September – The Bittersweet Month
September 1, 2015: As I write this, my kids are getting ready for their first day of the new school year. While summer still has almost another month to go from a calendar perspective, the sight of school buses, the increased traffic on the road that comes with it, the slightly longer commute into work (I work in DC) means the practical end of summer. This time of year has always had a touch of melancholy for me.
The sweet part? September is often the beginning of the best boating weather of the year. It is also a time when a lot of fun and interesting things are happening around the club. Opening the calendar on the EYC webpage, we see… Wow!
- EYC is cohosting the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta with our friends at AYC and on September 5 we have a party at our Club. Look on the webpage to volunteer and help us host this great event. This is the building of a new tradition that we hope will become a beloved Summer-ending event.
- September 13 is the last “Music on the Deck” for the year and in coincides with a “Chesapeake Seafood Bake.” This is a variation on our former Crab Feast but with a twist. Look for notices to make reservations for this delicious celebration of Summer on the Bay. I am told the pricing will be a tremendous value for what you will get. It should be fun.
- September 16-19 is the I-505 North American Championships which we co-host with our SSA neighbors. While most of the traffic will be next door, there will be a lot of sailors and activity around the Club. It should be interesting viewing from our deck. Next year we co-host the I-505 World Championships with SSA.
- September 19, we have our annual cruise to host St. John’s College students. This is a wonderful event that our Cruising Committee does to help our local scholars to become better acquainted with the charms of Annapolis beyond the Johnnies’ campus. St. John’s provides a lunch but we need volunteers with boats to make this event a success. Contact Bob Arias or Carroll Greve to volunteer or see the calendar on the webpage.
- September 19 also brings Hospice Cup XXXIV. EYC joined with AYC to take over race management of Hospice Cup, one of America’s oldest charity regattas, a few years ago and it is the third jewel in our fund raising regatta triple crown. The post-race party will be held elsewhere, but our Race Committee has been collecting entries and managing registrations, and will be busy on the water with both regular CBYRA racing and the unique Hospice Cup Class for those who don’t normally race. Registration is open at http://eastportyc.org/hospice-cup, and the “off the water race” also is open to raise funds for Hospice Cup in support of multiple hospices serving the Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia area. Whether you’re a racer or a cruiser, there are plenty of ways to get involved in support of Hospice Cup.
- September 26 will be the US Team Racing Championship Viewing Party. We hope to have commentators who will help us enjoy this event from our deck as I am told that team racing is quite different than fleet regattas. It can be like NASCAR in that one team boat may intentionally deviate from course to try and harass another team’s boat in order to help another member of his/her team… Sounds kind of cool and gladiatorial.
Whew. That is a lot of stuff that should make for some good times at the Club. The best place to get details on all this is the calendar on our webpage. Well, I’ve got to run some errands to help get the kids ready for school so that is about all for me.
Oh, one small thing I’d like to ask of all of you. It is kind of a pet peeve of mine. If you are a smoker, you are welcome to enjoy a cigarette, cigar or pipe on one of the many nice sitting spots around the outside of the clubhouse or down at the marina. But when you are finished with a cigarette, can you please put it in the trash or use one of the smoking posts near the front door? We have had a lot of “butts” on the ground around the front door and it doesn’t make for an inviting place to enter the Club. Your cooperation on this small matter would be greatly appreciated.
OK. That really is it. Enjoy the rest of the summer and the coming month of September.