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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. Not sure why you are hating, especially if your not an owner or going to be sailing there. I can't comment on the money side with what there is or may be, but there are 80 boats paid and racing; so your math is a little off. Front page of SA has our first marketing piece in a lead up for an event that is still a little less than two weeks away. It will all be getting ramped up soon. Mmm...maybe it's just me but it doesn't seem this guy was hating at all. "No doubt the sailing will be great", "hopefully it's a first class operation"... sounds kinda positive to me. Looking forward to this one - whether it's 74 or 86 or 112 boats that's still a much bigger fleet than most of us get to play with on a regular basis! Really looking forward to playing with lots of other toys. Knowing me I'll totally pass on the Miami nightlife in favor of champagne and hot tub, though. Gotta recharge
  2. Hell just froze over. We agree that World Sailing shouldn't be running or paying for something like this. They should not be in the event management/production business at all. But they should not be an impediment to allowing it to happen. Agree. There are other people/entities out there that would do a much better job.
  3. Two separate championships, so there can be grade 1 events for keelboat sailors as well. I love keelboat match racing and the rules really are meant for that. Not all of us want to race cats either, but we should have access to the same point values.(likewise for the sailing centers whose fleets are monohull not cat and thus practice opportunities are limited for anyone hoping to race in current grade 1 offerings - makes the playing field a bit unfair)
  4. Auckland for sure. Hauraki gulf is gorgeous, and the city isn't filled with intolerable self-important douchebags in khakis and cable knit sweaters.
  5. "Biffy Esposit" does have a pleasantly waspy ring to it, hey?
  6. (Round of applause)
  7. Extreme2 was wailing profanities refusing room as Courageous came down to gybe to safe water and the failed attempt to clear the port tack J88 that ended hanging from the 12M chute and under the bow. With each crunch on the rocks Courageous became less maneuverable until she finally parked on the bottom. If you were to believe Extreme2's version of the afternoon. That would mean a 66 foot 12M with a near 100 foot stick flying a spinnaker snuck up on them like magic carrying 20 big crew out of nowhere. A spinnaker, 40 feet of bow went cone of silence by them unnoticed and the first thing they knew a boom with 1500 square feet of sail slammed them from behind. OK wait....maybe I'm missing something here, but what would *seeing* courageous behind them mean for anyone? If C was clear astern, it could have been a freight train with a calliope and unicorns aboard and it wouldn't matter...the fact of seeing it or not doesn't give it rights. Maybe I'm missing something here, but what is it probative of whether E2 saw C or not? Clear astern = no rights seen or unseen.
  8. Sailed one of these at Charleston Race Week and loved it!
  9. Every time some idiot says "summer is almost over!" I just want to punch them in the dick (or equivalent). I still have at least 2 or 3 match races, Ida Lewis, IRYS classics, regattas every weekend through september (and October for that matter)... tis very much still The Season!
  10. You need to get off of your high horse. I'm not holding up my hand because, unlike you, I don't think volunteering at my club is worthy of praise. I chair Junior Sailing and am a past chair of Adult Sailing. The rule is simple: if any newbie wants to sail anything, ever, you make it happen, whether it's putting them in a boat with a seasoned skipper for race day or helping them rig one of the club's catboats and taking them out for an hour to show them the basics. If a boat gets damaged, fix it. You can get your son's gold medal re-engraved later with "Top Volunteer" and wear it around your club so everyone knows what a winner you are. This. I've done it. My club has several committees of adult sailors, waterfront builders and junior sailing parents all of whom volunteer to the fix the boats. Our Ideals get in the water every year fully prepped by member volunteers. Per my post above, a simple entry in the log and an email to the committee chair will have a volunteer down there within a day to fix anything the member can't do him- or herself. We haven't given the member volunteers any gold medals yet.... But we are lucky to have them!
  11. Oh wow... hilarious!
  12. This attitude is so damaging. If all we do is sit back and say "it was so much better back in the day" and turn our backs now, how does it grow again? I'm all in favor of making as big a deal of each regatta as possible. Publicize it, take great pictures at it, share stories, cover races! Be proud of what we do, and be confident that even participating in small local regattas on aging PHRF boats is a positive and important contribution. There are worthwhile events to cover that don't include Bella Mente and uber-pros...in fact, the local events are probably more colorful, relatable and entertaining!
  13. Whoaaaa a gold medal in the provincial intergalactics! So, what I think is really amazing is that somewhere out there, there exists a yacht club where the kids take perfect care of the club boats and never leave a broken thing behind, but the adults just bust up all the shit and slink away shrugging. It's like the mirror version of the rest of the universe. And man, I bet those poor instructors are just BUSHED after a whole 6 hours of blowing a whistle and sitting on a boat. Sounds exhausting. Those of us working real jobs for 65 to 100 hours a week (yes that happens) just can't imagine how they keep it together! Where do they find the energy to polish their gold medals after work? In any case, my club handles boat damage as follows: if you broke something, when signing the boat back into the log, you make a note of it. Almost all of us also send an email to the committee chair for the relevant program. A volunteer comes down and fixes it within a day or so. The program budgets account for the fact that replacement parts will need to be purchased throughout the season, and the member volunteers do a great job.
  14. Highly recommend the college kids. I have three who are match racing with me now and they're pure genius. My former frostbite partner was a college sailor as well and he taught me tons of things. They also generally have none of the annoying attitude of certain "professional instructors" or whatever those are.
  15. My yacht club also has dinghies just for junior sailing, but I'm not sure what would happen if I asked to use one outside the program. My club also provides Ideal 18s for adults to take out at their leisure, cost of use about $150 per season. I agree that completely barring adults from learning and sailing is counterproductive and doesn't do anything to help the sport. Is there a member at your yacht club who owns a 420 or similar, and could take your wife for some lessons? I have a JY-15 and if another member were to approach me and ask for some lessons I'd be more than happy to take them out and teach. Another option, ask at the local colleges or with the junior sailing admin if there are any college kids with their own dinghies who would be willing to provide lessons. Lots of high school and college kids have their own dinghies (some probably stored at your yacht club or one nearby) and if they're sailing with their school team, they're likely to be quite proficient. I'm sure for beer money per hour, someone would be happy to teach. Also, about those kids with boats...post an ad and ask around to see if there are any parents whose kids are away or have lapsed in their sailing and left dinghies just hanging around the yard. Maybe someone will let you borrow or rent one. If there is a local frostbite fleet, find out who runs it and ask them to email around for a similar arrangement. I only use my dinghy in winter, like most of my fleet, and then we do big boats in summer. So the dinghies may be available and unused. Finding and emailing local fleet captains should yield results. Your local YRA is a good place to ask who those folks are and how to contact them. As a last option, check for community sailing centers in your area. Some may have adult dinghy opportunities. J World in annapolis and newport have small j boats to learn on (not dinghies but hey it's better than nothing) and oakcliff on long Island has a variety of bigger boat options and some dinghy programs, just to name a few. Where there's a will there's a way -- don't give up just yet! If all else fails, buying a dinghy isn't a huge investment and it's definitely a lot of fun to have. If you're near long Island or CT and need more direction, feel free to message me for help.