October 1, 2016: As I was settling in to write my October VFB article, I first caught up on my EYC emails and snail mail – both of which contained several wonderful thank you notes about EYC, our members, and our staff. These letters, in addition to a conversation I had last night at the club about all the great work going on in all of our committees (all 20!), served as a reminder what an incredibly hard-working and welcoming club we have.
My favorite section of one of the letters is in the note from Paul “Bo” Bollinger, the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, who wrote, “A regatta (CRAB Regatta) that attracts and successfully entertains 85 boats, 221 crew, and 411 party guests for nearly seven hours is truly an accomplishment for any yacht club. However, the EYC Race Committee and Staff made it all look easy while providing everyone with a true sense of being an ‘EYC member for the day.’” LOVE that!
Thank each and every one of you for all the hard work and wonderful vibe we have at Eastport Yacht Club.
Also, please take a moment to thank our hard-working staff who we have kept hopping this summer. Food sales for August were $7,500 better than budgeted and several times we have had full service upstairs and an event downstairs and/or outside.
However, there is an alarming number in August – beverage sales were down from budget $10,000! Tell me it isn’t true – EYCers are not drinking the expected quantities?
Luckily, to harken back to a favorite phrase of our founding members, “there isn’t a problem that we can’t drink our way out of.” I know I can count on everyone to do their part to correct this issue.
Fall is officially here and the end of the boating season looms. However, before we start packing boats up for the season, there are some great on-the-water events this month. The Race Committee’s marathon schedule continues with the first-ever J/70 Corinthian National Championship October 20-23. The Cruise Committee is headed to Baltimore for the Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show October 10-17 (www.mdfleetweek.com) and will wrap up the season with a Frostbite Cruise to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Festival October 29.
September 1, 2016: Wow! Where did the summer go??!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this summer evaporated for me in the blink of an eye. I keep trying to tell myself the best boating weather is still to come, but the easiness of summer living will be missed.
The summer activity that I will most miss at the club is all the kids learning to sail with the Junior Sailing Program. I LOVE the herds of kids around EYC, seeing the patience and enthusiasm of the instructors, and seeing the EYC fleet of boats out on the water with the little skippers. Congrats to the Junior Program on a great summer program! Now that school is back in session, high school sailing will be once again operating out of EYC after school.
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.
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.
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!