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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.

SF Woody Sailor

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  1. Race Committee is no longer constrained by any "cutoff". IM can run them until sunset if he so chooses or after if they fit running lights.
  2. My perspective is that I assume many (perhaps most) of the Master Mariners participants don't know what they are doing in close quarters so I try to give them a wide berth as I would do to others on Opening Day or 4th of July or Fleet Week when the newbies come out to play. Occasionally that means that I get screwed as I did on the start line this year by some guy in a gaff rigged yawl who didn't know what he was doing, but I reckon I probably know more about racing than he ever will, and he probably knows more about sailing gaff rigged yawls than I ever will; it's a beautiful spectacle to see these beautiful old boats that only race once a year, and I gladly let it slide. Also, I recognize that the old schooners, no matter how well sailed, have limited maneuverability so I also look around and plan ahead to give them plenty of room. It seems like common courtesy not to press the point even if I have rights since my boat is much more maneuverable. However, courtesy is a two way street. The fact that someone doesn't know what he is doing or has a boat that won't spin on a dime doesn't give him carte blanche to go tearing through the course with no rights expecting everyone else to get out of his way; it also doesn't absolve an owner from reading the sailing instructions and trying to have a least a cursory familiarity with rules 10 - 16 which really aren't that complicated. If that is too much to ask then perhaps these vessels need to hire a professional skipper.
  3. You left out a possibility #4: Papoose simply sailed a better race than Leda. I counted six mistakes that we made. Congratulations and the new rig looks great! By the way, those two illustrations are very insightful; what is the X-axis in the graph? You should send them to Kame Richards so he can include them in his SF current presentation.
  4. +10100 This drives me absolutely nuts. We get 1/100th of a second of a TP52 set or douse then a cut to another 1/100th of a second of different boat with some arms flailing, or 1/100th of a second of a cat foiling then another 1/100th of a second of another cat from a different direction. Why can't we see a full thirty seconds of a mark rounding or close cross or something?
  5. Santa Cruz 50 in the 2003 Catalina Race about 50 miles off Morro Bay at 2AM; it is blowing dogs off chains (30+) with huge seas and we have the full size 1.5oz kite up. I was the navigator so down below in the nav station trying to figure out the best layline for a gybe to port, and the owner is asleep after a long day on the helm so the bow guy is driving. We get a little extra puff at the same time as a wave kicks the transom the wrong way, and we start down the mine. We had instruments in the nav station so I watched as the knotmeter accelerated, and right before the pole hit the water was the fastest I have ever gone on a sailboat (somewhere in the 30's). We couldn't cut it away so we put the Vectran backstay on a primary winch and just hoisted the whole thing on board (it had broken at the spinnaker pole attachment point). After half an hour of making certain their were no lines in the water we turned to motor to Morro Bay rolling heavily in beam-to seas, and the entire crew except the owner and myself were seasick. (we had sailed the same boat to Hawaii in the Pacific Cup so this was not our first rodeo). That was pretty miserable, but we did have a couple of nice days and meals in Morro Bay dealing with the aftermath. Lesson learned? Chicken Stays. We had them on board but stupidly not installed. I don't know if they could have saved the rig from such a violent impact, but at least there would have been a chance.
  6. But Merlin was designed to sail with the front half of the boat underwater all the way to the mast frequently... At least in my experience. And it was fast!
  7. I sailed as the tactician on a local E37 for about 20 years from '95 until last year. If you send me a PM I will put you in touch with the owner. Absolutely awesome ride!
  8. I must say I was impressed with what a model of a good sailor you are. You have always been impressed me with your good sportsmanship. I truly appreciated your coming back to see if anyone was hurt. You dropped out of the race and gave up the perpetual trophy, magnum of fine wine, and the trophy flag to help a fellow sailor out. Thank you. That is very nice of you to say. After seeing the damage to Papoose our hearts were not in the race anymore. We were so pleased (and a bit amazed) that there were no injuries. As I mentioned on the phone please feel free to meet me to see how I have mine rigged and take pictures bearing in mind that ours is set up for fully crewed buoy racing with no concession to short handing. You should also bring a long tape measure so you can measure my rig, spreaders, shrouds etc. Once you have selected a spar maker you might suggest that he also come by my boat so we can tell him what we like and don't like about our relatively new mast.
  9. I am glad you got Latitude to correct the article.
  10. Interesting that you should say that. In my mind, at least in NorCal/SF Bay, there is a serious shortage of big Grand Prix boats for serious amateur sailors upon which to race. I would be game, and I think I could easily put together a crew of 8-12 other serious amateur sailors who would be game to gut hike on a West Coast Grand Prix owner driver team. Aside from the Express 37's and the tiny fleet of J-111's there aren't many other options. J-120's and J-105's are silly, declining and low average standard of competition. Bene 36.7s are long gone and were never any good (boats or sailors) in the first place. The best one design competition is in the Knarr, and that is awesome tactical sailing, but they are certainly not high performance. The J-70 seems to be making some progress, but you wouldn't race one from SF to Santa Cruz let alone to Santa Barbara, Catalina or Hawaii. So I think that there is clearly a spot for this class (certainly among crew) if they can find enough owner/drivers.
  11. Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon on SF Bay (if you have running lights). Pursuit race with a start in the late afternoon in Raccoon Straits, Carquinez Bridge to port, return. Many opportunities for hot toddies, hot rum punch, mudslides, etc.
  12. +1
  13. Very sensible advice.