[Commodore Scott Miller was out of the country on a family vacation at the end of June; Vice Commodore Heather Ersts stepped up to write his column for him this month.]
July 1, 2015: Bonjour!
While the Commodore is away, the members will play! And play we did! What an awesome party we had with the French crew of L’Hermione while Commodore Miller was in, of all places, France on a family vacation. Oh la la! Thank you to everyone that jumped in to help plan and execute an evening that was quintessential EYC.
There are few activities that are more Annapolis-in-the-summer than Wednesday Night Races. EYC was able to get 30 L’Hermione crew members on boats in the thick of it--the great majority on race boats--including the Captain of L’Hermione. Language barriers made for interesting communications, but from all reports everyone had a great time.
Friendships were cemented and tall tales exchanged after the race at a BBQ and the EYC bar. A very special thank you to a group of EYCers that made sure our French friends were not in want of a beverage that night and covered the crew’s bar tab, over the one drink the club purchased for each crew member.
I loved that we were able to share with our French friends the activities that are the backbone of our club-- getting out on the water and the camaraderie of good friends. Merci!
Thanks and congratulations are also in order to EYC for the fantastic work with the Leukemia Cup. This is a very special fundraiser for us—for reasons that I am not sure everyone is aware.
The idea of Leukemia Cup regattas started at EYC and are now across the country. This year EYC was in the forefront of fundraising and the J/80 fun day and sail for those affected by the disease was a wonderful afternoon. The money raised by this regatta provides funds for important research and treatment solutions.
This disease has touched every one of us in recent days as the Governor of Maryland announced he has just been diagnosed with this aggressive cancer. Let’s make it a goal for this coming year to be the top fundraising club in the country.
As I write this, Beth Berry, the chair of the Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race committee, and I are in Bermuda meeting about the 2016 race. We are plotting and planning a pile of new activities and adventures. Keep an eye out for special announcements and new opportunities associated with the race. If I were you, I’d consider planning a trip to Bermuda next June!
As we head into the height of summer, let’s all enjoy the pleasures of the season and each other’s company. There are lots of wonderful events and activities coming up at the club including 4th of July, Bastille Day, Music on the Deck, and many others. Be sure to check the calendar and come on down or swing by while you are out on the water.