August 1, 2016: Happy Summer!
EYC has been hopping this summer! There have been lots of great shoreside events, fantastic racing, sold-out sailing lessons, and time on the water. Just as it all should be during the height of summer in Annapolis.
The inaugural EYC Boomerang Race was a smashing success! Congratulations to the team that has been researching and planning this race for the past two years. The perfect temperature, 15-knot breeze all night, gorgeous crescent moon, and shooting stars made for one of the most spectacular nights on the Bay EVER.
Breakfast courtesy of Grumps hit the spot at 0600. Lunch thanks to Annapolis Smokehouse and the afternoon family friendly party was raved about by sailors and their families as being the perfect balance needed in the sailing community to make families feel welcome at a sailing event. As you can see, the biggest obstacle we have is how to repeat this next year!
The next not-to-be missed regatta and regatta party is the Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta to Benefit C.R.A.B. (or the CRAB Regatta) Saturday, August 20. A pursuit-start regatta, party featuring the rocking band Misspent Youth, at EYC, all to raise funds for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating. A win-win all around!
Speaking of other racing successes, I have to give a shout-out to the Friday night Beer Can Races, and particularly Steve Weber and Judi Kahan, for the fun time Friday nights have become.
If you have not stopped by the Friday night after-race party, you need to make an effort to do so. The vibe is completely family-friendly, prizes and games abound, grill is going with burgers and hotdogs, and the bar and dance floor are open in the Aft Deck. The perfect beginning to a summer weekend!
The next generation of boaters have been busy this summer with sold-out and near-sold-out sailing sessions. Hard to believe, but the Junior program will be wrapping up in the next few weeks. Although lessons will be coming to a close, the Member Access Boating Program will continue. Please see a comprehensive article, with all the details, further in the newsletter.
If the heat is too much for you to be out on the water, there is no shortage of things to do at the Club. The Olympics will be heralded in on Friday, August 5. with a viewing party for the Opening Ceremonies. Also, keep an eye out for the repeat of the standing-room-only presentation by our own Ken Malley, the honorary chair of the USS Zumwalt’s Commissioning Committee, about this first in a new class of state-of-the-art Navy destroyers. The USS Zumwalt will be commissioned in Baltimore October 15th as part of the first-ever Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show, www.mdfleetweek.com.
July 1, 2016: An incredibly successful 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race is in the books!
Congratulations to the skippers and crew who participated. All of your preparations and practice paid off. Despite some rough weather with impressive wind (sustained winds in the 30s and gusts to 55 knots) seen by some boats, wrapped and blown spinnakers, and some bouts of seasickness, everyone arrived safe and sound with great sea stories and memories that will last a lifetime.
If you stayed ashore in your nice warm, dry, and stable beds, you can get a great sense of the race from the media blog the committee and racers ran during the race at the Annapolis to Bermuda Race On Board Media GROUP.
May 1, 2016: Halleluiah! We are back on the water!
Rockfish season is open, the Ice Breaker Cruise is history, Wednesday Night Races are back, NOODS are here, and Beer Cans begin May 6th. Yipppeee!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but a day out on a boat on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay just sets the molecules in my body in the right order.
June 1, 2016: Although we were starting to doubt...summer is here!
Just as the weather is heating up, Eastport Yacht Club is heating up. There is so much going on this month — take advantage of it, get out to the club, volunteer for an event, and come down and fraternize with your friends. I guarantee you will not regret it!
April 1, 2016: Despite burning our socks with snowflakes flying, happily spring flowers are blossoming, the osprey are busy rebuilding their nests and folks are down to single digits in their countdowns for splashing boats. In this season of renewal and growth, EYC is bursting with new ideas and events that are going to flower in spectacular ways. So exciting!
The Cruise Committee just launched their new Flotilla Friday and the first sea trial was a great success. During Flotilla Fridays committee members will be in the EYC bar during Friday happy hour talking about our upcoming on-thewater events. This committee is actively taking the lead to organize and inform EYC members about all the water-based events happening — just as the House Committee does for the clubhouse-based events, the Cruise Committee will do for our on-the-water events.