less swell in the lee and is able to repair.
  13. The problem is, that gun is only useful for shore bombardment. Ship to ship combat wasn't considered. Since the concept was put to paper, Russia and China have upgraded their navies considerably. Ship to ship missiles are probably a better option now. With a gun you are able to shoot without actually hitting. There are times when this with will be sufficient for threatening. It´s pretty had to do this with a missile.
  14. When you think the Turnip season is over another one just pops up. I think it's time to make these boats one design, eh? yomv No, the most critical parts like masts and canting keels have been taken out of the design spiral. Current losses mostly to floating objects - not design relevant. I would not like to have another Volvo Ocean Race where the only thing you can remember is the color of the winning boat (what skipper had that been?). The battle of designers to create durability, sustainable speed, a forgiving yacht which is easy on the skipper´s strength and the best package paired with the best sailor/navigator - this is what Vendee fans want to get. All other One Design Classes can play around in other race formats.
  15. What´s with Kilcullen Voyager - Team Ireland - he currently goes north with 2 kts. No info on his website nor VG?