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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. * From Adrian Morgan: I'll be upsetting a load of Ben's fans, but if he knew they were slow months ago, according to his own words, and behind the curve technically, and made some too hasty decisions about design, then why were we lead to believe that the Cup was ever coming home? I can understand the tactic of talking things up, putting on a brave face, backs against the wall etc. (we are British after all) but was this for the sponsors', or supporters' benefit? Despite all the talk about a plucky, first time challenge, learning curves (steep or otherwise) and "we'll be back", is that really going to happen, and should it? Soon there'll be criticism of money spent/wasted and the usual British delight in retrospection and recrimination. But the truth is a lot of money was spent on a yacht race that a lot of hospitals would have benefited from. Spot on Adrian Morgan writing in Scuttlebutt. Too much talking up for the sake of sponsors and PR.
  2. Looks like not all happy on the island with the AC bonanza. Fine for the rich white population and the millionaire superyacht visitors. But not so good for the black majority over 65%. Seems the ruling party trying a Theresa May snap election..and that didn't work out too well. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/332731/america-s-cup-becomes-pawn-in-bermuda-politics
  3. Dean Barker not surprisingly admitted that he would be helping OTUSA to beat the challengers and was out tuning up and practice starting today. Surely if anybody should be fined for bringing ths Cup into disrepute it would be Dean and his crew and not GD. The Defender has always had an advantage choosing venue and type of boats. This time around OTUSA are not only the highest spending team but have also been in Bermuda the longest. Even though it has very occasionally happened in the past, it is still not right for a defeated Challenger to then go on and help the defense. Ok. Dean Barker owes everything to RC and Elison for lining up SoftBank and passing over all the design information. But he could have at least made a stand in the final days of the series. Just imagine if he had won the right to challenge. Would he have thrown the races to OTUSA? If I was Artemis or ETNZ crew I would be pretty angry having to watch this every day before I went out to race. I am afraid this once again shows RC's total disregard for the ethos of an event that has made him a multimillionaire and a Knight of the Realm. Shame on him.
  4. Well he has become a bit of a legend now. Maybe even might get some commissions from the recent publicity.
  5. Interesting to see which foils are fitted today as wind forecast to drop the through the afternoon. Crossover conditions and it seems Artemis made a bad decision one day sailing with the light air foils. Percy admitted that Artemis prefers more wind and seemed more fearful of ETNZ in the light. Decisions decisions
  6. Agree to that. And they have a bit of speed as well. Glad I hooked them at 16:1 at the bookies
  7. The majority of sailing races have a time limit apart from the Transocean ones. Try reading a few sailing instructions!
  8. Get with the program. You must have stumbled onto the wrong forum. It is to keep the races to the correct approximate time limit. More wind, more speed so longer course!
  9. After defeat BA says he thinks ETNZ has a good chance of winning. Also that ETNZ should keep the foiling cats. Also that he hopes GD will turn the Cup around in two years? Same boats same courses. Is he dreaming? Clearly not his call having been a founder member with Whitmarsh of the dodgy néw Framework and infamous five which GD refused to sign. What he wants of course is to keep his team together and keep his millionaires focused and the gravy train running. Shame then that with one of the highest budget teams, far higher than ETNZ, SBTJ and GTF, he chose such a mediocre design team. Design director first to be sacked surely. No vision or ability there. So just what would GD go for if ETNZ wins? Would he stay with the current boats and format and try and turn it around in two years as BA hopes. Certainly funding and logistics would be a major consideration. Taking the Cup to Auckland difficult in the timescale of Southern hemisphere summers and finding dock space. Dubai could be perfect if he could take the inevitable kiwi flac. Winds even more reliable and lighter than Bermuda and no doubt the visionary Sheik would shower him and his team with GOLD and more gold than he could ever imagine. Terrorists and ISIS might be an issue, but GD never one to be afraid of dodging bullets. As for the subject heading. Am I dreaming, but apart from some spectacular high speed passes aren't we just being sucked into a foiling technology fest that of course has the skippers adrenalin pumping. But is just bang the corners sailing. Boundary to boundary, layline to layline. If the windshift goes your way you are lucky, otherwise a procession with the fastest boat winning (or at least the one that tacks and gybes best on the foils) Spectacular capsizes make it dangerous and plenty of headline space and when the wind is up like Tuesday (and maybe today) we are all watching with total awe of the abilities of the helmsman and foil and wing trimmers to keep the boats upright (and of course the grinders and cyclors straining away with their heads down in ignorance of the drama around them but no doubt in a state of fear and exhilaration). So would GD keep the boats and the format? For the money, yes I think so. The kiwis are fine in the boat speed, handling and innovation areas, so not much to worry about there. PB in particular is a relevation of super cool with Glen Ashby assist. Watching him sail with his ghost like face is mesmerising. Every movement and glance is like watching Valentino Rossi. For the soul of the AC I think not, even if it is just to get even with RC. And of course IM who had been pretty good until he let out on Wednesday that the Kiwis had trashed their dream wing they had been holding back for the match. GD not one to forgive and forget lightly. If the AC is to be a true match race on the water then high speed foiling cats are not the answer. Just look at what a the WMRT has become. Ask Ian Williams or any of the top teams what they really feel about that. Anyway we are jumping ahead of ourselves. Somehow I doubt that GD will be asking BA to be his best man as CoR if it comes to that. More likely he will be talking to Patrizio Bertelli and Ernesto Bertarelli on what inspires them to want to pursue one of the most illusive and compelling trophies in sport. As for Bermuda. The race course on the Sound and the dock set up and the weather has been fantastic. Just as good as SF. Roll onto the Match. Can't wait.
  10. Err. No
  11. No
  12. Never one to prioritise making friends over telling how it is. A breath of fresh air in the current world of PR talk of champagne sailing, stadium sailing and Acts (what the F** are they?). Sadly been bottled up for far too long by RCs gagging orders. Let normal service resume. .
  13. barometer rising. Should be good to race three http://www.weather.bm/tools/graphics.asp?name=PEARL ISLAND GRAPH&user=
  14. Loads of difference between repairs in a makeshift shed in Bermuda and the Southern Spars factory in NZ . Autoclave ovens for instance
  15. It's not his sailing skills that interest me . It's his entertainment value!