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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. Freedom (ex British Solider) came over with a double ended set up. However it's not to either side of the cabin top. One end is lead to the port cabin top and the other comes out the bottom of the vang like a traditional set up. I'll snap some pics the next time I'm out there. All in all we like the set up and see no reason to change it.
  2. So many regattas, so little time. Good issue to have! There will be many chances in the future to come together for events in our part of the Great Lakes. Hopefully more J111's start coming into the area until then!
  3. Agreed. This year for the owner and crew will be mostly about getting up and running and wrapping our heads around the boat. We expect to be involved in more Lake Michigan stuff in future seasons, but not the first year. There are many opportunities for us to get things going in the Huron/Erie side of the mitten. BOD, Cleveland race week, Mills and PH Mac come to mind. FYI there are presently 6 111's signed up or Bayview Mackinac. The NOR states 10 boats for a OD class, but we may be able to twist arms for a OD class with 8. A couple of more boats from Cleveland may get us over the hump.
  4. Freedom will be based out of Grosse Pointe Park, MI. She's in Cleveland right now because that's where she cleared customs. She's scheduled to sail to Lake St. Clair on Friday.
  5. The new Freedom (ex British Solider) landed in Cleveland today! Photo by eway.
  6. 4/5 Chicago-Mackinac 18 boats Port Huron Mackinac 6 boats LTYC Ugotta Regatta 1 boat 18 boats for Chi Mac, right on! That's going to be a awesome class!! Those of us on the other side of the mitten just need 2-4 of you to keep going past Mission Point and down to Port Huron. I promise you that you will not sail off the edge of the Earth, which is the only reason I can come up with after all these years of trying to figure out why fewer Chicago boats come over to play.
  7. 2/24 Chicago-Mackinac13 boats Port Huron Mackinac 6 boats. OD class is starting to look like a reality! LTYC Ugotta Regatta 1 boat. Freedom expected to register.
  8. I doubt one build is significantly better than the other. But if you're anxious to see results there will be two French built J111's on the Great Lakes this summer. Follow Shmokin Joe and Freedom.... but I'm not so sure boats sailed by FNG's to the class would be a good data point.
  9. 2/21 tally Chicago-Mackinac13 boats Port Huron Mackinac 5 boats LTYC Ugotta Regatta 1 boat. Freedom expected to register.
  10. FYI. My sources at BYC told me last weekend the threshold for a OD start in the Mac is 8.
  11. Horseshit, many great clubs have no slips at all, the members and officers volunteer out of a sincere love for the sport, sponsoring community sailing classes for kids, youth regattas, sponsoring major race series. Great people doing hard work. Ever work on the organizing committee for a major regatta or ocean race? Its eye opening how much work is involved. These people do it for free, out of love for the sport. Is it too much to ask for gentlemanly behavior when you are a guest at their club, where their wives and kids may be? You can laugh, drink, have fun, but also be respectful. I don't know the Ed, but he comes across as a twatwaffle, perhaps he should reflect on his past behavior and offer sincere apologies, or perhaps try to actually help. Try to be the guest who, after the event, the members of the host club are saying "he'd be a great member of our club", instead of "fuck, I hope that shitmitten stays gone". I agree there's lots of great things done by clubs and their volunteers that's what I mean when I say "Do yacht clubs do some good things for the sport? Absolutely" Do I volunteer? Yes I've ran regattas, adult learn to sail programs and I coach a high school sailing team... I get it. I don't know anything about the alleged behavior of ED and I don't presume I do. That's not the point. My point is the only thing worse than politics is yacht club politics. There are some people who get "in power" at yacht clubs and have a power trip. It was only a matter of time that someone who has it in for the ED came to power at a yacht club. Yacht clubs aren't the end all solution for growing and maintaining our sport by the way. In my most recent role in coaching a high school sailing team I've had the opportunity to be engaged with non profit organizations and community sailing centers not affiliated with yacht clubs. While those entities have their own imperfections I find them much preferable to deal with because they're not subjected to Commodore Douchebag getting elected on any given year. Your mileage may vary.
  12. I don’t know the facts of this instance right, wrong or otherwise. This will happen as long as yacht clubs exist. Do yacht clubs do some good things for the sport? Absolutely. But there’s always going to be BS yacht club politics. There’s always going to be those clubs that have an even higher quota of assholes. All yacht clubs are is glorified marinas where people try to feel self important and flex their political nuts. That’s life. Now to get excluded from a race? Seems like one or more persons really have it in for the ED, right, wrong or indifferent. SA is a high profile site in sailing, people over the years have become very upset with Clean and/or Ed. It was only a matter of time before one of these people got themselves a white outfit with stripes on their shoulder. I guess those outfits give people a sense of greater self importance, warranted or not. I myself have drawn the ire of a Commodore or two, it sucks, you’ll get over it eventually.
  13. 2/14 Chicago Mac got to OD pretty quick, no surprise there. Chicago-Mackinac— 11 boats Port Huron Mackinac – 4 boats LTYC Ugotta Regatta – 1 boat
  14. It's not my boat, just a new boat to crew on with old friends. Yes it's indeed the ex British Solider, she has yet to get shipped over. We're planning on doing the PH100, Windsor Overnight and an assortment of beer can races to tune up for the Mac. There is a boat in Detroit not yet signed up, 2 in Cleveland and on in Harbor Springs that all of us can work on. That would get us a OD start no problem. I have a feeling once OD critical mass is obtained that more boats will follow.
  15. 2/7 4 entries for PH Mac