Hi Bob -
We'll get the new OT section going this weekend. It will be there for Off Topic/non-Com-Pac-related posts, within the guidelines of the "no politics, no religion, be nice to one another" policy. A clean slate, as you say, and an overall nicer one, as well.
My background, a short version
- I've been immersed in sailing of all sorts - cats, monos, windsurfing, etc... - for over 25 years now. Starting back in '01-02, I used to own a CP23(D); "Epiphany" I named her, she was hull number 26 (her old, no longer exising website can still be seen in part here)
. She was a *great* boat. Though she started life as a CP23 mark/version 1, laid up in the fall of '79, by the time I bought her she had been modified up to "CP23D/III" status. Her second owners were the fellas up in NC at The Sailboat Company, and they upgraded her massively - added the bowsprit when Hutchins came out with that, and 6 bronze opening ports, and a Universal M2-12 they exchanged for a guy with a CP27, etc etc... We had many adventures and great times during 3 1/2 years together, up until I decided to move aboard and wanted a boat with standing headroom and a bit more of a 'bluewater' design, as I love to sail in the ocean and have an eye on distant shores. I don't know where she is now, last I know of she was up in NC with the folks I sold her to, but I think she may have been re-sold again since then.
These days I have a '67 Pearson Ariel
, hull #422. I live aboard with my CrewDogs Molly and Buffett in Georgetown SC while I'm getting her ready for some long distance, offshore work. She's a classic Alberg design, full keel, the 'little sister' of the Triton. Sails like a dream, and is pretty much everything I have ever looked for in a boat.
I've been running the CPYOA website - for better or for worse
- since '03, IIRC. I took over from Mike Quigley, a guy who did the most incredible, thorough, and beautiful restoration of a CP16 I have *ever* seen. There may still be a pictorial record of that at the Yahoo group. Mike later got a CP19, then more into racing with a Beneteau First 235 (IIRC). At any rate, since then I have been the chief CPYOA Cat Herder
WRT the 'no warnings' provision of the rules for posting - that is always a possibility and an option, but it is one I hope we NEVER have to use. Nonetheless, I thought it wise to reserve, keeping the well-being of the community in mind.
2 things about the new policy:
1) In the interests of transparency: the member who I had to temporarily ban (for having immediately posted 4 different political, non-Com-Pac posts less than 2 days after the above rules came into effect)
has not responded to me or my request that he give me his word not to post such topics here again. I sent him an email stating that if he would give me his word not to post that sort of thing, I would lift the ban on his account and he would be able to participate just as fully as he had done before. Besides that email, every time he has attempted to log in to the site, he receives a message asking him to send an email to that same address (which is register.cpyoa
) in order to get the ban status changed. I am sad to say that he has not replied despite the several different ways which I have used to try and reach a point of accord regarding his membership here and the fact that we no longer allow such postings. That is all I have asked, or expect, from him, in order to get the ban lifted. With regret on my part, but determination that the well being of the community is priority #1 in regards to this topic, that ban is on Permanent status now, and will remain so until such time as he chooses to play by the same rules as the rest of us here. That is certainly not too much to ask...
2) In the first 8 days of this month, since the new rules went into effect, forum participation more than doubled from that of a month ago, with regard to both the number of New Topics and New Posts. I hope this is due to the fact that people are finding this place more enjoyable when it is focused primarily on the one thing we all have in common, Com-Pacs.
Well, the wind is puffing up, and the forecast calls for 20's this afternoon, so it is time to rig up and get out onto the water... Have a great day, everyone!