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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      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. Glad all well. At least with BAR's DNFs they crossed the start line. Sorry for the Kiwis. Hope no major issues and they're OK for racing tomorrow, if called upon. But I have to say, towards a very small percentage of posters, there's some schadenfreude on my part.
  2. Agree. V interesting. Can't find the detail now, but wasn't Chris White quite excited by his Mast foil arrangement which was also 360 deg. rotating albeit he didn't have a soft sail add on? And I think his first rig fell over! Only asking, not dissing anyone.
  3. Nor was it.
  4. Been to a beach party for half an hour. Took a while to drag myself away. I fear this is not the last one.
  5. Good idea YM about a new thread, and good luck with the current race. I think i'll do the RORC 600, sans options, to sate the continuing post VG withdrawal symptoms. Starts in just over 24 hours.
  6. 27408.6 Ooch, and didn't go west in the S Atlantic. I enjoyed going down and coming back up the Atlantic, but I have to say the IceZone and what it entailed made the middle section very tedious. Well done top dogs.
  7. I've been having a great tussle with Golden Rose since the Doldrums. Max distance has been ( effectively ) 20 NM although at times actual distance between us might have been 50 or so. So it goes. Except when I get back from being out for the day a bit over 3 hours ago, he's done brilliantly be going much deeper up towards the Scillies than my rather tighter approach, and he's close reaching down, when I switched, on at 47deg AWA. He's going to cross me by about 3 NM. I have a 5 minute look. If I stay on the outside, it looks like I'll have a touch more wind and a similar wind angle. So I tack on a similar handing, about 1.5 NM to leeward and the same distance behind. Now I've benefitted from the inaccuracies of the wind readings before, having sailed over him within 3 NM considerably faster and in more wind than the wind readings were giving. The reverse happened here. He was getting half knot or more of wind, and was pointing 1 degree higher on the same AWA. Fine. I'm sure we've all seen this. Tried a few things, for a couple of hours or so, but the overall prognosis was not good. Be patient nonetheless? Perhaps, but I reckoned the odds aren't good, as he can quite readily cover, which the swine seemed to be doing, And I have to go to bed for an early start. But the weird thing is, to shake the dice, I've just tacked back and his wind when I did so was 18.4 knts. When I crossed his track 20 mins later it was 17.7knts! Odd, unless he's sleeping with someone at VR. We have a glass of champagne on who crosses first. That's good, in fact very good. What slightly concerns me is getting out to California to buy it. About to tack back, and see if I can get him to Brexitland.
  8. Managed to miss the green bits. Lots of places with redolent names. Barren Island, Speedwell Island, Great Island, Muffler Jack Mountain, Goose Green, Grantham Sound, San Carlos, Foul Bay... Magool, did you beach at Beaver Island? If so, did you really stay on board?
  9. Found a rock, and looks like I lost about 6 hours. Going through the Falklands.
  10. PS If you don't already know it, Breittling is seriously quick, who started, I think, a bit late but whose vroom since has been good to watch
  11. Quite right. I'm very sure you'll prevail.
  12. I'm with Breitling. Mind you heading towards NZ, north bit so only a bit in the wrong direction, and we'll see. Got to say, it's so much better then bouncing around the ice zone. This is interesting. Feel ( a bit ) bad about the top 3 or guys in our fleet who have caned the rest of our fleet with their skill, attention, use of whatever programme, obsessiveness.. But fuck um - it's alright isn't it? That's ( reality ) sailing whatever you want to make of it,
  13. Ice zone. Like an ice bath - painful - although I can't see its therapeutic value. Bloody football crowds.
  14. Only Michelin make vegan tyres. Most glues have a bit of animal in them.
  15. suffering from being too far south and will continue to do so. Am out of phase altogether. Hats off to Mousetrap who made a great call to avoid some easy miles a couple of days ago and head north.