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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. Guys thanks for all the input, we getting a water maker not a question of if, but rather a question of what. Does anyone have any specific recommendations as to brand/model etc? Any one have any experience with the Katadyn 40E? Thanks Cheese
  2. Looking for any input or suggestions on a small and energy efficient (and hopefully reliable) water maker for a double handed boat. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated -Cheese
  3. I am about to deliver a boat from NYC down to the BVIs. Boats has a fully functioning SSB and it would be a great to be able to get some news (and follow the US Election) on the way, so does anyone have any reliable frequencies? Both BBC World and Voice of America seem to have transmitters in Africa but was hoping for something a bit more reliable in the western atlantic. Also any general SSB advice would be more than welcome as while I am pretty technical don't have much experience with SSB. Thanks Cheese
  4. Any answer on this? I don't have cable and would prefer to watch the NBC feed but barring that are there any good english language feeds available (I can VPN to most countries if needed.)
  5. I have been asked for and did promise a quick recap of why so many got the weather forecast so wrong. The weather around the world in the past couple of years has been at times "challenging" to predict with a lot of accuracy outside the 96 hour box. Late Spring storms in the Atlantic that are forecast to interact with the Gulf Stream can be particularly difficult to get right as there is a lot of potential energy available depending on where the low comes off the Carolinas. In my estimation it is nearly impossible to make the call outside 24 hours and expect much in the way of accuracy. If I am the navigator we proceed to prep the boat and provision under the assumption we are going. Unless the storm is imminent and meeting intensity estimates at the start time then we will continue to race. In this particular case racers had 12-18 hours (Unless you are on Commanche) to analyze the situation before bailing out if necessary after the start. I did not attend the weather briefing so I cannot say if the advisories were correct or not. What I CAN tell you is that if it is my ASS ON THE LINE I would let racers know what the forecast models said three days ago, what they looked like yesterday, what the trend line looks like and then offer percentages of severe weather. In this case I would have estimated about a 20% chance of a Gale affecting the race course. On Friday morning (Race Day) at 0400 hours I made the prediction above (You'd be looking for wind not trying to avoid it). The system was just not forming as the models three days previously suggested it would. I will NEVER SECOND GUESS ANYONE who chooses not to race given the forecast. It's better to stay onshore and be able to race another day if things go badly or the forecast misses wildly (Think Sydney -Hobart 98). It happens. If you have more specific questions, feel free to post and I will try to reply as time allows. Have a great week everyone. Mark- Thanks for getting back to us on this and helping us all to learn! From what I have heard from all the folks who bailed (most certainly not casting judgement and respect all off them) the issue was the forecast sea state in the stream. By all accounts it was not that bad due primarily to the lower wind speed. I would assume that had the wind been 30kts+ out of the NE it would not have been pretty at all, but as we know you were one of the few that forecast (I am assuming) a lower wind speed and hence a more tolerable sea state. So what was it in the models or the data that lead you to that conclusion? What did you see that others didnt? Thanks Cheese
  6. It happens...even to the best. More and more routing services are hedging 20%+ over model expectations so they don't get sued. My issue with that is that the smarter crews are going to start watering down the number by 20% to see what they really should expect. That's great...until the forecast is 20% ABOVE the routing forecast and you have watered it down by 20%. Now there is a large difference between what people planned for and what actually happens out there. If you ask Edith B for my forecast analysis you will find I suggested that not only was the stated forecast wrong, boats would end up looking for breeze as opposed to trying to avoid it. For the record: I get it wrong occasionally as well. It is part of the business. OFF Soap Box. Looking forward to detailed debriefs from the boats we did routing for so we can do even better next time. There are some pickle dishes in our stable :-). Mark- Thanks for all your wise advice! I am curious what specifically did you see in the pre-race model runs and data which lead you to the lighter forecast? It would be great to hear some of your thinking. Thanks -Cheese
  7. Yea, the livestream is total crap, cuts out every few seconds. I did manage to hear about 30 seconds of uninterrupted banter, during which I learned the Gulf Stream which the competitors need to cross is in the Bermuda Triangle. I am not sure if the Bermuda Triangle has been moved or if the stream is now south of Bermuda.
  8. Friday Schedule: Practice race 1 12:00 Practice race 2 12:26³ Match race 1* 12:52 *with more to follow - so far unscheduled ³ hey it's free ain't it - why should we bust our butts? Can anyone confirm the times above? I can not seem to find anything online.