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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've been rooting against my own country ever since my company's IT staff fell for Oracle's sales pitch. It's been about 10 months since the firm-wide conversion to the new system that does everything except work well. It is so user-unfriendly even our engineer's fresh out of University hate it. Oh yeah, and I'm from California too, so it didn't take a lot to put me over the edge after the move to Bermuda. The last time the Cup seemed like the real thing to me was when the Kiwi's were defending. I hope they can bring back that which was lost over the last dozen or so years.
  2. Latest pings show Pure & Wild /Freeburd ahead with a 3 minute earlier ping. So they have a significant lead now. Their answer to the video crew on the skiff who asked if they had it in the bag? "No!"
  3. Who is in the lead seems to be purely a function of the time that their tracker pinged. Man, I would love to watch this on live feed video. I don't know who to root for: I have a friend with a connection to Pure&Wild/Freeburd, and I own an F-boat.
  4. Whoa! Pure&Wild/Freeburd must be in a big toungue of wind. They are both 30 or 40 degrees lower than BB and 4 knts faster. It looks like they will cut them off.
  5. Looks like Bad Kitty stopped at shore to fix something? Pure&Wild/Freeburd looks OK. Seems to be plenty of width to the channels ahead, I don't know about depth. They'll have less wind than if they were one channel to the west though.
  6. Well, well, well, for the third year we finally have a race for the money. Pure&Wild/Freeburd is still in the lead, but Bad Kitty and Big Broderna are tightening it up. I'm amazed at how evenly matched Big Bro and the Kitty are; Other than some separation at Seymour Narrows, it always seems they are within throwing distance of each other.
  7. Yep, Tracker update shows them at the far end. Whew!
  8. Broderna is about 1 mile in. They are staying very close to the Quadra Island shore. It looks like they may take advantage of a small bay there to get some current relief.
  9. It's about 1.7 NM through the narrows. At 2.6 knots that would take around 40 minutes. The tidal flow increasing every minute. Now they're about 1/4 mile in, going 1.4 about 2/3 mile in, still going 1.4 (I think the tracker positions update more often than the onboard information).
  10. Big Bro is in the entrance to Seymour narrows now, showing only 2.6 kts on the tracker.
  11. Tracker just updated, Big Broderna is a few hundred yards from the entrance to the narrows. I hope they have enough oars and paddles for everyone. Reminds me of Jason and the Argonauts: "Pull, PULL, Pull with every ounce of your strength", I forget the exact words, but I remember the desperation.
  12. Yeah Couch, that's pretty cool, and it links to their facebook page if they have one. It really helps to keep some of the boats straight in my mind. Kitty is in the narrows now. It's slack tide so they should get through. Big Broderna is a few miles out, can they make it before the current gets too strong? It is very much a nail biter for them. Freeburd is cranking. They have now turned the corner into Johnstone straight and I bet it's a sleepless night of short tacking in 6 to 8 knots if you believe the Sailflow forecast, which has been pretty off for much of the race. Or it could be 20 knots if the wind at Fanny Island is making it all the way back to their location. At least it should be flat water since the ebb is finished.
  13. P&W/Freeburd is in the narrows! Three hours or so left for Bad Kitty and Big Brodurna to make it. It looks like they have 15 miles to go. Can they average 5 kts vmg with the ebb waning?
  14. 25 on the nose right now in Johnstone Straight. If the kitty and Big Bro make it through, P&W is going to have to push hard on into that in the tail of the ebb. The reward for pushing hard to make the tide gate at Seymour is more hard, sleepless work.
  15. Now 7 miles to go and at 10.1 kts. They are getting a big current push. Wind is on the nose so they are tacking. If the tracker calculates speed between consecutive positions, they are making 10 kts vmg! I hope the moon is out for for Seymour narrows as they are going to go through at max ebb, and that would be scary with poor visibility. Heck, I would be scared in full daylight. Bad Kitty and Big Bro are much slower; will they make it too? It would be nice to see a race for the 10K instead of the steak knives for a change.