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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. Sounds like internet speeds down there still suck Clean. I thought it would improve.
  2. To celebrate the comeback of the J/120s in the Great Lakes we are having our Nationals on Lake St Clair August 19-21. There are already 14 entries and 2 more have committed. All you hotshot J120s come and do our regatta. The competition will be intense, the happy-hours filled with fun, and at the end, we will all enjoy throwing the winning skipper off the J-Dock at Bayview Yacht Club!. http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1668 .
  3. We will be doing both races. Finally it will no longer have the DRYA screwing up the ratings. However racing one design is another plus.
  4. Interesting about the north shore of Cuba. I'd heard rumors of a GS countercurrent there but it seemed like a lot to gamble on, plus low confidence in the charts for the area being correct. How far inshore did you need to be to get it? How Far East did you find it? Porto Seboruco, about 45 miles west of Havana Harbor about 7 miles north of the shoreline. The gulf current was much farther north than what the grib files showed. Once in a while you have to stick your head outside the nav station to see what is going on.
  5. I want to follow up with the comments made by Sol. Chris Woosley did a herculean effort to keep this race on track. Since it was never done before there were a lot of things that had to be invented. For instance a special Coast Guard permit was needed to enter Cuban waters as there is still officially an embargo. He got together with the right people to help the owners get that squared away. Communication with the outside world was really difficult as the internet connections were hard to get and unreliable. When we landed the Cuban officials took my satellite phone and sealed it, saying phoning from Cuban was strictly forbidden. The following day I did phone home in secret to wish my daughter a happy birthday and to assure the outside world we were all fine. Carinthia's strategy for the race was to get as close as possible to the Florida Keys to stay out of the current. At Elbow #6 the rhumb line peels off to Havana and we stayed more north of it but started going more southwest. We jibed south when we got in the teeth of the a 3 knot gulf current and jibed back about 2 miles off of Cuba. To our pleasant surprise we got about a 1 knot push which helped us with the competition. From what I saw on the tracking Dragon stayed north until Key West and then jibed south directly to Havana. In the end they beat us by 18 minutes corrected time, which is pretty close considering how long the race was. Was this ideal conditions for a Class 40 vs. a J120? Was it courses for horses? Who knows as they did sail a nearly perfect race and after all they did take home the gold. My congrats to these guys for doing what was needed to win. Marina Hemingway was a very nice harbor and I found the people here very accepting of Americans. We were glad we stayed to see a little of Havana. The Cubans are very poor but there are cracks showing it may improve. A lot has been said about the old cars and most are privately owned. It makes a great way for the locals to make some cash. Hotel space here was very difficult to get some competitors were able to find space with airbnb. I also heard many bathrooms did not have toilet seats, probably a symptom of communism. I know some boats dropped out of sailing here because of all the red tape BS but it was worth it. Certainly this was a bucket list race. When this thing comes up next I highly recommend doing it. Here is a link to the band at the Club NĂ¡utico Internacional Hemingway de Cuba: https://goo.gl/photos/bSPn9UMuGsfUdvqeA