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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. There is at least 4 sails of deck....... I think we all know the reality of what happens on long offshores out of sight of land or cameras on some boats, maybe they have a reason, maybe they don't, it can never be fully policed so best just to give a wry smile and move on. Lets not blow smoke up each others arses though. I'm only seeing the photo from my phone, so I'm fine if I'm wrong, but I only see one turtled headsail stacked on the rail, the rest are on deck and centerline. If they wanted gains, those would be down on the cabin floor. You've got one headsail flaked on the bow, one on the windward rail, three in the companion way and one across the transom, thats a lot of preparation! One on the bow and one on the rail, completely fine. Three in the companion way, completely fine (assuming they stay there for the whole race) One across the transom, starting to look a bit dodgy, especially with all the others it would suggest some cheekiness to me.
  2. There is at least 4 sails of deck....... I think we all know the reality of what happens on long offshores out of sight of land or cameras on some boats, maybe they have a reason, maybe they don't, it can never be fully policed so best just to give a wry smile and move on. Lets not blow smoke up each others arses though.
  3. As long as they stay in the middle there and none of them 'accidentally' make their way to the windward rail other than when about to be set.
  4. I agree that I don't want to see massive numbers of pros but the current rules mean that boats can't sail with their regular crew, which puts them off doing it. The RYA need to see the way the wind is blowing and stop acting like they are selecting 3 teams from 15 boats anymore. This year they didn't even manage to fill the allocation. They need to be encouraging and supporting owners that might be interested in entering rather than putting them off with bureaucracy and faff.
  5. True, the French has put some real effort into their teams for this event in the last two cycles. The attitude amongst the top Solent teams is that its not worth the hassle, thats partly the RYA's fault and party the event format which doesn't suit teams who are used to sailing with far more pros than the event allows.
  6. I heard on the Hamble grapevine (so could be bollocks) that the changes to keel and sail plan made the boat very very touchy and the helming talent required to sail it to its rating exceed that of the owner. Never involved with the program myself though so no idea if thats true or not.
  7. I don't know if Thames did something to piss them off but they've got oddly little airtime for the team leading the regatta. The penultimate day race report only mentioned them once.
  8. Courrier du Leon looking good for the IRC win, a class 3 boat and she is (some way) ahead of the whole of class 2. Top 4 boats in IRC3 are all French, bloody JPK....
  9. I will suggest that next time I see someone from the race team down at the club Oscar, problem is at 400 boats there is quite a lot more work to do something like that than for the S2H and the team is pretty small.
  10. Who is sailing the Camper boat these days? The other V70 Monster Project has mostly punters on boat so I'm not surprised they are behind the V65 (in fact im surprised they are so close).
  11. Looks like everyones parked, majority of the fleet pointing due south on the tracker which means that at the moment they're just managing to stem the tide. One solitary boat tried inshore at Portland and doesn't look to be going anywhere fast and 4 appear to be stuck off Swanage.
  12. Redshift was well well OCS on the Imoca/Figaro start, from this video on facebook looks like they caused a whole bunch of problems. https://www.facebook.com/fabrice.tropres/videos/10200970070130418/?fref=nf
  13. Bit of an odd one, its not like they would have been tide dodging since it was with them.
  14. Such a shame the wind didn't play ball, a Fastnet start is normally a spectacular thing but this is pretty painful.
  15. Looks like a very frustrating/tactical race, doubt we well see any race records, I would guess the winner will come from IRC 2 or 3. Start Sun night Mon noon Mon night Tues noon Tues night Wed noon