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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.

Willy Clark

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  1. Lot of things covered, but one more piece of advice - don't both dry capsizing. A lot of sailors are tempted to do so, as it's very easy to just step from the dagger board into the boat, forward of the seat, as the boat comes upright. However, the sprint back across the deck to the tiller is fraught with peril. I simply pull the boat upright, work my way aft towards the tiller while hanging on to the seat, then climb in over the gunnel. When it works, the dry capsize maneuver is pretty cool. But when it blows up in your face it's not pretty. Overall I think it's best to not bother. Best, Willy
  2. Ask and you shall receive. Photos from IC North Americans this weekend courtesy of Luka Bartulovic and Sailing Shot! Results: 1) Mike Costello - USA 256 "Dance Commander - 1 2 2 1 (4) 2 - 8 pts 2) Dave Clark - USA 257 "Machette" - 7 (7) 5 2 1 1 - 16 pts 3) Todd Twigg - USA 247 "Groove Mooves" - 5 3 4 (7) 2 3 - 17 pts 4) Chris Maas - USA 259 "Black Betty" - 2 1 1 5 16 (16) - 25 pts 5) Willy Clark - USA 249 "Witzelschut" - 8 (9) 7 3 3 4 - 25 pts 6) Steve Gay - USA 245 "Hellcat" - 4 5 3 6 (16) 16 - 34 pts 7) Bill Beaver - USA 216 "Lust Puppet - 16 16 (16) 4 5 5 - 46 pts 8) Kenny Austin - USA 253 (CAN 39) - 3 4 9 (16) 16 16 - 48 pts 9) John Kells - USA 244 "Mayhem - 6 6 6 (16) 16 16 - 50 pts 10) Chris Converse - USA 250 "Smoke" - 10 8 8 (16) 16 16 - 58 pts 11) Russell Robinson - USA 228 "Cookie Monster" - 11 12 10 (16) 16 16 - 65 pts 12) Dave Breinig - USA 208 "NoGo55" - 12 11 11 (16) 16 16 - 66 pts 13) Bill Platt - USA 226 "Red Shift" - 9 10 16 (16) 16 16 - 67 pts 14) John Rawstron - USA 252 "Agent Orange" - (16) 16 16 16 16 16 - 80 pts 15) Willie Platt - USA 202 "Matilda" - (16) 16 16 16 16 16 - 80 pts Day 2 was SUPER challenging, 25 gusting to 30 with just enormous gust, shifts, and lulls, so a number of guys stayed on shore. Still, it was terrific to have 15 boats at the farm being raced in some capacity. Really fun weekend.
  3. Ask and you shall receive. Photos from IC North Americans this weekend courtesy of Luka Bartulovic and Sailing Shot!
  4. Amendment - Steve actually didn't beat Mike in a race, so it was a clean sweep. Yes, Mike dominated. Best, Will
  5. IC Nationals results - Challenging conditions at Sail Newport. Two days of inconsistent northerlies with confused chop made it a difficult go for all concerned. 10 boats total in attendance. 8 racing. Basically a clean sweep for Mike Costello in 'Dance Commander' - straight bullets except for one close second. Was just about horizon jobbing the fleet all weekend. The bar has been raised. The rest of us have to catch up! Second place goes to Steve Gay, the only guy to beat Mike in a race. Very consistent. Third to John Kells after a very strong push on day two. Mayhem has always had terrific downwind speed. Very nice regatta hosted by Dave Clark despite a broken ankle. Thanks to all the volunteers! We'll be back to the same place next year for North Americans. Hoping for even better things! Onward and upward! -Willy
  6. The 'Machete' user manual.
  7. Excellent Canoe racing this weekend in Wickford. Saturday - good sailing, though not quite as much good racing. Fleet was still a little disorganized at our first home game of the season. Sunday- Absolutely fabulous day. Once the sea breeze filled in conditions were ideal. Racing was tight, fast, and fun. Dave and I ended up tied on points. He won the tie break. Thank you Wickford Regatta. We'll be back next season. Willy
  8. Dave wanted me to have a go on Saturday, but I had to finish the trailer so I can get the boat out of the parents' house. Right now I'm taking up too much of Dad & Dave's space and time. Have lost a bit of weight, but it's true that I am an extremely aggressive sailor, and do still consider myself sort of the canoe class' version of the human stress test. However Dad is actually heavier than I am. And while he's not the walking version of Murphy's Law (anything that Willy can break he will break) that I sometimes, much to my chagrin, resemble, a seat and carriage that can handle him can handle me. Will hopefully get to take Machete for a ride next weekend in Gloucester. If not then then definitely in Wickford two weekends from now. Best, Willy
  9. More: She'll cut you up!
  10. It was awesome to be there. Fun race. Hopefully I'll be easier to see on the horizon with these new machete custom cut sails that I just got from Taylor Sails. More footage coming soon. Boom city
  11. I think I have now been put in a position where I have no choice but to sail this race next year. Can't let Dave win two years in a row. 2 IC's at least on the river next year! Best, Will
  12. Tell me the driver was on a cell phone and have they serious insurance coverage. DWO Pretty sure he was texting. Not sure how else you "just don't see" a bright yellow boat. Someone not named Clark is writing a big check for this. Best, Willy
  13. Tough day for the East Coast IC contingent. Dave and I were towing 3 boats down to HPDO (2 more were behind Mike's Car). Were on the highway south of Providence when we were rear ended with sufficient force to bend the 1 inch thick steel trailer hitch 90 degrees and drive the trailer tongue about 4 feet into the back of the SUV. Significant damage to the stern of both Kaito and Cookie Monster and the tongue of the trailer crushed all of our blades. Plus the trailer and car are both completely destroyed. Both Dave and I are fine, and we believe everything is fixable, but it will take us a while to get back to square one. Fulcrum is going to be working some overtime. We're very bummed out. Kaito was really the first thing I ever built. Plus we're missing a super fun regatta. However we will move on and recover. We are strong in the face of adversity. The son of a bitch hit us! Best, Willy
  14. USA 249 "Witzelschutz" may be becoming available shortly. I'll eventually be getting one of the first boats to come out of Fulcrum Speedworkds (https://www.facebook.com/fulcrumspeedworks). Question of when at the moment. Might be some musical boats going on, as Witzel might become available, or might go back to Dad and instead "Smoke" becomes available. Or more likely Dad builds himself a new one and they both become available. Unclear, but either way at least 1 very good used new rules boat should be for sale on the East Coast in the near future. Other certainty is that I'll be sailing Witzel at HPDO! Just registered. Hope it blows. Best, Willy