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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. Meet the Quest For The Cup Skipper, Judge Ryan as he talks about the team's coaches. 7 more days until applications close and QFTC is sailing daily to prepare for next summer! Penalty Box Productions
  2. Hey everyone, We've been busy at work sailing in cats to train for the RBYAC and Petey Crawford has put together a teaser video for more to come soon! Check it out: Best, Willie McBride Quest For The Cup: Team USA Campaign Manager www.teamqftc.com
  3. No Artemis connection, just one of the sails on the boat.
  4. Hi Everyone, It's been a while since I have checked in here, so I wanted to give an update on the RBYAC Quest For The Cup campaign. Though we've been quiet, we have been very busy! Judge and Hans just wrapped up the team's 15th US National title at the 29er National Championship, and the weekend before, we had a team practice on the Gladstones ProSail 40 cat down in Long Beach. Gino Morelli, Dave Ullman, JJ Fetter, Howard Hamlin, John Sangmeister, and Mat Bryant all pitched in to coach us, which made the weekend extremely productive. We are working on plans for a visit to the ACWS next week where we will be driving some ribs around to help out. We are slowly getting more information on the cup and the selection process, but we believe that it's likely that we will know whether or not we are in by the middle of September. I will be writing an article on this soon, so stay tuned to www.teamqftc.com! Best, Willie McBride Team QFTC Campaign Manager
  5. Thanks for the shout out Stingray! We were also in the last Sailing World on page 17 in the article entitled "Training Wings"; very exciting!! We have several new developments unfolding right now, so we will be sure to keep you updated as things begin to happen quickly in the next few days! In the mean time, check out our "featured sailor of the week", Hans Henken. Hans is one of our team members who has a World Championship title under his belt (2009 Moth Junior World Champion) as well as an ISAF Youth World medal. His resume, which spans 49ers, moths, and bigger keel boats is a great example of the types of high performance, one design sailing that our team has lots of experience with. Check out Hans' "Technique Tuesday" segment which was featured on Sailgroove, or read this article which was featured on the GoStanford website (Hans will be a Sophmore at Stanford University in the fall). Best, Willie McBride Team QFTC Campaign Manager www.questforthecup.wordpress.com
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  7. Thanks for the response and best of luck getting in! Thank you!! "- If ORTUSA enter I'm guessing they'll take individuals to build a crew, rather than an already formed one - but that doesn't mean you and your mates aren't all in with a shot" This is a distinct possibility that we have considered, however, it is unclear at this point. We feel that the history between our team members is an important aspect of the group, especially because practice time will be limited to a year, however, our goal is to be prepared for whatever application process presents itself, and we feel that the steps that we have taken cover most bases.<br style="color: rgb(28, 40, 55); font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 252); "><br style="color: rgb(28, 40, 55); font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 252); ">"- Once a 'Team' (ORTUSA or whoever) has been accepted by ACRM (and Team in this sense really just means campaign managers or backers) the following are the criteria for the 'crew'... So there is no 'approval' of you guys by ACRM" The hard part here is being accepted! What I meant before by "criteria" was the size of the team that they would allow to apply, the things that they will be judging applicants on, etc. We have a several ideas in mind to tweak the team in order to make it even more qualified, but we're waiting for a bit more info before proceeding there. - Unless you apply to be the second US team - and that's another possibility right? At this point, we don't even know that there WILL be an ORTUSA, so our immediate intention is to apply to be the "second US team", and if another opportunity presents itself in the meantime, we'll try to take advantage of it! Best, Willie
  8. Hi all, I'm Willie McBride from the Quest For The Cup Campaign, and I wanted to clear a few things up here on SA while we're still getting our campaign info sorted out on the website. So far a few good points have been brought up that I wanted to address, but I'll check back every once in a while update you guys on our progress. Hope this helps to clarify our earlier blog post, and I'm happy to answer any more questions! Best, Willie McBride They seem to miss the point a bit about selection*. I hate to say it but we're right back to the "please apply - but your selection will be entirely at our discretion" situation again. " - Nav As KiwiJoker pointed out, "[we want] 100% endorsement from Oracle Racing 'coz under the rules OR has first dibs on forming a US team." Right now we're trying to get some clarity on the selection process/criteria, but at this point we're working on the assumption that we need Oracle's support as well as US Sailing's endorsement (Notice of Event says that National Authorities will be approached). 5 of our team members have been US Sailing Development Team members in the past, so we've been working with those coaches to design a successful on-the-water campaign strategy. "I would also have liked them to have addressed why they think they should be preferred over anyone else." - Nav We will leave it up to the ACRM to decide if we are qualified, but we believe that our team is one of the strongest teams that the US youth scene can offer. As Peter pointed out, many of the programs in the US are not currently producing sailors who have experience sailing in international events (Club 420s, College Sailing, High School Sailing, etc.), however our team is composed of sailors with backgrounds in high caliber international events. Personally, I am very excited to be sailing with Judge (ISAF Youth Worlds Bronze Medalist in 29er), Hans (ISAF Youth Worlds Bronze Medalist in 29er, 2009 Moth Junior World Champion), Oliver (extensive experience and results in international 29er, 49er, and laser racing), Kevin (fantastic sailor all around with good international experience in I420 and lasers), and the final member of our team who we confirmed this morning and will be announcing soon! I'll expand on this topic much more in blog posts to come!