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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. It started as a jerry-rig repair. After a thousand miles, we took it apart and added SS end caps with nice entry radii. The anti-chafe tube may be overkill as we have seen no chafe on inspections. Did both sides to get rid of the heavy old SS fittings. Have another 3,000+ miles with no problems.
  2. Beneteau made a 35' cat in '86. Blue II
  3. Dont blame the material. Failure is usually an engineering problem. I had 2 SS rudder shafts snap off under the hull, a day apart. Poorly engineered.
  4. Ah... Fish Tacos! And a good wind forecast!
  5. You ever been to ABYC or SDYC? 115 PHRF entrants at ABYC. I don't think so. Not even that many O/D. And SDYC not gonna happen. oh i forgot this is about PHRF'er not actual race boats Name a race with over 115 PHRF sailing entries. It's easy to confirm. (clue - it's not a yacht club issue)
  6. Lots of replies: Da Woody - yes, the BCYC cougar parties were better. But remember it was BCYC that quit, not NOSA. They prefer inviting a small elite group to their pre-race event these days. Parma - I am on the NOSA BoD, and we can always get improvement suggestions considered. We have made great efforts in this regards. But it seems everyone does not agree on what is "better". Sunseeker - it seems sailing participation is shrinking in many venues. No need to pick on N2E. As for Cinco de Mayo, I have never been in Ensenada on this date, but I am told it is much less of a "thing" in Mexico, than in the US. I do think you are too harsh on Cruisers. They represent the largest group of boat owners that don't sail race. SoCal PHRF defines the Cruising class, as well as the non-Cruising Corinthian and PHRF sail ratings. NOSA is simply offering classes to the SoCal PHRF classes. Cruising class results are predominantly determined by sailing, since they are penalized for motor use, which is restricted to night. What other race has 115 PHRF sail racers in SoCal? It'll be the best classes of the year.
  7. +1
  8. Appendix F paragraph 1.0 says they can race in regular PHRF or separate class. There are rumored rule changes not yet published.
  9. As I don't race under SoCal PHRF, my interest is less personal and more general. There are no Corinthian Multihull's. NOSA is concerned about unhappy PHRF monohull participants. I can usually find unhappy sailors on SA. Evidently this isnt a big deal. I did have 200' of chain, but I took it out for racing. And yes, getting better upwind is always a good goal.
  10. SoCal PHRF offers a list of adjustments to some cruising boat ratings, so they can better race against racers in the non-Cruiser classes. (Appendix F). They call this their Corinthian rating. On one hand, it might increase participation. On the other hand, you might end up with two same-model boats having different ratings. It doesn't seem well known. http://www.phrfsocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/PHRF_Rules_Version_031616_Appoved_Final.pdf
  11. For 2018 NOSA is looking at first weekend in May. Cinco de Mayo in Ensenada.
  12. Scot is a colorful opinionated guy that makes SA what it is. That said, and without commenting on the conversation between NOSA and Scot, N2E is still a fun race that I am happy to do again. They say all publicity is "good". At least he mentioned the N2E race
  13. I agree. This was a mistake, IMO. The first year it was required (2014?) they were sold out everywhere and that was the basis of being waived. Then it probably got copied and pasted into new NORs. I've brought it up, and the consensus is it will not be waived in 2018, but nobody really wants to amend the NOR at this time on this issue. Ironically its the only item in the SER that I think might have saved lives in California accidents of recent years. I have added them to all my PFDs.
  14. Good point about the customs sticker. On another note, the NOSA board voted last night to waive the US Sailing SER requirement for the Coastal SAS class in the 2017 N2E. It'll be showing up in a future NOR amendment. The US Sailing SER requirement is for 30% of the crew including the skipper, to attend a half day class. The problem is that there are very few classes offered. The first US Sailing on-line offering is part of the 2 day class, not a half day class replacement. There is a half day class replacement on-line class coming from US Sailing, but the board decided not to wait. The SAS class is highly recommended. Those of my crew that attended, speak highly of it. Safety is always a good thing.
  15. As it turns out, this on-line class is intended to take the place of the first day of the US Sailing 2 day Offshore SAS class. It has to be combined with the 2nd day hands-on class at a US Sailing training facility for completion.I am told there will soon be a 2nd shorter (and lower priced) on-line class, that will replace the half day Coastal SAS Class completely, without an in-person class required. It is this second and not-yet-available on-line that meets the minimum requirements of the US Sailing SER for the N2E race. The longer SAS courses also meet the N2E requirements, of course. So if I'm reading you and the US Sailing website correctly, this online offering (The "Safety at Sea Hands On Online Supplement") does NOT, on its own, satisfy the SER requirement for Offshore or Coastal races. I believe it only satisfies the requirement if you do this online course AND the second day (hands-on) of the 2-day live seminar. Yes. US Sailing says the short Coastal SAS online will be available 3/1/17