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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. The problem with Biscayne Bay is that every small keel-boat class on the planet wants to do a winter series there "just like the Jaguar Series" and for obvious reasons, it's the best winter sailing in the US. There is however a finite amount of dock space, dry storage space and dates on the calendar to run such things.
  2. I have to admit I still miss the wrist bands for getting drinks rather than shelling out $$ for tickets every night. Hope to see the event bounce back in the future. They were $3 a rum drink you cheap bastard Yeah but they're free back at the crew house /s +1, or most people ended up drinking at the huge bar downstairs at the brewery anyways The Brewery was an awesome place to base the regatta. Cheap drinks, a water view and bars everywhere.
  3. I have to admit I still miss the wrist bands for getting drinks rather than shelling out $$ for tickets every night. Hope to see the event bounce back in the future. They were $3 a rum drink you cheap bastard
  4. I do a lot of Race Committee/PRO work and still race a lot and I think there are a lot of thin skinned Race Committees out there. If the criticism is unwarranted, laugh it off, but you should really ask yourself if there is anything to be learned from a specific criticism. If there is, be grateful for the input and use it to improve your RC game. I have never gotten anything I would call abuse while being a PRO, but would probably have a decent level of tolerance. If I felt the criticism was valid, I would say so and try to do better in the future. If I didn't feel it was valid I would say so and why. I believe that a good Race Committee should encourage input and even criticism so that they can get better
  5. Great guy. Way too young.
  6. And which one would that be? Either Swag or Bombaloo, whichever one you don't sail on.
  7. Good, bring the other Barrington J24 with you.
  8. I dealt with a club once that after a large One Design Regatta, sent the class a bill for use of the club PA System at the awards, use of the club hoist to launch boats and about a dozen other nickle and dime charges not disclosed up front. They decided after the fact that they should make more money off of the largest One Design Keelboat Fleet they had seen in 15 years. A packed bar for a week and a few hundred dinners weren't enough. Irritating.
  9. Bristol Yacht Club and Ida Lewis have a race in June that starts at the top of Narragansett Bay goes south through the bay out around Block and back up. It's a very old race that has been lightly attended lately, but they are trying to breathe new life into. I think there's a trophy for best combined finish in this race and Ida distance race. It's called Sid Clark, or something like that.
  10. Yeah, even at 80 or close to it, Butch is a certified bad ass, but if you are holding all Cat 3 sailors to that standard 99% are going to disapoint. And all this noise about, "he's a Cat 3 sailor he should happily do whatever needs to be done"- I know a lot of Cat 3 sailors I would never let near the foredeck and again, 10 minutes before the start of an offshore and overnight race he's told he's doing bow when it's obviously not what he planned on. If ya'll don't see the problem with that I don't know what to tell you.
  11. Upon further reflection if the guy isn't a Bowman and 10 minutes before the race you are telling him that he is bow on an overnight offshore race, I don't blame the guy. I wouldn't want to be in a new position, offshore in the dark in a role where the slightest fuck-up leads to a huge fuck up. First and foremost it's a safety issue. What kind of boat tells a non-foredeck that he is doing foredeck 10 minutes before the start of an offshore overnight race? What if a sheet gets wrapped around the pole in 25knots in the middle of the night? Are you expecting this non-bowman to climb out to fix it? 100% completely and totally the boat's fault.
  12. Yeah, he should have asked position befoe accepting, but he should have also been told what position when it was offered. Asshole or not, there is blame to go around. And if he is a known asshole, you should expect him to be an asshole when he shows up. The more I think about it, I blame the owner on this one.
  13. Cool to see a thread on this race, I am thinking about doing it next year. One thing I haven't figured out, are there hotels to stay in at each stop or do the crews have to sleep on the boats?
  14. "Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition." Alexander Stephens VP of the Confederate States of America Fly the battle flag all you want, but turning a blind eye to the history behind it is callous ignorance of the first order. So do you think that all of those burgee's are really confederate battle flags? Given the location of the CORA, I have no doubt the burgee was modeled after the Confederate Battle Flag. Given what that flag represents and the strong negative emotions it evokes (and which was the purpose of its use in modern times) I believe it is not unreasonable at all to ask them to choose a different design or not be surprised at the reaction if they don't. Anybody that willingly uses that symbol or something that purposely strongly resembles it, in this day and age, is doing it to poke a sharp stick at people for various reasons, none of them good ones. I think there are far more people that dislike the flag for good reasons than people that see nothing wrong with it. Get rid of it. It has nothing to do with being politically correct, it has everything to do with burying a reminder of a very unpleasant part of American history. In Germany it is against the law for a German citizen to have any item with the Nazi swastika on it. Aside from a very small number of ignorant Neo-Nazis, Germans have no problem with the law and comply readily. Good, move your ass to Germany and your problem is solved.
  15. lovely....... it was so nice to see this - oh wait we didn't until leaving the pond. oh ya and our watch dog did such a poor job making sure nothing like this would go down. Actually, we were docked on the opposite dock and I walked over to point it out. There was only one crew on deck (I know several of the Hustler crew but not this individual.) Was a case of kill the messenger. Now, why would you want to fuck up somebody's perfectly good joke by pointing that out?