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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. Actually he was racing. Unless he retires from a race, he's still racing. It's possible the r/c made an error and he could get redress for that. So yes, he could get redress for damage, even though it would not mean anything. An insurance company might find the result of that hearing useful.
  2. Congrats to John Schellenbach and the entire team on Mutiny for winning the Chicago NOOD overall... even with a 13 yo main on Saturday.
  3. Yes, that's a common misconception.
  4. So there was an overlap between NZL and Oracle when NZL entered the zone. Unless the AC rules change 18. the inside boat (Oracle) must be given room to round, no?
  5. I raced one in Michigan City years ago. There was a boat that was rated faster than us that finished behind us, and yet scored ahead. I pointed that out to the race officer, and his reply was that TOT was just weird sometimes. When I tried to demonstrate that TOT can be weird, but not THAT weird, he went back and checked and fixed the times properly.
  6. Just a small point... you can't protest the r/c... request redress is the right term to use, as you did. I had a similar thing happen to me a while ago. A club was scoring a race Time on Time. A faster boat that finished behind me was scored ahead. I pointed out the discrepancy to the OA. The response was that TOT is "complicated". Did managed to convince him it wasn't THAT weird.
  7. J30 nationals in Newport... coming into the first leeward mark. Bowman of the inside boat manages to spear the mark with the spinnaker pole. Outside boat is jumping up and down screaming "You heat the mark, you hit the mark!!!". Tactician on inside says, "That's ok, you were over early" Another J30 NAs in Annapolis after hurricane Dennis had just gone through. It was blowing in the 20s. Reaching down the line on port tack, we were approaching a smiling boat on starboard very quickly. Helmsman sitting up on the rail had the tiller under his chin but the boat wasn't turning. Driver yells out and yells out, "EASE THE SHEET!!!!". A NOOD in Chicago, going upwind on port, getting close to the layline. Boat to windward has us pinned. Everyone on the rail singing, "We gotta get out of this place...."
  8. Lurid
  9. Displays are a bit of a problem. LEDs for RaspberryPI are quite common and easy to use. Unfortunately, LEDs get washed out in bright light. LCDs aren't quite as available. A nice set of LCDs that can use NMEA or I2C would be quite good. I'm playing with a PI that can take GPS, boat speed using a standard Signet speedo, magnetic compass, and heel angle. Don't have plans for wind yet, though a sensor that has no moving parts would be intriguing.
  10. snowball santorum
  11. I'm in this position. I intend to get my boat out racing regularly, but I do not know which series to focus on. I believe that CASRA has the right idea, but MORF seems like it might be a better format. Many people misunderstand MORF. MORF is a "paper yacht club." They have enough offshore boats in their club that they don't need to share or open their race courses the way the other clubs in Area 3 do in order to have critical mass. Twice a year they do provide "Open Events" inviting all other boats from all other clubs to join their racing. Waukegan, St. Joe, Waukegan also run their own "offshore club races" too, and also provide "Open Events" to all other boats outside of their club. I hope this clarifies the difference. What series do you sign up for to race against the same set of boats in the same class every Saturday? If it's around the cans racing, either MORF or Corinthian Yacht Club fit a C&C 35 pretty well. If you're more interested in LD racing, perhaps CASRA or Area III (whataver it's named) can have some good racing.
  12. Saving Sailing, Nick Hayes
  13. Literally the stupidest thing I have read today. P did everything in her power to keep clear of S except, you know, actually keeping clear of S. So you think Blue should have been flagged in this call? http://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/cases/752 The callbook says "Blue is unable to take any avoiding action that would prevent a collision if Yellow were to stop bearing away". That doesn't appear to be the case here. Red did have the ability to tack even after yellow luffed. Flag red.
  14. Rule 31... get clear of other boats and do a penalty turn... or add common sense: when doing a penalty turn, get clear of other boats?