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National Rum Day

Today, August 16, is National Rum Day.

I will celebrate by drinking some rum.   As I do on many days.

Single malts explained

Very useful.   From, via I Love Charts.


Commercial for Mainstay International rum (South Africa.)   Looks like it must taste pretty good!

This is just exactly what sailing is like, most of the time.

The Kraken: The Simulation Application for Nautical Maneuvering

Now is it time to finally get an iPhone (or, more likely, an iPad2)?

Thanks to BitterEnd for the find.

Ron de Jeremy is coming

A new rum (or ron en español) will soon be penetrating the US market.   Billed as the adult rum (are there children’s rums?), this new excretion from the hardest working man in the adult entertainment industry [wiki, imdb],  promises a lot.  From the website:

Ron de Jeremy is an exceptionally well-balanced 7-year old premium rum from Panama.  It has an inviting light amber color with very attractive copper hues.  The aroma is that of carefully aged rum, with a harmoniously balanced orchestra of oak, fruit and spices.   It opens up smoothly,  showcasing a high level of craftsmanship.  The oak comes through robustly and satisfyingly, yet gently enough to allow hints of vanilla and raw sugarcane to reveal themselves.   The finish is elegant and long.

I”m glad that the woody qualty of the oak  comes through, and if the finish weren’t long,   Mr. Jeremy would not be putting his name on it.  And a bottle of RdJ on the shelf makes for a better conversation piece than the other new Panamanian rum,  Zafra.

Reserve your own  bottle of the initial release at

Marisa Miller as Captain Morgan’s First Mate

This liquor brand makes the right move in featuring the stunning Victoria’s Secret supermodel as its First Mate in the Marisa Miller ‘Captain Morgan Rum’ TV commercial.

This action-packed TV spot plays on the supermodel’s sexy looks by having a scantily-clad Marisa Miller defend the liquor legend on the beach. She definitely makes pirate-ass-kicking in lingerie look good. Check out the exclusive trailer before the television debut.

Pretty entertaining, notwithstanding the dumbest looking ‘pirate’ ship ever.   I know about ‘rum-goggles’ that make the girl look better, is this a case of the girl making  the rum taste better?   She  probably does, at that.

The Great Wheel of Rum


Here is an update to my rum list.  Click the pic to get the whole story!

Smuggler’s Cove












(pics swiped from Tiki Central)

A new rum bar is opening tonight (Tuesday Dec 8 2009) in San Francisco. I was lucky to be able to attend one of the limited ‘preview’ nights last Friday, and trust me, it is fantastic. There are 74 mostly rum-based cocktails, many of them revived classics like the Bombo and Calibogus, along with old favorites like the Fogcutter, Mai Tai, Daquiri, Ti Punch, etc etc.

There are also over 177 rums to sample. Yes. 177.

The decor is nautical themed, and a lot of fun! The only problem is the relatively small size, it seats only 49 people on three levels (the two bars are on the ground and basement level, the top level is a lounge with seating but no bar.) Sadly, it is not within walking distance of my berth, unlike Martin Cate’s former place Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda.

Smugglers Cove
650 Gough Street
(between Ash St & Mcallister St)
San Francisco, CA 94102

My comparison of the rum lists of Smugglers Cove and Forbidden Island’s Kill-Devil Club can be found here.

Sailin’ and boozin’

Thanks, Boothy!

Bowmen of yesteryear


A Cruising Class B heels under so hard that she dips her spinnaker, as her crew take their chances on windy Lake St. Clair

When this ad ran I still had two months to go before being born.  From a time when sailing was much more in the popular eye.

The Mermaid of the Hotel Utah


Ferenc Dobronyi of Pollo Del Mar writes that this beauty watches over the stage at the Hotel Utah (which is a bar/music venue, not a hotel).  Thanks!

Photo: Katya Turner.   Click pic for uncropped image.


Way cool Guinness ad (on their 250th birthday).

For several long seconds the camera lingers on a man’s face. He is waiting. At last we cut to hand held footage following the man and his three companions, all carrying surfboards. They hurl themselves into a heaving ocean. The ultimate wave has arrived. It starts to roll and we see that the men are not alone. The spirit of the wave is physically embodied in enormous white horses which are charging through the water with them. Above, below and inside the wave men and horses surge thrillingly forward. 

The Mermaid of Isleton


NSL friend (and editor at Yacht Pals) Fred Eagle writes via Facebook

Hey David….Have you seen her? I snapped this pic for you at the Hotel Del Rio in Isleton. An awesome mermaid painted on glass behind the bar. The bar is curved and so is the glass…cool funky joint. Been the same since 1949. I didn’t have any gear with me so I will go back and get you better pics. ’til then…enjoy mate!

Thanks!  We  are prepping for a cruise up to the North Bay and as far into the Delta as we can manage, we’ll see if time and water depth hold out that far…

End of an era

It is with profound sadness that NSL reports on the departure of part-owner and master mixologist Martin Cate from the best bar in the universe, Alameda’s Forbidden Island.  Watch the video above, and remember if you can.  If you missed the glory that was FI under Martin’s management, then know it was truly a Golden Age.

Why is the rum gone?

A remix.