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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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  1. Too much front brake? You haven't lived until you've done an endo riding your treadlie home from the pub.
  2. Going the VPN route is about the only option aside from signing your life away for pay tv or moving to Antarctica. Great way to win over fans America's Cup. I'd happily fork out some dollars to watch it live via the AC website or APP but I can't. I have no interest at all in signing up to Foxtel in Australia for shit I don't need or want. And once we start talking about VPN and location blockers and all that shit, to be honest I start to lose interest in the America's Cup and no longer care. I managed to follow the Volvo Ocean Race around the fucking globe from the comfort of my desk chair for free, yet I'm struggling to find a way to watch a couple of races around an island for a month... In the last few weeks I've gone from "cool the cup is starting" to "it's all to hard and I don't give a fuck anymore"
  3. Volvo Ocean Race - Life at The Extreme... heel... Fuck, it would take me half an hour trying to scale the cabin to get into a windward bunk. Is it also a way to stop shit breaking in that you can only load up the V65 to a certain point until it just falls over? Max cant on the V70's had ram's blowing up and ripping out everywhere. So did Farr say we'll let you stack everything including the kitchen sink, give you less weight in your bulb but with a touch of lift as a trade off and go your hardest at ripping out the bottom of the boat?
  4. I'm with you on that, it's a pretty good way to learn. "Man I fucked that up, won't do that again" Got to find out where the limits are. So if a boat does go tits up and has to be re-righted by the chase boat, can they continue racing if no broken bits? Good practice for everyone involved, the Cup might be won by who gets back on their feet the quickest!!!
  5. Maybe Geelong will turn full circle and all the rockstar wannabe's will get sick of the price gouging and vote with their feet. Then the club will be forced to wheel the Lions Caravan in through the side gate, throw a local band in the corner and pay them in booze, fuck off all their marketing staff and hangers on, sell piss from the bar at reasonable prices, passage race Saturday & Olympic course Sunday with 3 divisions only and be done with it...
  6. Slingsby posted on his Instagram account 4 days ago a photo of himself and Matt Cassidy in hospital beds. Maybe his back issues are starting to give him grief and going the cycling option takes the pressure off his back from grinding?
  7. My UPS guy is great. I have his mobile number. A couple of times I've had to call him to have a package picked up or dropped off in a hurry. He's always smiling, cooperative and courteous. Had him and his Christmas helper over for our Christmas party! I always go out of my way to help the courier that delivers to the place I work at. Small things like offering a drink or food, putting the trolley back on the truck, or showing him porn on the reception PC goes a long way. I always give him the heads up if I've just placed a large order and to expect more boxes than usual. Rain, hail or shine I always make the effort to run outside to lend a hand unloading stuff off the truck. I can easily sit on my ass in my warm dry office while it pisses rain on him but I choose not to and he appreciates that. When I need to call in a favour he doesn't hesitate and he has got me out of the shit on more than one occasion. It definitely works both ways.
  8. They are anchor points to assist the tow truck crew when they come out on course to clean up the mess...
  9. What rules are they running for that? Are they allowed to finish without the same number of crew? I can't imagine wheeling one of these things around to retrieve a crew member would be easy, I would assume for safety they would rather a chase boat collect them anyway. Sounds like it would be race over in any event.
  10. My fear is the current cup is going to be decided by a catastrophic failure with a million carbon bits raining down on the course or because one of the boats turns turtle or a crew member gets g-forced off the face of the earth in a high speed turn. I want to see it won by a team who shows great racing tactics and superior sail handling skills with sails actually going up/down throughout the race. I want to see sail changes and mark rounding clusterfucks in a fuckton of wind and waves. I want to see boats forcing their opponent into a penalty and engaging with each other. As a sailor this is what is missing for me as I can relate to that. Sure the flat out speed is spectacular but it kind of feels like I'm watching F1 waiting for someone to stuff it into a concrete wall.
  11. But fuck me AIS made for some boring racing at times. I want to see boats take a balls out flyer away from the fleet. AIS makes it like watching sheep in a paddock.
  12. Mapfre has dropped their rig in testing, bummer. I can't remember off hand, but how many spare tubes did Bicey say they keep? I guess this is where the boatyard concept comes in real handy. What's the rule on sails if they've trashed a couple dropping the rig? Would they be testing with old sails from the last race? From their website At 17:15hrs local time this Thursday afternoon while the team was sailing about seven nautical miles SW of the island of Ons (Pontevedra) near their home base in around 25 knots of wind and four meter high waves the VO65 MAPFRE’s mast broke below the first spreader. “There was a crash and then the rig started to fall to starboard,” reported Pablo Arrarte, MAPFRE’s watch captain who was sailing as skipper of the boat during this period of testing. “We were sailing on quite a comfortable reach with waves also from the same direction and so at the moment we do not know why it has broken. We will have to analyse the data and the damaged parts in order to draw a conclusion.” The crew have not suffered any injuries and after fully checking for any collateral damage to other parts of the boat it took around two hours of intense work to secure the boat and recover the broken parts of the mast and the sails. The team’s emergency protocol was activated immediately and for safety reasons, Salvamento Marítimo [Maritime Rescue] was notified. They monitored the Spanish VO65 and when the crew had secured the boat the emergency services were duly informed that the crew were heading back to Sanxenxo under their own means. We will keep you posted!
  13. “Fucking Fucker’s Fucked” after asking the onboard sailmaker about damage to a kite. Bravo sir, managed to put a sentence together with only the word Fuck, and summed up the situation perfectly, no more words required.
  14. I was racing in the Cruising Div and we saw our fleet dwindle from 28 starters on Saturday down to 11 starters by Tuesday... But looking across the 3 Cruising Div fleets the trend looked about the same, everyone raced Sat & Sun but then started to piss off home Mon & Tues. So does the event scale back to passage race Saturday, maybe 2 races on Sunday and that be it? The bulk of the cruising fleet who make up most of the entries voted that way. Are events too long in general? A big Saturday night with the place jumping is way better than 4 days of everyone fucking off home by 9pm. I'd probably spend more coin on one big bender Saturday night than stringing it across 4 days of half assed piss drinking. And what band wouldn't want to play in front of a heap of people instead of 4 nights of a few soaks rolling around on the grass. Is the fleet split across too many divisions? I think the noise at the presentation was because everyone was bored from going through a million divisional results. Should there just be a passage race entry? Bring back team racing?
  15. Like 1945 with Goretex. I'd like to do it one day ala Sean Langman style, grab a bunch of mates, a nice heavy old shitter, actual real food and compulsory happy hour, everyone drives. Sure a carbon coffin win at all extremes is also fun, but I also get where Mr Langman is coming from. The added bonus is pissing off the hot shots if you come home two days later with a fuckton of breeze up the clacker and they can only sit there sweating rum bullets.