We opened the 2012 Derby last night at Dream and it was a great evening to be out. I dragged my hung-over, zombie ass back from the GoRuck Challenge on Block Island and showed up in Brooklyn to see Dave Cole, Ben, and the crew at Dream handling business. The weather was great for a change and Ben had dragged the grill from out back onto the sidewalk for some city-style cooking out. We had a great turnout of people who joined us, a lot of new faces, which I’m really excited about, and a lot of familiar ones. It was awesome to reconnect with everyone from the previous years’ derbies, especially our resident fly-fishing expert, Shane Smith, who has been working out and is single, ladies. Look him up on Facebook. Geralyn showed up and documented the evening into the night with her precise and focused eye (no pun intended) that we love. Just a reminder, one of this year’s derby prizes will be a signed print from G. Pictures will tell the story better than words—I will make notes where necessary.
Special thanks for the night go to the BKUAA crew: Dave Cole, Jane Borock, Geralyn Shukwit, Ben Sargent, Robert and Barbara, and the crew at Dream, for making this happen, especially while I was freezing my ass off for 13 hours on B.I. Thanks to Robin Shulman for doing the reading. And of course, everyone who showed up last night, the curious, the enthusiastic newcomers, the dedicated vets—you guys make it all worth it.
(By the way, Bryce Godwin caught the Derby’s first striper with a 19.5″er from India Street last night. Check out our derby submissions on our Flickr. Also, kudos go to Bryce for properly labeling his catch and good form with the measurements. Please be sure to follow Bryce’s good example and include your name and fish measurement in your text submission. Check our post on measuring fish here. Bryce, you get a fish of the day pin from me when I get them in the mail, probably tomorrow.)