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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. Looks like we have enough boats thus far for a class start at Alamitos 5/27-28 http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13690 and Go For The Gold 6/3-4 http://gcyc.net/gcyc-gftg2017.html Back-to-back weekends and charters available. Time for you east coasters to reciprocate! Doug
  2. Not an official circuit like TX, but we do have some great opportunities coming up on the west coast. I believe West Coast Sailing will have charters available, give them a call. May 6-7 Elvstrom regatta at St. Francis YC https://www.stfyc.com/default.aspx?p=.NETEventView&ID=3868163&qfilter=&type=0&ssid=279128&chgs= May 27-28 Memorial Day regatta at Alamitos Bay YC http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13690 Doug
  3. A length of 1/4" bungee with clips on each end and one of those big-ass cheap carabiners at Home Depot for hanging things like extension cords will solve the problem. Clip each end where the top gate is attached and run it forward of the backstay, then clip the whole mainsheet purchase in the carabiner. It holds the main purchase up and puts some friction on the system if the air is light, but you won't catch the tillers when gybing. Upwind just unclip the carabiner.
  4. Have for 25 years and still do in dinghies.
  5. Having dealt with So Cal PHRF the statement "One of the paid sailors on the boat wrote a letter to PHRF, essentially saying that their boat is the best prepared, best sailed boat and should win, therefore PHRF should give them a rating change. And PHRF So Cal fell for it." has me confused. I'd like to hear how that actually happened. I've tried twice over the last few years to get them to do a fresh review of my boat and stop using a ridiculously low provisional rating given to the PO back in 2011. Both times they said pay the annual dues, follow our cumbersome, months long bureaucratic rating review process and we'll get back to you. To that I said to myself 'fuck that, have a nice life, I'll race with my San Diego PHRF rating that is reasonable'. So is it true a pro sailor can work around their rating review system? I know they have an anonymous review process if two members request a review, was that the process used? I'm sure this thread will go off the rails within 10 posts like every other PHRF thread, but it's worth a try.
  6. I only wish now I would have drove out. Looks like I missed a great day of racing at Maasapoag last weekend. Hoping for a good turnout and breeze at Sail Newport. You should grab one of the 8 charter boats from RS and come up to the gorge for several days of racing 8/12-14. Downwind race followed by 2 days of buoy racing. Charters are only $50/day. I'm also planning to leave the weekend before and go through Sacramento for the Dinghy Delta Ditch.
  7. I'm curious, why then only 10 registered for Wickford 6/11-12 (including myself)? DWD Are you driving all the way out to RI or are you flying out and chartering? I was going to drive and go to all 3 regattas, but the time between MA and Newport was too long to hang around so I decided to use some of my bizillion American miles and fly out for Wickford and Newport (first class even!). Plus the octet trailer RS is bringing for charters/demos made the whole thing a no-brainer. Hint to RS for the future - look at what the Laser Master class does with the 3 regattas in FL over a period of 10 days every February. I drove out for that a few years ago and it was great. A lot of people make the drive each year from all over the country because it's such a great bang-for-the buck with respect to travel.
  8. I'm curious, why then only 10 registered for Wickford 6/11-12 (including myself)?
  9. No opinion on the bulk of this story, but having been a Kona Kai slip resident for three recent years (and close to this slip), I can definitively call bullshit on this part of the story. The Kona Kai harbor master office is very short on customer service and would only contact you when the corporate office tells them to contact you because your monthly slip payment is past due.
  10. Rather than sanding I use a 3M red scouring pad on a sanding pad block. Works great, easy to use and seems to do a good job burnishing (smearing the paint smoother). I recall the Baltoplate documentation says to burnish the bottom before splashing if it has been exposed for 1-2 weeks to improve anti-fouling. I think it was due to the high copper content oxidizing. I agree with rolling it versus spraying. Last job was rolled by the guys in Baja followed by me doing the burnish thing after they were finished.
  11. So let's get 4 more of those 70 to sign up for the Alamitos Bay YC Memorial Day regatta! NOR In Regatta Network sign up under Portsmouth Ocean Course and put RS Aero in Boat Name. Get 5 in there and we have a start. Doug 1242
  12. Your link in post #12, click on Features then scroll down to options.
  13. Bill, Back to the minimum crew question. The standard course NOR allows a DH entry (4.3), but the short course NOR does not? Also, the registration page has a selection box for DH for both courses. Perhaps the short course NOR is a typo?
  14. Do you have a gyro in the system? It appears it is an option with this AP. When I installed a gyro on my Raymarine it was a huge improvement downwind.
  15. Good calls on the short course, using PHRF-SD and amending all of those USSER requirements to recommends. I'm in. How about reducing the minimum crew to 3 from 4 currently and creating a DH class as SWYC does for the fall SD-Ensenada?