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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. 2017 Chicago Mac NOR and Safety Regs have been posted. I was wrong. I had expected Chicago to require Safety At Sea attendance (probably with a two year warning or transition). Similar to Bayview. But Safety at Sea is still just a Strong Recommendation for 2017
  2. Registrations already starting to roll in . Day 2 has limited capacity so if you want the hands on and the international SAS offshore cert that goes with (as opposed to the standard cert for teh 1 day) it, I would sign up ASAP! FYI - Bayview YC is starting to require SAS attendance in this year's Port Huron Mac. Registration is open and the Safety Equipment Regs are posted: http://www.bycmack.com/pdf/2017_SER_Monohull.pdf For 2017 Bayview is requiring at least 30% of the crew (but not less than 2 including the skipper) to have either: attended Safety at Sea in the last 5 years; or attended four (4) DRYA (Detroit River Yachting Association; www.DRYA.org) or BYC Winter Seminar Series; or read a minimum of eight (8) Safety articles posted under the ‘Safety’ tab of the Race website. I think the second two options are a creative way to help phase in the requirement. It will be very interesting to see whether the Chicago YC also also moves to require Safety at Sea when the Chicago Mac safety regs are released in January!
  3. Agreed. NOOD has been withering away across the country for the last five years. Quite a lfew locations have fallen by the wayside. This may be the most gentlemanly way out. Pre-empt the NOOD with the AC in '16, and then maybe think about something fresh in '17
  4. The Booze Crusee train to the Mac now leaves at 6 am! Grand Rapids-to-Chicago Amtrak train to leave earlier, return laterThe daily Amtrak train that runs between Grand Rapids and Chicago, called the Pere Marquette, will be leaving earlier to allow more time in the Windy City. Currently, the Pere Marquette is scheduled to leave the Vernon J. Ehlers Station in Grand Rapids daily at 7:40 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 10:47 a.m. local time. Beginning May 4, the train will depart daily at 6:00 a.m., arriving at 9:11 a.m. local time. http://fox17online.com/2015/04/21/grand-rapids-to-chicago-amtrak-train-to-leave-earlier-return-later/
  5. Saw on the Area III Thread that race documents were posted on Yacht Scoring. http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1231 Copied the following from the NOR: "3.2 Racing will be headquartered at the Chicago Yacht Club – Monroe Station : a.) Racing East of the Monroe station of the Chicago Yacht Club will be offered for the following classes: Beneteau 36.7, Beneteau 40.7, Farr 40, GL36/FT10, GL70, J/105, J/109, J/111, J/30, Level 35, Melges Classes, ORR, PHRF, S2 7.9, S2 9.1 and Tartan Ten. b.) Racing East of the Belmont Station of the Chicago Yacht Club will be offered for the following classes: Etchells, J/70, Luders 16, Melges 20, Rhodes 19, Shields, Soling, Viper 640. c.) The regatta is open to any boat of 19 feet LOA or greater that holds either a current Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) handicap certificate, a valid Lake Michigan PHRF (LMPHRF) rating certificate, or is a member of a one-design racing fleet recognized by the organizing authority."
  6. Ok, but no pictures or some hypochondriac will insist we try to drain Lake Michigan, too http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/17/portland-to-flush-38-million-gallons-water-after-teen-urinates-in-reservoir/ Portland to flush 38 million gallons of water after teen urinates in reservoir
  7. Have they gotten the barn doors off NatalieJ yet? I'm hoping that one isn't as bad as it looks.
  8. Good to see somebody getting out on the water after a bloody long winter. But only a landlubber Trib reporter would refer to icebreaking as "Plowing" the Chicago River Wendella boats back Friday, with help from water plowhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-wendella-boats-back-friday-with-help-from-water-plow-20140402,0,6029404.story
  9. And how the heck do you pull off that fiasco and still take first in section?
  10. Seeing Fasizi on the front page I couldn't help but wonder: Is she still on the hard at Eldeans ?
  11. I'm really impressed by the guys single handing the Trans-Siberia on the 30 footers. Gotta have massive brass balls. Can you imagine how cold a set of brass balls is going to be out there with those termps?
  12. And Kudo's to the RC for the redress given to FA. Yes, Free Agent was a ways behind us coming into the mark when that happened. Sounds like they did everything possible to take care of first things first- crew in the cold water. With their redress they corrected over everbody to 1st in that race. Including us. GREAT! I applaud the redress given. People need to be rewarded for doing the right thing and responding to an emergency, rather than worry about getting "skinned" for it. That was absolutely the right example to make to the sailing fleet. If in doubt, be generous under those circumstances.
  13. Glad you guys got a race in, but I'm confused. I thought the whole point of Tuesday nights was racing the bigger boats outside. No more fluky reach-reach-collision-reach-reach-run agound in the shallows on Lake Mac.
  14. Kudos to the Dog, You guys sailed the heck out of the boat all weekend, A tremendous endorsement of MYC's racing. Great boats, great competition. And yes, especially great people. PS - You Sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Incredibly kind and gracious.
  15. Very cool.Can't wait to see you guys on the water. What boat are you on? He is with me. Hroth Most people know better than to admit that they know me.