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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. "A good day for NZ. That's the verdict from Peter Lester, the former America's Cup yachtsman and veteran commentator, after Emirates Team New Zealand and form horse Artemis had two practice duels off Bermuda. Lester, who emphasised caution was needed in analysing practice results, said that TNZ helmsman Peter Burling won both starts. Lester called the first race - when TNZ sailed without a jib and fell off the foils at one point - as even. The second, when Artemis came off their foils, was clear advantage to TNZ in conditions up to 18 knots." Even allowing for a little Kiwi enthusiasm and partisanship on Pete's part I'll still take his NZ Herald analysis of the two races over the dry and colourless account on the AC web site,
  2. This one is a month old. A bit stale.
  3. Martin was yet another victim of downsizing, and went quietly.
  4. I feel your pain but .... surely there will be strategy, tactics and crew work. It will just be seven or eight times faster, too fast for the average watcher to comprehend>
  5. I have no idea which broadcasters are featuring what commentators. It seems to be overlooked in the promotion thus far. Of course all broadcasters will be using the same basic feed from ACTV and then "sweetening" it with their own commentary and added content. I'd have to guess that Kenny Read will feature big time on NBC in the States. Jobson too, perhaps. Martin Tasker and Peter Lester are a likely duo for Sky NZ. They are old hands at this and have worked together before. Updating .... Just saw the the post saying Toyota on Facebook featuring MT and PL. Wanna know more. Seems unlikely but could be a smooth move. Certainly seems technically doable if broadcast rights don't trip 'em up.
  6. Thanks Sting. Rallying cry from Cammas: "The competition that will start must be fireworks after two years of preparation necessarily more tedious. This competition must also be a first step towards a perhaps more distant ambition: to win and defend the America's Cup on French soil. We learned a lot about this campaign, learned from our mistakes obviously but also learned from our environment, our competitors and / or even ourselves. The Cup, it is the effervescence, it is a agitator of particles that makes advance the world of the sail, technically as sport. We are proud to be part of it with 'Groupama Team France' and we will fight to continue as long as possible in this adventure." There have been a number of stop and starts in French AC history. This time a young French hero has pulled together support from disparate sailing and sponsorship elements and members of the old guard.. Will we see more of these guys? I sure hope so.
  7. You've got it. The Louis Vuitton Cup has been retired. It is owned for all time by The Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. You can visit it in the club house in it's pride of place on the first floor. They let pretty much anybody in.
  8. He should stick with rugby. This is what's known in the newspaper game as a "think piece" and there is sweet SFA thinking in it. I earlier expressed my doubts about Orams, the other addition to the NZH reporting team. He earned his spurs today with an edgy piece about Dalts that had some bite.
  9. Yeah, she's a real pro. And a lovely person to boot.
  10. I'm baffled too. That describes my situation exactly. Thought it was a NZ anomaly due to Sky monopoly but you're signing in from US, right? I see it worked for Stinger. I can find no reference to a 2017 Season Pass or price, no way to purchase or reset and no help facility. Helluva way to run a railroad.
  11. Times in Bold are NZ, Times in Ital are Bermuda 26 MAY 2017 06:00 15:00 Bermuda Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1 06:00 Event Village Opens 06:00 Display of AC Class Yachts on Team base Mooring 07:15 16:15 Bermuda Dock Out Show (America's Cup Village) 07:30 16:30 Bermuda Pre Race Show Starts (America's Cup Village) 08:00 17:00 Bermuda Live Racing
  12. Google is your friend
  13. Opening ceremony the first day. Starts at 1500 Bermuda time and racing kicks off at 1800 local.
  14. It's pretty much a given that financing an AC team is solely for the honor and glory, although Oracle Racing appears to be turning somersaults in its efforts to effect a return to Uncle Larry. No, I was thinking in the larger context of the benefits that accrue to some host sites. San Diego is not a good example. SDYC squeezed it into the existing infrastructure and the visitor spend was worth not much more than the profits from a couple of big conventions. Auckland saw a major remake of the downtown waterfront, a marked boost to travel and hospitality, direct and indirect marine business and yacht building, broader tourism numbers and continuing visibility, tax revenues etc. When all the dust, errr spray, settles in Bermuda the studies should show a positive ROI for the island.