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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. Good from far. Far from good.
  2. Arbitrage (AKA HarborTrash) is a 1985 X-1tonner we race against here on L. Superior. Was probably a pretty boat in its day.
  3. From one classic Bill Murray pic to another..... Thanks for the info. Any word on how MC2 is sailing? Can they sail to that -42 rating?
  4. Does anyone know how the buoy-A division is shaping up this year? What boats are going to be there? Who looks competitive?
  5. Moore 24 would be a kickass Mac boat!
  6. So... I'm no rockstar, but like to think of myself as a fairly competent sailor. I suppose I'm pretty useful on the bow, which never hurts your chances of getting a good ride, but there's much more to it than that. Here are some things that I've learned. 1. Be ON TIME or early. Nobody wants to have to rush to get to the start line because they waited for you. Sometimes shit happens and you run late, and if you have already built a reputation as good crew or you've been sailing on the same boat for a while, they won't mind, but early on DON'T BE LATE! I used to sail with a skipper who was habitually late. Eventually he gave me the key to the dock box and I got the boat rigged in case he got held up at work. It ended up working out very well for everyone, but it came from being known as the guy you could count on to be there. 2. Know the basics. While every boat is configured a bit differently, they all function about the same. Make sure you know the basics and you won't be the guy who is getting in the way and screwing up the regular crew. You may even be helpful. 3. Get to know all the positions. I'm usually running the pointy end, but if my regular boat isn't going out, I'm happy and competent filling in wherever I'm needed on another boat. On a side note, if I'm on another boat and the bowman does things differently or in a way that I think is worse, I don't give him shit about it. There are usually reasons that things are done the way they are on any boat... personal taste, ability level, or just the way it works best on that boat. Watch and learn (this can be learn what to do or what not to do). Either way, you're likely to get a lot more good rides if you're known as someone who can fill in for whoever is missing. 4. Loyalty. All skippers want consistent crew. Sometimes its better to stick with the 4ksb that you have been on the whole season than it is to fill in for 1 week on the shiny new sportboat that needs a spare trimmer. Everyone respects you more in the end if you don't leave your regular ride hanging. If your regular skipper isn't a total jerk, you will find they are usually not against letting you take a ride on a different boat every now and then as long as they have enough crew for the conditions. If it means more boats get out to race, usually everyone is happy. 5. Cleaning up. Don't disappear as soon as you get to the dock. If everyone pitches in, there's more time for socializing after. Besides, helping tidy up the boat is a good way to learn where everything is. 6. BEER / BEVERAGES. This is a social sport. As much as we all love a good healthy dose of competition, most of us are really there for the camaraderie. I've found that most skippers insist on supplying the beer. They're usually appreciative of your efforts and they realize that without you, their boat won't go fast. Don't insult them by slagging their beer choice (my favourite kind of beer is FREE BEER!). Have a few if they're offered, but don't be gluttonous. Also, bring a 6er of something good along every now and then, especially the first time on a new boat. It doesn't go unnoticed. Most of all, have fun, thank the skipper/owner for inviting you along and be courteous. it's always worked for me.
  7. Never sailed on one, but it almost makes me think of a bigger version of a Cayenne 41, which I have sailed on and is a pretty cool old boat.