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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 have sailed both the VX and Viper a good bit and they are both very fun boats. I agree with Peter that there were a few Vipers that were not made as well as others. Some of the older Bennett boats are as fast as anything on the race course, but I would recommend at least a Mark II because of the keel and rudder tower. For the last five years I have raced a Viper with my daughter and had a great time racing with her. She drives while the other two drink beer and pull strings. Sail them both and decide. One thing to consider is you have to work a lot harder to turtle a Viper, not saying it can't be done, Dave.
  2. Around the same time as the Gov’s regatta was getting started, a fellow by the name of Fred Latham began taking his San Juan 21 Mad Mama out to sail on New Years Day. The boat was so named as, much like Jack and the Bean Stalk, Fred went out to the store for bread and came home with a boat. Mama was not happy. As San Juans were actually manufactured in New Bern, there was a decent local fleet, and everyone joined Fred for a sail, which of course turned into a regatta. Some years the weather was so nasty it was a quick sail across the creek and then back in to warm up, but being in North Carolina some years saw spectacular sailing conditions and racing continued all day. This year was the 40th annual Fred Latham regatta, and until 3 years ago Fred had continued to go out every year, although in the last couple it was with a motor on the back of the boat and a couple of members helping him along. This year, Fred reached the conclusion that he would never sail again and donated his boats to the Junior Sailing Program. His original San Juan was in such a state of disrepair at this point that there was no saving it, but the transom has been painted and cleaned up and is now the Fred Latham Perpetual Trophy. His newer boat was still sound and was purchased by one of the Junior Sailor’s parents, who have started sailing the boat with their kids whenever the chance arises. This year I had the honor of awarding Fred Lifetime Membership in our club. The picture is of Fred and his wife when he came to the club to say farewell to his boats and receive a Lucite to commemorate his Lifetime Membership and contribution to sailing in our area.
  3. GMiller, you never learn do you? You probably don't remember the first time I met you, but it was after the infamous memorial day storm when you were sailing to O. Big squall, knock down, sails down, struck by lightning and the battery exploded.
  4. Damn, all I see are sailing ads. I guess I need to surf more porn or something.
  5. I agree the Allures were impressive boats. The production boats were all pretty much identical. The electric winches in front of the wheel would make traditional winches almost impossible to operate. I would seriously consider the Allures 399 for cruising.
  6. Forecast for my house in New Bern on Saturday, probably a bit underdone as it is still a long way out. Time to start getting ready.
  7. Darn, we are heading up there Sunday after the San Juan Eastern Nationals - I know you have one for sale - JP has it in her mind she wants to get a ginormous catamaran and go distance cruising.
  8. Best one ever on that boat, they lost a halyard and sent someone up the mast to get the halyard, while he was up there they ran aground. No problem mon, start the motor. The end of the halyard for the guy up the mast had fallen overboard and wrapped around the prop, so he couldn't get down and they had to send someone overboard to unwrap the prop. Owner now has a boat yard and is doing a great job with it.
  9. I raced on and against that boat, it wasn't the boats fault most of the time.
  10. Crewseeker or crewfinder
  11. When I put on a regatta and a class isn't formed till two days before the race, it is a piece of an old sail and a sharpie . . .
  12. I always try to get something useful for trophies, I was just talking to my wife this weekend trying figure out if there isn't something we could do with the stacks of plaques laying around the house. Some things I have done in the past: Monogrammed gym bags - you can get decent bags on amazon and take them to a local shop to have the regatta name, date and place embroidered on. If you can get a local sailmaker to make bags as a sponsor, that is even better. Dry bags, they have the new ocean to sea bags that are very nice. You can get them screen printed with the regatta info, but the printer will have to get special ink for printing on hypalon. Pictures of the boat in a nice frame, although that means handing out a certificate at the awards and mailing something later if you do it right Monogrammed soft cooler We have a regatta every year where the proceeds go to the Jr Sailing program. We get the kids in the program together at the local pottery shop and they make plates for the trophies, these are probably the most popular thing we have ever done. And this is always a good one
  13. Need to have someone out there tomorrow, looks like nuking conditions.
  14. For a while we had a bunch of dog haters on the board, but they never went so far as to ban dogs. It was a reaction to a bad dog giving all dogs a bad reputation. Punish the one instead of enforcing the rules kind of mentality.Things are better now. They have never been allowed in the clubhouse. We don't have a commercial kitchen, but dogs bring their humans up on the deck pretty regularly.