Scot Tempesta, Editor & Publisher
I am a cruising sailor who frequents the PNW. I had hoped to become a member of SA, even though I don’t quite swear as well or enjoy porn or dirty jokes. I enjoy taking my kids and grandkids sailing. I felt there was alot of good advice in SA, but I didn’t know about the haising [sic] needed to join.
I put up a thread, explained that I was new, and willing to learn. I was meet [sic] with a insistence to look at smut, false accusations about my person and boat, and just foul anger from the team. I tried fighting back but there is [sic] just too many. My friends who knew me from sailing were forced to be silent.
So I am thinking about doing the following:
I am going to tell your sponsors of my treatment, and how myself, and friends cannot be users of their products when they condone such behavior. I will encourage my friends to do the same and offer them help and good logical reasons why they should boycott sponsors of SA.
I will look into starting a campaign to boycott SA- look for it on facebook. My thread has been copied and will be turned over to the appropriate government agency which handles cyber bulling [sic], if I can work my way through the new regulations.
Now I realize I am just a small sailor with a medium sized boat and and a small community of friends, but every good cause needs a start and I am willing to go the distance.
And all because when I opened a thread and asked to join the community- And they said “show us your tits” I said no. Sounds a lot like rape does it?
I will look forward to your response, and this letter, along with your responses, may be made public.
Public it is! We’d like you all to encourage Mr. Gillis to pursue his jihad against Sailing Anarchy by jumping in the thread here. Because rape!
UPDATE: We received the following from Mr. Gillis after he sent us the above letter. We thanked him.
As I was thinking how hurt I was at being rejected at SA, and how you just couldn’t let it go, It occurred to me that I was the one being prideful, and I was wasting everyone’s time.
You build SA the way you want it. Who am I to try and change it. I will not attack you or your company in any way. The world is too big for me to fight another sailor. May you have the best of success.