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Question: How do you make a dog drink?
Answer: Put it in the blender.

And this brings us to the agreeable subject of tropical cocktails and their origins. Charlie always likes to include a discourse on the subject after a hot day of tacking, jibing, reefing etc with his sailing students. The subject, along with a bit of sampling, is a welcome stress reducer.

When the final tests are over and all the students have passed, moderation is often overlooked. A few weeks ago an exuberant crew of Charlie’s students, Joe, Jeremy and Michael, decided to experiment with drink recipes and soon all kinds of concoctions were being prepared and sampled. Joe had brought some butterscotch schnapps and a bottle of Irish cream especially to prepare a Slippery Nipple. The drink calls for a good measure of the butterscotch with the Irish cream layered on top and although it’s very sweet it is quite delicious.

One thing led to another and before long someone had produced a Leg Opener. This drink contains about five spirits and a splash of pineapple and orange juices. Although all three guys tried it, the name proved to be a bit of a turn off so a jug of it was put aside in case it was needed after a visit to the local watering hole, in this case the Willie T.

Soon the crew was happily laughing and humorous moments from the recently completed sailing course were recalled. The acronym for converting true course to compass is TVMDC i.e. True, Variation, Magnetic, Deviation, Compass. To memorize this, students are taught to remember True Virgins Make Dull Company and it was suggested that perhaps the Leg Opener should be a required drink of the course.

Charlie opted to stay aboard while the students dinghied over to the bar. It was three hours later when they climbed back aboard and there were tales of a new cocktail, the Body Shot. It involves tequila, a wedge of lime, a sprinkle of salt and …a good glob of whipped cream. I won’t go into further details but apparently the Leg Opener wasn’t necessary. Before everyone went to bed – and it was the wee hours – Jeremy enquired about a celestial navigation course. There was a beautiful moon high in the sky and it was so bright that Michael said that in fact it was the sun. Joe, the best student, was asked by Jeremy to confirm that it was the moon. He looked up at the sky for a moment and said, “I don’t know, I’m not from here.”

Charlie suggested that perhaps they weren’t quite ready for a celestial navigation course. Then he went below and quietly poured the Leg Opener down the sink.

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