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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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      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  1. Actually there were four total people. Three for the first boat and one new guy (?) for the second boat. It's amazing how much time elapsed and not a soul noticed. I suppose the car owner's associates could say that they thought they were his boats. I hope they get caught and the motors returned, but given the passage of time between motor 1 theft, and motors 2 and 3 theft, I expect Motor 1 was sold, and now 2 and 3 have also. What a darned shame. Two shifts of a foot patrol or a Marina proprietor who actually walked the grounds, would have stopped that.
  2. yep...and Mirthmaker turned back too (for health reasons). From the Pac Cup Website: Overnight we learned that the double handed Santa Cruz 27, Alternate Reality, had dismasted, and is heading toward Santa Barbara. Their communication was calm and professional, and there were no reports of any injuries. Skipper Darrel Jensen, sailing with his brother Doug, is a veteran of four Pac Cups, one Transpac, a Vic Maui and many other offshore races. Experience will certainly pay off as they make their way back to shore, safe, but undoubtedly disappointed. The Cal 40 Psyche has also turned back and is nearing Monterey Bay after dismasting. Psyche and her crew aren't new to ocean racing having previously sailed two Transpacs. Read the story on their blog. The Nelson Marek 36 Alegria was forced to turn back due to a fuel leak, and is now safely in Half Moon Bay. Looks like the following have had to turn back thus far (and thankfully, safely) Psyche Alternate Reality Mirthmaker Alegria Velocity
  3. I cannot fathom the feeling on the way home under slow motor and blue hills, awaiting that mast to come down. https://billyspaccup.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/disabledmast.jpeg?w=381&h=286
  4. Oh that's super sad. Were all ok? edit: never mind, found this: https://billyspaccup.com/ they seem to be fine, albeit disheartened.
  5. Wade was generous in friendship, making you feel like family, and a sailor to be reckoned with. Still can't believe he's gone. Sail on, Wade.
  6. The Parker guys interviewed are all in SoCal - Irvine. I believe Pier 80 was given back to the Port of SF a while ago. And I'm sure SWS will correct me if I'm mistaken.
  7. After the Presidio commission said no, the city offered sea wall lot 330 ( recall that rather controversial lot from AC34 negotiations) and Lucas declined. That's the very very short version. And there are differences but the take away is that the chance to have a home grown billionaire build a dream on our ports was once again rejected by the city's wacky vision.
  8. LE trusts RC quite a bit LE is not interested in bleeding money for the AC. The fat lady still hasn't sung for San Francisco. The spotlight is just no longer on her, allowing for talks behind the scenes. There are people quietly continuing the campaign to support SF as a host city for the AC35. I think that campaign should be louder. In that Willie Brown interview, he said he tried to find an entertainment opp for the city once a month that would drum up revenue. If the city looked at the AC differently, as one of several entertainment opps, perhaps a shortfall with the AC would be offset by other events that had more upside.
  9. You know what really bugs me about this decision was the lack of public information early on about SF being at all on the rocks. Woulda coulda shoulda I guess. But I'd have been glad to ramp up the old grass roots campaign several months ago if I thought it'd make a difference. Seems just one day of it got people rumbling. Oh well. New headaches, controversy, and financial analysis ad nauseam for another fair city. Until the Cup comes and then it's really a lot of fun.
  10. I am with you Kadyca. I think it's down to BER, SD and SFO. The universal reaction to CHI is (no matter the legal-ness of it) something along the lines of: Fresh Water - what? The venue just has to make basic sense in order to sell the concept. SF and OR just have to make some sort of deal the elected officials can sell to the voters in the November election. I really don't think BER makes sense on a number of levels, though they do have those nice pink beaches. SD, in my opinion has a fighting chance.
  11. In Bernie's recent article, he did not confirm that Chicago was actually in play. He indicated that Bermuda and SD were. But he did say in the headline, Three Venues. Reading between the lines, I can only think that SF is still a part of this puzzle, and like last time around, SF is working on competitive bids for the Cup. Maybe it won't be in SF, but I don't think the fat lady has sung yet. Especially when this message from Peter Stoneberg is going up on FB support pages, Ehman's FB page, and other local rags. "Recent press reports have said that San Francisco may be out of the running to host the 35th America's Cup. If true, after such a great event last summer, the loss would be profound for San Francisco, for sailing and particularly for the America's Cup. San Francisco and the Bay present the finest venue in the world for the America's Cup. As a sailor, I feel that SF is the best a venue can offer: consistent strong winds, flat water needed for foiling cats, breath-taking scenery for TV backdrops, a world-class metropolitan area, plentiful free public access to watch the regattas, and a City that got behind the racing and wants the America's Cup back. As a businessman, I saw the 34th America's Cup generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for San Francisco, create thousands of jobs for the region and showcase our spectacular waterfront to visitors from around the globe. As a Californian, I saw our state demonstrate how the oldest trophy in international sport could be open to all citizens to view for free, to promote an environmentally connected sport, to use engineering and information technologies to do things that were thought impossible even just two years ago. Thanks to Larry Ellison's and Russell Coutts' vision and resources in conjunction with the ACEA and in cooperation with the City, the Cup was revolutionized last summer and brought the sport of sailing to millions of spectators in person, on TV and over the web. Thanks to Jimmy Spithill's leadership on the water, the OTUSA victory has been widely characterized as the greatest, most thrilling comeback in the history of sport. As Former Secretary George Schultz recently said "God created San Francisco Bay for the America's Cup". I am only one of many that agree. As a sailor, citizen and America's Cup fan, I hope that ACEA and GGYC continue the great momentum created last summer and the Cup can return to the Defender's home waters. If you enjoyed watching the Cup, got a job because of the Cup, enjoyed the economic benefit from the Cup and/or would just like to see the Cup come back to San Francisco, please take a moment to make a comment here, write a letter to the City and ACEA and let your voice be heard. Let's not let silence or the vocal minority take our Cup away."
  12. It's leased through June 30, according to Ed Lee. Www.tinyurl.com/oraclejune30
  13. At a party over the weekend, I heard from a friend on some sort of AC35 to SF committee that they'd heard AC35 was going to be in Chicago. They said they lay money on it as fact. Valencia Sailor, it makes me think your question a few weeks ago had the weight of rumor behind it. This all harkens back to the time before SF was confirmed as the 34 venue, with rumors running rampant, but my friend felt very sure of their source. Any merit to this?
  14. Woops I just saw this! Thank you. You're right, I was, and still am, pretty upset at the thought that they cheated during the ACWS. But I am certain they did not push that envelope to win the AC and am very happy, in fact thrilled with their come from behind victory. They earned it in that series. A friend of mine said the best thing to happen to SF since the AC was Batkid. :-)
  15. What's comical about this is that it's the first time land based fans have ever been able to see the America's Cup and now they are whining about not seeing the whole race course. Oh and from a FREE PARK. To see the venue now without any of the buildings left, less the Cruise Ship Terminal, is to see what a vision they did have. I have my gripes too, but that park isn't one of them.