Plimsoll Day and Rites of Spring
Saturday, March 19 1-3 p.m.
We hope you will join other sailors Saturday, March 19, to celebrate Plimsoll Day and enjoy spring at Clinton Lake!
Please bring a dish to share, drink of your choice, and meat to cook on the grill, if you wish.
Also bring or wear a pair of winter socks to burn!
We will salute Samuel Plimsoll, who advocated in the English parliament for an Unseaworthy Ships Bill, passed in 1876, that required a mark be present on a ship’s hull to indicate the waterline at which maximum cargo capacity was reached for the vessel. His efforts are credited for saving lives of many sailors!
We also will celebrate another, much newer sailing tradition begun by Bob Turner, an Annapolis boat builder, who in the spring of 1978 was especially tired of winter and his winter socks. According to baltimoremagazine.net, one day near the start of spring, "after work, Turner invited his fellow employees at Proctor Masts USA outside, cracked some Budweisers, and lit his socks on fire."
After we eat, we will gather around the CLSA fire pit, take our winter socks (preferably with a beer in one hand), drop them into the fire, and welcome the Sailing Season 2016!
Please come celebrate spring with CLSA!