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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. Dee is running first crew sail trials starting next week. Then a short break as she has a prior commitment, then trial 2 and 3 to end up in UK. Fastnet, then leg 0. Then all the boats have a refit period prior to being in Alicante. During the refit period the later teams will all be ensuring the crews have all the safety, first aid, and sailing qualifications.
  2. My guess is that Alinghi will be in if ETNZ wins. Brad Butterworth was in the USA waiting to sign as Challenger of Record before the OTUSA comeback. However EB will not play whilst Coutts is still involved. As for ETNZ going back to monohull...I don't believe that for a minute.
  3. Just on another note, Shanghai, looking at the mythical front page, Dee has never been airlifted from any of her boats. She was dismasted in 2007, but we recovered her and the boat without taking her off. Although an RN frigate did stand by whilst we sorted a tow, due to her proximity to the shipping lanes. Frankly it is just me being a pedant, in general, thanks for the kind words. You are right, she is massively excited to be back in the Race. She was always going to choose a 50/50 crew, and the CSR aspect is a bonus in her mind She has a huge amount to organise and achieve in the next few months, and I will do my best not to get in the way... Maybe when things calm down I will get back on here and do a Q and A session if anyone is interested.
  4. Very much so. ;/
  5. 2010 BWR.
  6. Actually only two of her 5 RTW are single-handed, it just happens that those are the ones the media paid attention to. Last time she sailed single-handed was the 2008 Vendee Globe.
  7. Yeah I saw that. Those passengers are going to hear some great stories. He must be so gutted to have lost Tamarind after all he has achieved with her.
  8. It would take a huge amount to hurt the skipper of Tamarind. Ex Colonel Royal Marines. Proper old-school, has won this overall in the same boat a few year-back, just hope he did not break his crystal gin and tonic glass.
  9. Um, the name is already Land Rover BAR....
  10. Having raced long distances with mixed crews I stand by what I said above. Especially when you consider that big manoeuvres are whole crew events, the gender of the people on watch is not relevant.
  11. The best way to figure it out is to stop overthinking. 3 on watch, 3 on standby, 3 off watch, one floating. Done. Gender not relevant.
  12. Oh, I 100% agree that they would not have entered last time without the Volvo connection. I just think that the decision this time was entirely internal to DF, from what I know of how the decision was made.
  13. He very definitely mentioned this team, I think they also put a design up on the screen. There are teams who are 'nearly there' with the money, but either are playing brinksmanship with the VOR costs (refit, charter etc.) or are struggling to get the last few pennies for various reasons. I truly think that DFRT cannot be counted as a Volvo entry this time around; the decision was entirely made by the DF board based on the success (commercially) of the last race. Their entry was also dependant upon a mainland China stopover, so that explain that. Anyway, they want to have a team leading the 'sustainability' shout; whether you believe in it or not, I can guarantee that Mark takes it seriously. He was very clear that the sailing industry has been wrong about claiming green credentials, and wants to make changes in the attitude towards using plastics. Getting the UN on board for this is a major political step. Obviously this is difficult to really understand when he is then talking about having 24 new boats (8 x VOD60s and 16 inshore cats), but he has a plan for using the old 65s, so I guess that is planning repurposing already. Off topic, but I think sustainability was used so often in the presentation because they want a 'sustainable' world...but also they meant the sustainability of the race.
  14. Light airs setup seems to be good for BAR.
  15. Why is the DFRT one worse for wear than just a RTW? Surely theirs has done less miles than any others from the last VOR. It was new in Itajai.