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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 Opti kids don't know the rules. The Opti parents think they know the rules. Because of on the water judges, the kids will never learn the rules. The Opti parent knows a couple of rules so they think the argue about all of the rules with the coaches, judges, and RO. No one likes Opti parents. Most kids learn to walk post 12 months.Likewise with talking. Knowing the Racing Rules before you can walk and talk is not necessary. Only an Opti parent would hire a professional coach to teach their kids the rules before they start sailing, talking or walking. CaptainAhab, For the record judges at Opti events are generally not present to adjucate part 2 rules. We are there to enforce rule 42. We can serve as witnesses for incidents we observe, however doing so recuses us from being on the same panel. Judges also spend a portion of time (regardless of our role at the instant) discussing rule situations with Opti kids provided it is not part of an active protest. We do this as a service to the sport. There are several Opti kids that know the rules just fine. I have no comment on how they gained that knowledge as I am not a coach. As a result of judging I do spend a fair bit of time talking to them and they have all treated me professionally. Likewise, the parents generally treat judges just fine. I tend to agree with you that the non sailing parents generally do not know the rules, but most of them are willing to learn once you get beyond the "you tossed my kid from a race" vibe. To the OP Speedwagon, I see you have your location listed as the Great Lakes. Feel free to hit me up via IM or email if you need a seminar or other information. A good chunk of the recommendations here are spot on: Go to a seminar. I have been to both Dave Perry's and to North U's, and they both are at least very good (Dave Perry is beyond excellent). Get the Dave Perry book "Racing Rules Explained". Another good starting point. Listen in on protests. Most judges allow this provided the protaginists have no objections and you have no direct knowledge of the situation. Go out and observe on an umpire boat. Part 2 is a routine occurence during a match race. Lastly, once you have the basics down consider taking a Club Judge seminar and start judging. Full disclosure - I am the current Regional Area Judge for US Sailing in Area K which covers most of the Great Lakes. The east side of Michigan and Ohio are covered by Area E, and the RAJ for that area and I have a good relationship with him. If you don't wish to contact me through the IM system here feel free to email me directly. Email address located here as the rep for Area K: http://www.ussailing.org/race-officials/judges/judges-committee-regional-administrative-judges/
  2. You may want to look at the Caribbean 1500 as a starter. Owners are usually looking for some help. This is definitely a low key event. https://www.worldcruising.com/Carib1500/event.aspx
  3. No spin needed, the mark was not a mark of that leg.
  4. I have a feeling I am aware of the WYC in question. Here is the problem (in my eyes) with what is happening: Reciprocity is not an option because one / both clubs in question set a distance requirement on recip. Since the clubs are only separated by a short walk, neither club offers recip to each other by rule. No issue here. PYC hosts several events that attract members and volunteers from other clubs including WYC. Those days are generally considered open days, and any visiting sailor is allowed to enjoy the services of the club. Pay with credit card, sum charge is goods + tax + service. WYC hosts several events that attract members and volunteers from other clubs including PYC. Those days are generally considered open days, and any visiting sailor is allowed to enjoy the services of the club. Pay with credit card to buy tickets which are then used to purchase goods. Price is goods + tax + service + percentage surcharge because you are not a member. Furthermore, this same up-charge is levied against volunteers. WYC also levied this up-charge against people attending seminars (such as US Sailing round tables and Judging seminars), however this has been corrected by WYC. So while not truly a recip thing (where a member of club A gets full purchase privileges at club B without the need to be escorted / invited in by a member of club , it is an imbalance that is perceived to be unfair by other YC's and other YC members who attend WYC events. As a member of PYC, I don't mind paying for goods at WYC at open functions. I do mind paying a surcharge because am both a racer and volunteer for these events. I don't mind to the point of not volunteering, but I do mind to the point where I may decide not to spend my money at the club I am volunteering for. In summary to clarify, if a beer at PYC is $5 and the same beer at WYC is $6, no issue. If the beer at WYC is $6 + surcharge, issue.
  5. 500 ft, unless the area is considered congested (or not considered open water), in which case different distances apply. The catch all is in the event of engine failure, you must be able to glide to shore. It's in FAR91 somewhere, I think in the teens or 20's.
  6. Congrats to Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl for first to finish in leg 2 of the Atlantic Cup
  7. damn. Sunday is the 27th not the 28th as indicated previously. I'm such a shin dick. Unfortunately out of town.
  8. Had a chance to work with him during Snipe Nationals last year. Great guy, very stand up, wanted to do the right thing for the racers. Rest in peace.
  9. FYI this weekend COLYC is hosting the Baker Qualifier for MISSA. The Baker Cup is the High School National Championship for team racing. Racing will be either in Monroe Harbor or in the basin just outside. The racing should be easily visible from either COLYC or CYC Monroe if in the harbor. If in the basin you can see it from COLYC upper decks. Come on out and cheer for the local high school sailors.
  10. One of these days a leg will actually start when I am onshore.
  11. Offshore or Inshore T-Mike? Weekend of Aug. 19-21.
  12. I was at COLYC last night and nothing was happening when I left at 1030pm. Special request - three friends are coming in to do some sailing Verve weekend and are looking for some sort of housing / guest room / couch surfing arrangement, emphasis on cheap. Near Belmont Harbor would be ideal. If anyone could provide a home for these wayward sailors, please contact me either on Facebook or at kaspar.mike at gmail.com. Thanks much in advance.
  13. Without sunglasses I can't see anything if the brightness is greater than a low dense overcast. I loop a lanyard through my life jacket and attach it to one arm of the glasses, works great. Hat I don't bother looping, but I could use the same system on the other side of the life jacket.
  14. Our class rules prohibit a pole longer than the J, so we leave it attached at the mast end with the pole lift on the lowest setting. The nose of the pole gets set in the ready position for the set on the next rounding. On the rare instances I have worked with an oversized pole, we stow it flush on the deck (or as flush as possible) with one end clipped to a shroud. During tacks, I go forward to help keep the jib inside the lifelines, and after work is done I go over the pole near the mast to the first seat on the rail.
  15. Assuming you are just doing bow (no mastwork), neoprene gloves work fine, but they will retain water as part of the "warming process". Go with full fingered if you can do all the required work, otherwise either cut the tips off (not what I recommend) or take the gloves off to do the work, then put them back on when done (what I do). I never got used to the feeling of fingerless gloves, and they won't provide any warmth on your fingers, which need to work. Another option that I learned from my old sailing instructor - use dishwashing gloves with a thin glove layer (silk or stretch knit) underneath. You won't get any style points with the color, but your hands will stay absolutely dry, and the gloves will fit well allowing you to do your job on the bow with full finger coverage. Again, if mastwork is necessary this may not work for you, but for bow it works. This can be a very cheap solution if you can't find neoprene in your area.