Bristol’s 2016 ‘Round The Hog Race And Barbecue

It was a corker of a day, once again. The Bristol Fleet’s gathering at Lou Marino’s home in Bristol after a race around Hog Island just outside the harbor entrance capped a great summer of racing for 2016.

The day started with bright sunshine and no wind. 8 boats finally gathered around the middle ground mark off the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the wind finally arrived, and the race finally began at 1:30. Best start went to Lulabelle (it was noted later that no surprise there, for Lulabelle was blowing the starting horn). Turns out the course was perfect, with a great beat up the channel, then a reach and run around Hog Island, and a return to the Middle Ground bouy. And lo and behold, when the spray settled, there was Bob and Jon in Bramasole (no surprise there, either) finishing first.

Then on to Lou’s. First up was the award of Mr. Hog to the winners:

Carter congratulates Bob on his win. Their crew looks on. Our competition breeds good friends

Carter congratulates Bob on his win. Their crew looks on. Our competition breeds good friends

Then on to the spread. It was scrumptious. Everyone brought a dish to supplement Lou’s slow cooked pork:

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The pulled pork was front and center:

It really is famous!!

It really is famous!!

Race stories were told:

 

Gotta be a tall tale here somewhere

Gotta be a tall tale here somewhere

Dom races on Wednesday evenings with Bob on his J30. But today they hauled out their sea sprites and went head to head. Our competition does indeed breed good friends!

Newbie Dom with Captain Bob

Newbie Dom with Captain Bob

Lou and his daughter Emilia were great chefs and hosts:

Lou with daughter Emilia.

Lou with daughter Emilia.

 

It is getting cool up here in New England.  Boats will soon be hauled, covered, and put away for winter. Hard to believe. But the memories of great racing, great sailing, and great friends will help get us through the snow and into 2017.

 

One thought on “Bristol’s 2016 ‘Round The Hog Race And Barbecue

  1. Bob Rude

    Great pics and a great report, Carter. Lou and Amelia…you are the most gracious of hosts. So much fun. One of the highlights of the summer.

    Bob Rude

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