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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. As in something like Portsmouth with wind range mods? In a moderately well organized regatta, there might be frequent wind readings recorded from both the committee boat and a mark set/top mark boat. Could be a hand-held meter (Kestrel etc.) or a masthead instrument. In a more casual regatta, the guy/gal running it might just be eyeballing the wind and doing a very rough average.
  2. Anyone checked the hangers in the Riverside airport?
  3. We hope the east side of the island doesn't have a weird shape and the finish boat is in a good position so that the island end of the finish line is reasonably clear. Depending on the shape of the island, the nearest point at which finishers are between some part of the island and the finish boat could be much further north than the nearest point of the island, and could be so far away that the finish boat people have a hard time identifying finishing boats and determining times. If this isn't fixed, more worms, if folks get into a "leading edge/nearest point/trailing edge of the mark" debate. Big ones. Another problem with *$&! islands. Which finish line is correct below, A, B, C, D, for a shortened course with the boats coming from the north (top of page), toward the finish boat in the position drawn below, where the island is the mark for "the finishing line shall be, (a) at a rounding mark, between the mark and a staff displaying flag S;"?
  4. There would be the radical notion of being nice to the racers. Given the size of the island, navigating to it isn't supposed to be part of a test of racers' navigation skills. All on the open race channel: "Attention all XY Race boats, this is the Finish Boat. We are anchored for a shortened course on the southeast side of what is marked on your SIs as Mark C, Doubtful Island. You will finish between our S flag and the nearest point on the southeast shore; we are at lat long x y. Don't try to round. Just go down the east side of the island. Please acknowledge. "Finish boat to RC, we had to anchor on the southeast side of Doubtful Island, in position to shorten course, repeat southeast side, We're waiting for boats to head to us down the east side of the island for the shortened course at location lat x long y s.e. of the island." "Finish boat to chase boat... Please go out and let us know if anyone is going the wrong way and headed for the west side of Doubtful Island." .... "Finish boat to RC, chase boat is in position to watch out if anyone screws up and tries to go west of Doubtful Island." "Finish boat to RC, we can see our probable first finisher heading south along the east coast of Doubtful Island." Okay, so I'm accustomed to working with the occasional low-information racer.
  5. B's inside position and protection under 18.3 would also apply for a starboard rounding (once A gets around to fetching). Wording of the original situation a bit confusing... they are already in the zone (within 3 boat lengths of the mark) but will (in the future) converge 2.5 boat lengths from the mark ... and then B is gonna have room to tack as well ... that's a lot of stuff trying to go on in a small space and time; not sure that works too well logistically and can all happen in half a boat length. A diagram might help. Why would A not have corrected her overstanding of the mark before reaching the zone? Anyhow, A can probably fix this while B is jerking around tacking inside the zone. Why are we talking about proper course here? It's not going to get a chance to become relevant. Why is B now having to pinch to fetch the mark after tacking onto starboard? If it's a starboard rounding, she's outside of A and will have wait for A to turn; if it's a port rounding, she wouldn't have been allowed to go inside of A while tacking in the zone. Tactically, A could probably have footed off a bit before reaching the zone and forced B to tack out of port-starboard situation; proper course would not apply. I'm just having a hard time picturing this situation as being very sensible. no comprendo. Peeechure, pleeese.
  6. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/15/world/russian-officials-say-north-korea-released-detained-yacht/
  7. www.jimlynchbooks.com lynchjames@comcast.net "He now lives and sails in Olympia, Washington with his wife, Denise...."
  8. There's good sailing water just an hour or two's drive south of Rio... but, no, that wasn't as good for tv. TV is much more important than the health of athletes or the quality of competition.
  9. Wanna make a small fortune? Got a large one to start with now?
  10. An organizing authority or RC might put in some equipment, technical, safety, or administrative requirements in the NOR or SIs, but may regard them as issues between the OA/RC and each boat, and not suitable for use as a "gotcha" for one boat to get another boat DSQ'd. For example, the SIs might have a requirement that boats participating in a particular race have VHF, for the convenience of the RC/OA delivering certain information, managing the course, determining who is on the course, and perhaps secondarily as a safety feature. So it might designate that SI as something that's the OA/RC/PC's exclusive turf to protest, and could also allow penalties less than DSQ.
  11. Are drop bears offset on Aussie boat designs?
  12. RRS differ from COLREGs/IRPCAS for good reasons. Also, with careful thought, it is possible to write a simplified set of racing rules suitable for cognitively impaired sailors, if that is a need.
  13. Also Ensigns at Dillon, Colorado.
  14. Ensigns are also big on the west coast of Lake Michigan (Pentwater); Marquette, MI; Les Cheneaux Islands, MI; and Cleveland. A good sized fleet down here in Houston as well. Mostly terrifying.