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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. With Paul LePage as our chief executive, we here in Maine have been getting accustomed to the concept of a Trump presidency for years. I feel prepared. You might want to fasten your seat belts and prepare to be entertained. The above notwithstanding, I came across the transcript of a Trump interview from 1998 and politically, he appeared somewhat moderate at the time -- fiscal conservative, social liberal. I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of that but am not counting on it.
  2. And here is another one (without the music): "Parable of Immortality" by Henry Van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, " There she goes! " Gone where? Gone from my sight . . . that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, " There she goes! " there are other eyes watching her coming . . . and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . . " Here she comes! "
  3. I haven't posted here in a long time -- too caught up in work and life and stuff. But this awful news brought me back. Jon and I go back to the mid-90s and the Cruising World forum and more recently we both hung out here. We only met in person a few times, most recently in September while he was up for a delivery. I'll treasure that evening forever. I still remember how Jon had my back in those volleys with tillerman/dan taylor/doublereef. But beyond those stupid petty shit storms, one thing was for certain: Jon was the real deal, He lived life on his own terms and packed a tremendous amount of adventure into his too short time on this earth. He was always willing to share his wisdom and experience with others, and did so in his own humble way. He touched many lives and inspired many people, even those who never got to meet him in person. I'm still trying to process all of this; I can't imagine what those who were really close to him are going through right now. My thoughts are with them.
  4. bowtostern is spot on here. To that end, the GMORA Board of Directors sends out a survey to its membership each year, asking for ideas on how to improve the sport, the circuit, the regattas, everything. Now GMORA does not run regattas -- yacht clubs/race organizers run regattas. GMORA's primary purpose is season scoring and promotion. We pass along the input we receive on the survey to member clubs and race organizers. So here is your chance. The survey typically goes out via e-mail to all members of record during the off season. I know it has been discussed at recent board meerings, so it will probably go out in the next couple of months. Members who receive their survey should take the time to respond with some thoughtful input on what can be done to make things more fun and get more people to come out and play with us. Don't just check off an answer; please fill in the comments section with some constructive input. If you are not a GMORA member, but want to help figure out a solution, then become one. For those without a boat/PHRF cert, an individual membership is $10. That is less than what you'd spend on a couple rum drinks at your favorite Old Port establishment.
  5. I also submitted a nomination this year, and I believe my nominee's name has been offered up in the past (and not by me, so I'm not the only one who considers this person to be deserving). I can also think of several other people within our ranks that fit the criteria that bowtostern listed. Points East has generally done a great job covering our sport in the magazine, and choosing past YOY winners via its committee of prior winners. I too was surprised by the announcement. But it's not my call.
  6. Glad you all got some breeze. The chilluns and I watched the boat parade from the Prom and it looked grim. G Well I can say for certain that we were questioning our sanity at 8:30 a.m. dinghying out to the boat in the rain. It stopped raining (yay!) and then got reeeaaalllly calm. Like NJ said, Spuds the RC chairman called it perfectly, sending the big go-fast boats off as soon as it filled in. Our class was next-to-last to start, and by then the wind was perfect. I must say this was one of the more memorable MS Regattas for us in terms of the racing itself. Jay H's Pearson 10-meter spanked us a bit on the way to the windward mark, but on the run, we had three boats -- two Pearsons and a Cal -- right side by each the rest of the way. The rounding of the RG south of Clapboard was... interesting.
  7. Hear, hear...Go the Marc!! +100 Go the Marc!!! Our sport needs more people like Marc.
  8. We're planning to go, but sounds like it is gonna be lonely in cruising class.
  9. It's about time!
  10. All, Say RYC had not run a pursuit format with Sat and Sunday's wind. Just the usual multiple rolling starts, 5 min sequence for the various divisions etc, same old regular. Same courses mind you, -it's a destination race after all- what part about the 'parade' might have been any different? So you have 5-6 boats in your division starting at the same time, (recall the 3 J105's started together), what would have been different? Still need to get to Castine, still on the same course, would there not be 4-5 parading groups with, maybe, the fast boats who started only 20-25 mins behind the slowboats passing them earlier and getting to Eaton's first? This seems to be about course more than format? Or am I off the mark here? You all know the area, what other courses could RYC set for their regatta that would still move the fleet between Rockland, (city of light and good karma) and Castine, (a little town that keeps its secrets)? This is kind of how I think of it as well. It's a point-to-point; regardless of start format, there are only so many ways you can tweak the course to get the fleet from point A to point B. I also like to think that conditions like what we saw this weekend still give us challenges and fun factor. It's a great exercise in sail trim, and (for me anyway) it was a rather fun romp. Keep in mind this comment comes from a boat that got beat on waterline with just seconds before we reached the finish on Saturday. Had there been more twists and turns, we might have gotten them. OTOH, I probably would have ended up with twice the bruises I have now. BTW, Harraseeket, despite being a pursuit, often has its own tactical challenges, including picking the best side of the course to account for wind/currents, navigating around islands/ledges, finding the best wind on either side of Whaleboat, avoiding holes. Maybe those are different tactics than Kitty has in mind, but for some of us, it adds to the fun.
  11. ZZZZING!!! OUCH! Pursuits can be a bit of a crap shoot sometimes... specifically if there is lighter air at the start (bad for the early starters) or if the breeze dies out too soon (bad for the later starters and shortening course is not always an option). But the wind was, um, not a problem this weekend. For anyone who has not seen them, there are some great photos on the GMORA FB page.
  12. Two different regions. Hospice is East, Camden is Central. While some travel between regions is encouraged, it is not mandatory and options are generally a good thing.
  13. My neighbors' dogs described in the link below had a history of aggression not even referenced in this article. I never got that close to them, so I can't say what breed they really were, but they looked more like a larger pit bull mix than the generic "bulldog" that you see here (which makes me think of the shorter, stockier American or French Bulldog). And they barked incessantly. In this particular case, it was clearly the owners, not the dogs, that were at fault here. I know of a few pit bull/mixes that are perfectly fine around people. But in this case, the dogs needed to go. Our neighborhood has suddenly gotten a lot quieter. Bad dogs, bad dogs
  14. That is exactly what happened in Maine not too long ago: Reading the above, would you make the same statement about Labs? The story above illustrates that it is the owner, not the breed of dog, that is the problem.
  15. I wonder if history will be on their side on July 14? Surely you know the drill, NOOB!