No doubt we are in the height of summer. The temperature is at the upper end, thunderstorms are in full force, and enough breeze to sail is doubtful ... or painful. Enjoy it all while it’s here, because fall will be upon us before we know it.
To fully celebrate summer and embrace all that is good about this time of year, we are going to have a HUGE EYC Raft-Up on August 12th! ALL are invited and the more the merrier!!
How this is going to work is a 1200 rendezvous at EYC for powerboats and those in need of a ride. Fleet Captain Chris Chadwick and First Lieutenant PC Scott Miller will direct people-in-need to boats. As boats are filled, they will leave the dock.
We will have a 1230ish arrival time at Clements Creek, so those boats that need more time to get there, or are coming from the head of the Severn River, can meet us there. Clements Creek is between Epping Forest and Sherwood Forest.
We will raft up together for an afternoon of swimming, drinking, eating, and epic fun. Let’s use 1600 as the end time, for those who have had enough sun and fun. However, I fully expect boats to hang longer and for some to stay the night — so pack your toothbrush, if you are up for a full-on party.
Bring some food to share and beverages for the cooler. Rafts and water toys are expected — the more ridiculous, the better! And most important, come ready for an afternoon of fun!
If you are looking for a longer party that weekend, the Cruise Committee will be in St. Michaels for the Watermen’s Appreciation Day. For more details and to sign up for this weekend cruise, please be sure to check the EYC calendar or go to eastportyc.org/st-mikes. I do apologize for selecting a date for the Raft-Up when there was already a cruise, but it is the never-ending problem of summer of not enough weekends for all the fun.
The following weekend. August 19th, is the Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta to Benefit CRAB at EYC. This is a fun, family-friendly pursuit-start race around government marks with a fantastic party following the race. The party starts at 1700 with food and drinks and live music from Misspent Youth. The regatta is always a blast and please keep in mind the whole day is a fundraiser for CRAB. More information about CRAB and additional fundraising opportunities can be found here. www.crabsailing.org
National Rum Day is Wednesday, August 16. This year we are going to celebrate the high holiday with a Cuban Night. There will be Cuban dinner and drink specials and we will salute our fellow Cuban sailors with the installation of the Marina Hemingway Yacht Club burgee at EYC. Whooo-hoooo!
"Is it so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...
"Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
"Simply messing...about in boats — or with boats... In or out of 'em it doesn't matter. Nothing seems to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."
"Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it?"
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Isn’t this the truth??
There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats — and we are in the height of the season. I hope you are all out and about in your boats. No matter whether you are going for a lengthy cruise, a day-trip, a cocktail cruise, a Friday Night Beer Can race, a night sail, or just sitting at the dock — just get out and enjoy the water. It will do your soul good. I promise.
If you don’t have a boat of your own or want to try a different watercraft, EYC’s Member Access program is up and running. EYC has fleet of 4 adult and 4 child kayaks, 6 paddleboards, 6 Sunfish sailboats, and 3 J/22 sailboats that members can take out for personal use.
If you want to learn — or your child or grandchild wants to learn — to sail or powerboat, EYC can help you out with that. We have classes for all ages and there are still some spots available this summer.
As just mentioned, sailing lessons are starting up and we will have lots of kids and their parents, many of who are not EYC members, around the club. Please watch your speed in the parking lot and be sure to say "Hi!" to our instructors, students, and visiting parents involved in the sailing program.
Ready to get on the water? The EYC Cruise Committee has two cruises planned for July. Join them for the July 4th Cruise to Rock Hall, from Saturday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 4th. Crabs, live bands, waterman’s festival, and two nights of fireworks are promised — sounds like a perfect summer adventure!
The second cruise is to Baltimore on Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30, with an outdoor showing of “The Godfather II” in Little Italy. Fantastico!
The City of Annapolis recently contacted Past Commodore Jack Morkan to ask if a group of EYCers could meet with the Mayor of Niteroi and his staff. Niteroi is Brazil’s equivalent of Annapolis with a very large sailing community and the location of Brazil’s naval academy. The two cities would like to establish a “sister city” relationship.
The City of Annapolis wanted EYC to talk about our club operations and relationship with the EYC Foundation and Box Of Rain, and for those organizations to talk about their programs. As is typical of EYC, not completely understanding the full picture, all immediately said, “YES! Count us in!” (Speaking of pictures, find them on our Facebook page!)
Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call...
As boaters, we understand and often experience the strong and undeniable call of the water. We answer that call in many ways, from just sitting on the deck at EYC, to cruising around river and creeks, to racing across the ocean. Water calms us, challenges us, and renews us.
June is World Oceans Month and is a perfect time for us to reflect upon the power of water in our lives, celebrate our relationship with the water, and rededicate ourselves to protecting our waters.
Check out NOAA’s website for all kinds of fun information about our oceans, how to get out enjoy them and the waters that feed into them, and how to help protect them.
April 1, 2017: Spring is in full swing at EYC!
Thank you to all who came out for Spring Clean-Up day at the club. There were busy bees in all directions that morning pruning and turning the soil in the gardens, cleaning all of the regular glass and isinglass windows, and cleaning out and replenishing the sandbox, as well as many, many other tasks. It was definitely a day of many hands make for light work!
As usual, there are all kinds of wonderful and fun events to do at EYC this month and amongst the fun there is some club business that members need to pay attention to, become informed about, ask questions about, so we as a club can make the best decisions for EYC before we get to the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 28 – which is early this year due to Veterans Day falling on our normal date.