Next it was Irish Coffee at Sailors Return.
Then it was Happy Hour at Wahoo's. Norm, Stephanie, Bob, Vicki, Salty, Joe, Rosie and Julia
Dinner aboard Tide Hiker. Steve, Di, Steph, Bob, Vicki. Steve's been doing a lot of work on Tide Hiker.On Wednesday, it was a road trip to Ft Lauderdale. Bob and Steph needed to go to Blue Water Books to upgrade their C-Map electronic charts and Vicki and I were invited to tag along. After stops to replenish the wine reserves at Total Wine, some cleaning supplies and minor equipment at Sailor Sams, and Boat Owners Warehouse and lunch at Lesters Diner, we were on our way home. We "hung" on the boat that night.
On Thursday, Dave and Penny Stormont (Stormy) arrived. So, that called for a get-together at Park Avenue Ribs. But, not before Pat and Chuck Berry hosted a bourbon slush cocktail hour aboard "Got da Fever". Wow, they squeezed 12 of us on their boat and the burbon slushes kept coming. The apps that Pat made were wonderful and plentiful. Thanks Pat and Chuck. Again, we could have skipped dinner; but, don't forget were in training for the big event. So, our imaginary coach insisted we stay to the regimen and have some of the best tender, tasty, baby back ribs on earth. But folks, all was not partying. Norm got a burst of energy earlier that day and decided to clean up the dinghy--especially now that it works again. Yes, "Tide Hopper" got a new life today. Take a look.
Tide Hopper. Only the forward end remained to be cleaned when this picture was taken. See the difference?
Tonight, its back to the training table. The rigorous schedule begins at the marina's happy hour which is 3PM to 6PM with 2-for-one drinks and complimentary roast beef sandwiches. Oh yea, just in case we sound like we are only flabby lushes, our training schedule also includes bike riding, boat cleaning, exercise in the marina's workout facility and nighttime reading. Cool, huh? More on our training later.