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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. My recollection is that we ran into the mud almost every time we took the 38 into the marina at Kermandie. Didn't you tow us off one time Weyalan? One time we followed Sudsy in a tinny - he knew the channel pretty well. We ran aground and he told me I hadn't followed him well enough. We were about 1 metre off to the side of his track :-) TwoHeads... There are often casual berths that can be rented at Kings pier marina in the middle of Hobart. The marina is filled with Sydney/Hobart boats until (I think) the 28th or 29th - then available. Won't matter since you'll have a spot assigned after the L2H finish and can then just move a couple of hundred metres to Kings Pier when available. Send me a pm if you want to explore that. We have a spot there that may possibly be available. Kermandie is a fair way up the Huon (or so it seems in the wee hours of Saturday morning, motoring up after the Pipe Opener). There should be plenty of water... we get in ok, drawing 2.3m. I think Sydney 38 gets in ok, and they draw a fair bit more, but it is a struggle. For swing moorings, you could always ask PESC(Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover) if they have any spare. It would also be worth asking Cygnet Sailing Club. They have plenty of moorings and they look after them pretty well as far as I can tell. PM me if you'd like a phone number contact at either of the abovementioned.
  2. It's on a truck in Melbourne, awaiting a place on the Toll boat to Devonport, then the Mechano set operations by the Magical shipwright, then !SPLASH!, then the waving of hands over electronics by yours truly and high voltage electrics by a more qualified bloke, then it will be time to put a roast in the oven and head south for the shakedown cruise. I expect that we'll have one of the more comfortable rides in the Launceston to Hobart 2011.
  3. Not exactly sports massage but the massage place that's inside the Grand Chancellor has a good reputation - my wife went there after returning from a rough delivery trip and they managed to get her feeling human again in short order.
  4. Unfortunately it looks like we got a shipment with some bad gps antennas and these are affecting position reports from our trackers on Archie, Ciao Baby II, Dekadence, Marine Line/Focal, Mr Kite and Valheru. I've turned off reporting from these boats on the Oceantracker.net site to avoid confusion. It's always the little things that bite you in the bum. Dekadence had engine problems leaving the marina at Bellerive and arrived late at Castray, then did what looked like a penalty turn (related to use of engine before their start but after race start?) 360 turn took some brave doing in 40-ish knots of wind. I measured 30+ on the ground at Castray and two boat crew I spoke with later said they thought it was between 40 and 50 knots at times mid-river. Boats that hadn't shown their trisails and storm jibs on Thursday night did so before the start and it looked like some might have wished that they'd left them on for the first bit of the race. The wind was blowing so hard that we had trouble controlling the flags at the start box and a few flags got away from us. One of the boats that retired early did so because the skipper made the gutsy decision that the crew hadn't had sufficient time sailing together (or possibly some of them didn't have sufficient heavy weather experience in general) to cope with the conditions. They'd had a series of minor problems starting before they even left the dock. He decided to bag it before someone got hurt. People are always pointing out that the skipper has ultimate responsibility for deciding whether to continue. Sometimes, between peer pressure or ego pressure it's a hard decision to make. So congrats to at least one skipper who wasn't afraid to make the right decision.
  5. Was seen at Sandy YC in the travel hoist slip on Friday last week. New owner and Hobart based crew are bringing her to Tassie via the Melbourne to Stanley race, then immediately continuing on to the Derwent.
  6. There's a quite healthy discussion at the moment about the introduction of AMS as an alternative to IRC. One of the more refreshing things is a proposal to push AMS as a measured rating for Divisions other than Div 1. This could give a bit more credibility to these Divisions which have traditionally only had PHS (reward mediocrity, punish success). Apart from the initial measurement, the cost for AMS is $50 a year. Thoughts? If you have any strong views on this get onto Jeff (PM him) as he and Sparky are drafting a letter to the clubs. I've spoken to one of the proponents of the 11 metre div about AMS and he is very much in favor of it. I think we ought to promote AMS for essentially all of the keelboat classes (the J24's and Dragons may opt out). As Oedipus suggests, a uniform handicapping system probably will encourage more participation in longer and 'special' races. I think that we all understand that AMS is no more a perfect solution than any other system but the cost barrier to entry is so much lower that I think we can gain much higher participation.
