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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. or buy a contour thats cheaper than a go-pro and doesn't need a case! at least you should have... then maybe they wouldn't have gone broke! Shame really as I did think the product was better suited for sailing.
  2. No outriggers... least none per RRS50.3?
  3. T8 terminal velocity
  4. I am suddenly one short on the T8 now... The problem with having a QF A380 pilot as navigator on your boat is that they can get called up at the last minute to take a plane load to Singapore. So, any takers for the 12 hour (weather permitting) or the OLD tomorrow? Experience not essential - good attitude a must! Wet Weather gear, Beer, Rum, JD, Coke, Red Bull, Snakes, Mars Bars, Snicker and some Ham/Salami rolls all provided! Zero Four Two Seven 677-115 Andy, wanna pick me up on your way? Lets do it! Alas boat is in water out front of the house here at Coal Point. Jump in your car and Rockstar walk on at 1015, or if not, Train's the way to go... Fassifern by 930am!
  5. I am suddenly one short on the T8 now... The problem with having a QF A380 pilot as navigator on your boat is that they can get called up at the last minute to take a plane load to Singapore. So, any takers for the 12 hour (weather permitting) or the OLD tomorrow? Experience not essential - good attitude a must! Wet Weather gear, Beer, Rum, JD, Coke, Red Bull, Snakes, Mars Bars, Snicker and some Ham/Salami rolls all provided! Zero Four Two Seven 677-115
  6. Sorry... i can't resist ;-) FRAYED, That's the whole idea behind the one-lap dash. In the last two years we've had everything from an Etchells to an "Eyeteen" join us for the day only. Join us, and bring your friends. If I can fly 9000 miles for the event (4 years in a row now), anyone can show up and do this awesome event. Yep! The good news is that your idea from two years ago to add a 12 hour version is gonna happen! Can you help round up some more mates to participate? Of course. Should attract the other Syd T8...
  7. Sorry... i can't resist ;-) FRAYED, That's the whole idea behind the one-lap dash. In the last two years we've had everything from an Etchells to an "Eyeteen" join us for the day only. Join us, and bring your friends. If I can fly 9000 miles for the event (4 years in a row now), anyone can show up and do this awesome event.
  8. Exactamundo. The HCWYC team is basically about 5 part-time people total (including the one with cancer who founded it, and the one who lives 9000 miles from Lake Maquarie) and none of us gets paid to do it. I hope to come back every year to either help run the race, and/or possibly to sail in it again, but even my best intentions could be shot down by personal finances, or by the potential progression of my Multiple Sclerosis. Several of us on the HCW team had an almost two hour Skype meeting today. We came up with a hit list of (at present) 38 line items that need to be worked on as we start to prepare for the 2012 race. Some of them are easy. Some are complicated. Some may require various acts of god, and so on... Here's one item I know for sure I could use help with: We're looking for at least two folks with race management experience to help get the race started next year. They don't need to be International ROs like Denis Thompson (although we'll happily accept your assistance, Denis!), but a couple of folks who have at least run some races or regattas, and understand how to set up and run a big fleet start. They could be from Lake Maquarie area clubs, or pulled from Sydney or Melbourne or Darwin (or San Francisco, for all I care.) If anyone has any leads, please post here and/or send me a PM. Thank you! A simple letter to some of the more grassroots clubs in Sydney may yield a whole lot of RO volunteers - Balmain, Greenwich, RANSA, Amateurs, Edwards, Vaucluse.... etc, etc, etc. Given these RO types are already generous folks who gladly give up their time to let others have fun I would have thought that being involved in such a huge charity event would be right up their alley. If relevant - post up some of your list of items - maybe you will tick some off via a few helpful Anarchists.
  9. That does make it easier. How many of the OLD guys do you think would step up for a 12hr and are there other sporties that have shunned the OLD and not interested in the 24hr? My guess is that whats happening is some boats feel that travelling to the lake for a 4-5 hour race is a bit much. There are events like Marley and Bay-Bay which are distance races but don't involve trying to get a bit of sleep on your boat - these are the events that attract big trailable and sporty fleets. A 12 hour would likely add interest to a whole lot of other boats that currently dont participate. Eg, it would make a trip down from QLD a little more viable. While im on a role - to make it more attractive to Trailables and Sporties, push back the start time to 12pm (and hence a 12 hour finish to midnight and 24 hour to 1pm). Getting the to line for an 11am start without taking Friday off is hard work.
  10. Was thinking Sporties as defined by ASBA; constitution states that all boats must by design be able to meet cat 5... so safety should be a non issue. They all can gear up for 5N - so no exemptions required.
  11. Phil, It's a two part deal for me, and both parts are equally important: 1. I need to feel very comfortable that we are leaving the HCW race management situation in very good hands before I can commit to sailing it again, but it's a big goal of mine. The good news is that the event structure is getting better and better each year, so if we can find a couple of eager race officer types who have some experience, the plan would be to be able to turn the race management keys over to them. The playbook on how to set the course, run the start and manage the skeds and VHF communications is mostly set, and we're already having follow up Skype meetings this week to continue the "lessons learned" process and start planning for 2012. I expect that we'll have a preliminary NOR published VERY soon, so that everyone can get the 2012 HCW date locked into their calendar much earlier. 2. I'd truly love to be competing in the race again, and unless my MS fatigue goes off the charts (an unfortunate, and very real possibility) I really want to do the full 24 hour race. That's where the biggest challenges and biggest satisfaction have come for me! As you say, one big key is finding the right boat. Some dream qualifications for a HCW 24 hour boat: Fast enough to compete for line honors. Slow enough to rate out well for handicap honors. Comfortable enough to have bunks a step better than the bare floor of an Adams 10. Comes equipped with a proper depth sounder that isn't also a keel. Comes equipped with a local Aussie translator who understands that a "brace" is actually a "guy" and doesn't get me all confused when I'm flying the chute. Eiher way, I'm putting aside money each month starting now to save up for my airline flight back Down Under next September! From the 2007 HCW race on Brigitta, back in the days when I was still a part-time sailor (photo by Helen): Still reckon a 12 hour "dash" would encourage some sporty types that don't have bunks or even a bare floor to sleep on. 11am to 11pm sounds good to me...
  12. Bakers heading upwind at 1150... and back home to warmth @ 1205.
  13. Looks a tad miserable out there.... another thunderstorm rolling through now... DCW Terrar Too passing Coal Point - im guessing thats the headsail halyard flapping around...
  14. Didn't quite make sunrise....
  15. Twas the night before HCW and all was quiet. Not a sportsboat was stirring, not even a Stealth 8....