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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. I have raced in Rio twice. Both regattas had dead bodies floating on the race course.
  2. This one is an aside but amusing... Back in the late 1980's in Erie, PA the local MORC fleet had a race that took the fleet from Presque Isle Bay through a dredged ship channel out to a mark in Lake Erie and back. The first leg was a run, but the return leg of the race requires short tacking through the channel which is about 400 yards wide and is also the location of the local CG station. On the return leg as the boats were tacking through the channel a local Coast Guardsman in a RIB started ordering and screaming at the boats to the take down their sails. The CG said the race was illegal and the racers were violating the law. Not a single boat complied with the orders and kept on racing. Our local Congressman was racing on a boat that we had been in a tacking duel with. The Congressman did not identify himself but we did hear him yell at the Coastguardsman that the race was absolutely legal and he should check with the local Commander. The Coast Guardsman was furious his orders were questioned, motored over to the Congressman's boat and physically placed his boat in front of the sailboat screaming to take down the sails. We kept racing but the Congressman's boat, was forced to withdraw from the race and take down the sails. We left the club before the Congressman's boat docked, but a week or so later a formal letter of apology from the Commandant of the USCG was posted on our club race announcement board and stated the Coast Guardsman who lost his cool that day would receive disciplinary action. The moral of the story for the USCG, don't scream at a US Congressmann that he's breaking the law unless you know he's really breaking the law.
  3. At the first RS Aero North Americans this year we sailed all the rigs together as one fleet with no handicap adjustments, and allowed people to switch rigs during the event too if they wished. But the RS Aero class rules do call for the different rigs to be scored separately, or using PY handicaps if different rigs are competing with each other. The class rules also have some restrictions on rig switching during a handicap regatta. It looks as if in some major UK regattas there has been a "best of both worlds" approach with most of the races having the three rigs with their own starts, but with the first race each day being a mass start for all three rigs that, as well as separate fleet scoring, was also scored on handicap (partly so they could award overall first master, first female, first junior awards too.) I think I have that right. No doubt one of the UK guys will correct me if I don't! I guess the real answer to your question will be that how we run the major North American regattas next year will be something the North American RS Aero Class will have to decide - once we get around to forming it, and based on feedback from sailors of what system they would prefer. As a prospective owner who will probably place an order for a boat after the holiday season, I would vote for sticking with how scoring at the NA's went this year. Let everyone switch and choose rigs as they want. There can be sub-fleet championships for folks who want to stick with a single rig for the entire regatta.
  4. I am in the market for a new singlehander. I emailed Melges a few months go to put a deposit down on the M14, but no one got back to me despite promising a follow-up. After that, a job change got in the way and I didn't chase the Melges guys. (Should I have to chase them down to take my money?) I am now ready to dive in again and still like the M14 as it is the sexier of the two options I am considering. The problem is the M14 seems stalled. The email blast offering special pricing reads to me there is frustration that the boats aren't moving. The highest hull number I am aware of is #5 which is a little better than one boat every two months since they launched in January. In the mean time a fleet of Aeros is now up and running in my part of the world and the class seems to be taking off so I am now back to undecided.
  5. Why is there an implied assumption that there is one ideal regatta video approach that will be best for all regattas and classes? What is best for the TP52 is not what is best for the Moth. The question to start with is who does the producer see as their primary audience for the content. Are they trying to reach experienced, knowledgable and informed sailors (SA readers), or a different audience such as potiential sponsors, recruits to entice to join the class, lay people who might be interested in sailing if they watch some sexy footage... Evaluate the video based on how well it reached the target audience not on what you want.
  6. Saw the Melges site is listing a new boat, the M14, but there are no links for further information. Anyone know what it is? I am assuming a new one man Scow or dinghy but that is just an assumption.