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A ‘Dark & Stormy’ Evening

08 January 2017 Go back

The first 2017 social gathering in Antigua for the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally was held in the magical surroundings of Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour on Saturday 7th January 2017.

The Oyster family was invited to join Antigua Distillery on the lawn of the Copper and Lumber Hotel to enjoy complimentary ‘Dark & Stormy’ rum cocktails.

It was one of the first big get togethers before the adventure ahead. The atmosphere was relaxed, laid back and very well attended. Much of the conversation was about the last few days of preparation before the Oyster World Rally Start.

Richard & Angela Parkinson’s Sophistikate is one of eight Oyster 575s taking part in the Oyster World Rally. During the last few months, Sophistikate has been undergoing an extensive maintenance programme.

“It makes far better sense to invest the time and effort in Antigua, where expert advice and access to parts is readily available.” commented Angela Parkinson. “Sophistikate may be six years old, nevertheless, she is in now in excellent condition. For the last few days, we will be concentrating on provisions for the next month. We have seen a lot of the Caribbean over the years, so we will be exploring Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire, as well as the San Blas Islands and others near Panama. We very nearly did the first rally, however now we are glad we have waited until the second. The extended length of this edition really appeals to us, it gives more time to explore the route.”

Click here for the photos from the ‘Dark and Stormy’ party which are within the Antigua gallery.  Party sponsored by Antigua Distillery.

Words by: Louay Habib
Images by: Tim Wright/photoaction.com


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