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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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    Sailing?! Offshore cruising and racing. Mucking about on Sydney Harbour
  1. Damn, looks like my race is over before even starting. Boat was all good and ready to go.. then last Friday night the owner was out on twilights and the engine apparently made a 'bang' noise and started running like crap. He's spent the last week working on it, but no dice. Sounds like it's the head gasket gone. We might still start, but the engine is not good enough to go to Hobart
  2. RIP Bob. A Giant of Australian yachting. Huge impact to the sport and will be missed.
  3. Wharro is out there with a Sunfish suit and scuba tank.
  4. The best that I remember were the 18ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour in the late 80's, early 90's. They'd show a ~40min video of a race during the lunch break at the cricket - still the best coverage of sailing that I've seen. Headmounted cameras, chase boats and, most importantly, microphones on the crew (although every 2nd word was bleeped out). Fast paced, exciting footage, but enough long shots to show the movement between the fleet. Good commentators who knew what they were talking about, commentators who were good at yelling loud noises when the inevitable crash and/or capsize occurred, and good analysis of the races. Maybe I'm recalling it as being better than it actually was, but it was enough to get a 10 year old kid excited about sailing. As you say - grab some of the skippers/tacticians before the race - ask them about the forecast and the course and what they are thinking. Find the same guys *after* the race and ask them how it worked out. Find a bowman, interview them - they can break up technical/tactical information with descriptions of tight/close mark roundings, or wipeout/disaster stories. Provide some *variety* - not just shot after shot of a boat going around a mark. Yes it looks pretty, but it's boring as hell. Take a page out of reality TV - if something exciting happens on the water, find the guys involved after the race, talk to them about it, cut that footage into the race footage so they are describing it as the viewer is seeing it. Why can't we do it anymore? edit. This is the important part... find the bowman and get an interview done *before* he finds the bar. Otherwise you will have lots of interesting stories, none of which can be used when children are present.
  5. Oh she was certainly down and around the crew and docks! :)/> We did the Hobart together 2 years ago, it was how we met. We finished Dead Fucking Last that year due to breakages of boat and crew (pitstop in Eden) and hooked up in Hobart. This year she met me down there and I popped the question as the boat came in. It was bloody funny, walking into the Jewellers and having the following conversation: Me: "I want an engagement ring" Sales girl, eyes lighting up with the thought of a big sale: "Oh yes, we can help you there.." Me: "BUT... I want one, that if I lose it.. it won't be a big deal" Sales Girl, confused: "What? Why would it get lost? How? Huh?" Me: "Well, I'm going to be on a boat for a few days, carrying the ring with me" Girl: "uhhh, wha? Isn't there somewhere on the boat you can put it that's safe? Like a lockbox or safe??" Me: "No... not that kind of boat. These boats eat small things like a ring, and if the boat sinks, I don't want to have to swim after it... So I want something nice.. but ok if it gets lost" Girl: "uhhhh.. what type of boat IS this?" Carried the ring down, paranoid the entire time it would fall out of my bag and get packed into a spinnaker or something. Had nightmares of launching the kite and seeing the ringbox go flying off into Bass Straight. All went well though, made it down and put together the sign in the photos as we were coming up the Derwent. Rum followed, in vast quantities. For the Hero, we hadn't all sailed together until ~3 months ago. The first time that the entire crew had sailed together was on the day of the race, so likewise, we were pretty chuffed with the result in our division. We slacked off on the last day - we really should have had you guys over the line :)/>, but we got a bit lazy that morning and through the day. Majority of the crew were on their first Hobart... I've found that the sight of Tasman Island makes people relax and think that they've already finished. It's quite impressive to see two 36ft boats beating boats that were much bigger! Congrats on your first Hobart, I hope you come back this year. What exactly happened to get the penalty time? Missed radio scheds was what we heard? Edit: Nice Video. 1:03 - We were just on the other side of that stupid fucking spectator boat. They were well inside the marked racing channel. We came very close to being pushed out of the course because of those fuckwits blocking everyone. They copped a mouthful from us and several other boats.
  6. Local Hero crew here This is what really confused me: So, finish time for TWU = 7:14:59pm - 45mins = 6:30pm This is what the website is currently showing. BUT, in the drunken haze that is the usual after the finish, When I checked the website I'm sure I saw you guys ahead of us, by about 15-20mins? I did have far more reason than usual to get very very very drunk as well:
  7. ooooh, very very tempting...