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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. I was wondering about that too. I feel like Kim, Jake, and whoever else is publishing on their Facebook page have done a great job of delivering as much info and photos as possible about the race. It's amazing coverage for a very remote race that is spread out over hundreds of miles. Unlike SA's front page, the R2K is a class act. +1 The comment about lack of communication was (like most things on this site) an ignorant little bullshit comment from the editor (or whoever writes the drivel on the FP) who can't stand that other people can produce good content without degrading someone else. Just another reason I don't visit this site but once a month any more.
  2. I like to read
  3. http://weather.gc.ca/marine/marine_bulletins_e.html?Bulletin=fqcn53.cwvr
  4. Golden Oldies was first, Free Burd second, Ellsie Piddick third, MOB fourth.
  5. See you in PT this afternoon all! Looking forward to seeing all the boats.
  6. The race from Victoria starts with three hours of the ebb to go, then there is a nice ten-hour push north from the tide. I would be tempted to get out into the Strait as soon as possible, going out through Boundary Pass south of Saturna. Generally more wind in the Strait, June can be very light in the islands. The Boundary Pass route has lost to the inside route in the final leg of the previous three Van Isles.
  7. Are there any PHRFBC ratings that are faster than PHRFNW ratings for the same boat? What is the average rating discrepancy between the two systems? It appears to me (and I think a lot of us) that the PHRFBC ratings are just a time grab... I could be wrong, just pointing out what it looks like.
  8. Correct me if I'm wrong but we do sail down-current too sometimes right? The disparity works both ways... Perfect example of PHRFNW trying to re-invent the wheel and failing.
  9. +1
  10. If you are going to "consolidate" ratings, they need to be normalized with every other PHRF organization in the country. Re-name it "PERFORMANCE" Handicap Racing Fleet (like everywhere else in the world) and adopt the formula's and base ratings from other areas. Quit trying to re-invent the wheel. Utilize US Sailing's assistance. Hell, just have US Sailing manage the whole damn thing since they will do that now! Or, just move to a measurement based rule managed outside the area and be done with it. Whatever bias you might suspect in a measurement based rule is nothing compared to local handicapper in-fighting and politics. Hopefully the new blood in PHRFNW hears the cry and moves forward, not backward, as it has for the past 10 years (or however long its been since the "10%" stupidity, more like 20 years?)
  11. Beat me to it.
  12. That will make a great slogan for your marketing materials. Well since I didn't rig it or commission it, I'm not that worried about it.
  13. Sorry the mast came down on you, it's unfortunate. Gotta look at it as a learning experience. I'm just trying to tell you what it sounds like happened, to me.
  14. The Powerlite PBO rigging uses a piece of vinyl tube as a bearing against the spreader tip. The vinyl tube is held in place with a couple of tubing clamps. Then the shroud is lashed to the spreader tip with wire or spectra. If the lashing or tubing clamps are not secure, the tip of the spreader can easily move from the position it is designed to be in, resulting in the failure you describe. Sounds like this is most likely what happened, and the spreader root/bar is not going to keep the spreader from buckling under the load that results from its mis-alignment. As Kilo said, it was a commissioning or setup failure rather than a design failure, at least insofar as the mast is concerned. Now, if you want to talk about the silly tubing clamps supplied with the Powerlite rigging, that is a different story... Worst part about that product IMO. The M24 uses ball stops swaged onto the wire to hold the spreader in place. I guarantee if those ball stops were not there, you would pull the spreader out of position and likely break it in the process.
  15. They are much stiffer. Way over built.