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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. Opti nationals are always in July and are in Texas next week. Florida Yacht Club hosting Southeast Champs in September. Agree that the most relevant boat for kids to sail is the one in each sailor's area that has the highest fleet size. More boats = more events = more competition = more starts. The Opti is the boat that typically fits that criteria and blaming it for the decline in U.S. Olympic success is way off base. The UK, for example, has very strong Opti participation and not a lot of complaints about UK success. Post-Opti in the U.S. becomes about college sailing. While dedicated sailors elsewhere begin to think about Olympic campaigns, most U.S. youth sailors are focused on getting on to the best university sailing team. After four years of college 420 sailing, the smaller number who may want to campaign find the funding demands as a crushing burden. Money buys the podium, plain and simple. With money sailors can get the best training with the best coaches and travel to compete against the best competition. With the minimal national funding available, the potential field of competitive sailors dwindles rapidly. Change is afoot to turn this around, but it can't happen overnight. The Olympic Development Program is a step in the right direction, along with organizations like Oakcliff. The U.S. is not short of wealthy sailors who are involved in the highest level of the sport. Perhaps most donate to the amateur cause and we just don't know about it, but that seems unlikely. For example, a financial rounding error for Team Oracle could go a long way towards funding U.S. Sailing. That's the only way the game will change.
  2. Great generosity all around. Really good to see. Congratulations on a great race!
  3. NoThey're sailing into a bomb Billy! So I guess in hindsight, if this edition of the Bermuda Race, and its "forecast" would have been in the movie version, the Andrea Gail would have motored right through the Bomb, set the market with only 2/3 of their catch (the damn ice maker crapped out after a cheap re-build), and a week or two later, Bugsy would have taken that pig Irene up to Digby in his brand new used F-150 and would be knocking the bottom and sides out of it, with a Dark n Stormy hangover.... Glad the kiddies on Noon beat all the other grown ups with bigger, fancier boats, kudos to Benj and Heidi for signing the permission slip... Glad to be on the couch watching this one, that frickin' breeze always seems to crap out with less than 10nm to go, and I survived the light air fest in '98 where you could hear the Barrits Ginger beer cans being cracked open at the bar, but you couldn't get there fast enough... Think I'll rig up my old One Design 14 this month and maybe go blast about if some breeze comes in! Jaylo44 kudos to Benj and Heidi for signing the permission slip... Absolutely! Incredibly generous. For clarity, why has it also been mentioned that it was loaned by the Merchant Marine Academy? Was it first donated to the Academy?
  4. Gouv - right on! My 17 year old Laser sailing son doesn't consider that boring and didn't when he sailed Opti's either.
  5. . .......sheesh,,,there's a forum for -everything-. No doubt more than we want to know, or perhaps we do?
  6. Give RIBnet a try. http://www.rib.net/forum/