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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. Captain Ron
  2. Results are here, http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2016/fos/index.htm Passage race pics (Steb) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.969935593076476.1073741940.148680458535331&type=3 Monday pics (Saltwater) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1254384081255491.1073741842.272840082743234&type=3 Feedback survey of the event (go nuts) http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2545942/Festival-of-Sails-2016
  3. I reckon this could be a record breaking race, Wild Oats slowest elapsed time?
  4. Chinese Whisper takes the win, http://www.cyca.com.au/sysfile/downloads/2016_summer/SOLAS_BBC/01RGrp56.htm
  5. Painful racing the big boats around a small circuit, Oats did well, was a bit painful watching Rags try and sail angles and just losing out to Loyal who went deep and avoided extra manouveres. Good to see them out anyway, should be a few more pictures of Oats and Rambler now for us to look at.
  6. Bummer no big C, but at least Rags is having a go, they have typically skipped this one. Can see why some boats skip it, having to get crew together for a sprint race, but most of these teams would have all there crew there anyway training. So Oats line honours and Hollywood for handicap...
  7. Is this a multi-hull now...?
  8. They should allow private jets to enter, they are faster than monos and multis. Or how about cruise ships, they are fast. Oh wait it's a race for monos 30 to 100 foot, that's it.
  9. Pretty good expression of interest list for Osaka 2018, http://www.orcv.org.au/index.php/expression-of-interest
  10. In Aus their yardstick (handicap) is 119.5, which is based on kite and 3 crew, for comparison a Laser full rig is 113, 4.7 rig is 122. Still see a few Corsairs getting around.
  11. The garmin thing might be ok but the speedpuck is specifically for sailing and easy to read, I too have had issues with older garmin models.
  12. 2015 this year... but anyway, as usual, radio op license, first aid cert and sea survival course will help.
  13. It's always a bit messy this one, people also call overtaking boat keep clear, blah blah, I'm typically the assy boat and we're smaller than most the Sym boats so don't bother getting involved, just gybe away and keep clear air. I agree the rights are there to push them up but it doesn't work, unless you're on a much bigger boat! TP52 tactics would be different...
  14. You will always get some pedantic prick saying the boats don't enter Bass Strait. As there is NO line drawn on the charts or any map I know of that marks the beginning & end of Bass Strait, if you are racing to Hobart, and you are getting your arse seriously kicked by a 50+ knot SW, you know you are crossing Bass Strait when you are south of Gabo Is. Nothing pedantic about it, it's just not Bass Strait, I've sailed in Bass strait and done Sydney to Hobart race, but not at the same time. The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of Bass Strait as follows:[1] On the west. The eastern limit of the Great Australian Bight [being a line from Cape Otway, Australia, to King Island and thence to Cape Grim, the northwest extreme of Tasmania]. On the east. The western limit of the Tasman Sea between Gabo Island and Eddystone Point [being a line from Gabo Island (near Cape Howe, 37°30'S) to the northeast point of East Sister Island (148°E) thence along the 148th meridian to Flinders Island; beyond this Island a line running to the Eastward of the Vansittart Shoals to [Cape] Barren Island, and from Cape Barren (the easternmost point of [Cape] Barren Island) to Eddystone Point (41°S) in Tasmania].
  15. Unless you make a fairly big navigational error you don't even go into Bass Strait in the Syd-Hob race! you just stay in the Tasman sea.