The Manager's Desk
August 1, 2017
The recent heat is a clear indication that summer has us firmly in its grasp. While working on the boat, enjoying a regatta or participating in one of our terrific sailing classes we want to remind everyone to hydrate and take time to cool down in the air conditioning when possible. We have seen a few people suffer the symptoms of heat stroke and we want guarantee that there are no severe cases at our club. Headache, nausea and fatigue are but a few of the early symptoms to keep an eye on.
We also ask that we all help with identifying these symptoms in our smallest members of our club, the kids, since they may not know to do so on their own. Safety is our highest priority! Besides what better place is there to cool down than in the clubhouse enjoying the best view in Annapolis!
Music on the Deck
Our annual Music on the Deck season is in full swing and we invite everyone down to enjoy a nice late Sunday afternoon with some fabulous local musicians. The month of August features Blue Suede Bop on the 6th and the 21012 band on the 20th. Blue Suede Bop plays popular rockabilly from the late 50's as well as many current songs in the rockabilly style, 50's and 60's roots rock and roll, some honky-tonk/swing songs, Americana rock and a small variety of some alt/traditional country standards. Most all of the older material is redone in a more contemporary style. The majority of their songs are easily recognized, up-tempo, and danceable! See you for a great tune and a rum punch soon!
Join us at the club on August 19th as our EYC family hosts the CRAB (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating) Regatta. This fantastic regatta and after party fundraiser is dedicated to making the thrill of sailing a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals and for those individuals whose financial circumstances preclude their participation in recreation on the waters of Chesapeake Bay. It’s not only a terrific event to watch but we sure do know how to throw a great party afterwards! Join us for live music, some great food from the Boatyard Bar & Grill all the while supporting a terrific cause. Interested in more information about the event or the regatta? Check out their website at http://crabsailing.org/
July 1, 2017
Boy it is great to be around a yacht club at this time of the year! I hope all of our members are enjoying the summer and the wealth of activities that the Eastport Yacht Club offers. Of course, July is full of great events and activities such as the July 4th Celebration cookout and fireworks display, the July 4th Cruise hosted by the always active Cruise Committee, the Boomerang Regatta, Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge, Beer Can Races, Green Fleet Fridays and the House Committee’s Bastille Day Celebration to name just a few of the events in the first TWO WEEKS of the month! AMAZING! Check your calendar and weekly Blast for dates and times and as always feel free to contact the office for any questions that you might have.
Fourth of July
Come down to Annapolis’ best club and see the fireworks in all their glory from the Eastport Yacht Club! This year we will repeat our successful food and beverage format from last year. We will be serving a July 4th picnic style casual buffet in the dining room in addition to an ala cart grill service on the lawn. Members are restricted to two guests for this event and we welcome you and your family to join us for the fun. Tickets may be purchased at the door for both guest entrance fees ($10) and for the food buffet. The band Major Company will be setting the stage for the fireworks so come down and enjoy the show.
The safety of our smallest members is paramount during this time of the year when playing on the EYC lawn and clubhouse grounds is at its peak. We ask that all members who have young children please monitor their actions when playing in close proximity to the water or in the sailing yard. It only takes a moment for a child to chase a ball or trip while playing tag and tumble into the water. This type of tragedy is unrecoverable and I hope it is not one that I ever have to address as a parent or as someone responsible for the safety of our club members. Also, note that all children on the docks are required to have life vests and supervision at all times. I appreciate the assistance in helping keep our club safe for everyone and if there is ever any question or concern about safety of our members please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
The club business is a people business. We rely on relationships and feedback from our members to continually improve our offerings and encourage club use. Sure, we love to hear what a great experience you might have at the club and we encourage all of our members to let us know when that happens but we are not above failure. I understand no one wants to “complain” or be complained about but the negative end of the feedback spectrum is as useful as the positive. We encourage our members to use the comment cards as well as forthcoming vehicles the house committee is currently developing for easier feedback.
Additionally, I encourage you to alert a manager when something may have failed to exceed your expectations. Learning of failures in the moment allows us to correct them in a way that days later often does not. Some items become undiscoverable over time and therefore the specifics that can become very useful when teaching teens and young adults turn to broader concepts which do not often have the same impact. I teach our staff that it is the response to failure that determines our success not the initial shortcoming. Our team strives for perfection but we need your input to continually improve.
May 1, 2017
Welcome our New Staff!
As I wrote about in last month’s VFB we are thrilled to have Glenn Looney join our terrific team as the new Assistant General Manager. His extensive experience in clubs will certainly bolster the services to our members and we look forward to his fresh ideas! We are also welcoming back a familiar face. Some of our more tenured members may remember Chef Nik Holm from the old clubhouse. Nik has returned as the club’s sous chef and we are very excited to bring another element to our kitchen. Of course, Nik knows the history of EYC and developed and prepared many of the old favorites which might just make an appearance on our current menus and special boards. Welcome back Nik!
June 1, 2017
Four legged Friends
We definitely love our furry family members but although EYC is like a home away from home for many of our members it can’t be for our pets. Pets must remain on leashes and be supervised by their owners at all times. Although there are many dog lovers at the club remember not everyone is comfortable with animals so please respect those fellow members. Also, note that the club provides waste removal bags near the waterfront lawn so please always pick up after your pet. We have been noticing an increase in “items left behind” on our lawn and hope our dog owners will take corrective action.
April 1, 2017
The clocks have sprung forward and the EYC Sock Burning is behind us so it must be time to begin ramping up for a new sailing season! As our marina tenants start to come out of hibernation our club’s committees are hard at work planning for our busy Spring and Summer schedule. Whether it be a waterside regatta or a landside party on the lawn the fun really starts to kick in during April.
Our hard-working House Committee in conjunction with Mark Jones, club Keeper of the Log, will begin the month with the popular Rum and Cigar Night on April 1st. Of course, Easter is right around the corner on the 16th and we will offer the perennial sell out Easter Brunch in conjunction with the kids Easter egg hunt on the lawn. Kids of all ages are welcome so reach out and make your reservations early. Due to the high volume of requests for the Easter brunch, reservations require a credit card but may be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to the event without penalty.