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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. The rumors are still coming fast and hard, but no one will go on record so it is a non-story at the moment. Got a strange call from a Newport lawyer so maybe there is more to it, but until then, Jim has indeed put an end to the speculation. Alan, I was told you have reported that the Comanche program is being discontinued. You have bad information. Kristy and I are enjoying racing Comanche in St. Barts at the Voile de St Barts. Our next race is Bermuda, followed by a trans-Atlantic record attempt in August, then more racing through the end of the year — maybe even the Sydney-Hobart again this year. However, Kenny and the team are beginning to also focus on Hanuman and the J-class regatta in Bermuda in 2017 and the J-Class World Championships in Newport in late Summer. Following that, it's Comanche in 2017 for the Trans-pac and another Sydney-Hobart. Ken Read has been and continues to be instrumental to both programs. Kristy and I consider Ken, his wife and his daughter to be great friends. I hope this helps clarify the status of the program and our relationship with it and the team. All the best, Jim Clark Classy response. Not sure I could pen something like that to a group of people saying what they did.
  2. Including a pic of Jim and Ken standing next to each other.
  3. Part of the reason I referred back to the keel fairing incident is that Ken was convicted by the SA anono jury but cleared by the class. SA is great but as Scott said to Seahorse when the 1,000,000th SA post was made, “that’s a lot of bullshit.” I have no idea what did or did not happen but this whole crap about ooh, I know this rumor but I don’t want to repeat it so I am just gonna hint at it thing is BS. It also doesn’t help SA be a great forum. Just be careful what you propagate and the rumors you giddily pass on. If you are wrong, you are an asshole and even if you are right, you’re still not adding much value, just laughing at other's misery.
  4. No, it was the 6 cases of water in the cockpit sole... That too.
  5. About 4 SA incarnations ago Ken was hung out to dry by the anono-jury on SA after the 2003 Etchells worlds. Back then the forum was full on anonymous, you didn’t need to even register and could post just about anything - the pre Zog, pre-HWSNBN, pre-Lesbian Robot, pre-something from Teeky’s Desk era. The issue that time was if the keel fairing which had been done prior to the event contravened the rules (Ken destroyed the field at the event). Which of course brought hatch-gate back, etc. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Ken likes SA even less than ********** and Leweck combined.
  6. Bernie Sanders take over the front page or something? Some classes have controls over pros and sail allowances, some don't. Rules are clear. Don't like the rules, change classes.
  7. The part I never understood with GB was continually ditching developed models to start new ones long before the life cycle of that model was at an end. Yes, you need to keep pressing forward, but 60’, 62’, 66’, ’65 in just a few years. Tooling, etc costs are not inexpensive to say the least and retooling every few years seemed to be more like running a custom build business at a series built price. Not to mention all the QA issues and teething problems with new models. I also (as someone who generally sails on fast dinghies) don't get the foiling cruising cat/daysailer thing. Not a lot of people out there for that market, to say the least. I wish them the best of luck sorting it out and hope that their suppliers and staff can weather the storm.
  8. "Sea-Fever" I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking. I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over. By John Masefield (1878-1967). (English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)
  9. Forecast for the summer is about .5m below each month's long term mean. RCYC will be having serious depth issues by early Sept at this rate. By Last Mast Blast I would not be surprised if 50% of the boats will be having issues.