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post #11 of 20 Old 04-11-2017
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socks?

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socks?
Yeah, really? Socks? Shoes?Underwear? You guys aren't smoking those old socks are you?


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No really.
Article on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal starts off by announcing that this was the weekend that all sailors get together and burn their socks to mark the end of winter and the start of sailing season in an ancient ritual.

And eventually goes on to concede it isn't so ancient but "all over" the US east and Guld coast, sailors do this following a celebration that one Annapolis boatbuilder started in 1978. Apparently he was shaving aluminum and the shavings were sticking in his winter socks until he reached a point where he said * this it's time to go sailing and invited the yard staff to have some beers and burn some socks that were ruined by all those metal shavings.

I must hang around with the wrong folks, I've never witnessed, much less even heard of, such a gathering. Anyone here?
The answer is "Yes."

I'm near Annapolis and have been doing it for years. I organized our club's sock burning/vernal equinox party this year. It was a good party.
I don't really know why it's spreading beyond Annapolis. If areas outside of Annapolis think it's stupid, feel free not to participate. It's a local custom, nothing more.
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We have an "Opening Day Parade" but we never close.

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I'd have to go out and buy a pair.
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ha ha ha wall street journal making up stories?? ha ha h ah aha
cannot burn sox--they cover wine bottles to prevent breakage at sea. and rum bottles....
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Re: Do you burn your socks?

Hempstead Harbour Club in Glen Cove, NY hosts a 'Rites of Spring Sock Burning' cocktail party where we burn socks (or other garments) in a bonfire on the beach. Tradition suggests sock burning be done on the vernal equinox, but we're not sticklers on detail (also we're not in commission at that time). We do it as a Junior Sailing awareness builder in May and invite non-member Junior Sailors and their families to participate (you don't need to be a member to enroll in our Junior program).
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Need more than socks all year round
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This past Saturday a buddy had a sock burning party at his house... Made sure to wear a pair with holes... Even worked on my boat prior to going.




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I've been burning my socks ever since I got into sailing 13 years ago--even though until just this week I have been without a boat for the past 10 years, I still burned my socks during my boatless years knowing it would keep me connected and lead me home again. Now I have a boat again and I am a happy camper.
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