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Beach Bonfire Guide

While June 21st is the start of Summer by astrological measurement and the Augustan Calendar, us preps get off to an earlier start. Every Memorial Day Weekend, we break out our whites, seersucker, and pastel prints for the Summer. While we treat this weekend as the beginning of the warmest time of the year, the weather patterns don’t always favor our plans for leisure.

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This past weekend, I was lounging in Chatham with my friends from Pomfret, Groton, Phillips Andover, Westminster, and Nobles. Our most challenging decision involved choosing whether to day drink at Chatham Bars Inn or Wychmere We celebrated our final night in quintessential fashion. While I grilled out for the gals, my friend mixed up some cocktails for overconsumption in the parlor. He is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Mixology and did not disappoint. Following a few stiff rounds, us gents decided to head out and start a bonfire on the beach. What could be a better night cap to the final evening of the weekend?

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Upon collecting fuel for the fire and arriving at the beach, it began to rain. Time was of the essence, and we had limited resources. Naturally, I took charge.IMG_7323

Here is a list of instructions which may help you the next time you are tasked with starting a beach bonfire even if you have limited resources and subpar conditions.

Step 1: Acquire some industrial sized palettes. Preferably of the seafood market variety.

Step 2: Find a secluded beach area. Preferably private.

Step 3: Dig your fire pit.

Step 4: Line the base of your fire pit with sand, rocks, or wet seaweed to prevent your fire from increasing in surface area. You don’t want to burn your beach house unless of course you have a fat insurance policy you can leverage to buy a house with a better view.

Step 5: Collect small sticks, lint, dry seaweed, and newspaper for tinder (not the dating app).

Step 6: Separate tinder to increase surface area and airflow.

Step 7: Place tinder underneath a corner of the palettes.

Step 8: Add a splash of high proof alcohol (Don Julio works like a charm).

Step 9: Collect larger pieces of dry drift wood, logs, or whatever other fuel you can find (private property signs always make for phenomenal fuel).

Step 10: Spark, blow, and watch it grow.

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Other tips:

-Marshmellows roast best on embers, not flames

-Don’t use towels or blankets if it’s raining

-Remember to bring a stocked cooler, but don’t waste all of the Goose on a fire you can start with nautical resources

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Wind & Waves blow onto the radar

This past week was a great week to be an American. Especially if you were on Cape hanging with Chief Editor WHolley and myself.

In between beach trips to Chatham and parties at night, CE Wholley works at the Chatham Clothing Bar. During one of Wholley’s shifts this week, the owner of Wind & Waves stopped by the CCB to showcase some of his products. Seeing the quality in the products, the owner of CCB instinctively purchased a handful of belts for retail sale. I’m a huge fan and can’t wait to see these belts replace the overwhelmingly ordinary, pervasive Vineyard Vines D-rings in downtown Chatham.

Wind & Waves belts are made in the U.S.A.

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Category 5 Boat Shoes

  The Yachtsman is Category 5’s inaugural Boat Shoe. Envisioned in 2010, it took nearly 2 years to perfect the design and engineering.  Made from durable and premium leather, The Yachtsman is perfect for a day on the water or a night on the town.  Optimizing style and functionality, The Yachtsman features non-marking and slip resistant outsoles, water resistant leather, rust resistant eyelets, and American Made laces.  Available today, The Yachtsman is being introduced in 3 different colors: Oak, Mahogany, and Walnut.

About Cat5:

Category 5 is a lifestyle.  Finding its roots on the beaches of Cape Cod, Cat 5 is for those that love the laid-back nautical life and represent what they believe in.  The company, founded on July 4, 2011, is the vision of 5 best friends. Unsettled by the abundance of overpriced products with subpar quality, The Cat 5 team sought a solution. After recognizing how much family and friends cherished custom attire, the journey finally set sail. Category 5 Boat Shoes became the best of both worlds, a company that offers affordable custom products with first-class quality.

My classmate and editor NEPSAC.PAT gave me the heads up on Cat5. Before attending Rivers, NEPSAC.PAT went to Belmont Hill, a fellow ISL school. He had heard about Cat5 through his former classmates and found out that one of Cat5’s founders, Greg Karelitz, is a Bel Hill alum.

I personally am a huge fan of fashion lifestyle start ups. The fact that the founders of Cat5 have the stones to call out the flaws in the boat shoe market (cough cough…sperry…cough cough) then research and develop their own superior product is flat out awesome. For some time, I’ve been looking for someone to make a fashionable boat shoe besides sperry. Note: our editor WHOLLEY points out every reason why prep schoolers hate sperrys here. While WHOLLEY may prefer Euro Loafers, I’m a long time boat shoe advocate. Hopefully, Cat5’s will take prep school campuses by storm this year!

Pre-Order yours here!

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Off-Season Clothing by Sandy Drawers

Started By two St. Sebastian’s School alumnus, Sandy Drawers provides you with the “Cape Cod Prep Look.” Even though we can’t all spend our Winters on the Cape, we can still dress like it. Gear up for the off-season with your very own Sandy Drawers 1/4 Zip Fleece!

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