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|08-15-2011 07:30 AM|
Wow. I'm glad that your boat survived the pounding.
"Delightfully tacky" is a nice way to describe the weekend.
When we returned to Rock Hall on Sunday, people were still wearing pirate gear around 3:00 so I guess stuff was still going on somewhere or they weren't ready to return to reality just yet.
|08-15-2011 12:23 AM|
We made it...
We were going to head somewhere else for the weekend but on the way out Friday I called a friend and he asked where I was at. I said I was getting ready to go out on the boat after I get my supply of bow lights (My boat eats them up). He said he was docked at Rock Hall, so I told the crew we were going after all, she was fine with that as long as we were sailing somewhere, since we had a particular destination and were now running late for a particular destination we left the dinghy home.
Arrived at Rock Hall late Friday afternoon and tied to the city dock one boat away from our friends. We met up and had dinner & more than a few drinks, went to bed late.
Saturday morning we awoke to cannon thunder. We got up went to our friends boat and had breakfast. They had been there before so they were more ready than us (They had pirate clothes). We walked around and did touristy stuff, joined the dinghy water soaker mahem in the harbor, went to the beach to watch the dinghy race later we went to the bar for drinks...Then the weather changed, the wind started to pick up blowing dead against the dock. We were back onboard our freinds boat preparing to stream some shrimp when the harbor started to get rough with incresing winds. I went to check our boat and had to adjust and add bumpers, then added throw cushions, my Wife came over and saw I was basically stuck watching the boat, as the weather kicked up even more our freinds who have a much larger boat alongwith almost everyone else on the dock joined the fight with their boats. Some of the larger boats received horrible damage from bashing the dock we were basically unscathed due to sacraficing throw cushions and using every bumper aboard (WE WILL BE BUYING LARGER BUMPERS NEXT TIME WE GO TO THE STORE), we were also lucky to be at the boats when this all started. Dinner cancelled as contingency plans commenced, we decided that when the next lull happened and we could break free from the dock we would call it a weekend. When our chance came at sundown we broke out of the harbor into open water and headed home across the bay. Although the waves were much larger in the bay we were away from fixed objects and other boats, my Wife was cool with the whole event even laughing when I was drenched by a wave that came over the side (A few years ago this would have totally freaked her out!). We docked up in our slip around 11:00PM.
So either the weather and/or economy must have kept many away because it didn't seem too crowded. Everyone we ran into was really nice, the people dressing up as pirates were having fun and in really good spirits and there is nothing wrong with that. We will go back next year. We will NOT use the dock, we all have decided to anchor/raft on the flats, we will bring the dinghy, super soakers, and yes...probably PIRATE CLOTHES!!!!
To steal the phrase from one of my favorite restaurants (Hooters) it is delightfully tacky.
|08-05-2011 01:10 AM|
Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
|08-04-2011 08:37 PM|
Oh I understand why the town would like the concept and yep, you need some way to keep a small town's economy alive. I'm just too much of an anti social old killjoy to find anything good to think about it beyond the bucks. Reality is though that lots of folks like these kind of festivals and to every one their own. Lets face it, I'd rather have the mongol hordes Pirate and Wenching than wanting to drop anchor in some nice quite little cove.
Sydney Harbour is renowned for its NewYear fireworks. The harbour is wall to wall boats, biggest night of the year. We found an anchorage from which you cannot see the fireworks. Perfect NewYear for the anti social. Empty anchorage.
|08-04-2011 08:18 PM|
..and the town locals use this as an excuse to get drunk and unruly under the watchful eye and glee of the tourist. Was fun the first time around..not for me now..
Cabo Rico 34
Lankford Bay Marina
|08-04-2011 07:53 PM|
Originally Posted by tdw View Post
Rock Hall is trying to survive the transition from being a working waterman's town to a tourist town after the fishing industry that supported it for the past couple of hundred years collapsed. They have to compete with every other town on the Bay doing the same thing. If it brings $ to the locals, so be it.
|08-04-2011 07:23 PM|
|tdw||Sounds utterly appalling.|
|08-04-2011 11:34 AM|
Did NOT do that, bought the t-shirt after all was quiet again.
I will be LEAVING Rock Hall for that weekend.
Swampcreek, if you have a dinghy and dress like a pirate, I understand there's some sort of dinghy race from the harbor to the beach. I'm hoping they don't close down the channel before we can escape.
Have fun if you make it this year!
|08-04-2011 06:52 AM|
First year we went by car..second year we went by boat. We anchored in Swan Creek in the multitude of boats. We brought along bicycles..glad we did..'cause with all the traffic..that was the best way to get around.
Bottom line..got to crowded..first few years was bearable..now to many to contend with..
Rock Hall's Pirate and Wenches Fantasy Weekend - August 12-14, 2011
|08-04-2011 12:16 AM|
|swampcreek||Wow, this post is a year old. Didn't make it there last year but we're really considering it again. This year we even have a dinghy to take along. Any suggestions, thoughts?|
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