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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. And here in the Northwest the most interesting and one of the most popular races is the 2-day Round the County race in November. Goes around the San Juan Islands, alternating clockwise one year and counter-clockwise the next. There are known fast tracks, but with our currents erratic winds, it's always an adventure and nothing like W/L. And "casual" weeknight racing with cruising sails, dodgers, kids and dogs is on the upswing. These go to fixed marks that may or not make beats. Clubs have been slow to catch on.
  2. Hedrick's weather analysis: http://sailish.com/index.php/2016/11/04/bruces-brief-november-5-6-including-round-the-county/
  3. I'll have Bruce's weather report up on sailish.com tomorrow for everyone to see.
  4. I'm proud to say Terry was my skipper in an SORC (while the North Sails sale was in progress) and several Macs. A great sailor and skipper. He gave me many opportunities, as I know he did for others, and his commitment to the sport was genuine. He contributed a lot behind the scenes, and always had one eye on the future. Terry, you're missed.
  5. Bruce Hedrick takes an updated look at the Steak Knife battle. http://sailish.com/index.php/2016/06/28/bruces-r2ak-update-and-tactical-outlook-28-june/
  6. Weather/tactical update from Hedrick: http://sailish.com/index.php/2016/06/27/bruces-brief-r2ak-update-monday-june-27-2016/
  7. ...hey that's a great blog. looks like they'll be keeping a good synopsis of the R2Ak. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'll be in Europe so won't be able to do the kind of coverage I'd love to. If people want to send in their observations and photos to me, either via sailish.com, kurt@meadowpointpub.com or through Jake Beattie, I'll do my best to collate, edit and post as time allows. I'll even hound Bruce to update the weather situation. It's shaping up to be an interesting race for the steak knives....
  8. Hedrick's brief weather brief: http://sailish.com/index.php/2016/06/25/bruces-r2ak-weather-brief/
  9. Gouv is right, we need a builder who's going to provide a relatively high-performance, inexpensive and durable boat and then we have to point everyone at it. Foiling and high speeds is not requisite for fun, and if all kids hear is a chorus about how the highest speeds are the best and how everything other kind of sailing sucks, the sport is doomed. Laser Performance is making sure that the Laser is not "it" any more. (QC, lack of support, political issues etc.) Still a good boat for many of us, but not the rugged, cheap machine Gouv is talking about. Other manufacturers are gearing product to the high end only. That video speaks to something vital. A boat needs to be able to sail in a wide variety of conditions. One of the Laser's greatest strengths is that you can effectively race it in winds from 5 knots to (if you've developed the skills) 30 knots. In the quest for breaking the sound-barrier in 12 knots of breeze, a lot of dinghies can't do that. Optis can and do. Kids come back to the dock thrilled they were out there in 25 knots when big boats were scurrying home because they don't have reef points. A last thought: Kids have not failed us, we have failed them. For years many sailors of my generation have been much more interested in their own sailing and racing than including their kids. The young sailors I know that do get into sailing - in Lasers and other classes, are bright, talented and sportsmanlike. I've seen sailing help them grow into fine young adults.
  10. Bruce Hedrick has written up a weather brief for this race: http://sailish.com/index.php/2016/05/06/bruces-brief-for-race-to-the-straits-2016/
  11. Anyone else remember the yellow D24 Sea Fox owned by Lindy in Chicago? My dad had a little Cal 24 Sweetie Mouse and the battles with Sea Fox were slow motion but exciting epics. Lindy's Y30 Goblin eventually became Good News, and I had the good fortune to race on her a couple times as a youngster. Finally, here in Seattle the Y30 Moonshine continues to dominate its class, proving that boats can be well built, gorgeous and seriously cruiseable and don't need to require prods or a football team hanging over the lifelines to win races. If anyone ever calls a Y30 a 4 knot shitbox doesn't get it.
  12. Agape Too II --> Sistership to "Robin" and/or "Knock On wood"? She was the former Robin Too II that had won the SORC a decade earlier. Centerboard, retracting nested rudder. Very heavy but a sweet boat. We spent a lot of time looking at Motivation's transom. (yep, I'm somewhere in that pic and hooked up that chute) Thanks, Larry, for posting this shot.