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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. The original October Long Weekend schedule was something I could do, and the one November event was even better for me, but unfortunately I was running an ocean regatta in Miami this year on HCW weekend, so couldn't manage a trip to the other side of the globe this time. I'll be watching the 2017 work calendar, and if I get an open week next year, I'll see if I can pull off a trip back to OZ.
  2. Small but competitive fleet for the C&C 30 OD Miami Ocean Challenge regatta Feb 18-21. Sailed out of Miami Beach Marina on the ocean off Key Biscayne.
  3. Shaun- thanks so much for the kind words. I'll be back at some point. The HCW race is truly *in* my soul. Yep- Nath was at the 49er Worlds in Clearwater. I offered to do my "wake up" call before the Sunday morning sked last year live from the other side of the planet via the internet, but they didn't take me up on it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This thread is still one of the most important things on SA. Lost two more great sailing friends to cancer last fall, and another was just diagnosed this past month. The cancer drug I was on between 2004- 2005 after my 2004 surgery (as a clinical trial in a double-blind study) is now the standard of care protocol for GIST cancer after surgery. Surgery is still usually the first step, since radiation and chemo don't work for this cancer, but things have evolved in the last decade. When I was diagnosed, the 5-year survival rate for GIST (even after "successful" surgery) was about 23%. Today, the 5 year survival rate has climbed to 48% if it had spread to distant site in the body when it was first diagnosed, and up to 91% in cases where the tumor was confined to the organ where it started. Anything that helps provide HOPE is critical.
  4. Shaun, Congratulations on completing another circumnavigation of the sun! Hard to believe that it's been a decade of HCW races now! After participating for 8 straight years (the first two competing, and the next six doing race management), I hoped to be back this time for the 10th, but was unable to get off work to go Down Under. I spent last weekend running a C&C 30 One Design sport boat regatta on the ocean off Miami in mostly big breeze. Lots of fun, but nothing can compare to being on Lake Macquarie for this special and unique race. I will forever be indebted to you for starting it, and for encouraging me to fly around the world to be part of it. Living with Multiple Sclerosis is still a barrel of laughs <heavy sarcasm>, but my GIST cancer saga is way back in the rear view mirror. I'll be 12 years cancer free as of mid-May!
  5. I helped manage a couple of the Melges 20 Winter series regattas this past winter on Biscayne Bay (Coconut Grove Sailing Club), and there is a series of three coming up this season (Dec. 11-13, Feb 5-7, March 4-6). There be plenty-O-talent racing in this fleet.
  6. Thank you! It may or may not have been possible when Saturday's AL storm roared in, but I truly applaud that advice. Many of us tend to live under pack mentality (lemmings being led off a cliff, etc), but I've seen potential tragedies avoided when a few respected sailors recognized danger approaching, and bailed out before being told to do so. Years ago, I was one of the dummies too busy racing to notice the weather approaching, and only spotted the problem (big dark problem) heading my way after I first noticed a champion sailor turning and burning for home. I turned around, immediately saw why the champ was bailing out, and quickly followed suit. Most of the fleet started realizing something was up, and moments later the sailors (or most of them, anyway) abandoned and ran for shelter. Most of us got to shelter moments before gale force winds and Thor's lightning bolts arrived.
  7. This is the kind of tragic story that keeps me having nightmares all summer. I've only had two truly major weather "events" during my decades of race management. The good news is that while both had seriously dangerous potential, they both ended with all sailors safe on shore. Eventually. The first event in July 2007 (massive, sudden T-storm, with winds over 70 knots, and the most incredible lightning storm I've ever seen) ended OK with everyone safe, despite two boats sinking. Nothing was visible in the almost clear sky, but fortunately I spotted it blowing up thanks to a very early mobile WAP radar site, just a week after the first iPhone came out. The second (last June) was a massive, sudden wind front, labeled by a MN meteorologist as a suspected "gravity wave," with winds that went from the forecasted 15knots to 65knots in less that 3 minutes, and stayed there for 45 minutes. One boat was destroyed on the rocks on shore after being abandoned. Half a dozen masts were broken. Again... all sailors returned to shore safely. My sincere condolences to the sailors and families in Saturday's tragedy in AL. It reminds me just how much Mother Nature is always the one in charge. All we can do is learn from the sad episodes, and put those lessons into practice. A bit more common sense would help a lot. The use of something as simple as wearing life jackets is a start, unlike the sailors in that otherwise stunning video from Saturday.
  8. It was -15 degrees F here in Minneapolis each of the last two mornings, but I woke up last night dreaming I was sailing around Pulbah Island in the moonlight. Must be a sign, eh?
  9. Hope you do join us next year! I remain surprised that local "point race" (or other?) politics for neighbor clubs on the lake get in the way of better participation. When 60 boats in the HCW fleet sail right through another 40 boats racing out of LMYC, it begs the question of who needs to talk to who, to combine the racing for one weekend, even if just the one lap dash on Saturday? If I lived closer than 9000 mile away, I'd be honored to make the calls, shake the hands and provide the time and energy to bring folks together. In my experience, participation is king, and all it takes is the passion of a single person (or small team of people) to make a huge difference. If we can get 60 boats of all shapes and sizes to enter (in what is essentially a communications vacuum), who knows what the possibilities could be if somebody could step up and simply TALK to other sailors on the lake, and do so with genuine passion about this unique race, and the amazing cause it stands for?
  10. Thank you. It's an honor to be here again. Update: 24 Hour race done. The big Tri Morticia took line honors, having completed more than 7 laps of the lake, and over 248 miles in the race. Handicap scores being sorted now, and awards by about 3pm
  11. As of the 0700 morning sled, it appears that multihulls are in charge. The Egan 9.5 Voodo Spirit has confirmed completed 5 laps, but we think the rocketship Tri "Morticia" is leading the fleet for line honors in the 24 Hour race. They either don't have a working VHF, or are moving too fast to bother responding to our radio sleds, but we have stake boats stationed at each mark, and have multiple reports of volunteers seeing them flying past.
  12. Nathan Outteridge blazed around the 32.52 mile course to finish the One Lap Dash portion of the 8th Annual Heaven Can Wait race in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 32 seconds. Moths simply crush the competition! Just under half of the fleet is out on the lake tonight for the full 24 Hour race. Wind and occasional rain continue. The moon is almost full, but unfortunately mostly hidden. :/ Next radio sled will be at 0700 TV interview from just after the start today: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/11/16/race-to-cure-cancer-at-lake-macquarie/
  13. The Heaven Can Wait dinner tonight at RMYC is going to be off the charts! The special guest speakers will be: Liesl Tesch (Paralympic gold medallist in London) Haylee Outteridge (aspiring Olympian) Kyle Langford (wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA's successful defense of the America's Cup) Nathan Outteridge (2nd at Moth Worlds in Kaneohe, Hawaii, helmsman for Artemis team's AC 72, and oh yeah… 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in London). Tomorrow morning, the briefing will begin at 8:30, and the 8th annual HCW race will start at 1100. I'm thrilled to be back once again!
  14. I'm off to Oz on Tuesday for year 8! After 7 years of going counter clockwise around Lake Maquarie, we're trying marks to Starboard and going the other way this time. Should be fun! I can still use an extra hand or two on the starting line boats, so if anyone would like to join in, please let me know.
  15. Cheers MSS! It was an honor to "host" the calendar in Oz and America for a while. It was a treat to host you for a race on my home waters this summer.