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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The Black Tie Party has been superceded in recent years by the Costume Ball.

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 book cover 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.

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