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365 Reasons to go Sailing

(366 during leap year)
-  February -
1
St. Brigid's Day - Montserrat.  Any Holiday in the Carribbean is a legal requirement to go sailing.  You'll just have to trust me on this.  Before you ask the boss for the day off, practice speaking in an Island accent, mon.
2
Groundhog Day - United States of America.  Whether spring is just around the corner or you have to put up with six more weeks of winter; either way, you need to go sailing.  Even if the snow is piled four feet deep in your driveway - call a cab, get to the airport, fly to St. Somewhere and go sailing.  Take the week off.  The boss will understand.  You weren't accomplishing anything anyway.
3
Patient Recognition Day - United States of America.  I don't make this stuff up.  It really is Patient Recognition Day.  Probably and act of congress or something.  Money changed hands.  Your tax dollars at work.  I'm sure your boss will understand.  He's a patient man.
4
Commencement of the Armed Struggle - Angola;  Independence Day -Sri Lanka; National Day -Sri Lanka.  Take your pick, they're all good.  I'd go with the Independence Day thing, maybe they'll have fireworks.  Few things better than sitting on your sailboat at anchor and watching fireworks.  You may wany to invite the boss along - it may be a tough sell otherwise.
5
Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day - Tanzania.  Nobody, nobody can deny you this one.  And it's a heck of a lot of fun to say.  I wonder what it means. As a matter of fact, I wondered so much I looked it up.  Turns out it's some guy.  Click on the name and you can see his picture.  Print out the picture and put in in a frame and set it on your desk.  That way, when you ask the boss for the day off to celebrate Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day, you'll be more convincing.  Work on the Tanzanian accent, too.
6
Bob Marley Day - Jamaica.  'Nuff said! Bob Marley goes together with sailing like sex on Sunday.  Right after church.  When the kids are out playing.
7
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - United States of America.  Sail for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness - it's your duty. 
8
Boy Scout Day - United States of America.  I'm sure you know a Boy Scout somewhere.  Take him sailing so he can get his Sailing Merit Badge.  It's the right thing to do.  Making a difference in a child's life.  No boss can deny that.
9
Feast of St. Maron - Lebanon.  You're on your own on this one.  Yesterday was a gimme, you should have gone then.
10
St. Paul's Shipwreck (Feast of ) - Malta.  You would have to be a very callous sailor not to go sailing to celebrate a shipwreck.  And you get to Feast, too.  This one may be another to invite the boss along.
11
Kenkokukinen no Hi / National Foundation Day - Japan.  You're going to have to practice saying this one.  Work in front of a mirror so you can ask for Kenkokukinen no Hi  off with a straight face. 
12
Lincoln's Birthday - United States of America, or International Darwin Day. Both good reasons to go sailing.  Especially the Darwin Day thing.  Everyone knows how evolved we sailors are.
13 Frugal Mariner Day.  (See January 23rd for complete explanation)
14
St. Valentine`s Day in a whole bunch of countries and, even better; Trifon Zarezan (Wine-grower's Day) Bulgaria.  So if you're a lover or a wine drinker, or both, or just love wine, grab a bottle or two, or three, and your favorite sweetie and go sailing.
15
National Lamb Day - New Zealand.  There are several others including Canadian Flag Day, but National Lamb Day just sent my imagination soaring.  Almost as good as Pennsylvania Stump Jumpers Day. 
16
Independence Day (1918) - Lithuania.  It's not much but it's better than Kim Jong-il's Birthday - North Korea.  The Lithuanians think theirs is important - probably have fireworks, and that's good.  And it's darn near impossible to put Kim Jong-Il into the Happy Birthday song, so I'm coming down solidly in favor of Independence Day.  I'm sure they have fireworks, I'll bet they even have a song you could learn. And you could sing it to your boss.  Really loud.  And you won't have to ask for the day off.  He'll just send you home.  Have a nice day sailing.
17
National Public Science Day - United States of America is absolutely a weak excuse for going sailing (You may be able cite some science; Bournouli's Principle or some such) but I'd go for Random Acts of Kindness Day - United States of America.  No boss would deny he's kind - so it's a cinch.  Have fun.
18
Independence Day - Gambia.  Another Independence Day with songs and fireworks, maybe hotdogs and hamburgers, lots of beer and SAILING!
19
National Democracy Day - Nepal.  Americans love democracy - it's one of our chief exports.  But if you've been over-doing the democracy excuse try Family Day - Saskatchewan.  And it's fun to say.
20
International No Holiday Day - It's the only 'It's not a Holiday' Holiday.  Every once in awhile you should not need an excuse to celebrate.  Nothing happened on this day, anywhere! So I want to declare 'International You Must Go Sailing Today' Day. Whom do we need to notify to make this official? United Nations?  Someone help me carry the ball on this one.
21
International Mother Language Day - International.  If you speak your own language, you get to take today off.  If you don't speak your own language, maybe it's about time you learned.
22
George Washington's Birthday - United States of America or as my dad used to call it, George Birthington's WashdayIndependence Day - St. Lucia, fireworks and songs; People Power Day - Philippines; I'm sure there's a song;  Unity Day - Syria;  and my all time favorite World Thinking Day - International; that's the one I'm going with.  And where better to think, and think deep, long, important thoughts than on your sailboat?  But if you're going to do one of the song ones, you have to learn the songs so you can sing them to your boss so he will know you're sincere and give you the day off.
23
National Day - Brunei Darussalam. Brunei Darussalam just hasn't been getting enough recognition lately and I feel it's long past time for us sailors to remedy the situation.  BTW, where the heck is Brunei Darussalam?  It's in South East Asia, bordering on the South China Sea.  And it's actually smaller than Delaware; a fact the neither, it turns out, is proud of.  For the very small, who persist in saying that size doesn't matter, it does matter.  Go sailing on a small boat in commeneration and recognition of Brunei Darussala.  And think about Delaware, too.  Just a little.
24
Baire Proclamation - Cuba.  We, the USA, do not as yet recognize Cuba.  But we've been wanting to for a long time.  It's right there, it's hard to miss.  We just don't recognize it.  Like a zit on your nose you refuse to acknowledge. So maybe we could recognize it in small increments.  We'll start with celebrating Baire Proclamation Day.  You can look it up if you want - it goes way back and it's all very detailed and complex, but if you're going to use it as an excuse to go sailing, it's worth a little of your time.
25
Special Holiday Choiseul Province - Solomon Islands.  It's special.  It's hard to pronounce.  Practice while sailing.  You'll also be practicing multi-tasking, and your boss would be proud of your new skill.  Explain that to him and I'll bet you'll get the day off.  Just a Gentleman's bet, though.  No money need exchange hands.
26
Liberation Day - Kuwait - You can help liberate the Kuwaitis (Kuwaitians?) (Kuties?) by going sailing.  Sailing helps everything.  It's a good thing.
27
Independence Day - Dominican Republic.  More fireworks, more songs, more beer.  Can't wait!
28
Andalusia Day - Spain  or Peace Memorial Day - Taiwan.  Choose carefully.  Dress comfortably and sensibly.  Bring plenty of comfortable sensible booze.  Go sailing.  Next day, back at work, explain to the boss that you just didn't feel well enough to come to work, but that there is peace in Taiwan, and there are Andalusians in Andalusia or maybe vice versa.  While he's pondering that, get back to work.  Or at least, look busy.
29
International Day of the Seal - International  or  Great Prayer Festival (Monlam) - Tibet.   You only have to worry about this every four years because it is, after all, leap year day, which may be excuse enough as it is.  Your call.  Enjoy your day off.
 
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