Memorial Day weekend formerly featured the Black Tie
Party. This was a semi-formal affair; black tie was specified, but the
rest of the dress was optional. Sometimes there were enough people in
the cockpit to flood it through the scuppers. Under the influence of
rum punch, the Lazarette Quartet would sometimes give an impromtu
concert. Perhaps it's better that no sound recordings exist of this event.
The Black Tie Party has been superceded in recent years by the
It should be noted that these events are part of a race weekend,
the Miles River Race. How many other classes carry formal wear or
costumes on their racing boats?
This Old Boat
by Don Casey
Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a
first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best
introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner
of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines
for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and
deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical,
plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this
is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced.
This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it
fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too.
I still refer to it.
Other books by Don Casey