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Bits n Pieces 01/09/2015

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bits n Pieces 01/09/2015

What a nice week, even with the cold weather, I had a blast.

I had a great 101-103 class. My students, Ian and Tonya, were well prepared upon arrival, very enthusiastic to learn a new lifestyle and start their dream of world travel, and open to all I had to offer. They did a great job!

Then, after the completion of that class I rolled right into a RPBA 1101-1102 class with George. This was George’s first experience on a boat, let alone a big boat, yet his pre-class preparation and eagerness to develop skills and experience allowed him to develop confidence in handling many different boating scenarios.

 This Week’s Toast:

Here’s to the man who is wisest and best
Here’s to the man who with judgment is blest,
Here’s to the man who’s as smart as can be –
I drink to the man who agrees with me!

This week’s toast was found at:


What’s next?

I have an ASA101 class starting tomorrow. Thankfully the cold and wind will subside by then.   I can’t wait to get it started.

I have been off the water for the past two days. Yeah for me! I avoided most of the cold!

My office has the best view in the world! How lucky am I?

Looking ahead!

Look for an article this week coming about the Recreational Power Boating Association (RPBA).

I’ve been busy planning trips for the spring. These trips are designed to be fun, educational, and for some, a little challenging. They will be flotilla style, so the more boats the better! I’ve put together 3d/2n, 5d/4n, and 7d/6n versions. For more information look for Sailing Florida’s e-mail, On the Water… With Captain Frank, and Sailing Florida’s website. You can also call me directly at 252-207-7179 or e-mail me at captain.frank.silver@gmail.com for more information.

There is, perhaps, a no more classic boat drink than this week’s drink. There are hundreds of different recipes for this drink. And, everyone think’s theirs is the best! There are however, some common elements to this drink, so take this recipe and customize the hell out of it!

This Week’s Drink:

Rum Punch

  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 can pineapple juice
  • 1 can fruit punch
  • 1 ½ cup White Rum (increased to taste for strength)
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. bitters
  • Orange and lime slices for Garnish

This week’s drink was found at: Chow.com

And, with that, Sayōnara. Till we meet again I’ll see you On the Water…With Captain Frank!

Bits n Pieces 01/02/2015

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bits n Pieces 01/02/2015

Well, I’m in the middle of a 101-103 class. My students, Ian and Tonya are awesome! They have been very patient with the dense fog and the lack of breeze. The sailing that we have done so far sure indicates that they are both naturals! Keep up the great work! With two more days to go, I hope the weather cooperates.

It was nice of the fog to lift just in time for us to see the wind die today.

This Weeks Toast

To the ones that love us most
And the others who just hate
May we always know the difference
When they’re standing in our face”

My good friends Dave and Camilla have finally arrived from the Outer Banks of North Carolina aboard their Hunter 42. They are here for the winter and have had quite the time of it getting here. Between weather and mechanical stuff it has ground on Dave’s last nerve. You may remember that I spoke of Dave and his terrific book, Southern Heat. This is a must read and I have some available. The price is $20 for an author signed copy! Get’em while I got’em.

I heard the fireworks were awesome on New Year’s Eve. Me, I was in bed by 10:30. Had to be up early for a class the next morning.

This Weeks Drink:

Buttery Nipple
1 oz DeKuyper® Buttershots liqueur
1/2 oz Irish cream

Looking out the front of Pitch n Roll III at 0930 12/29/2014. Scary night to be on Tampa Bay

Had quite the 104 earlier in the week. I was lucky enough to have 3 great students, Daniel, Merilee, and Brent. They all did a great job and got quite the education. We got caught up in that fog on the 29th and 30th. Eva, the time keeper for fog signals didn’t miss a beat in four hours. It was especially rewarding to see Daniel and Merilee out bear-boat chartering on Knot Now, Sailing Florida’s Hunter 31, on New Years Day! Good for you, folks! You looked GREAT!

Something new this week!

This Weeks Song:

Space Wrangler 1988

I have my first RPBA (Recreational Power Boat Association) class coming up next week. I can’t wait! I’ll write more about it when its done.

And with that, Adios. Till we meet again I’ll see you On the Water…With Captain Frank