For the past couple of years, I've attended a very nice, small, but well put on happy hour by Annapolis Yacht Sales (from whom I bought my boat) and Fawcett Boat Supplies (from whom I get my gear/parts). This year I wasn't feeling so well prior to the event, but was determined to get out of bed and make a go of it. You've seen the long check list of items to do and get for CALIX and this was my chance to save some money, talk to the service guys, order parts from the store experts, and meet more fellow Beneteau sailboat owners. It's not just for Beneteau owners, but that's mostly what AYS sells. So off Brad and I went and each grabbed a beer (figured that was safer than wine on my sorry tummy) and chatted with a number of very nice fellow boating enthusiasts. Given that it's still March, it's pretty early in the game for a lot of boaters to be in Annapolis on a Friday evening (so many people come on wknds from the DC area) with their boats still on the hard. The event was nicely attended, but I was happy to have the chance to speak with two of the Beneteau service guys about a few repairs I need make - simple ones but I want to do it right the first time!
About an hour into the event, the heads of AYS and Fawcett thanked everyone for attending and then held a little raffle with all sorts of prizes. Believe it or not, I won a $50 gift certificate! Seeing as how I rarely win anything, this was awesome! I knew exactly what I was going to get... a light, summer weight rain jacket. This of course alongside of the caulking prep cleaner, the toggle replacement cover and an order for a shower pump. The very helpful Fawcett women's clothing purchaser walked me through the different features of each jacket that would be a contender for going home. I already had my eye on what I eventually purchased, but I wanted to know that my first choice was actually the right choice. Turns out it was. The jacket has a mesh liner, so it won't stick to the skin if it's hot, a removable hood, is water proof (although not meant for a day long deluge - that's for more intensive/heavy gear) and wind proof. There's nothing quite like having the right tools for the job, or gear to wear for the weather forecasted. With my Gortex pants, this should be a great pairing for my racing and cruising adventures.