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Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Awards, News and Events, US |

Favorite Sailors’ Bar Contest Underway

Vote for your favorite bar in this top 10 worldwide list by December 27.

It’s that time of year again—the newsletter Scuttlebutt Europe is once again running the fourth annual Wight Vodka Best Yachting Bar contest. If you missed it in previous years, the list of winners is impressive and covers three corners of the Atlantic Ocean:

2009: Peter Café Sport in the Azores
2010: The Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke in the BVI
2011: IYAC in Newport, Rhode Island USA

IYAC Newport RI

The International Yacht and Athletic Club on Thames St. in Newport, RI was the Favorite Sailors' Bar in 2011. Photo credit: Brett Tarter

Among the 10 nominees for this year are several fine establishments the boats.com team has enjoyed in the past. Which is your favorite? We’re gathering deep background on each to share with you in future articles. But in the meantime, cast your ballot!

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Hamilton, Bermuda
Gladstone’s, Long Beach California, USA
Pierview, Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Navi Bar, Glucksburg, Germany
Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Sint Maarten Yacht Club, Sint Maarten
Sailor’s Inn, Gocek, Turkey
The Candy Store, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
King & Queen, Hamble, United Kingdom

Right after you vote for your favorite bar, visit the boats.com Facebook page and submit a recipe for your favorite holiday cocktail. We’ll collect the best in the 2013 boats.com Holiday Cheer Cocktail Guide. Read more

Meantime, to whet your whistle, we’ve also shared a recipe from the contest sponsor, the Wight Martini:

Our Wight Martini is for purists. It is meant to be taken extremely chilled, straight-up and with a twist.

First, place ice and water into a martini glass to chill the glass. Set aside for the moment.
Place fresh ice into a cocktail shaker.
Pour two or three shots of Wight Vodka into the shaker.
Please, no vermouth! (There is absolutely no need for adulteration).
Shake or stir for a minute or two; we’re not bothered.
Empty the ice and water from the martini glass.
Pour your Wight Martini.
Garnish, if you must, with a lime, lemon or orange twist; never an olive!