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.
EYC is doing its part to protect our waters. A big shout-out to the Race Committee for their adoption and encouragement of many green practices with regattas—last year Sailors for the Sea certified 6 EYC regattas as gold certified and 2 silver. The EYC Race Committee was recently awarded the first-ever Green Can Award. This award recognizes entities that have made a significant contribution to EYC’s environmental efforts which have long-term impact. Congratulations and let’s keep it up!
Did you know that plastic straws are one of the top 5 pollution items found in the oceans? 500 million straws are used in the United States every day. They are a one-time use product, which never completely biodegrades and is not recyclable. I am proud to announce the new practice at EYC is that you will not automatically be served a drink with a straw. In addition, the straws we are using at EYC ARE biodegradable. By making small changes in our behavior, we can make a positive change for our environment.
The Environmental Committee has several events planned this month to celebrate World Oceans Month, including a screening of the movie “The Missing Catch” on June 14th. Please see their article and the club calendar for more events and details.
Speaking of the Environmental Committee and the oceans, I am pleased to announce that Phil Renaud, Executive Director of the Living Oceans Foundation, will be co-chair of the Environmental Committee with Virginia Tippie Farrell.
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!)
March 1, 2017: It’s SPRING!
Another winter done! Time to ready boats for the season, spy the first osprey, burn socks, celebrate more daylight! And celebrate we will. Whooo-hooo!
Daylight Saving Time begins on March 12 as we spring the clock ahead. However, the true heralding of spring arrives the following Monday, March 20, at 4 p.m. as we burn our socks on the eve of the Spring Equinox. I am sure none of our EYCers REALLY wants to be burning their socks, drinking beer, and eating oysters at 0630 on Monday morning ... so come on out Monday afternoon and celebrate another successful escape from winter’s cold clutches at the Official Sock Burning (Bob Turner years ago anointed EYC with this very high honor and responsibility).
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.
February is the month of LOVE.
In reality, I think the love theme has been put forward in the coldest, grayest month of the year as a reminder to love our brethren, so as to not strangle them because we are all stuck inside together too much. Can you tell I am not a fan of winter?
However, the love theme is a good one to embrace and we at EYC have lots to love.
First, I have to say how much I appreciate the Board and all the EYC Committee Chairs. We have used the quiet of winter to meet and discuss issues and goals for the coming year at an All-Chairs half-day workshop and Board Orientation. The amount of time, energy, thought, and desire to improve EYC from all is something to behold.