3/17/2012 – St. Paddy’s Day

Saturday the 17th of March was St. Patrick’s Day and we were in the right place at the right time.

Mike and Melissa on s/v Tortue spend every winter here in Mazatlán. They have made a tradition of hosting a St. Paddy’s Day feast on the dock for the local cruisers. Mike’s a Brit and Melissa is Canadian so, even though they’re not Irish, they at least all share the same Queen Mum.

And a love for Irish whiskey.

Bright and early on Saturday, Mike got the fire started under an enormous pot of water. It took hours to bring it to a boil.

The whiskey started to flow about the same time the water started to heat. Not sure which kicked in first as everyone was very well behaved.

Once the pot finally boiled, Mike dumped in I don’t even know how many pounds of corned beef brisket. The rest of us hung around, ate snacks, returned to our boats occasionally and just had a nice unproductive day. Eventually the meat was done. Here’s a photo of Mike showing off his meat. (Someone’s going to be very disappointed when they Google images of “showing off his meat” and land here).

Then it was time to dump in the vegetables: carrots, cabbage, and spuds.

When everything was done, we all lined up. Cruisers always bring their own plates and eating utensils to potlucks as boats generally only carry enough for a few people. Steve from s/v My Vice served up the meat and everyone helped themselves to the vegetables. And then, with a respectful nod to the Queen and the Irish flag, we dug in.

No photos were shot during the actual eating as that would be tough to do while balancing a plate on your lap and wielding a knife and fork. However, after everyone was sated and were just sitting around shooting the breeze, I managed to get a couple of shots.

So there you have it. St. Patrick’s Day at La Isla Marina in Mazatlán, Mexico. There were a few rough heads the next morning but I’m happy to say that Lulu’s and mine weren’t among them. It probably helps a lot to not care for whiskey.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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3 Responses to 3/17/2012 – St. Paddy’s Day

  1. Tate says:


    Say it ain’t so… You don’t like whiskey?!

    • sryoder says:

      GAH! Can’t quite handle the stuff. Good tequila, yes, whiskey, no. Sorry. However, leaves more for everyone else, right?


      • Dani says:

        I’m with you Steve! No whiskey for me. Looks like a great time! Like a big pot of gumbo here in La. Funny that someone had a framed pic of the queen:)

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