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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. So there was some guy from Ontario Sailing on CBC this morning and he was implying that clubs were cancelling racing and regattas. Does anyone have any clear news on this? I know QCYC starts their season this morning (in spite of much of the land base being under water), what about ABYC Open? Is it a go?
  2. You got your Canadians mixed up. Leonard Cohen has passed. Gordon Lightfoot, who wrote and recorded the song is very much alive and singing!
  3. Splashing this weekend at QCYC 4 weeks to the first Wednesday race!
  4. LYRA 2015 So LYRA is at Whitby this year, anyone know what the dates and start points for the feeder races are? Is there a definitive sched posted anywhere?
  5. This is the text of a bulletin issued by CBSA that's been making the rounds this week: The purpose of this bulletin is to advise that an amendment has been made to the telephone reporting process for foreign and Canadian pleasure craft and to provide clarification on the presentation obligation of private boaters. Please be advised that all private boaters are required to present themselves upon their arrival in Canada as legislated in subsection 11(1) of the Customs Act (CA), and subsection 18(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). This obligation exists regardless of their activities while outside of Canada or their planned activities while in Canada. Arrival in Canada occurs when the private boater crosses the international boundary into Canadian waters. Private boaters who depart Canada and enter foreign waters and subsequently return to Canada, are obligated to present themselves to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as per the above requirement. Foreign boaters entering Canadian waters are also required to report. This provision applies regardless of whether or not boaters drop anchor, land, enter an inland tributary or moor alongside another vessel while in Canadian waters. The only exception to the above requirement applies to vessels that are in-transit through Canada under subsection 11(5) of the CA. In order to be considered in-transit, subsection 11(5) requires that the vessel must be proceeding directly from one point outside of Canada to another point outside of Canada. Accordingly, a vessel can be considered to be in-transit only if it is using the Canadian waters for the purpose of moving from one location abroad directly to another location abroad. Such movement could be for reasons of the shortest route, requirement of deep waters, evading obstacles such as bridges, etc. In-transit movement must be continuous, uninterrupted and without delays or stopovers. Fishing, tubing, waterskiing, etc. do not constitute in-transit movements. To reiterate, unless in-transit through Canada in accordance with subsection 11(5) of the CA, all boaters are required to present themselves upon arrival in Canada. Revised Telephone Reporting Arrangements Certain private boaters will now be permitted to report to the TRC from their cellular telephones from the location at which they enter Canadian waters. The following groups of individuals may report by cellular phone: - Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have not landed on US soil. - United States citizens and permanent residents who do not plan on landing on Canadian soil; If a verification/examination is required, the TRC officer will instruct the master to immediately proceed to the nearest designated telephone reporting site, where the verification will take place. Private boats that are strictly weaving in and out of Canadian waters but are not in transit, will be required to call the TRC only once at the time of their initial entry into Canadian waters. If this activity changes, i.e.: the vessel docks in Canada or takes on new persons or goods while in foreign water, the boater must report directly to a designated marine reporting site and call the TRC upon their arrival in Canada. All other boaters, including those without cellular telephones, must proceed directly to a designated marine telephone reporting site and place a call to the TRC in order to obtain CBSA clearance. This includes all vessels carrying Foreign Nationals (other than United States Citizens).
  6. Hop O Nose were fantastic when we needed our mast taken down on our way north in 2013. Reasonable price , very quick and friendly. The free crane at Castleton is vet exposed to passing tragic.
  7. So, a week ago they posted another announcement saying they were working on it and were "hoping" to post results by Monday the 29th.... Right. What a joke. Can we get a refund on our entry fee?
  8. So it's now been six days. How difficult can it be to score one race with 24 boats in 4 divisions? We sailed our boats over there at some ungodly hour for one race. They happily collected our $75, now how about some results? If it's totally screwed up, tell us! The silence is perhaps the most annoying. 4 or 5 years ago I entered this regatta and had such a sour experience I didn't go back. Until this year. That was clearly a mistake. If what they are trying to do is rid themselves of the 4 ksb fleet, they are being very effective. I won't go back.
  9. So it's now been 5 days since the finish of the RCYC Open Regatta's Balmy Beach Offshore Rally. For the first couple of days they had a note up saying results would be posted as soon as possible, then for the last 3 days they've had this up: rcyc open results for balmy beach offshore rally - will be posted shortly Unfortunately, the Offshore Rally hit the time limit with many boats still out on the course. Due to these circumstances the results have been delayed. We will be posting these shortly. Thank you for your patience! This is ridiculous......
  10. Anybody have the inside scoop on the protest that is going tow hearing this weekend?
  11. So, is the problem in local organization and promotion. Are the local clubs doing anything to encourage their local boats to race? It's interesting to look at the registrations for the regattas last year. ABYC had 3 register, 2 from their club PCYC had 4 NFS, 2 from PC, and 2 FS, 1 from their club. EYC had 3 NFS with 1 from EYC and 4 C&C 27-5 with 2 from EYC QCYC had 18 NFS in 3 fleets 15 of which were from their club and 6 flying sail, 3 from their club. In other regattas Oakville open had 13 FS and 11NFS Bronte Rocks had 23 NFS and 5 FS Why is it that PHRF seems to be doing fine at the west end and is dead in Toronto. Does PHRF-LO need to be more pro-active in organizing a circuit of regattas? If IRC were easier and more affordable, would that change anything. Does the IRC fleets really want a bunch of 4ksbs crowding up their courses?
  12. So I discovered this evening when I went to the LORC site to register that ABYC Open "Regatta" this year is not running a full, two-day series of races for PHRF boats. Instead they are running a single "coastal race" on the Saturday only. This isn't worth the time, effort and resources to commit either of our boats to. This is unfortunate (we really enjoyed this regatta in past years), but there is not much we can do about it. Last year RCYC also moved to this format, reserving the actual racing for one-design and IRC boats. This is a worrying trend. Perhaps LORC should drop the pretense and only run races for OD and IRC boats? The only "Open" that seems to get a reasonable number of PHRF boats is QCYC.
  13. Any word on where or when the next one will be? Had to work on Wednesday....
  14. So how is it that his hair is the same length in every photo?
  15. The RC on Echo was equally awesome juggling 4 very diverse fleets. I think the Kirby 25's got 5 races on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. We got 4 and 2. JohnCrawley was entertaining as always. The party was great and the venue was, well, Youngstown! Can't wait for next year