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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. Are you serious? Surely not - is that your club's idea?
  2. I agree about needing to "feel" art - which one of my then toddler daughters did with Blue Poles - mid 1980s - walked under the rope and started picking at the paint with her, luckily not long, fingernails. Security guard didn't see her luckily... Apart from that I did think Blue Poles was impressive, and it was interesting to see many other Pollocks at the Peggy Guggenheim Art Gallery in Venice, and start to appreciate his work more.
  3. I have just looked at the video of the girl going overboard - it really looks weird to me. Very strange - she was on the high side that was becoming the leeward side, why does she step up and over the rail? At 13:35 and onwards on this video..https://youtu.be/0xIZjKTdGBQ
  4. We have pursuit races for our Classic divisions - and we have two General Club Sailing Instructions that cover the above situation. Firstly: "A boat may be propelled by motor or towed until its preparatory signal for Scratch Divisions or 5 minutes before the nominated start time for each boat in Handicap Divisions." Secondly: "In a handicap start, boats must keep clear of the start line until their own prep signal, deemed made four minutes before their allocated start time." This has worked for many years.
  5. Back when I was more enthusiastic I tried to get the CYCA to lower their crew requirements...I know better now. Every other major race has two-handed and multi divisions. I agree with Ockaroo - have two-handers sailing in same race - after watching the Gold Coast start can anyone really say shorthanded crews are the dangerous ones? At least on a two-handed yacht all people on board are competent sailors!
  6. My favourite memory of Susan Rossiter-Peacock-Sangster-Renouf was when she farted loudly whilst recording a voice-over for an ad - we kept that on tape for a while... Second favourite memory was Sir Frank lobbing tennis balls at reporters in boats at Point Piper - Paradis -sur-Mer..
  7. The other side of this is should session musicians or singers refund their studio fee if the song doesn't become a hit? They get paid no matter what. Does the engineer and/or producer get royalties? I feel that it only works one way - the artist and/or financial backer takes the risk - the session person doesn't take a financial risk, so why should they get a reward? We only hear of this in relation to hits - not the millions of songs that have never sold. It is a variation of The Herbie Flowers Argument. If not for the riff lifted from Spirit/Taurus would StH have been such a hit? It is impossible to say in reality because we don't know what would have been if it were not for what is. A great deal has been made over credits and royalties over the years. Studios (slang for studio musicians) have long worked solely for scale wages and not credited for their creative inputs, nor paid royalties for their contributions that made what may have been "B" side songs into mega-hits. According to Herbie, he and the lads were often offered either scale OR credit and/or royalties.... but never all three. When he was younger and thought that they had a hit on their hands with both Elton John's Madman and Bowies' Space Oddity he elected for royalties even though struggling with a family. He says he learned his lesson because the record labels, through a process of financial manipulation, would screw the musicians out of these royalties by declaring mega-hits a financial disaster. This is the reason that so many artists form their own labels and publishing companies then sell the distribution rights to record labels. It insures they get paid for their work, both physical and creative. As for monies going to The Randy Foundation. Several years back Herbie and a few of his studio mates got together and started trying to change the way royalties and credits were distributed/noted. Quite a battle because they freely entered into a contract to perform and were paid for that performance. They did make some headway but nothing really significant although it did change how record labels did business. One of their successes was that the children that performed on Pink Floyd's The Wall were awarded royalties. However that choir was unknown as to who actually made up the roster so instead they convinced Pink Floyd to make a healthy donation to the school/orphanage they were from. The bottom line is this. If Led Zep wins it is a huge setback for those who create. While Spirit may not have written StH they made a significant contribution to its creation. While it may not have been overt, they did provide the creative inspiration, along with the specific riff that lead to StH being that mega-hit for Led Zeppelin. Plant and Page are fools to object and allowing this to go to court. All to protect some fragile egos. Pay Spirit and treat them fairly or risk being labeled the douches they are being.
  8. Good on you flightcrew and your club - you will not be alone I am sure.
  9. On a wall next to the railway in inner western Sydney: GOD HATES HOMOS! underneath: But what does he think of tabouli?
  10. Terrible news. Condolences to all involved.
  11. I probably shouldn't post but why not? For overseas readers, we are really talking only about NSW Australia in this thread. RMS (who issue Aquatic Licences in NSW) do not care whether any Aquatic Licence event involving sailing, either inshore or offshore, uses RRS or IRPCAS or made up rules - all they want is to know who is sailing, did the competitors understand their responsibilities under the Aquatic Licence, and that they can tick all their boxes. The only reason in 2016 that any sailing club would want to pay YANSW or any other MYA is if their members need MYA membership to sail in other races that are subject to RRS conditions. I hope to see a situation in the future that the only sailing clubs in Sydney that are affiliated with YA, World Sailing or whatever they are called this week, are those who organise state, national or world events. Local clubs that want to race around their own laid marks on Sydney Harbour do not, and have never really needed to be affiliated. A great example in the past was the eighteen footers, who because of sponsorship could not be part of YA. Obviously if the club wants to use YA marks then they should pay. If the majority of their members think being affiliated adds something, then fine. As far as the point about what rules apply - I have been doing pre-season briefings at a Sydney yacht club for the last 8 years or so, and each year I warn all competitors that under the local Sydney Harbour regulations, it is not proven (in a court) whether the RRS actually do apply between say a SASC yacht and a RSYS yacht racing under different Aquatic Licences. And I warn them about a contact with a non-racing yacht. So if this is true, who really cares if one club has different rules? Maybe anarchy would result? Another thing could be that each club that at the moment is affiliated could decide to set up another separate club - maybe called "CLUBNAME_YA", and that club affiliates for those members that want it. The main club that organises twilights, Saturday and Sunday races can tell YA to go and take a running jump at a flying fuck. Rant over.
  12. Maluka stayed there after Hobart last year.
  13. She thought he was coming - but he was going...
  14. can you sail a 100 footer solo?
  15. All I did in order to transmit on AIS was register for a MMSI, ship registration is not a requirement for Class B.