July 1, 2014: The summer has just officially started but I have to say, I always have mixed feelings about June passing into July. The weather has been great and hopefully that will continue but these are among the best boating days. Still, July has a great many things on the calendar.
The Fourth of July is always great at the Club as we have the best place to see the fireworks that doesn’t involve a boat. This year, however, we have a special treat the day before. In case you had not heard, this is the bicentennial of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key while those nasty British were bombarding Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.
Well, our Vice Commodore Heather Ersts actually works for the State of Maryland to promote the bicentennial and has procured a 15-star and 15-stripe flag, a duplicate of what was flown over the Fort for our Club. She even had it raised over the fort on their flagpole.
We plan to raise this “Star Spangled Banner” on Thursday, July 3 at 1800 hours on our yardarm. The flag will fly the remainder of the year on our yardarm.
Before some traditionalists object we did our homework and have been assured by the National Park Service that flying the 15-star flag is perfectly legit and besides, it will look cool.
Come on down and witness our flag being raised. We’ll have specials on beer and a special serving of Ice Cream from a local creamery that makes “Star Spangled Banner” flavor. I am assured it is yummy.
The great tradition of racing to Solomons Island will continue this year on July 11. A cruising class has been added so check out the website for details. This year’s race has the potential to be really spectacular, as it will be done under a full moon.
As with every year we will have our “Bloody Mary Party” on the waterfront at the Holiday Inn at Solomons but the awards ceremony will be back at the Club on July 26. As you can see, we are doing a little tinkering with this great event to make it fun but also work for participants. I’ll be there for the after party. I hope you will as well.
Finally, let me report on a number of business items and capital projects. We are watching our cash-flow but have determined that we can press ahead with putting dividers in the conference room so that it can meet its original purpose of allowing multiple meetings to occur. It will also help us manage the J/80 Worlds and process things like protests.
We have also moved ahead with providing electric service for our dry storage marina tenants. This long promised improvement will help our racers and other sailors considerably. We anticipate other improvements as cash allows and will keep you informed as we move forward. Slowly but surely we are making the Clubhouse perform as promised.
OK, that is a wrap for this “State of the Ship”. Don’t forget to volunteer at the Club and take advantage of our camaraderie. And get out on the water!