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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. I'll join you all from Leg two as Sucking Diesel. Sailor X - I'll buy you a beer or two in New York as I'm doing Leg 8 on D~L~D.
  2. There's an advert on Apollo Duck for a Projection 920 that is for sale in Wales. Good looking boat at a reasonable price but I'm not sure how compeitive they are under IRC, am sure there are people on here who are familiar with them. Might be worth a look.
  3. At the lower end of the price scale the Hunter Impala always seems to do well under IRC and certainly matches the requirement for a camping style interior! The Mustang 30 would also be a solid option and I’ve always liked the MG C27, but I don’t know how competitive they are under IRC. Another boat I’ve always liked the look of the Laser 28 but I don’t think there were many sailing in the UK so getting your hands on one could be tricky. There were a few Red Fox 290’s built, which I think is an updated version of the Laser 28 with a bit more lead in the keel and an updated interior but again it would be hard to find one. Key Yachting have a few J92’s for sale but not sure if the accommodation might be a bit basic?
  4. She's been for sale with Berthon for a couple of years now, who also had Martella listed for a while but it looks like she has been sold. Thanks for putting the link up about Galicia.
  5. Do you know if this is the Farr Tokio that sailed in the race or the Swarbrick Tokio that was only used pre race?No idea...The Swarbrick Tokio had an odd keel I think, fin went forwards?? The boat in Chuso's picture is the Farr boat, the Swarbrick's in Helsinki. I read something recently which said that the original Galicia 93 is in Gaeta, Italy but has been ashore for a number of years.
  6. Do you know if this is the Farr Tokio that sailed in the race or the Swarbrick Tokio that was only used pre race?No idea...The Swarbrick Tokio had an odd keel I think, fin went forwards??
  7. This is great info, is it Yamaha 1 or 2? Any chance of a couple of new pictures? It would be Yamaha 2, which was the training boat for America's Challenge. Yamaha 1's now called Cuba Libre and seems to do the Med - Caribbean regatta circuit.
  8. New Zealand Endeavour is in Italy and Fisher & Paykel is in Lanzarote, being run quite successfully as a charter yacht. From the Daily Sail list it looks like NZI Enterprise is in Split and has been sitting on the hard for over 20 years. Outward Bound apparently is in a shed n Tauranga
  9. Hi Catherine, For some reason I decided to check this thread after some time away and have been blown away by your attitude to all of this. My experiences do not remotely compare to yours, or many others on this thread, but reading these posts brings back memories of the day, eleven years ago, when I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. I looked at my blood figures and realised that the words ‘end stage’ didn’t relate just to my kidney – they related to my life. If dialysis didn’t work then that was it and I would be gone in a couple of weeks. Being faced with my own mortality at 24 was not ideal and I was faced with two choices – give in or fight. There was no way some pesky illness was going to get the better of me so I fought like mad (I am Irish after all). Things weren’t easy and at times I was scared, frustrated, frightened, pissed off, but I just kept focusing on the one goal of getting through. I did and eleven years later am still here. So hang on in there, keep fighting and keep farting! Love from Belfast, ATP.
  10. My own story doesn't really compare to what you have gone though, HCW, but I kind of know how you feel. Five years ago I was due to go on the BT Global Challenge and fulfill my dream of racing around the world. However, five months before the start of the race I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. I had been suffering with problems for a year or so, but hadn't been expecting things to go this badly wrong. I ended up in a bed, 37kgs heavier due to the fluid that my body wasn't processing and with a haemoglobin level of 4.7. Normally it is about 13 and you don't really survive if it goes below 4.0. Strangely, my first reaction to being told about the condition was to think about sailing - at least it made the decision about whether I would go on the Global Challenge or not. I had been admitted to hospital on a few occasions and it was always thinking of sailing that kept my spirits up. When I lay in bed and felt the cooling breeze from the fan, I closed my eyes and imagined I was sailing under spinnaker, being driven by a Tradewind breeze and lying on deck, staring at the stars. There then followed two and a half years of dialysis and on three occasions I went through the process of being called for a transplant and it not being a good match, though ultimately I did get a kidney on the fourth attempt. Again, I spent much of my time on dialysis thinking about the sailing I would do when I was better. The third time I didn't get a transplant was very tough - I had gone 18 months without a call. A few days afterwards I went out on my parents boat, on a beautiful sunny day. Being on the boat that day made me realise that life really wasn't that bad! True enough, six weeks later the transplant occurred. I have no regrets about my illness and time on dialysis. Being so ill when you are 24 (or any age) really focuses your mind about what is important and what you want to do with your life. I got by by always trying to find the positive aspects of every situation, no matter how bad it was. Realising that there was always someone else in the world worse off than you kept your feet on the ground as well. Having a kidney transplant, though, gave me a huge boost and incredible energy to get out and make the most of my life. Since my transplant I have done a Masters at Cambridge University (I failed my transfer test at primary school!) and am now a trainee chartered surveyor in London. However, the biggest thing for me was taking part in the last two legs of this years Global Challenge. I sailed from Boston to La Rochelle and from La Rochelle to Portsmouth on board Pindar. Whilst you cannot exactly beat kidney failure (a transplant is a very good treatment, not a cure), I proved to myself that I still can take part in a great adventure such as this race. It was a very special experience. Still I am not finished, though. Racing round the world is not feasible for me, but I want to try and help young sailors who have that dream achieve their goals. I am trying to get an offshore campaign up and running that will get a young crew together and do some of the big European events - Fastnet, Gotland, Middle Sea, Round Ireland, Round Britain and Ireland. It will give them a good CV boost for and me some great sailing. Funding, as ever, is the problem, but I will get there eventually. HCW, apologies for hijacking your thread! However, I know what it is like to be down and how valuable sailing is in keeping your spirits up. I am in awe of all you guys who have experienced life with cancer. Your positive spirit is inspiring. Good luck with the project - you will get there!