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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. I'm so glad to know that rules are rules even in a series with the name "Beer Can" in it. Yet another reason to avoid the northern suburbs of Tijuana Mexico and we wonder why Key West Race Week is gone
  2. Whichever block you chose, make sure it can move around freely. That little bit of bungy that keeps the block from hitting the deck tend to be too short/tight. This causes the spin sheet to chafe on the inside of the block instead of properly aligning in the block.
  3. That last picture is the definition of moth balled. This isn't as bad as some boat grave yards out there. This is more like deep hibernation. I would say he's planning on racing her again. Larry Ellison had Sayonara moth balled up by the great lakes for something like 10 years. First World problems
  4. I'm glad to read that the popular opinion is that you will need 5 lines: 2 sheets, 2 guys and one tack line / bobstay. Don't let anyone try to tell you that you can do without the tack line. It's just no
  5. Let me give the crew perspective here. I have done events where I have shared the costs. I don't mind given that it's my vacation after all. The biggest problem is getting the crew lined up well in advance. When an owner is making frantic phone calls because they don't have enough crew, that's bad. When you get to the big event and half your crew has never sailed on the boat before, that's bad.
  6. Yup. As for me I have zero qualms about leaving my job for a bit and taking the vacation I'm entitled to. Problem is that almost all my vacation days this year are taken up by sailing. That's not normal, Block is hogging a lot of them this year, but still, I've turned down other races in the past because of available vacation time and would have to do so again if asked this year. This is one of the biggest reasons I'm leery of getting my own boat. My own vacation time is hard enough to juggle, let alone a whole crew's worth. Maybe this vacation business is why sailing is struggling in the US...and France is doing so well. 2 weeks (if lucky) vs 4 weeks to recreate and enjoy life. Yeah, and when we had an unemployment rate similar to France's, we called it an economic disaster and capitalized Great Recession in honor of it. France called it Tuesday. Besides, I'll be at four weeks eventually. Ten years in the company is all it takes. I don't think allotted vacation time is the problem in this country so much as company cultures that make people feel like they can't use it. Here, I've never met anyone that doesn't say "use it all." Right now France still enjoys a lot of built in cash flow because people actually want to go there and visit but they need to be careful. Italy is about to become the next Greece and France and Spain not far behind. Europe as a whole enjoys lots of tourist $$$.
  7. Hey Ed, Well it looks like they followed the rules. Reasons in writing and all that. Be very careful how far you want to take this. Take it too far and SWYC is likely to produce evidence that makes you look pretty bad. Maybe you'll end up in real court, with real consequences. The kind that won't let you live within X distance from a school
  8. SWYC has successfully devalued their own regatta. Sports are supposed to be two things: Open to all entrants and have rules that make the playing field level. When you are missing either of these things, you have an activity or an exhibition.
  9. What Syrian refugees.... didn't they hang them all? Way to go Orange Anus
  10. Let me elaborate on my original point. I'll use the bike store mechanic as an example but you'll see were I'm going. A bike store mechanic is basically an industry professional. They'll typically have employee discounts, access to state of the art tools and if they're racing in the shop's kit, a pretty flexible schedule. These are HUGE advantages in a sport like cycling. The cherry on top is that they're being paid by the cycling industry. They may not be pros in the sense of being paid to race but there are advantages of being in the industry.
  11. Other sports have the same types of issues/complaints Weekend warrior cyclist is going up against bike store mechanics Weekend warrior masters swimmer is going up against age group swim coaches It's not the end of the world
  12. To compare sailing to darts: Around the cans is to Cricket as Windward/Leeward is to 501.
  13. The third option seems to have the most risk. What if on that third Saturday the conditions are horrible? I would plan to race every weekend. Saturday or Sunday depending on other commitments. The one thing I would do is have a provision to get people off the water by a very specific time.
  14. Marc, If you have to put your tiller over to the point you hit the pedestal..... you have no business driving a boat like that mainly because your crew sucks
  15. Take a good look at the jib sheet system on the port side. The sheet deflector is right in the middle of the ramp. That's a major fuck up if you asked me. The angle from the deflector to the winch has some nice built in friction. You have no cross sheeting options with that setup.