The Manager's Desk
July 1, 2015: School is out, the best deck in Annapolis is as busy as ever and sailing season is in full swing…it must be summer in Annapolis! EYC has activities galore for our members so be sure to take a look at the calendar of events to find out what our hard working committees have in store for this season. Great cruises, competitive regattas, junior and adult sailing classes and terrific landside events pack a fun filled calendar.
Fourth of July at the Eastport Yacht Club
It seems like a no-brainer! Why wouldn't you come down 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 2014. Not only will we be serving a July 4th style casual buffet in the dining room but we will also offer a la carte grill service on the lawn.
There is no restriction on the number of 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 hard-working House Committee is also looking for a few volunteers to help sell tickets and entrance fees at the gate for short shifts so you can still enjoy the fireworks and the fun.
New Dining Room Shades
Do you love the EYC dining room but have been bothered by the strong sun through the windows at times? Well, we have listened to our members and you should keep your eyes open, literally, for the new shades that the club will be installing in the next month or so. We hope it will enhance our terrific dining room and add to our members’ enjoyment of the space.
Bill Kocan, General Manager
Spring and Summer Reminders
May 1: As the active club season is already upon us I thought I would take a moment to remind members of some important club information that will help keep both our members and the club safe.
- Alcohol purchased at the club may not be taken off premise or onto the docks or private boats. Members may take their cocktails onto the waterfront lawn or sailing yard, however. Conversely members and their guests may consume their own alcoholic beverages (purchased elsewhere) on their boats while docked in the marina but it may not be brought onto the club's property.
- There is no such thing as a "to go" cup for alcoholic beverages. All beverages purchased at EYC must be consumed on our licensed property which includes the clubhouse, waterfront lawn and sailing areas. Sorry, you can't walk home with that Mt. Gay and Coke!
- Children are not allowed on the docks unsupervised. Never!
- Children must have appropriate coast guard certified PFDs when on the docks and accompanied by an adult. Please make note of the location of the safety rings and fire extinguishers as well next time you are in the marina.
- Pets are to remain on leashes and be supervised by their owners at all times. We love to have our four-legged friends at the club but remember that not everyone is comfortable with animals, so please respect your fellow members. Also note that the club provides waste removal bags near the waterfront lawn so please always pick up after your pet!
- Did you know that the club has a comprehensive spill kit located right next to the hoist? It contains everything you would need in the event of an oil or gas spill. Items such as emergency phone numbers, oil containment rings and rags, flashlights and gloves etc are all inside. Be ready for an emergency if it arises!
- EYC recycles, and you should too! Note that EYC now has both a recycling dumpster and a regular dumpster for waste. Please make note of the marked trash cans as you dispose of items at the club. Recycling containers are also located near the marina and parking areas in addition to the interior of the clubhouse
- Help us stay beautiful by being mindful of the club grounds. If you see litter or stray items, please pick them up and dispose of them properly. The club keeps your dues low by relying on volunteers. We do not employee a grounds or marina maintenance person at the club, so our members and other staff are relied upon to keep things looking sharp. Keep us clean and green!
Open Marina Slips
Our marina is filling fast for our 2015 season and there are only a few slips still available for boats 30 to 31feet in length. Unfortunately all of our landside slips are currently committed. If you are interest in one of the remaining slips, act fast as they will surely fill up as soon as the warm weather takes over.
March 1, 2015: The weather in Annapolis has certainly been challenging late in the season this year. As I write this article I am looking at large snowflakes falling on what was already a very white canvas. The cold temperatures of February will hopefully give way to a warm and inviting March for all of our members to come down and begin to enjoy their boats, the wonderful EYC waterfront deck and of course the beginning of an active race season. Come on warm weather!
2015 Commodore’s Ball
John Travolta has nothing on our EYC members! The first ever ‘70s themed EYC Commodore’s Ball was terrific fun for all those that attended. I want to thank Carol Vilardo and her hard working Special Events Committee for putting together a fabulous event. The decorations were only outdone by some of the great polyester outfits that walked through the front door. Another special thanks goes out to the YWCA who provided all of the decorations for the event.
All new contracts for the marina should be in at this point and I would like to remind you that we still have both wet and dry slips available. If you need to store a boat up to 40ft in length EYC has a home for you! The current open slips are as follows:
- A-Dock (closest to the academy) slips: A1 (31ft), A6 (30ft), A11 (32ft), A16 (30ft), A19( 40ft)
- B-Dock: slips: B1 (30ft), B6 (31ft available 2nd quarter)
- C-Dock slips: No slips currently available
- Dry Sail slips: One open slip for a trailered boat.
Please contact Bill Kocan or the marina chairperson for further information and annual rates.
Please help me welcome our new part time accountant Ruthann Mitzel. Ruthann joined us at the beginning of the year and has done a terrific job acclimating to out hectic office environment. I hope you all will take a moment to stop in the office and introduce yourselves and make her feel a part of our EYC family. I also want to thank those EYC members who introduced Ruthann to the club and served as great references. Lastly, I would like to thank George Miller, Amy Wales and Donna Glessing for helping in what turned out to be a long search process. I think the long hours and exhaustive searching has produced a great new employee of the club that will help take us into the future. Welcome aboard Ruthann!
April 1, 2015: Thanks for coming out, sock burners. I hope your efforts forced Mother Nature to bring us some warm weather. All those in attendance deserve a pat on the back for pressing on through the snow, rain and mud to keep our ever-popular annual event alive and kicking even though the weather wasn’t very “Spring like.” And I thought last year’s wind was bad!
It does feel like we have turned a corner, however, and the warmer weather seems to be upon us. The clubhouse will be very active as usual in the upcoming weeks so we look forward to seeing all of those hibernating members more frequently.
February 1, 2015
PCI DSS Compliance
If you are like me you have had at least one of your credit cards changed out in the last year or two because of breaches in security from Home Depot, Target or some other institution. I have had three cards changed out and one of them twice in the last eight months! Therefore, I thought I would take the opportunity to inform members of the steps EYC takes to protect your credit card information since more and more this is becoming a part of how we live in a world where technology seems to always be at least a few steps ahead.
First, you may be unaware that the Board approved an investment in new point of sale hardware and software just a few months ago to better protect your data. This software supports proper PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance and was the primary impetus for the change in point of sale systems.
To better understand how we process your data understanding the process is critical. In a typical transaction, you hand over your credit card to a server or bartender when you pay your tab. They swipe your card in our system and return with the receipt and your card. The data from the swipe is immediately encrypted and, with the exception of the last four digits, cannot be viewed by anyone, not even a manager with proper access credentials.