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Schooner Wharf Barís Knot & Shot Competition Results

Sea dogs young and old, male and female, got tied up for fun and hijinks with us during our five-night Knot & Shot competition during Yachting Race Week. Very popular among seafarers, landlubbers and spectators alike, the heated and hilarious contest was invented and originated at Schooner Wharf. It tests seamanship skills--drinking a shot, tying a bowline knot, lassoing a pilon, and drinking a beer as quickly as possible.

Brian Plate took the overall championship with the third best time ever, 00:07:69. Coming in second was newcomer Rob Kirk on the Hope at 00:09:15. Taking 3rd place was Jon Engel with a time of 00:09:81. Congratulations, and thanks to all who participated or came out to watch the action.

Monday, January 16th:
1stó Katie Walker
Schooner Hindu {00:10.06}
2ndóLarry Metcalf
Banana Wind {00:10.80}
3rdóRob Kirk
Hope {00:11.91}

Tuesday January 17th
Brian Plate {00:09:40}
Danger Charters
Jon Siewers {00:10:46}
ďMohawkĒ Joe Holz
High Tide {00:10:53}

Wednesday , January 18th
1stóďMohawkĒ Joe Holz
High Tide {00:09:28}
2ndóBrian Plate
Danger Charters {00:09:28}
3rdóJon Engel
Marion J {00:11:47}
Thursday, January 19th
1stóBrian Plate {00:07:69}
3rd best time ever!
2ndóRob Kirk
Hope {00:09:15}
3rdóJon Engel
Marion J {00:09:81}

Friday, January 20th
1stóJon Engel
Marion J {00:10:10}
2ndóJulia Baugh
Many Mo {00:12:06}
3rdóRyan Loftus
Cramer {00:12:57}

2012 Overall Winner:
1stóPlace Brian Plate {00:07:69}
Danger Charters
2ndóRob Kirk {00:09:15}
3rdóJoe Holz {00:09:28}
High Tide


Knot & Shot Contest 2012 Pics

Melissa from Mt. Gay pours shot down the ice luge. Step 2 of the Competition - Tying Bowline
Step 3 of the Competition - Lasso the Pilon
Frank, Evalena, Spectator, Kerry, Larry Metcalf, Melissa Pearson, Damen (Noodles) Uhl Larry Metcalf, Joe Holz, Brian Plate, Julia Baugh, Jon Engel
Front Row: Jeff Pearson and Kerry Gruson, the U.S.ís first disabled woman racing sailor to compete at an international level. The Gruson-Milam trophy is named for her and is awarded to the top woman finisher at the International Disabled Competitions, held in the U.S. From 2006-2010, she represented Shake-A-Leg Miami at one of the worldís oldest and biggest regattas Ė Cowes Week. Kerry overcomes obstacles in sailing and in life, thus becoming an inspiration to others. For more information, visit for her story, ďThe Long Road BackĒ.

Back Row: Jon Engel, Damen (Noodles) Uhl, Rob Kirk, Joe Holz, Brian Plate, Evalena Worthington, Frank Everhart

Knot & Shot Contest
Get "Tied Up" at Schooner Wharf Bar Every Day During Race Week!!!
January 16-20th

Key West wouldn't be Key West without sailors and Schooner Wharf Bar, and sailors wouldn't be sailors without rum and ropes.

Watch what happens when all four of them combine on the docks at Schooner Wharf Bar, your After Race Headquarters, every night at 8:30 p.m. during the yacht races.

Nightly from January 16-20th, sailors and any interested challengers will frustrate themselves and entertain the crowd as they race to tie a bowline and lasso a piling. But add a shot of Mt. Gay Rum and a Kalik Beer to the contest and a goodtime is inevitable.

Entrants stand in front of an ice luge and swallow an icy shot of Mt. Gay that is poured from the top. They then have to tie a bowline and use it to lasso a piling that is on wheels, several feet away. The sailor then pulls the piling to him or her and picks up a cold Kalik beer, that is sitting on the base of the piling.

They then drink the beer and turn the supposedly empty bottle upside down on their head.

During a week of heated race competition, Knot&Shot is a fun and good natured race against the clock and other sailors.

Prizes will be given for the best times, and winners can receive great prizes from West Marine and Harken yacht equipment, Kalik Beer, Schooner Wharf Bar gift certificates and plenty of Mt. Gay Rum and Mount Gay XO.

Spectators can enjoy the chance to share stories and drinks with the yacht racers, who have come from all over the country for race week. Don't miss the chance to stroll along the docks and get an up-close peek at one of the racing fleets, which will be docked at the Schooner Wharf fall week.


2012 Flyers
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For more information, do not hesitate to call Evalena or Sheree at 292-9520


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