  7. I don't get the joke snoop? please share
  8. that narrows it down a bit :-) I'm hoping that the 38 has been (or will be) sold locally so that we can continue to build the local fleet of them. Steve Chau's bought a 38. Don't know if it's the same one. Would be good if he took it back to OD though. Steve bought Scarlett Runner out of Melbourne - a pretty good and competitive biat. Surely there is someone down Huon way (if not in Hobart) who will pick up DC's boat.
  9. that narrows it down a bit :-) I'm hoping that the 38 has been (or will be) sold locally so that we can continue to build the local fleet of them.
  10. Eastern Shore Marine seems to be gone. Anyone know where Yanmar parts can now be purchased in Tassie?
  11. I'll alert the Admiral to the possibility of a trip to the big smoke.
  12. Try this. Did you say an Adams 10 won on IRC and AMS. Wow those girls must be hot. What exactly do you mean by that? Sparky did a flying visit to Melbourne for the long weekend. He has this thing for women who steer Sydney38s and Adams10s. Oh and good on the Adams10 women for doing their bit promoting the class. Anyone want to buy one? Thanks for clarifying uncle Phil Regardless of anyone's opinion about Adams 10 handicaps, the girls who sailed Top Gun had a superb regatta and earned their victory. The girls who sailed the 38 also sailed really well and absolutely earned their placing. If a certain very crafty and smart tactician from Sydney had been aboard the 38 they may very well have been able to win. "If a certain very crafty and smart tactician from Sydney had been aboard the 38 they may very well have been able to win" What a dumb comment - YOU DICKHEAD!! Well, you lost me. My better half was on the Sydney 38 who came in 2nd in IRC and 3rd AMS. I was suggesting that a very good female tactician who sailed with our team last year might have made a bit of difference and allowed our girls to pick up a shift or two per race or get a better start or two which might have made a difference sailing against a well run A10. As it was the young lady who did tactics for the 38 did quite a good job but having someone who has actually raced an Adams 10 with our team and who has more experience on Port Phillip bay may have made a difference. It also would have allowed everyone on the 38 to take their normal positions on the boat. If this is all it takes to set you off then it's your problem, not mine.
  13. Try this. Did you say an Adams 10 won on IRC and AMS. Wow those girls must be hot. What exactly do you mean by that? Sparky did a flying visit to Melbourne for the long weekend. He has this thing for women who steer Sydney38s and Adams10s. Oh and good on the Adams10 women for doing their bit promoting the class. Anyone want to buy one? Thanks for clarifying uncle Phil Regardless of anyone's opinion about Adams 10 handicaps, the girls who sailed Top Gun had a superb regatta and earned their victory. The girls who sailed the 38 also sailed really well and absolutely earned their placing. If a certain very crafty and smart tactician from Sydney had been aboard the 38 they may very well have been able to win.
  14. I'm surpised that non of you Melbournians have posted anything about the Womens keelboat ragatta at the RMYS last weekend. It was a well run and very well sailed ragatta with boats and crews from all of the local clubs and crews from Adelaide and Tassie. The Adams 10 Top Gun blitzed all three handicap divisions, 1,1,1,4,1,1 in IRC. Scarlet Runner, crewed by the Tassie girls who recently won the RYCT summer div 1 pennant, also had a good and very consistent series, 2,2,2,2,7,3 splitting the Adams 10's and getting an overall IRC second and AMS 3rd place after 6 line honours wins. What most impressed was the quality of the crew work and tactics displayed by many of the boats. The Sydney 38 and several of the Adams 10's sailed the three day regatta with almost no errors and with no major screw ups at all. This was paricularly evident on day 3 when the wind came up, the rail meat weight quota was very low and the there were some real challenges, paricularly going downwind. Amanda and her team of volunteers who worked the race for the RMYS did a great job and deserve recognition. It's hard to run a good series with boats of such widely divergent speeds in a single start but they managed to do it.
  15. One and the same. Now owned by a topnotch shipwright who intends to restore her to her former glory. Does look a bit like Flying Scud's big brother who's an AFL ruckman.