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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  1. I think you are right in that canting keel (ballast) boats may come back into favour and maybe even production for everyday sailors. They are just too damned efficient.Tom Schock was way ahead of his time in adopting the Dan Yachts concept for a production 40 footer. Its potential was seriously hurt when the strut fell off one of the boats following a hard ground and lack of follow up inspection. Nevertheless, the Schock 40 led the way and now,16 years later, almost every offshore monohull (Volvo, Vendee, super maxi etc.) has a canting keel. I have a Schock 40 and have raced Schock boats (35 and 40) for the last 18 years on the Great Lakes where boats get a special pounding from the steep, short waves there. Nothing significant has ever broken. (I can't say quite the same about the J Boats around me who have had their share of problems.) I am always amused when the SA Schock haters, like Great Red Shark, jump in on every thread to bash Tom Schock's efforts. I have been racing the Schock 40 almost exclusively shorthanded (and singlehanded!) the last few years. It is absolutely the perfect shorthanded boat once you get comfortable getting the big chute down without putting it in the water. I am not convinced yet that a top down furler is going to be reliable furling a free flying sail, but we shall see. In terms of maintenance, I had the seals, bearings and bushings replaced after 12 seasons. That is not so bad. The hydraulics and ram are basically "Caterplllar" off the shelf. The system seems bulletproof, and capable of running endlessly. If you think about it, the workload of the ram on a sailboat is nothing compared to one on a backhoe digging all day long. MKF nailed the battery situation. There is something about the 6 V batteries that keep on working even when they should have nothing left. I have done up to four days offshore and the keel never stopped working. I don't know how long it could have gone. You can always re-charge with a portable generator or rig the outboard to charge a pair of 6V at a time. I note that J Boats has finally acknowledged shorthanded sailing (5 people in their view) with the 121. They have chosen water ballast which is nowhere near as efficient or nimble in my view. It also seems like just another significant winterizing issue from a northern perspective. The bottom line is the rest of the fleet will just disappear behind a lightweight canting ballast boat off the wind. There is just a whole lot of fun in that concept!
  2. She seems to be in a bit of trouble right now. Rudder hard over and heading south.
  3. The University of British Columbia engineering students have launched their autonomous sailboat from St. Johns, Newfoundland heading to Ireland with no shore assistance. https://sailbot.org You can track the boat here https://track.ubctransat.com/tracking It seems to be going better than a 4 knot SB.
  4. Very sorry to hear of his passing. A great sailor, mentor and motivator. I was pleased to be able to assist him with fund raising for his Vendee campaign and got to drive Spirit of Canada. Good memories!
  5. A Schock 35 in 5-8 knots upwind is magical. Throw in some chop and it is simply unbeatable.
  6. Shock Therapy in Toronto is heading into the shop for a little spa treatment after surviving the worst of a nasty winter. Poor Californian boat had no idea she would be subjected to such conditions.
  7. The original concept for the Schock 40 was to create a one-design boat that could go around the cans and sail offshore. The design does accomplish that. The 40 can do regattas although it's not what puts the big smile on your face. With a dagger board design you would be limited to offshore in my view.
  8. Shock Therapy in Toronto has been converted into a proper masthead rigged boat with a 110% jib on a Facnor furler connected further forward on a reinforced bow. The stock fractional forestay has been made detachable and carries the fractional #1 and # 4 on hanks. This has solved the only real weakness in performance which was in light air upwind. With the addition of a Jefa below-deck autopilot she is now an excellent shorthanded offshore racer.
  9. Twice in 2 years, a full day of racing ruined. No excuses for RCYC. I am still waiting for my refunds that I requested.
  10. You will also notice the NYC’s Argosy Rose Bowl has also disappeared (good riddance). So, with the Summerville attracting about 12 boats and no one expected for the Boswell in October ever again, that pretty much concludes LORC offshore racing. Too bad. A little marketing and organizational effort by the sponsoring clubs would go a long way. The Susan Hood was heading the same way until the Lake Ontario 300 took over organizing that race without LORC oversight. Look for at least 80 boats there this year.
  11. I would have to say that Coug's 1st annual D&S pour was enthusiastically received by the LOSHRS racers who had just weathered a truly ugly Lake Ontario crossing. And that was on top of the Heineken keg hospitality on Friday night. Coug has my vote for Boat of the Year! Now, if the syndicate could just get the interior fluffed and cleaned a bit...
  12. Last year there were 13 IRC boats in the race. This year, there are already at least 14 registered. There will be two fleets - IRC 1 and IRC 2 with the cut-off somewhere around 1.030. There are trophies for both IRC fleets and a separate trophy for the IRC overall winner IRC I Memorial Cup IRC II John Watson Trophy IRC Overall: Best Corrected Time J.J.Morch Rose Bowl
  13. Shock Therapy is in with a brand new IRC rating of 1.022. Hopefully, we will have a great IRC turnout. Glad to see PCYC putting some effort back into promoting, running the race, and doing post race activities. The chili is already made and we are just trying to decide on which grape juice would be the best with it.
  14. Racing is actually very much alive on the Lake. LORC is moving to an administrative/scheduling function which is where it should be. RCYC seems to have opted out of LORC, but since getting rid of the NOOD has actually been putting some effort into the regatta scene (RCYC is still brutal in offshore) LYRA at RCYC is being well promoted The LOSHRS singlehanded/doublehanded fleet is the biggest on the Lake and growing every year The Lake Ontario 300 continues to grow and with BlackBerry as a sponsor will go to the next level. The Great lakes Singlehanded Society has partnered with the LO 300 to offer long distance solo sailing on Lake Ontario Even the 8 Metres seem to be totally jammed Lasers are filling Toronto harbour A soon as we get all those cruiser/racers off their docks, things will really get interesting