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Hello to our Newest MBS Members & some group protocol for all

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  • Bill Scanlon
    Hello to our Newest MBS Members, We ve had several new members join us over the past few weeks. Welcome to each of you, thank you for joining!! Please
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 11, 2007
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      Hello to our Newest MBS Members,
      We've had several new members join us over the past few weeks.  Welcome to each of you, thank you for joining!!   Please don’t be wallflowers. 
      We are now at 270 members and growing steadily.  We are in the peak of the Summer Sailing season and the lists’ activity has been a testament to that.  With 270 members we still have a LOT of wallflowers.  I encourage all of you to jump into the dialogs and contribute your knowledge, ask question or tell us of a recent or upcoming sail you have planned.
      Please let’s keep the below stuff in mind when using the group;
      1)       New members:  Please consider posting an introductory message telling us a little bit about you, your sailing background if any and any sailing aspirations you may have. If you own a boat please tell us about it.  If you have crewed on some interesting boats or trips or chartered or raced in school or elsewhere.  Do you have any certifications?
      2)   Everyone please consider filling out a Yahoo Profile with as much info about you that you are comfortable in listing.  This helps everyone have a better idea of who we are corresponding with.
      3)       IMHO this is way underutilized by us:  IM/Buddy lists.  If you are using a Yahoo E-Mail and/or Profile also consider using Yahoo chat or listing your AOL, ICQ or IM user name etc .. 
      Again, there are 270 of us on this list, “I” feel our IM/Chat capabilities are way under utilized.  Of course this goes for ALL MBS members.  There is an Internet Site we use at work called Meebo   www.Meebo.com that allows you to combine ALL your e-mail/IM/ICQ/Chat user names into 1 IM buddy list centralizing your IM communication to 1 desk top application, very handy.
      4)       When “replying” to a message post, PLEASE, REMOVE/DELETE the content of the original message you are replying to keeping your message as brief as possible.  Of course there are exceptions, for instance if you want to “reference” a statement someone posted etc… 
      5)       Please sign your posts with your name.
      6)         Decide what e-mail setting is best for you.  Yes, there is often a lot of e-mail generated from this group, though I like to think it’s all interesting and help; 
       “ Individual e-mail”; you would receive 1 e-mail for every post, a majority of our members feel this is too voluminous.
      “Daily Digest” an accumulation of all e-mails sent to the group in a 24 hr period, this feature also has an index of subjects at its beginning.  This is the most popular option, though, “I” feel many (most) messages are overlooked with this option and therefore many people don’t reply to messages that they would have if they received “individual e-mails”.
      “Special Notices”;  Of which NONE are ever sent.
      “No e-mail”, as its name implies, hopefully these people go into the site every now and then and read the messages they missed.

      Bill Scanlon
      USCG Master 50 GT Inland Waters
      Towing & Sailing Endorsements
      Lic. # 1092926
      1984 Catalina 30
      Std. Rig  Hull#  3688
      Winthrop (Mass.) Yacht Club
      Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse

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    • Bill Scanlon
      http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/ LIFE-ALTERING EXPERIENCES Between California and Hawaii, surrounded by at least 1,500 miles of ocean in all directions,
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 11, 2007
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        Between California and Hawaii, surrounded by at least 1,500 miles of ocean
        in all directions, there is a special spot on planet Earth. It's not marked
        on nautical charts, but people who sail through never forget it. Before San
        Rafael, CA resident Timothy Ballard made his first ocean crossing in the
        2004 Pacific Cup race to Hawaii, people told him that a life-altering
        experience would happen somewhere around halfway.
        "It's hard to put into words," Ballard said. "On Day 10 I had these
        alligator tears coming down my eyes. We'd eaten some smoked oysters and fine
        cheese, the sunset was spectacular, and I had my whole crew on deck. I was
        thinking about my family, my life. My crewman said to me, 'You can go ahead
        and cry.' I was touched by how beautiful it was that we were doing this
        trip. These are important bonds we form at sea. Not a lot of people know
        this. We have a deep respect for each other that is not spoken, just known."
        Ballard will revisit this unnamed spot with extraordinary properties in July
        when he sails his boat, Inspired Environments, with a crew of six in the
        Transpacific race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. -- Jan Pehrson Marin
        Independent Journal, full story: http://www.marinij.com/sports/ci_6243779
        * Progress report: Inspired Environments is among the nine Division 6 racers
        and 14 Aloha A and B division boats that started on Monday, where it appears
        to be slow going from a look at the July 10th position report:


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