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The Black Tie Party has been superceded in recent years by the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?
by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr
We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy
the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but
I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part
of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your
floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.
The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to
make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one
that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to
stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.
Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking,
boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.
Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many
Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are
born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his