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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. forecst calls for wind from the south at 5 knots, moving right. could be a total crap shoot if they even get one off.... nothing good comes from the south at BCC
  2. Preliminary Jody still leading after day two. Big waves and big air. Wish I was there...!
  3. happening now... Jody Starck leading after day 1. From the class web: ​As the sun rises on the morning of July 21st, the colors of 12 countries will fly on the boardwalk at the Buffalo Canoe Club, flanking the competitors from 5 continents as they walk to their vessels and prepare for the first race of sailing’s 2015 Lightning World Championship. Preceded by the Masters World Championship, the regatta will test the abilities of top sailors from the U.S. to Nigeria to Chile. This event marks the pinnacle of competition and success in the large, active, and advanced fleet of over fifteen hundred members of the International Lightning Class worldwide. ​67 boats will attempt to claim the title as the top Lightning team in the world during this five day, nine-race regatta. Reigning World Champion and Regatta chair, David Starck shared how the “Buffalo Canoe Club is perhaps the nicest place to sail on the planet. The prevailing southwest wind aligns with the lake and creates fabulous sailing conditions. And it's fresh water, which is a treat.” ​This star-studded fleet contains dozens of former world champions and renowned, respected skippers and crew. Among the competitors: 5 time World Champion, Tito Gonzalez (CHI). 2 time World Champion and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Jeff Linton (USA). World Champions Larry MacDonald and Peter Hall (CAN). Jody Starck, three time Rolex Yachtswomen of the year from the US. 2012 U.S. Olympian (Laser Class) Rob Crane. 4 time North American Champion, Ched Proctor. 3 time NA Champion Alan Terhune. 2 time NA Champions Jim Crane, Greg Fisher, Jody Lutz and NA Champions Tom Allen and Jeff Becker. Jamie Allan (CAN) and Tito Gonzalez (CHI) are coming into the regatta on the heels of sailing Lightning's in the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Newcomer to the Lightning Class, Raul Rios (PUR) just sailed to Gold (Snipe) in Toronto. Rios was awarded a developmental slot to the competition. David Dellenbaugh (US) and Juan Santos (ECU) just tied for first in the International Master Championship that was just held over the past few days, also at the Buffalo Canoe Club. However, this regatta is more than a test of the skills of top sailors. The Lightning class has a community feel and the upcoming Worlds will be as much a social event as it is a fierce competition. ILCA president Debbie Probst remarks, “Sailing in the Lightning class is the perfect combination of great people, hot competition, and fantastic venues; the World Championships will bring together the best of these three elements to produce a legendary regatta.” There are many first time Lightning World Championship skippers too - 16 will be vying for the coveted Karl Smither Award - awarded to the first time skipper placing the highest in the competition. Among those are Marvin Beckman 2013 (Etchells) World Champion, Adam MacDonald, 2012 Youth World Champion, Tanner Probst, current Junior NA Champion, Mike Zonnenberg, 2014 North American Runner-up and Ed Roseberry, Jr., age 75 - who has qualified for the Worlds a few times but never wanted to travel away from the BCC during the summer months. Now he will have his chance to sail in the Worlds at his home club. 31 boats or 46% of the fleet is sailing with 2 or more family members aboard - of which 4 are all family boats. 58 or nearly 29% of the fleet are female. 5 women are skippering boats and 2 are all female teams. And, impressively, there are 2 all-junior teams. ​PRO Jeff Borland and the organizers of this regatta are striving to make it a classic event that will be remembered for years to come. Coming off a huge success hosting the 2014 Lightning Youth Worlds Championships last summer, the Buffalo Canoe Club is expected by many to incorporate high quality racing, creative and plentiful entertainment, and a communal atmosphere that will ensure a successful regatta. Watch for more updates to be posted on the ILCA website (www.lightningclass.org) or the ILCA Facebook page or Twitter feed. Warning for Race 1 is 1000, Tuesday, July 21st.