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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. RRS 4 doesn't prohibit the RC or the organizers from using their judgement... and I'm pretty sure the USCG doesn't give a damn what RRS 4 says it's in the long term interest of all sailors to avoid incidents like this, as it makes us look incompetent. all i am saying is the organizers should look at the incident and see if they can do anything better the next time they have a forecast like the one they had. RRS 4 is just one part of a larger universe of rules and practices surrounding sailboat races. Race committees cannot ignore safety. For example, following a number of high profile yacht racing disasters such as Fastnet, S2H, etc., race committees for ocean races now recognize that they have a responsibility to ensure that participants have a minimum level of experience and training commensurate with the demands likely to be found on the course. For the N2B race, each boat has to have at least 2 sailors trained in first aid and a certain percentage of sailors who have attended Safety at Sea programs, as well as experienced skippers and watch captains. Given that the Laser is an entry level boat that may be sailed by less-experienced skippers, the R/C has a heightened duty to make sure that competitors can handle the conditions, especially, as here, where the conditions are unforgiving.
  2. Sorry, but if we need to rely on the Coast Guard, Annapolis Fire and Police Department, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Anne Arundel County Police, and Maryland State Police to rescue our sailors, then the club's safety committee needs to meet to do some serious investigating into our safety protocols. For the record, the water temperature nearby at Thomas Point was 41 degrees.
  3. Except for a lot of old t-shirts going back to the 1980's . . . mostly I have great stories that get better every year! You kids have no idea how crazy racing use to be.
  4. We were in Class 6 (J-120's) as well and stayed just west of the rhumb line, with most of the boats much further west. Our max TWS was around 35 knots, I think exiting the main axis of the GS. At one point we were close reaching with two reefs in the main and the #3 up. The GS was rough with very steep confused 10-15' seas, but manageable. We didn't try to set a chute however because the wind and sea state didn't offer much room for error. We had some heated discussions before voting to start the race but bail if it got too rough. The more experienced hands voted to bail and the the younger ones, to their credit, voted to race. That said, starting a race into a dicey forecast and getting to Bermuda makes you more lucky than prudent.
  5. Now this: human arm found in sailing waters! http://www.livesaildie.com/human-arm-found-in-olympic-sailing-waters/
  6. Has anyone asked Sailing World magazine how they feel about World Sailing adopting such a simlar name?
  7. Check out some of the AC boats. It's a bit canned, but good if you only have a few hours. See http://sailusa11.com/.
  8. This is ISAF's statement on the environment posted on their website: ISAF AND THE ENVIRONMENT Sailing is dependent on the environment and by following a few simple rules of conduct when sailing we can ensure our sport has no negative impact on the environment.Through the very environment in which we practise our sport, sailors are already very environmentally aware and ISAF's has the following objectives to respect and safeguard our environment: Develop and implement an environmental programme for the sport and events Increase and develop awareness of environmental issues amongst all sailing stakeholders Support the development of Olympic Games and ISAF event venues that are sustainable for the environment, economy and community Position sailing as environmentally aware Does anyone serously think ISAF is leading the way on demanding a cleaner sailing environment in Rio? What a missed opportunity for real leadership!
  9. Start your planning by checking out this free cruising guide to Cuba. It runs overr 500 pages and has some great information on routes and aids to navigation. http://freecruisingguides.com/cuba/2013/12/03/recent-reviews-for-a-cruising-guide-to-cuba/
  10. A brief video and links about a cruise from West Palm Beach to Cuba,on Spinsheet. http://spinsheet.com/cuba-three-salts-take-cuba-sea/
  11. There are almost 6000 claims from both corporations and individuals and represent a cross section of the Cuban economy, circa 1961. You may be correct regarding some of the agricultural interests, but many claims belong to other businesses like hotels, banks, retail chains, car companies; pretty much every company in the S&P 500 was doing business in Cuba. Most of the corporate claims have long since been written off but the individual claims may be an issue. The U.S. government has recognized these as legal claims and did the same thing with claims dating back to the Russian revolution, Chinese communists, WWII, Vietnam, etc. Eventually, there's usually a settlement of some kind.
  12. Eventually, this will also be bad for the rest of the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Cuba will likely suck up all the development money, cruise ships, and tourist dollars for years to come. The rest of the Caribbean and the Bahamas will fall back into their pre-1960's backwater status.
  13. No, but Americans who had property confiscated by the Cubans might get it back, or some money, if they filed a claim with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. This will be a big hurdle before full normalization can occur. The U.S. can't simply ignore these claims which are into the billions. Cuba just doesn't have the money to pay any of them. See http://www.justice.gov/fcsc/claims-against-cuba
  14. And Goodbye Girl on the other side of Fame, another Serendipity 43.
  15. With apologies to Larry for the qualitiy of these pictures, here are two pictures from the Truman Annex after the 1981 (or '82?) Ft Lauderdale to Key West Race. Rafted up are Seier, Marionette, Fame, and two others, and in the other picture, Infinity among others.