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A Great Drink After Out on the Water All Day

The mudslide is a great drink after being on the water all day during the summer, as the drink is sort of like a slushie, since it contains lots of crushed ice from mixing the drink in a blender.   The best mudslides are made at Traders Vic, a tiki bar at the end of the dock at Champlian’s Marina on Block Island, Rhode Island.  What makes Traders mudslides so tasty is they add New England Coffee Milk to the recipe.  If you do not have New England Coffee Milk, substitute it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream from Carvel.

 

Midslide Ingredients

1/3 vodka

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Bailey’s Irish Cream

A scoop of vanilla ice cream from Carvel if you do not have New England Coffee Milk. If you don’t have either don’t worry, this ingredient is not necessary for a great drink.

Plenty of ice in a blender, so when you crush the ice it’s like a slushie.

 

If you want to be healthy you can add a half of a banana before mixing the ingredients in the blender.

Damn, after writing this, I realize it does not have to be the summer to enjoy this drink. I firing up the blender, it’s always five o’clock and summer somewhere and my mind is always dreaming of the waterlife.  Cheers!!!!!

Care Instruction for Squall Rain Suit and Intrepid All Weather Shell

One question, frequently asked by customers at boat shows is how do you care for our Squall Rain Suit or Intrepid All Weather Shell?  The most important care instruction is DO NOT wash waterproof apparel in the washing machine with laundry detergent as this will breakdown the waterproof chemicals in the fabric as well as the fabric resulting in reduced waterproofness. 

36th America's Cup

The America’s Cup, known as the Auld Mug, is the oldest international sporting trophy dating back to 1851 and the next challenge is scheduled for March 2021 in New Zealand.  The cup was originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wright, which was won by the schooner America.

 

In 1851, Commodore Jon Cox Stevens of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), formed a six-person syndicate to build a yacht with the intention of taking her to England and make money competing in yachting regattas, matching racing and betting on the regattas with the English bookmakers.  The syndicate contracted with New York Harbor pilot boat designer George Steers for a 101-foot schooner, which was christened America. America sailed over to England and on August 22, 1851 raced against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club’s annual 53-nautical mile regatta around the Isle of Wright.  America won, finishing 8 minutes ahead of its closest competitor and Queen Victoria who was watching at the finish line, was reported to ask who was the second place boat, the famous answer being “Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.”  On the sail back to New York, the sailors of America considered melting down the cup for money or melting it down to medallions for each crew member, but decided to donate the Cup to New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under terms of the Deed of Gift, inviting yacht clubs from around the world to compete in a friendly competition between foreign countries.  The Cup was renamed America’s Cup, in honor of the yacht that won it.

After successfully defending the Cup 24 times without a loss, NYYC loss in 1983 to Australian yacht, Australian II with designed with the famous winged keel and represented the Royal Perth Yacht Club.  The America’s Cup was now off to Fremantle, Australia to be defended by the Royal Perth Yacht Club.  The America’s Cup is now being defended in New Zealand by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. 

The prestige of winning the America’s Cup attracts the world’s top sailors, designers, wealthy businessmen and sponsors.  The boats have changed overtime from 65-90 footers in the early days culminating with the J-Class, followed by the 12-meter class, followed by the International America’s Cup Class, followed by foiling wing-sailed catamarans and in 2021 will be sailed in AC72 class monohulls.  The foiling AC72 monohulls can supposedly reach speeds above 50 knots.  After being absent for many years, NYYC is back in the game with a boat, Defiant, supported by the syndicate American Magic.  As happens every few years, the world will be watching to see who captures the America’s Cup, but one thing is for certain, the winner will not consider melting down the cup for money or creating medallions for the sailors.

 

 

 

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