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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. Hi Doug, I cant wrap my head around this. Totally concur, lack of training possible, junior and less experienced watch standers. The AB class ships have ARPA, SPS 64 SPS 67, and SPY at low power if needed. Plenty of redundancy, the CO should have been on the bridge or if he was incapacitated, the XO or SWO....
  2. Done that, No fun. We have a bail out plan if it is going to be slog up hill in breeze. Boat goes 7 knots upwind in light to moderate breeze low sea state. Absolute stable ripper off the breeze. The pain train for sure and we aren't 20 anymore...
  3. As a plank owner on the USS Arleigh Burke and the first enlisted man to qualify and stand watch as an OOD on the Arleigh Burke Class ships I'll share some of my insight. First after what I have heard this was not an overtaking situation. Crossing for sure. Fitzgerald was give way and the merchant was stand on. Very concerning that the fundamentally clear cut rule of the road and Fitzgerald collided . Colregs was introduced to educe collisions at sea and as we all know from not on ship handling but boat handling and our racing rules that ultimately in extremis both vessels are obligated to avoid risk of collision... Fitzgerald- a SIGNIFICANT failure in situational awareness and total breakdown in internal comms and procedures. The Commanding Officer has standing orders and as the Senior Chief Quartermaster Asst. Nav and an OOD I generally wrote the CO's Night Orders for night time steaming . The Standing Orders require that the OOD has to notify the Captain at 10 yds when the CPA of a vessel is 2 yds or obviously less. A maneuvering recommendation is made based on the situation. Most CO Standing orders will allow the OOD's to maneuver + or - 5 degrees and speed increase/decrease of 3 knots to maintain CPAs greater than 10 k with out CO notification. On USN ships, a CIC watch depending on defense posture will be manned with a CICWO , and 5 OS watch standers strictly watching the surface picture with all available surface search radars and passive sonar. The bridge will have a minimum on a AB class ship 6-12 watch standers. Tragically the cargo ship struck the Fitzgerald where the CO's cabin is located, Weapons berthing , Radio Central and the Repair 2 Battle locker. An immediate decision after the collision would have been to set material condition zebra which clearly isolated the berthing compartments thus not being able to search for injured where if those 7 sailors not immediately killed after impact, drowned in the flooded berthing compartment. Again loss of life 100 Million in repairs to Fitzgerald and 100 % avoidable. Now that region DOES not have a traffic separation scheme and heavy busy sea lanes which requires total vigilance, rested watch standers. My fear is lack of training, crew fatigue and worse EPIC failure in command by the Fitzgerald's CO.
  4. We were first to finish on the Shore cse in 2012. Won 2 of the last 3 Fort Lauderdale KW Races, and have mucho miles offshore on the boat. Actually modified more for offshore sailing/racing...
  5. Will be racing the Cove Island Cse. on the Melges 32. We raced against the Peerless guys 2 years ago in the Lauderdale to KW race. Great group and mucho fun, they appropriately referred to their boat as the Pain Train! After many distance races and miles on the 32, they nailed it!
  6. The SAR mission and millions of dollars in fuel alone not to mention the anxiety of the crew, he needed to removed for his own safety...
  7. I'll bet a longgg 3 days!!! Fun race for sure, miss it!
  8. I'm racing this weekend on my buddy;s Santana 35. Did the Mac on it last summer, had a blast! Nothing like standing head room , a dry bunk, hot coffee. The arm's "racing" on the coasts and Caribbean has tamed the sport and sadly you are correct...c u in November!
  9. We won it on Charlie Dole's J-24 in 2001! The wettest I have ever been, slogging 30 miles up wind to Kaneohe Bay with 7 ! The J-35s finally caught us at Makapuu. Second day surfing down the coast with all the fishing gear out , we hook into something HUGE , Big L has like the 5k test shit out we abruptly come off the step and almost pulled the stern rail out of Charlie's boat! Kite , jib and his Cal 20 loose luffed as a an inside stay sail, SNAP the piano wire breaks, back on the step guessing a big tiger shark... That was a FUN year!
  10. NINE???? Jeez ,remember when we had 30 plus!? The parties at KYC , Pokai Bay and then WYC were epic fun! Great sailing, and what a cast of characters. Same here the Mills Race in 2 weeks use to have a hundred entries not sure there are even 30 today. The Melges 32s took a 6 SPM hit to 15 SPM... we use to race the boat in 10 -12 races during the season. Now maybe half that and then Lauderdale to KW every year. Doing the Cove Island cse in this years Port Huron to Mackinac, under ORR.
  11. PHRF LE is at it again with ratings adjustments so 'm curious is there any interest in the competitors on LE interested in racing ORR? The Macs have gone by the way of ORR. The Sportboats are taking a huge hit not sure what is driving that other than culling the fleet. I also understand that a number of Sportboat owners are bailing and moving the boats to another sandbox. Thanks!
  12. Wow! Truly a great read and remarkable!
  13. Yet another example of a significant elementary navigation error. At the very least if the Captain is solely going to rely on a chart plotter, there should be a small scale chart taped down or accessible to the crew with the boats intended track as a reference to shoal water, navigation hazards aids to navigation, reefs. The navigator and Captain have a much better idea with a simple DR track to plan and prepare any shoal water or hazards to navigation if the chart plotter is going to zoomed or worse as in the Vesta's incident , the Navigator forgets.
  14. Slag this troll as you see fit, but lets leave the Garter out of this nastiness. Some of us quite enjoy the interaction with eastern European culture. "You buy drink, yes?" After peeling through through a couple of stacks at the Garter couple weeks ago , and being refused later at the GP, we were making our way back to the Hotel only find the "Eastern Euro Trash Girls', in a bar next to the Bottle Cap. Pretty funnny like 50 of them! Partied like rock stars with them till like 4 , then took a bunch out to Denny's for breakfast. We did scale the monument this year with out getting arrested or like last year a "courtesy ride" to he hotel.