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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. I did the Bermuda race on her in'85. The owner was not aboard and it was like a boys' trip. I can't remember who skippered but we had some lake sailors from Chicago, By Baldridge navigated and it was mostly light. Never a particularly fast boat, she did have the pretty lines of those late Holland maxis.
  2. Now Boomerang was a cool program.. a lot of BN's on other Maxi's incl those on Jim's KIV & KV got a pay upgrade to not to go to the George C dark side....then again that amounted to being then allowed to have ice in your Mt Gay in those days. A great era....I'm sure George & Jim are now playing Scrabble against each other up there. Boomerang was a cool program but the rest is just not true. We were well paid and freely moved across programs without any ill-feeling. (Unless it was to Ondine - then you just felt sorry for the poor bastard!)
  3. I see it the other way round; Mr. C won that race!
  4. Just packing for a regatta I came across a cufflink box full of pins/badges from past events. Others must have stuff tucked away so let's see it.
  5. Wire was less of a problem than made out....as long as you were on a good boat i.e. good experienced people who knew how to splice, swage and handle it when sailing, with no skimping on maintenance spend or vigilance. Boats I sailed on were good on all fronts and I've never heard of anyone losing fingers through wire running rigging, just a gashed forehead from a dodgy cast off in a tack. The stuff was daunting at first, though. On maxis you had to pull the primary and secondary drums off and weld up the grooves the wire chewed into them. I also recall the time a competitor that had got a riding turn in the tack. The led to the tail of the sheet being wound and the tailer had to just step away as the sheet was ground all the way in, which is pretty much all you can do once it's reached that stage. They stood on while the cutters were brought on deck and did the only thing you can do in that situation; put in a slow tack and cut the sheet in that very small window where the headsail is de-powered but not luffing. To minimise the possibility of injury by creating an "angry snake" as a previous poster nicely named it, they cut it right by the swage. Cutting 7/16" wire is hard enough on a hard surface on dry land, how they managed it with a No.3 up in 20+ I don't know but since I only heard about this once we got back to the dock they seemingly pulled it off.
  6. The hydraulic reaching strut Wire main halyards that, at full hoist, had to be led off the drum to loop around a fixed point far enough away so you could return to the drum with the rope tail and cleat it. Handling that when reefing on a dark, bouncy night was done with great care! "Bricked" dacron headsails in bins forward The peeling strop One person to leeward trimming the headsail sheet, another moving the lead 7/16" wire for jib halyards, sheets and 1st reef (2:1) A winch for everything Huge, whippy antennae on the transom Load cells on everything (esp. on Matador) Lenticular rod rigging 36" Wop props Swapping props for deliveries without hauling the boat Early attempts at canting radar Inverting the rig Spreader patches on headsails
  7. I believe she was originally called "Slip Sliding Away" and, as correctly identified elsewhere in the thread, was a G&S one tonner from the lakes.
  8. In an interview about his failed marriage, Sir Paul McCartney was asked if he would ever go down on one knee again...In response he said, "I'd prefer it if you called her Heather."
  9. An elderly Irishman lay dying in his bed. While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite cheese scones wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs. With laboured breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing Into the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there, spread out upon waxed paper on the kitchen table were dozens of his favourite cheese scones. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted Irish wife of sixty years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man? Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted, he could almost taste the cheese scone before it was in his mouth, seemingly bringing him back to life. The aged and withered hand trembled on its way to the nearest scone at the edge of the table, when his hand was suddenly smacked.... with a spatula by his wife . . . . . . . . "Feck Off!! ", she said, "They're for the funeral"
  10. A man and a woman who had never met before, but were both married to other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on an intercontinental train. Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were both very tired and fell asleep quickly......he in the upper bunk, she in the lower. At 1.00 a.m. the man leaned over and gently woke the woman saying "Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I'm awfully cold." "I have a better idea," she replied. "Just for tonight, let's pretend that we're married." "Wow! That's a great idea!" he exclaimed. "Good," she replied. "Get your own f**king blanket." After a moment of silence, he farted.