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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. I think there has been a debate between Clipper and the MCA running for a while over staffing levels on boats. From that report I'd expect to see Skipper +1 being employed for the next event.
  2. klymen: what I think you meant was practice not required, but a 3 year intense virtual sailing training course helps. Can't see how else you were so quick this lap :-) Well done - top result. I grew to like the interface once they'd ironed out the bugs. The ice line, however, was a royal PITA but I can't see how they can do away with it if the real race has one. Only 3.75 years till the next one...
  3. Finally - finished, 1688. Congrats to YM and all that have, or are yet, to finish. I started with the aim of a top 1000 finish but 20 hours of glitched direction, red line infractions and Woutering off the Falklands put paid to that! Probably lucky to be top 2000 in the end. The standard of virtual sailing from the SA crowd certainly felt higher than on the last event. Just goes to show that, much as IRL, you can't turn up unprepared. Note to self - try and do some practice events beforehand....
  4. Done my time in the red line thanks! It's nice to be sailing in good company though Looking like the top 4 SA'ers are gone, so target is now to get back on terms with DCarr & PlanB heading out past Oz where there's a bit more room.
  5. Yep, all my fault this time, phht, and also managed to drop out the back of the system I was just about hooked into.
  6. My gamble on crossing the ridge mid atlantic seems to have paid off - back into mid 3k's - it turned golden after I'd committed to it....thats my pot of luck used up, rinsed out, turned inside out and shaken dry! It feels like the Southern Ocean has lost some of its tactical options with the ice limits, but it may just mean they are more subtle, time will tell and a long way to go yet.
  7. Finally hopped on the train today - now making moves from the land of opportunity!
  8. If true, and I want it to be - a masterstroke! I guess the calc is 200kg additional weight in a symetrical foil vs loss of speed from hitting a UFO at some point... It scans if it can be inserted from deck. OTOH, would thought we would have heard about it before now - dock talk, boat tours, prepateures (spelling), etc
  9. http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/193264/Introducing-Foiling-101
  10. I may well now - logged on to find I'd spent 6hours on the wrong course, which I defo didn't enter. auto sails were also off when I corrected route. Have previously noticed TWA would be a few degrees out between logins but that has cost me 40,000+ places. F**king annoying, have dropped support a line to see what they can do.
  11. I'm on full options, but only really using TWA and pro sails so far, which meant I was a bit late on the gybe north of Madeira Anyone any ideas on how to see the entire fleet on screen? I think Your Mom mentioned a satellite view, but I cant find anything. Even just having the SA group on view would be better than the current crop of random (oversize!) boats clogging the screen.
  12. Wise words from Your Mom, rankings fairly meaningless atm, as distance to CoGH is being measured somehow. Its more about trying to keep in wind and get south via a system off the brazilian coast than just south down the african coast which would give a better short term ranking. I thought you only got a slow 2 minutes if you tacked/gybed?? Think you can have a look see if you keep the mouse clicked while adjusting course, but go back to the original course before releasing the mouse button. Anyone come across a way of seeing the whole fleet? I get friends and the real life competitors in the screen.
  13. Hi all, back once again for another time round! Now where's Gus and his parrot? Site seems to be up and running again. I'm not sure what to make of the new interface at the moment, losing the cells seems to have made it more realistic, a bit less "computer game". OTOH it's a huge shame that they've shut out Zezo as the top boats will have found a way around it and routing should be part of a RTW race simulation. Good luck all.
  14. This. Yacht/boat racing is an entirely artificial construct anyway. Disabled yacht/boat racing adds another layer of (emotive) rules to it. If we are prepared to accept Dee Smith meets the letter of the law then we have to accept his competing, just as we have to accept the inside boat has room. So much more to it than that, but in terms of the game, not. phht!
  15. "stretch & blow" on an A4 in 15-20 TWS from a tight reach here, drop starts at 1:45. Take down line used, which should be considered for an A5, but a tack retrieval line would work just as well I reckon, may need a harder bear away and only blow tack after kite depowers. Note pit was on his game with the halyard - as the gather slowed down, the head stops dropping, maybe even goes back up a bit.