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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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  2. Muskegon YC 2017 race schedule (preliminary) is now available. Check here for current version.
  3. Interesting question! There is no double handed boat design which has any chops, regionally speaking. There was the M17 scow, but that fleet seems to be dwindling all over. I'm pretty sure there's still V15 activity in Chicago, there are a few pockets of JY15 sailing along the Michigan coast (mostly Holland). There's the start of a VX one design fleet in Holland at Mac Bay YC. Thistles still race over on Lake St. Clair. Those are the double handed boats I'm aware of ... there may well be pockets of others.
  4. And so we enter the long, dark of 'winter' ...
  5. Even back in the glory days you're fond of recalling, when sailing was fun, almost every annually recurring race I EVER sailed in used the same course from year to year. It was a way to compare, to gauge stories, to maintain consistent records. SSYC has chosen to move the finish to ports where the downtowns are more access friendly. I presume that was driven by their membership. People are suggesting alternatives, not insisting. Then they're electing to participate, or not. Haz
  6. I've got to admit that my first thought was to be OCS by 35 minutes...
  7. Lots of options! From GR the closest would be Grand Rapids YC on Reeds Lake ... Lasers and MC scows likely the best fleets. Wednesday and weekend racing in both Holland and Muskegon. I believe Mac Bay YC still has a reasonably strong JY15 fleet (OK 2 person dinghy). Muskegon Yacht Club has 9 active Melges 24s. Both Holland and Muskegon have active PHRF fleets, so that takes the customary schmoozing time to find a ride that works. Spring Lake YC has active Laser, Butterfly, MC scow, C scow, and E scow fleets. Scows still have enough presence in West Michigan to have events to travel to most weekends. Good luck! Haz Thanks for the response. We'll probably try to get some rides both in Holland and Muskegon and see what fits best. Ultimately hopefully we'll be able to put together a scow or M24 program. Are M17s still active? I sold my laser down here with the intent on getting another one for frostbiting once settled at a club. Seems to me like the M17s are still able to get together for big regattas, but there's not much 'regular' club racing racing ... maybe at Crystal or Torch Lakes? MC's have the the most regular scow activity in the area (or Butterflys if you're small ... I don't fit!). I sail out of Muskegon, so I have a bias. Muskegon Lake is a far better venue for racing then Lake Macatawa ... mile plus courses available in any wind direction. That said, because the harbor venue is less appealing in Holland, they sail most of their races on Lake Michigan. That is a positive, in my opinion. More opportunity for practice in waves and swells, longer course availability, etc. I wish MYC would 'encourage' more racing out on Lake Michigan. We tend to bail to Muskegon Lake far to easily just out of convenience. Close to the club, plenty of wind, just not 'big waters'. Hope you find your happy place! Haz
  8. Lots of options! From GR the closest would be Grand Rapids YC on Reeds Lake ... Lasers and MC scows likely the best fleets. Wednesday and weekend racing in both Holland and Muskegon. I believe Mac Bay YC still has a reasonably strong JY15 fleet (OK 2 person dinghy). Muskegon Yacht Club has 9 active Melges 24s. Both Holland and Muskegon have active PHRF fleets, so that takes the customary schmoozing time to find a ride that works. Spring Lake YC has active Laser, Butterfly, MC scow, C scow, and E scow fleets. Scows still have enough presence in West Michigan to have events to travel to most weekends. Good luck! Haz
  9. MYC's sections break around 60 and 105 (ish).
  10. Frostbite while impatiently waiting for ice boating to kick in ...
  11. Links up on the MYC site now. Also the Wednesday series standings.
  12. I scored the GRSC Commodore's Inv., but was hesitant to post results before GRSC, due to not knowing the results of a protest. We'll call these Preliminary Results. Governor's Cup at MYC was yesterday. Heard comments about enjoying the changes (one day, 18 miles, on Muskegon Lake). Results posted on MYC site. Haz
  13. Congrats on yet another FP picture … this one with a great story!
  14. Hey, I reported it as accurately as most stuff on here…. Sorry Sam!
  15. Four boats, one course, great weather, competitive! Seven teams battled through double elimination brackets, with the teams lead by the Wallace brothers, Jay and Josh, reaching the finals. Victory went to Josh's team, which included Andy Price and Brian Torresen … Congrats!