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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.

Nick G

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  1. In 1975 I bought (with paper route $) a one way plane ticket to Honolulu to find a ride home on a Transpac boat. Ended up on Mamie, a brand new Carter 41 two-tonner that was put together days before the Transpac start. Lots of old Cal 39 parts and pieces from the owners previous Mamie including the tree trunk of a rig. The boat had not gone upwind in any kind of breeze and much of the interior was bare plywood. There was just a rope net around the engine making for a loud, hot interior when charging batteries. That was a long 21 days home in stronger than average trades. Columbia 34 main as a delivery sail did not help..The delivery skipper got the flu the day before we left so Milt Smith, the boats owner skippered the boat back to the mainland. That was the beginning of a 10 year racing career on Mamie an average boat with an indomitable skipper!
  2. Nope - just remember the design from SF back in the day.
  3. You guys are good. Brings back memories for my youth!
  4. If the line was anywhere near square the first start would have gone off without a general. The committee on course 4 could not react to wind changes with their large "lunch" mark boat. it was painful to watch them try to reset the starting pin. It took 20 minutes to move it half as far as it needed to go. I don't want to rag on the RC as i have spent many hours out there in tough conditions in SF but this was weak considering the local Annapolis talent. I enjoyed my time there but as an out of town boat it was not a good ROI. Nick G. Skeleton Key
  5. Big breeze never arrived... We had a nice sail in 15-17 humid knots on the Skeleton Key. Would have made for some nice racing.
  6. It looks like a great day for the race. NE breeze of 10 knots and a 6 knot ebb in the afternoon...now just need to figure out if you go with the crowd or take the path less travelled.
  7. I am coming in from San Francisco with Skeleton Key. Looking forward to it very much. Mr Shields is just grumpy cause his boat only goes 6 knots in either direction.
  8. Says the guy with 5000 posts....
  9. What's the time delay on the trackers?
  10. Results do seem confusing so far. Let's be nice and see how it looks after the SB leg. It's great to see the turnout increasing with the linked events. We used to do the race to San Diego in one leg in MORA. I remember it taking about 5 days on. Cal 29 one year.
  11. As I recall the story, Dee first asked how he could help coach the Paralympic team and was only then asked to sail. Change the system, don't keep shitting on US Sailors. As many have pointed out, other countries do the exact same thing.
  12. Agreed. I have raced with (across oceans) and against Dee since a teenager (now 57) and have seen him make some amazing calls that come out of nowhere. He may not be ingratiating himself with all of you but he has achieved a level of excellence in the sport we all love that the rest of us can only aspire to. Call him what you like, but he is one hell of a sailor!
  13. Natives. Good value.