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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. What great boats the 10.5's are..... Am I biased? You bet
  2. Go Conrad, super impressed with his tenacity
  3. Well, as suspected a week of offshore racing and delivery have completely screwed my race losing 120,000 positions in the last week. Particularly amusing was why I left on auto wind and did 2 full 360 degree loops lol. Anyway I will be looking forward to following the leading SA team Your Mom, Gybe and Klymen through to the finish. Good luck guys
  4. We are loaded and ready to roll, the forecast is good for us, just working through trimming the provision from 4 days we had planned for to 2
  5. Wow lost 18k positions today it's all gone to custard since Christmas and I started getting the boat ready for racing on the 2nd... and only going to get worse in the next week or so! Worst possible time to stop paying attention. Have a happy new year all.
  6. I can't confirm or deny I left the boat, need to look up what counts as outside assistance
  7. Looks like I went out in sympathy Smelli, I just had an 8 hour stopover in the Falklands too On the flip side it was a nice day out on the boat!
  8. Im feeling your pain Rainbow, 3k spots lost on that little flyer around (through) the low More importantly though Go Klymen!
  9. Shame about the local coverage then. The leadup and actual start was pretty good but quickly became obvious they had only done prep on around 8 boats. The coverage degenerated into shots of choppers mixed with super maxies with spliced in token coverage of the people's favorites Rags and Sean on Maluka. The adverts were 5 mins on 5 mins off and the shots of the rest of the fleet rounding the mark looked like one dude with a handheld on a RIB. Seriously more screen time dedicated to the camera people jumping off the supermaxis is than the rest of the fleet. And so it goes every year, I remember when it was more like the Melbourne cup coverage with a full hour build up and short bio on most of the fleet. Kinda hope 7 gets out bidded on the coverage to stop the complacency. Best of luck to all the competitors
  10. Somehow on purpose I have sailed into the eye of the low, I'm kicking myself for twice getting out of a gybe south due to convincing myself I had a lane south later
  11. It's getting interesting in the chasing pack, a few options in the next 24 hours, none that look great.
  12. Tricky conditions, tough to get in and update fast enough as wind changes...
  13. For us it was always in plan but took a year after buying the boat. I was coming back to Saling after a bit of an absence due to work and being fed up sailing for other skippers. Shameless plug but I have a bunch of info about buying my first boat and starting racing in my Blog if you are interested in the detail. It's what the blog is all about, tracking our journey, buying the boat building a crew and getting into racing from inshore to offshore and improving the boat. A good summary article is here http://www.ha-crew.com/index.php/results-page/158-the-end-book-1 But the boiled down version is, we were prompted by a guy driving up to us one day while we were on the water cruising and asking us if we're going to race the boat. We signed up the boat to the most unintimidating fun style race we could find (and double handed it). It was fun but we were under prepared and came last. We then set about finding crew amonsgt out friends and set our sights on the next "inclusive" fun feeling race. I remember at the time not wanting to come in halfway through a "point score" series and getting in the way of the other boats. A 4 race fun short passage series around 3 months later was the ticket and nd we got signed up again. We were terrible and coming back to the club it was quite difficult not really knowing anyone, particularly as we were borderline embarrassing out on the course, but persevered and came back to the club after each race in an effort to get to know some people at the new club. We had grown the crew from 2 to 4 now and so we built a website and did some advertising online classified site Gumtree to find 3 more crew. So set with some more crew and our motto of "dont hit anyone and dont ome last", we got into our second series and we were learning and having a good laugh over beers. One race the Committee boat had to radio us and ask if we were planning on completing the race as we were so far behind. (And we were inshore). The perseverance in coming back to the club after racing paid off as a couple of skippers introduced themselves and started coming over for a chat which made a big impact. A couple of races into our second series the then Rear Commodore of racing at the club offered to come out with us and crew for a couple of races. This was an enormous help and set us up with some local knowledge and gave us another person we got to know and talk to back at the club. The early encouragement shown by a couple of those particular skippers to come racing and stop by the table afterwards and say hi and have and laugh with us cannot be understated. I know our dreadful results skewed our PHS handicap but getting a win in a race the first year was a big motivator for the crew and I appreciate this is a tough one for other crews, but would suggest a performance based handicap helps new boats and novice crews get involved and want to move up to measurement rating systems (we now race ORCI 5 years later) Hope that helps
  14. Interesting seperation in the chasing SA group with Moon, RS and I seemingly deciding at about the same time a day or so ago to bet on a bit of North toward NZ. The question remains will we get more pressure and hold it long enough to get back amongst the pack?