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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. Fairly simple. Clean's appeared to pretty much piss all over anything to do with Bermuda ever since the 2010 or 12 Newport race (whichever it was he was a passenger for) and we presumably failed to worship him sufficiently This Viper regatta is a seriously great event, put on by the class for the class. Not a lot of bureaucracy, just a bunch of people coming together to enjoy sailing together. Lots of Facebook coverage, it's even made the front page here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com The class is very easy to approach, go get a test ride / drive on one! Disclaimer: not associated with the class in any way, just know most of the guys and went sailing with them a couple times when they needed someone who knew how to sit, and (sort of) pull a rope
  2. It happens...even to the best. More and more routing services are hedging 20%+ over model expectations so they don't get sued. My issue with that is that the smarter crews are going to start watering down the number by 20% to see what they really should expect. That's great...until the forecast is 20% ABOVE the routing forecast and you have watered it down by 20%. Now there is a large difference between what people planned for and what actually happens out there. That's my chief concern - Bermuda weather has been doing the same thing ever since (retroactive hurricane) Fay came somewhat out of nowhere 2 years ago. It doesn't take people long to figure this stuff out, and we're already seeing people here being far bolder with the forecasted weather than they would have been in the past simply because they "know" that whatever is forecast isn't going to be that bad. What will boats that were read the riot act and told "you will NOT be racing to Bermuda, you will be sailing there, and at times surviving" (pretty much direct quote from the Friday AM meeting) do next time the forecast is up a bit?
  3. Bermuda Oyster - never reefed the main Now, an Oyster 435 is not exactly a sporty boat, at all, but for commanders to get that SO far wrong... wow
  4. RC just abandoned the race. Saturday in Bermuda never started! Was a mark boat - I have some crazy pics of them zipping around Hamilton harbour (they were going to try a race basically on the Gold Cup course). I assume none of that ever made it to TV
  5. What a joke... the day they CANCELLED in Bermuda they were flying hulls and almost threatening to foil But this is allowed to go ahead???
  6. There used to be a Comet fleet in Bermuda. Are they still active? Yep, 15 boats out the long distance race this year
  7. Okay, so after several glasses of wine at RHADC - John and I don't remember the incident... but it's Bromby, we think
  8. That looks like me on backstays, but I have zero recollection of having the 3's up on the 2 rig
  9. I'm sure plenty of people have others - but this is one I had on my phone
  10. There's nothing wrong with soup that can't be fixed with more soup Glad you had a good time
  11. where can one get this dataset?
  12. wow, you're quite the expert! a bit more than a few dozen but hey... haterz gonna hate maybe 300 today? This island has a crazy number of boats per capita... near every little bay and cove is full of swing moorings 1000 supposedly registered but there couldn't have been more than a few dozen out there for today. I'm actually surprised there's that many boats on the island, given how few slips are in the photos. Maybe most are small and live on trailers.
  13. Phew, thanks for setting me straight! We island-dwellers certainly have a lot to learn
  14. We took 2 in one week (one a direct hit, I went out in the eye) last year... no big This one's boring. Passing the time watching Narcos
  15. How about out of the hurricane zone . . . like oh, how about SF perhaps. That's what intelligent sailors do . . .stay out of the hurricane zone during hurricane season! For the first 113 years The Cup was defended in "The Hurricane Zone" No insurance company includes Newport in their 'hurricane zone'. They had two choices - timing and place - they chose both 'in zone', and 'in season'. Thats dumb. And a direct hit from a +3 hurricane will devastate bermuda. If you think otherwise you have no idea what you are talking about. H8erz gonna hate Grab a rum an chill, that's some good tank rain!