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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. lighten up champ. his name sounds funny in our language. we have a laugh. nothing sinister, nothing racist. in fact, I put it to you that calling someone an uneducated aussie (not assie by the way) redneck is considerably more racist that having a chuckle at someone's name (which has nothing to do with race). anyhow, back to the race coverage rather than this rubbish eh?
  2. the office (UK). daylight second. not quite sure why I seem to think my opinion is worth more than anyone elses...
  3. Oats heading at 335? Looks like a bit of a problem...
  4. Not quite true. Sometimes its a southerly buster that sorts out the fleet followed by some easy running down the coast. And just occasionally it stays southerly all the way. I've had a spinnaker down the harbour, then next saw it south of Maria, (about half way down the Tassie coast). WHY do I keep going back? TUBBY 2009?
  5. really? then why comment - you clearly aren't adding any value to the discussion.
  6. ouch! last over before lunch. aussies with an outside chance until that point - it will be all over today (tonite in oz) unfortunately. poms playing very well, anderson unplayable at times.
  7. In fact, since I cannot go racing because of baby watch, I'm going to put myself on emergency duty and get my powerboat hooked up and ready to drive to Saginaw or whatever in case someone needs a tow back. Why? Because I want to encourage more of this kind of thing. ha ha ha! thats gold mate. so let's get this straight: you will be on standby to rescue boats that don't need rescuing because they are perfectly safe and suited to the race? i'm sure all the fleet can now rest easy knowing some internet tough guy is on standby with his boat on a trailer if case the shit hits the fan. is your phone number on the SI's or do they just post a request for a tow on this forum?
  8. For a 200 mile race up the coast of the lake, it is a hell of a yacht. A smart assessment from our resident expert on all things and I'm sure all the M24 guys are your bros.... It will be interesting to see how many of the 'hell of a yacht' finish the race if there is a storm forecast, or 20 knts from the north for the race. Even if there is a favourable forecast for them, we all know how big storms can pop up, and the havoc they cause, the notion that they can outrun them to safe harbor is a joke.. Guess what? If it's a shitty forecast, they'll pop the boat on the trailer, drive home, and try to get someone else to pick up the hotel rooms. Oh nos. if it's a squall or an unforeseen front, they'll deal with it just like the guys in the M24 did more than a decade ago in the longer, far less sheltered chicago mac. I'm guessing you've never raced a PH Mac. Confirm? geez, the forecast has never been wrong has it. sign up for a race, pull out if its gonna get more than 30kts. that should get the RC thinking about whether these boats are suitable for the race. fair weather sailors probably should think twice about going offshore
  9. Why do you give a shit? If 4 M24 sailors want to take the risk - just like any other sailor choosing to go offshore - it should be their call. Personally, I think an offshore race on a M24, in the right conditions, would be an absolute hoot! I think you are just pissed off that they will likely crush you - especially if they get DW planing conditions for a sustained amount of time. You are also jealous that they will likely have more fun. I agree completely. any sailor wanting to race offshore should be allowed to, in any boat they chose. i propose that all safety rules be declared void. fastnet '79, hobart '98 conditions will probably never happen again. in the right conditions i am sure it would be a hoot. steady 20-25kts, broad reach, flat seas, warm and sunny, topless women on board opening your beers. yep, sounds great and would be a real hoot. in my experience perfect offshore conditions happen very rarely. rules are in place because things can get real ugly, real quick - usually at the worst possible time.
  10. Why do you give a shit? If 4 M24 sailors want to take the risk - just like any other sailor choosing to go offshore - it should be their call. Personally, I think an offshore race on a M24, in the right conditions, would be an absolute hoot! I think you are just pissed off that they will likely crush you - especially if they get DW planing conditions for a sustained amount of time. You are also jealous that they will likely have more fun. I agree completely. any sailor wanting to race offshore should be allowed to, in any boat they chose. i propose that all safety rules be declared void. fastnet '79, hobart '98 conditions will probably never happen again.
  11. No one EVER has to go forward? OK, suppose the wind pipes up...someone has to put a reef in. Someone has to set a storm jib. Maybe the boat seeks shelter in the Lee of land, but has to anchor. Maybe there's an equipment malfunction...there's any number of possible scenarios where someone may have to go forward, and there's the possibility of having to do so in 50 knot winds and 6-8' seas. I don't think waiving the pulpit/lifeline requirements is a good idea. M-24 is a fine boat, probably has adequate stability, but should have ALL the safety stuff that 100years of offshore racing history has determined is a good idea. Uh oh, I guess we shouldn't allow boats with bow-sprits now too. No bowsprits in the Mac boys, they are dangerous. It could be possible that someone might have to go up there and it doesn't have a giant metal fence around it. yes because that is the sort of thing you would do in survival conditions (say, trying to set a storm jib in 50+). it's not even white capping in that photo peanut.