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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 don't know about your state, but in mine (Massachusetts), there are two mandatory background checks for people working with kids: CORI and SORI. Neither are expensive or onerous. You just check with the state to verify that someone has neither a criminal record nor a record as a sex offender by submitting two forms. This isn't hiring a private investigator, or a commercial background check firm, it's performing basic due diligence. Also, I'd recommend talking to your insurance company. Insurance providers for kids programs will have best practices recommendations. Heck, one program I ran watched a bunch of training videos provided by the insurance company. They really don't want you to screw up your hiring!
  2. Make sure your main is topped out before the first race, and again after the first race. College freshmen forget about line-stretch. Make your crew tacks backwards. and sits backwards in light air, in order to get weight placement forward, and avoid tangling them in the FJ's stupid vang placement. Roll like a boss. FJs have a U-shaped cross section that lets them roll way the fuck over, and exit tacks super fast compared to 420 fat asses. They really reward good crew work. An aggro skipper can do much more of the work than on a 420, which can also reward fatties. The FJ does well with a snappy roll...pretty far over, momentarily ventilating the rudder, then popping it flat. That may only require that the crew half-asses the roll, and moves to prevent over-flatten. You'll exit significantly faster than you went in...remember that Rule 42 is modified so that your mast can leave vertical once, with no speed cap. But don't be abusive or a dick about it. That jackass in an FJ race that claims that they're tacking every microshift will never have any friends at the afterparty. In breeze, keep an eye on your crew, to make sure that the jib trim isn't slipping...(no cleats in standard configuration.)
  3. Oh man. Restive was on the rhumb line, then turned 30 degrees, and missed the island by 100 miles. They have just turned, but may have to beat to get there. Rough. I'm going to assume their sextant was broken. The hazards of celestial navigation I guess... http://yb.tl/mb2015
  4. Sorry to say that the HOG's fearless leader is probably not going to be in stomping-uphill-across-the-stern shape this season. The future is unclear. We'll figure it out in the end, though! The boat may change hands, sit out a season, get converted to a cigarette boat....anything is possible!
  5. http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/boa/4110140984.html Comes with dolls for 20k, but not a trailer. Tough sell.
  6. seems to be odd years that have wind. 2011 was cancelled entirely because of a hurricane, and 2009 the middle day was canceled for the same reason. Last year was a drift fest punctuated on our line by a diving contest, won by Greenie who dove from the spreaders of a J105. 2010 was really light too. This year only Sunday was super light, at least on our line. However, our line got 8 races in over three days, where line 1 only got 6. Agreed...Marblehead is lame, but we do already have 2 Hendos racing there. There was great discussion this year of creating a Super-30 class, which would be the Hendos, a Farr 30 converted to Asym, and the Cone of Silence. In that case, the class is already up to 4 boats, and sticking another couple Hendersons in would be pretty sweet! Another option is Buzzard's Bay Regatta. This year is a Marion year, which means plenty of moorings, relatively convenient from Boston, and nice breeze. With 2 Hendersons from Boston and one from Naragansett Bay, that could be a good time...
  7. We're wrapping a solid 5th season on the Heart of Gold (#119) up in Boston. For anyone considering a Hendo, here's what we think we've learned: 1) Reefing sucks. 2) We got a big-foot #2. It's damn fast. 3) Sailing at 1450ish lbs is fast. Since we have ladies aboard, that means 8-9 bodies, with 8 as the sweet spot for rail real estate. 4) That 8-13ish kts of breeze pre-plane bracket sucks. We have a very tough time fighting IMX-40s etc. in those conditions. Regarding how the boat's holding up, I'd say remarkably well. We've had to address soft spots under the rear stanchion bases, caused by years of hiking, but beyond that, it's in great shape. The scariest day we've had was a big-breeze Buzzard's Bay Regatta, where we managed to take a massive amount of water in around the bowsprit port...that may be a design flaw, as we've tried lots of different gasket materials without a lot of luck.